A few days ago I mentioned the goings-on at the chess festival in Hoogeveen. Two of the events had finished and two were still ongoing, so here I'll tidy things up and report on the then-unfinished events.
First, then, the Open. Abhijeet Gupta, Benjamin Bok, Jan Werle and Das Neeloptal co-led with a round to go with 6/8. The pairings worked out "nationalistically": the Dutch players Bok and Werle were paired, and likewise the Indians Gupta and Neeloptal. The Dutch players drew, but it was a long fight in a Meran that Bok, with black, came close to winning. The other game, between Gupta and Neeloptal, was also sharp, but it was neither long nor drawn. Neeloptal collapsed in the opening, a complicated variation of the Catalan, and faced with the loss of a piece he resigned on move 20. Gupta thus won the tournament, half a point ahead of Bok, Werle, and Deep Sangupta, who defeated Stelios Halkias in the final round.
Second, the match between Jan Timman and Jorden van Foreest. Timman had won games three and four to clinch at least a draw in the six-game match, and when van Foreest won game five that outcome remained possible. Timman had white in game six and kept everything pretty well under control until his careless or overly optimistic 22nd move. This gave his opponent a chance to win material with 25...Bb5, but he didn't play. Then Timman had a chance to be much better with 27.dxe6, but another unsound sac left him in trouble again - briefly. 28...Rd2 was winning; instead, Timman was winning two moves later, but when he missed 30.Nxf7! (30...Kxf7 31.Bxd5+ destroys Black's position) and, once again, 31.Nxf7, the game finished in a draw. Timman thus won the match 3.5-2.5.