The second day with two rounds brought big suprises. In the morning round Getmanski played a very strong game against Valneris and won, while Huseynov cashed his fourth victory against Thijssen, who was overplayed in the final stage of the battle. Big mistakes were made, such as in the game Hans Jansen-Ndonzi was made by Ndonzi. Baljakin got his ticket to the final against Maughn. The opening in this game was rather mistreated by the man from Trinidad and he had to make acrobatic tours to keep the game materially equal.
You could see the thunder in the air moving slowly toward him toward him, but it still took a long time before the elements were freely falling down upon him.
Schwarzman used this day to prepare for tomorrow and took rest. In the morning it was a quick draw with Samb, in the afternoon an even quicker one with Baljakin.
There was more good news for the Dutch camp.
Gérard Jansen succeeded to win an important game from Ganjargal and is almost certain from aplace in the final as well.
His victory was marvellous and it was a briljant sample of strategy. In the early stage from the game some changes were made, but the white player, Ganjargal, placed a piece on square 29. This circumstance gave Jansen a firm grip on the game and at a cirtain moment Ganjargal completely lost his freedom of movement, held by the Dutch grandmaster.
Gérard Jansen is in superb shape and also seems to have fun in playing, something that is less usual then one might think ....
Defending World Champion Georgiev still has a problem with winning his games.
In the morning he played against a somewhat recovered Rob Clerc, who played really well.
The draw was inevitable. In the afternoon Georgiev played against Diakité. Georgiev, playing with black, surely must have had certain expectations to this game and conquered a big advantage in the way we like to see him. Unfortunately for him, Diakité defended like a true hero and despite all the problems he made a draw.
Very well on his way is Podolski in group D. He plays nice and clean positional games, but is also very inventive weaving combinations through his game. However, place in the final is still uncertain for him, because the situation in his group is unstable with Buzinski getting it in his hips. The grandmaster from Lithonia made a big result, beating Milshin in the afternoon round:
Through some awkward decision in the mid game, the white position became uncomfortable.
Here it is really bad.
In his need for space white played:
44.37-31 26x37 45.32x41 21x32 46.28x37 ...
Poverty, but white had no choice. Buzinski now goes towards an impressive victory:
...25-30! 47. 34x25 23-29
After 33-28 black answers with 29-33!
48.36-31 29x38 49.41-36 8-12 50.37-32 38x27 51.31x22 12-17!
Everything fits for black.
52.22x11 16x7 53.36-31 7-12 0-2
There was a fabulous trick from Samb against Maughn:
It was crucial for Samb to win this game. The position is better for white, but probably a draw.
The clever man from Senegal started to use almost all his time and played the briljant tactical move:
Black reacts as foreseen:
44. ....9-14 45.34-29! 18-22?
This was what Samb hoped for!
46.29x9 22x42 47.9-4 ...
Materially the position is equall, but white conquered the line 4-36, cutting off almost all the black troups. But there is more poison here...
47. ...42-48? 48.35-30! ...
48. ...25x30 49.4-27 48x39 50.33x44 ...
And Samb won. Very usefull for him, because Gantwarg won very easy from Hans jansen.