The Ninth Essent Chess Tournament (Hoogeveen) was held from October 21st to 29th, 2005. The reigning women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova was part of the Crown Group, a four-player double round robin event. But with 160 rating points lower than the third seed, Emil Sutovsky, Stefanova did not really have a big chance.
The winner of the Crown Group: Pentala Harikrishna
The rating favourite Ivan Sokolov was overtaken in the final table by one of India's brightest young talents: Pentala Harikrishna won the tournament with 4/6.
In the Essent Open the clear winner was Vladimir Baklan, who was half a point ahead of six GMs, and a full point better than top seed Suat Atalik. Here are the top scorers:
No. Player Pts Rat. Perf 1. Baklan, Vladimir 7.0 2590 2698 2. Nijboer, Friso 6.5 2545 2600 Rozentalis, Eduardas 6.5 2585 2601 Brodsky, Michail 6.5 2564 2641 L'Ami, Erwin 6.5 2541 2547 Rogers, Ian 6.5 2556 2532 Goloshchapov, Alex. 6.5 2523 2581 8. Atalik, Suat 6.0 2620 2574 Naumkin, Igor 6.0 2445 2513 Van der Wiel, John 6.0 2503 2524 Ernst, Sipke 6.0 2473 2499 Wells, Peter K. 6.0 2513 2439 Cebalo, Miso 6.0 2512 2453 Grooten, Herman 6.0 2350 2472 15. Willemze, Thomas 5.5 2363 2519 Kharitonov, Alexandr 5.5 2545 2486 Jonkman, Harmen 5.5 2446 2473 Negi, Parimarjan 5.5 2352 2453 Jens, Jelmer 5.5 2366 2389
By Frits Agterdenbos
The four players in the Crown Group: Stefanova, Sutovsky, Sokolov and Harikrishna
The last round game between the Indian talent and the women's world champion ended in an 11-move draw. Harikrishna was leading by a full point and only needed this draw to secure first place. In the second round he had defeated Stefanova with the black pieces.
The round six game between Sutovsky and Sokolov. The latter won in 57 moves.
The postmortem between Sutovsky and Sokolov after the game
Top seed Ivan Sokolov, who could not catch Harikrishna
Israeli GM Emil Sutovsky
Women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova
Glass pieces decorate the Crown Group
The press center, where the players would come to surf
Dutch GM Friso Nijboer (left) missed a win against Eduardas Rozentalis in the final round. Both players shared 2-7 place.
The winner of the Open: GM Vladimir Baklan of Ukraine
Top seed Suat Atalik
Japan's legendary Shogi Champion Yoshiharu Habu scored five points and came 20th in the Essent Open Chess Tournament
15-year-old Dutch player Vincent Rothuis made an IM norm in the Essent Open
Tom Bottema and Habu playing Shogi in press center
Antoaneta Stefanova with one of her biggest chess fans: Dutch GM Harmen Jonkman
TD Jeroen van den Berg with Open winner Vladimir Baklan
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