Round 6 report

Grandelius and Short failed to make up any ground on Jorden Van Foreest and with one round to go we already have a champion! A very impressive display by the dutchman. Grandelius-Jones Interesting theoretical duel in the anti-Berliner of the Ruy Lopez. Grandelius tried to put some pressure on Jones, …

Round 5 report

Bjerre-Grandelius Grandelius surprised most of us by choosing the Open Ruy Lopez. An early advantage for black was transformed into a win in a convincing way by the Swede. Van Foreest-Bacrot Bacrot managed to reach the middle game comfortably as black in the French defence, before becoming mysteriously passive. Van …

Round 4 report

Van Foreest is still in the lead, with legend Nigel Short now leading the chasing pack.    Short-Bjerre The Grand Prix attack in the Sicilian. Short played aggressively but Bjerre gave as good as he got until 26…Rd8, which allowed white to put the king to safety with h2-h3. White …

Round 3 report

Jordan Van Foreest is in the lead after three rounds, closely followed by the also undefeated Gawain Jones. Grandelius-Bacrot A balanced exchange slav until Grandelius made an uncharacteristic blunder with 26.a4. It cost a piece and soon after the game. Van Foreest-Short Van Foreest surprised with the unusual 11.f4 in …

Round 2 report

Another exciting round! This time every game ended with hard fought draws.   Short-Grandelius A sharp Sicilian were both players had chances. Short looked like pulling the longest straw, but after the complications only a drawn endgame was left.            Keymer-Bjerre Despite an early queen exchange …

Round 1 report

Short-Bacrot Bacrot equalized comfortably as black in the Sicilian opening, but Short gained an edge as the time control approached. A very interesting and unusual endgame materialised  – two bishops and passed pawns against a queen. Bacrot tried to make the bishop pair count, but in the end Short’s queen …