Chess Cities Cup – the first official hybrid tournament

Due to the pandemic, the International Chess Federation launches a new concept: a tournament combining playing online and with a physical board.

Photo: Maria Eklind,

Malmö is one of the cities, and will meet Barcelona, Bratislava and Oslo. The teams gather in their respective venue, with each player in front of an chess board. Moves are automatically transmitted to the opponents, and the players are supervised by cameras and arbiters.

When the Swedish national league was played for the first time 1950, long distant matches were allowed to be played by phone. It is time again!

Chess Cities Cup

20-21 February on Malmö Live (photo).
Spectators can follow the games and listen to the commentator online: Saturday 10:00 and 16:00, Sunday 11:00.
Contact: Johan Berntsen, 040-15 03 88,

Malmö(Tepe Sigeman Chess)

  1. GM Tiger Hillarp Persson (photo)
  2. IM Jesper Hall
  3. GM Axel Smith
  4. IM Björn Ahlander
  5. GM Stellan Brynell
  6.  Joel Eklund
  7.  Johan Sigeman

* GM = Grand master.
* IM = International master.

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Tiger Hillarp (right) plays first board for Malmö. Photo from the same venue at Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2019.