Friday 24 May 2013

Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2013

The best Swedish chess tournament, Sigeman & Co Chess is approaching it´s middle part.
It is a round robin tournament with eight players, among them four Swedish players and four very strong Grandmasters from other countries.
The first name of the tournament is former challenger for chess crown, Nigel Short.
Usually, I am not able to visit commentary room and playing venue during previous editions of this tournament, due to my schedule, but this year I grab my chance to visit the tournament.
I was in Hipp in Malmö yesterday, and today.

In the commentary room you can follow very instructive analysis of the living legend, GM Ulf Andersson, and GM Stellan Brynell assisting him.

When I was watching Ulf Andersson sharing his opinions about positions,  I thought that chess must be the simple game, yet I know how hard and complex it is.
I should also mention a funny and pragmatic comments and style of Stellan Brynell (neighbour Stellan, as he is called on Inte bara schack ).

There were some very interesting games in the first three rounds of the tournament.
The most impression on me left, Richard Rapport´s victory against Nigel Short and Grandelius victory over Jonny Hector, when he showed nice technique from the position after the opening.
His play with a bishop, which was better then Hector´s knight was instructive.
Even Ulf Andersson looked impressed, although he already after the opening explained why the bishop is better and what will be the best plan for Nils.

In today's game however a luck turned against Nils, and in favour of Short.
Despite rather easy play in the opening, Nils went wrong and Short got his first full point.
There were a lot of fight in every game, but today´s round was finished earlier then one could expect.

As some players like to say " A short day at the office".
In this picture you can see a playing hall at 18:00 p.m. exactly four hours after the start of the round.
For the players who has possibility to visit the tournament, I can strongly recommend it, as entry is only 30 Swedish crowns (3,5 euro), while those who can not visit it, I can recommend very good coverage on official site, and on Lars Grahn´s blog (link is on the right side of blog).


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