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Stockholm Chess Challenge 01: Young Talents compete in Sweden

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 07/03/2017

The Stockholm Chess Challenge began in Sweden on 6 March 2017 with four grandmasters competing for 30,000 SEK. The field includes three Indians and 24 hungry and talented young players. We have an illustrated report with beautiful portraits by Lars OA Hedlund.

Stockholm Chess Challenge 01: Young Talents compete in Sweden

Photos by Lars OA Hedlund

 

The first round of Stockholm Chess Challenge started on 6th March at the Memory Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden.  The tournament is being organized by Stockholm's Chess Society and Stockholm Chess Federation. The event is sponsored by technology company Data Respons and co-sponsored by Memory Hotel, the host of the tournament.

 

The time control is the spacious 40 moves in 90 minutes, then the rest of the game 15 minutes, 30 secs. per move from move 1. The prize fund is 30,000 SEK, which roughly translates to Rs. 2,22,000, which is very good for a 24-player tournament.

GM Erik Blomqvist (2554) of Sweden is the top seed. There are 4 GMs in the fray.

The first round already had some upsets.

The major one: The Swedish talent Milton Pantzar (2257) beat IM Aman Hambleton.

Andreas Tryggestad managed to hold a draw...

...against GM Adam Tukhaev, who recently won two tournaments in India.

The Russian talent Stefan Pogosyan beat...

...his higher rated opponent Hemant Sharma, India.

Eivind Olav Risting, Norway, won also surprisingly against Tor Fredrik Kaasen.

 

FM Rakesh Kumar Jena suffered a defeat in the first round against IM Jonathan Westerberg.

As did Sahil Tickoo, the lowest seed in the tournament.

See the games from Round 01 with analysis by ChessBase 14:


Round 2 on 2017/03/07 at 10:00

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 9 IM Lindgren Philip 2421 1   1 GM Blomqvist Erik 2554 1
2 12 IM Haubro Martin 2347 1   1 GM Maiorov Nikita 2518 3
3 4 IM Westerberg Jonathan 2475 1   1 FM Stefansson Vignir Vatnar 2353 11
4 19 FM Risting Eivind Olav 2283 1   1 GM Bajarani Ulvi 2466 5
5 6 IM Hansen Mads 2446 1   1   Pantzar Milton 2257 20
6 2 GM Tukhaev Adam 2541 ½   1 CM Pogosyan Stefan 2215 22
7 8 IM Hambleton Aman 2441 0   ½ FM Garberg Tryggestad Andreas 2324 14
8 17   Tuomainen Felix 2297 0   0 FM Kaasen Tor Fredrik 2442 7
9 10   Hemant Sharma 2399 0   0 FM Thorn Eric 2284 18
10 13 FM Mihajlov Sebastian 2346 0   0 FM Erdene Baasansuren 2221 21
11 15 FM Kenneskog Theodor 2323 0   0   Sahil Tickoo 2180 24
12 23   Sorensen Hampus 2192 0   0 FM Rakesh Jena Kumar 2315 16

 


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