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, but it soon fizzled out into a draw.

Van Foreest-Bjerre
The Grand Prix attack with very sharp play. Bjerre had some chances in the beginning, for instance 13…axb5 would have been a very interesting sacrifice. Soon after the position swung Van Foreest’s way and the dutchman could clinch the tournament win in a determined fashion.

Bacrot-Sarin
Nihal Sarin got a promising position in an interesting Ruy Lopez. But after an exchange of queens Bacrot had no problem in securing the draw.

Short- Keymer
A battle between Keymer’s bishop pair and Short’s two knights. With little time left on the clock Keymer lost a pawn, but could still hold on to a draw without too much trouble.

Pairings round 7

Wednesday September 29th 12.00 CET

Jonas Buhl Bjerre – Etienne Bacrot
Gawain Jones – J Van Foreest
Vincent Keymer – Nils Grandelius
Nihal Sarin – Nigel Short

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 Foreest took full advantage and secured the win with forceful play.

Jones-Short
Very complicated play in the advance variation of the French defence. The initiative switched back and forth between the two Englishmen before the draw was finally agreed. A result we suspect Nigel Short might be the least happy about.

Keymer – Sarin
Nihal Sarin was well prepared as black in the Queen’s Indian. With a comfortable position he suddenly lost control at around move 53 and the game was beyond saving soon after. At this level of play there is no room for error!

Pairings round 6

Tuesday September 28th 14.00 CET

Nigel Short – Vincent Keymer
Nils Grandelius – Gawain Jones
J Van Foreest – Jonas Buhl Bjerre
Etienne Bacrot – Nihal Sarin

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 gained an edge that Short steered towards the win in a rook ending. 
 
Grandelius-Van Foreest
A long theory variation in the Catalan gave an equal rook ending and a draw.
 
Bacrot-Keymer
Black tried an unusual set up in the Reti with h6-g5. Just after 20 moves a draw was agreed through repetition of moves. 
 
Sarin vs Jones
Sarin vs Jones. Photo: Anders Hansen

Sarin-Jones

In a balanced position in the Spanish opening, Jones surprisingly sacrificed a pawn. The compensation was never enough and Sarin played very well in a long endgame to claim the full point. 

Pairings round 5

Monday September 27th 14.00 CET

J Van Foreest – Etienne Bacrot
Jonas Buhl Bjerre – Nils Grandelius
Gawain Jones – Nigel Short
Vincent Keymer – Nihal Sarin

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 vs Short
Van Foreest vs Short. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

Van Foreest-Short
Van Foreest surprised with the unusual 11.f4 in a Scotch game. Short replied with the subpar 11.-g6 and Van Foreest soon had a promising attack. Despite black’s inventive defence there was no stopping white’s win.

 

 

 

Bjerre-Sarin
Long theoretical line in the Sveshnikov. The game was never unbalanced and after several exchanges a draw was agreed.

Jones-Keymer
Keymer chose the Caro-Kann defence and equalised comfortably. Both players tried to gain the initiative, but an opposite coloured bishop ending resulted in a draw.

Pairings round 4

Sunday September 26th 14.00 CET

Nigel Short – Jonas Buhl Bjerre
Nils Grandelius – J Van Foreest
Nihal Sarin – Gawain Jones
Etienne Bacrot – Vincent Keymer

Round 2 report

Another exciting round! This time every game ended with hard fought draws.
 
Short vs Grandelius. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

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 the play was sharp. Keymer’s bishop pair could eventually even out Bjerre’s extra doubled pawn and no winner could be found. 
 
Sarin-Van Foreest
Sarin’s early pressure became an extra pawn, but at the cost of a bad overall pawn structure. Van Foreest defended admirably and managed to enter a drawn knight endgame, despite being two pants down. 
 
Bacrot-Jones
An early h4 showed white’s ambitions, but Jones defended with ease. Black then sacrificed the exchange to try and get the initiative. But Bacrot gave back the material and a drawn opposite coloured bishop endgame shared the point. 
 

Parings round 3

Saturday September 25th 14.00 CET

Nils Grandelius – Etienne Bacrot
J Van Foreest – Nigel Short
Jonas Buhl Bjerre – Nihal Sarin
Gawain Jones – Vincent Keymer