Thursday, 13 September 2012

Skovbo GM 2012

I didn´t wrote articles on the blog since the Olympiad finished and   I thought that it can be good idea to inform the readers about what is going on in my chess activities.
Tomorrow starts one open tournament in Denmark (in Borup, to be more precise) and I will take part in it.
It is in the beginning of my long training period and I was quite unsure would I play or not.
Still, playing conditions are quite good (I mean, even for IMs) and playing venue is also quite nice.
I need to say that I am really impressed how things works in chess in Denmark and I criticised Swedish chess organisers for not doing the same, and was ready to do it again in this text, when I got a quite interesting mail from one of Swedish organisers. 

As I said I am in the period of working on my chess, and I hope that it will give some results in the next year or so.
I did not forgot my text about improvement in chess and soon I will continue to publish these articles also, it is just that the Olympiad was quite interesting for readers to follow and I enjoyed to write my opinions about some important points.
As I said, in Denmark things in chess works a bit different compared to Sweden.
I do not want to say that things in Sweden works bad, but almost complete chess activity was oriented towards amateurs.
While in Denmark any serious tournament is Elo registered, and there is some tournaments which are especially interesting for players in Scania, in Sweden there are a lot weekend tournaments, without conditions for IMs, with completely unfair sharing of prize money (it is quite possible that the first prize is 1000 euro, second 600, third and fourth 200 euros, without fifth prize).
However, things changes, slowly but surly.
In the next year, it will be organised one more GM and IM tournament (closed groups) in one Swedish town. 
I will not write anything more about that before organizers publish that information.
However, it seems that Swedish title players, and aspirants for titles can expect more tournaments in Sweden ( I have to say that even Lidköping SK will organize IM tournament this year, but I don´t know details about that).
Back to Denmark and Skovbo GM tournament.
It is an open tournament which is going to be played this weekend , and the next weekend.
It starts tomorrow with the first round , and than double round on the Saturday.
The fourth round will be played on Sunday, and than players have three free days.
The second part of this tournament starts on Thursday (next week) with fifth round, than sixth round on Friday, double round on Saturday and the last round on Sunday.
So even if it seems that there are many double rounds, it is actually just two days with double rounds, and there are three free days in the middle of tournament.
Quite nice.
Right now, there are around 70 names on starting list, and I am rated number 15.
There are some GMs , and a few from Ukraine and India among others.
I don´t have any expectations, and I will just travel there and enjoy in playing some chess.
Other details you can find on the official website: Skovbo GM 2012 .


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