by Fedja Zulfic
The 12th Batavia Tournament will be decided on the final day after the leaders won their penultimate games. The results leave Dimitri Reinderman in the lead on 6.5 with Tomasz Warakomski half a point back on 6.
Reinderman’s win today was far from straightforward. His opponent, Nico Zwirs, has played some good attacking chess in this event and had this position after 29…h6.
Warakomski beat Admiraal who is having a rough tournament. Admiraal was slightly better from the opening
In this position, White played 29.Nd3 after which Black won the b6-pawn and soon after the game
Instead, White would have better chances to hold after the interesting sacrifice} 29. Nxa6!? bxa6 30. b7 Qb8 31. e4 Rd7 32. exd5 Nd6 33. Qf4 Rd8 34. Qf6 Re8 35. Rb6 Nxb7 36. Qc6 Re7 37. d6 Qxd6 38. Qxd6 Nxd6 39. Rxd6 Ra7
The game concluded 29… Rxb6 30. Rxb6 Nxb6 31. Qc5 Qxc5 32. Nxc5 a5 33. Nxb7 a4 34. Nc5 a3 35. Kf1 a2 36. Nb3 f5 37. Ke2 Kg7 38. Kd3 Kf6 39. Kc3 Nc4 40. Na1 Kg5 41. Kb4 Kg4 42. Kc5 Kf3 43. Kxd5 Nd2 44. Ke5 Kxf2 45. Kf4 Nc4 0-1
Aljoscha Feuerstack moved to third place after he won an interesting game against Friso Nijboer. Black sacrificed a piece for the attack but White could win with accurate play from this position.
Lawrence Trent defeated Manuel Bosboom to continue his good tournament and move to clear fourth place, while Irene Sukandar had a walkover after Edwin van Haastert withdrew from the event.
Tomorrow’s final round begins at the earlier time of midday. Reinderman and Warakomski will both have White against two players in hot form – they play Lawrence Trent and Irene Sukandar respectively. It’s shaping up to be an exciting finish.