Safarli and Fedoseev win thrilling tiebreaks
Two thrilling tiebreaks just decided third place in the open and match victory between Vladimir Fedoseev and Jorden van Foreest.
First Erik van den Doel en Eltaj Safarli battled it out. Like yesterday, Van den Doel played very well but still didn't make it somehow. In the first game he was winning when he knocked down some of Safarli's pieces with his move 49...Ne2. Whether he was adjusting him in his own time or not, the Azeri, who had only 3 seconds left, immediately sat back, exclaiming 'This is not possible!' Chief arbiter Frans Peeters gave Safarli 10 seconds extra, and Van den Doel seemed to go on to win but blundered a rook just before move 50.
Van den Doel (White) vs Safarli
In the second game, Van den Doel was pressing with white, but when time ran low he sacked a piece. Safarli could perhaps even have won but decided the match with a perpetual.
In the first game in the other tiebreak, Fedoseev started with 1.b3 and showed some real powerplay. However Van Foreest defended very coolly. Vladimir started looking for a new plan and 'suddenly' lost on time.
In the second game, the Russian played a Hippopotamus with black. Now Van Foreest was pressing, winning a pawn and playing fast, natural moves. However when he won 2 more pawns with a fork trick the result was that his knight got caught on d8. It was still highly unclear with 4 pawns for a piece, but Fedoseev converted excellently with 10 seconds to go after just about every move.
Game 3 again started with 1.b3. After a while Fedoseev won an exchange for a pawn, but this was the sign for Van Foreest to start an attack on the white king. Just when the Russian had his defence organized, Van Foreest blundered with ...h4? and lost soon after.
Fedoseev (White) vs Van Foreest
Fedoseev was getting ready for a fourth game, but then he heard that he had already won the match! After the 1-1 tie it was sudden death. So he won the match 5-4.