Barrage for the first place
After a draw in the first rapid game, Groenendijk was successful in the second one, which resulted in his first major title.
Probably Baliakin speculated on 10-14? 32.34-29 23x34 33.44-39 34x21 34.26x10 W+ But ironically due to this move he will soon become the victim of a tactical trap himself. After immediately ≡ 31.42-37 10-14 32.27-21 16x27 33.37-32 it looks like white has the better position. But after 13-19 34.32x21 12-17 35.21x12 18x7 36.31-27 22x31 37.36x27 23-29! 38.26-21 3-8 39.38-32 8-12 the balance is not disturbed.
and with a piece advantage Groenendijk had no problems to win the game.
Barrage for the third place
Boomstra managed to win the barrage against Sipma in a very convincing style.
The problem for white is that the pieces on 38 and 43 cannot be brought into play due to a simple combination. But after this move Boomstra takes complete control over the position. It was necessary to play ≡ 32.37-31 and white can survive because 16-21? is not possible due to 33.34-30 25x23 34.31-26 20x29 35.26x8 2x13 36.33x24.
Also ≡ 36.40-35 3-8 37.45-40 11-16 38.32-28 16-21 39.28x17 21x12 40.33-28 14-19!! is losing for white. For example 41.38-32? 19x30 42.35x24 18-23 43.29x7 20x29 44.34x23 8-12 45.7x18 13x35 46.23-18 6-11 B+
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