Round 2 – comments by GM Stellan Brynell

Stellan Brynell
GM Stellan Brynell Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

Only one win but plenty of action in round 2! Erigiasi is now in the lead with a 100% start to the tournament.


Grandelius equalised comfortably against Adams’ Najdorf Sicilian. Exchanges resulted in an opposite coloured bishop ending and a subsequent draw.


Niemann’s opening preparation seemed to lack somewhat as Navara quickly gained the upper hand in an Italian game. Navara played very ambitiously and swooped in for a risky pawn grab with 21.Qxb7. A few moves later he followed up with queen sacrifice and the game became very complicated. In the end Niemann forced a draw by perpetual checks.

Shirov-Van Foreest

The game began in the advance variation of the Caro-Kann but soon departed from the more well known theory. Everything looked balanced until Van Foreest managed the interesting piece sacrifice 24…Be6 in white’s time trouble. Under pressure Shirov found the best defence and managed to steer the play into a drawn rook ending.


Erigaisi played the Fantansy variation against Salem’s Caro-Kann. 19…c4 by black was probably a mistake and with a closed centre Erigaisi could mount a forceful attack on the kingside. No breakthrough could be found, but instead white simplified into a endgame with a clear advantage that led to the win.

Pairings round 3

Pairings round 3, may 5, 3 pm CET:

GM Saleh Salem GM Alexei Shirov
GM Hans Niemann GM Arjun Eirigaisi
GM Nils Grandelius GM David Navara
GM Jorden Van Foreest GM Michael Adams

Round 1 – comments by GM Stellan Brynell

Stellan Brynell
GM Stellan Brynell Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

An exciting first round. Looks like we are in for an action packed week at the 2022 instalment of the TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament!


A sharp semi-Slav where Erigaisi surprised everyone with the unusual 12.Be2. Shirov used a lot of time trying to find his way through Erigaisi’s prepared opening. After 24 (!) moves it seemed like white finally reached unknown territory, but he had already led Shirov into deep waters. After the strong 32.Qd1 black’s position came crashing down.

Grandelius-Van Foreest

The Panov variation of the Caro-Kann took the players into a interesting middlegame with Grandelius’ bishop pair compensating for Van Foreest’s passed pawn on c3. Status quo was never challenged and the players agreed to a draw in an opposite coloured bishop endgame.


Salem surprised his opponent with both 1.e4 and 3.Bc4 against the Sicilian. The uncharacteristic opening moves would prove fruitful as Salem quickly gained an advantage. Navarra sacrificed a piece for some pawns and counterplay, but it wasn’t enough as white found an effective plan and made the extra material count.


The exchange variation in the Queen’s gambit. The position seemed to favour Niemann when he managed the thematic e4-break, but Adams defended well and managed to hold the draw with ease despite being a pawn down in the endgame.

Pairings round 2

Pairings round 2, may 4th, 3 pm CET:
GM Alexei Shirov – GM Jorden Van Foreest
GM Michel Adams – GM Nils Grandelius
GM David Navara – GM Hans Niemann
GM Arjun Eirigaisi – GM Saleh Salem

Pairings round 1

Pairings round 1 may 3rd, 3 pm CET :
Arjun Erigaisi – Alexei Shirov

Saleh Salem – David Navara

Hans Niemann – Michael Adams

Nils Grandelius – Jorden Van Foreest

Brynell and l’Ami expert commentators 2022

Stellan Brynell
GM Stellan Brynell Photo: Lars OA Hedlund
Erwin L'lami
GM Erwin L’lami Photo: Stefan64, Wikimedia

The tournament’s expert commentators this year will be GM Stellan Brynell and GM Erwin l’Ami. Brynell has been the host of the commentator studio for many years, while his assistants usually vary from year to year.

Dutch Grandmaster Erwin l’Ami who is Brynell’s sidekick this year is ranked No. 156 in the world with E2622. On his track record, we find, among other things, a victory in the very strong open tournament Reykjavik Open 2015.

… and so there were only 2 left

Then it was finally time to present the two players who remain in this year’s starting field. The two are: GM Michael Adams,England & GM Hans Niemann,USA!

Michael Adams
GM Michael Adams, England Photo: © Lennart Ootes
Hans Niemann
GM Hans Niemann, USA Photo: © Lennart Ootes








The fighters we will follow on the 64 squares in Malmö between May 3rd and 9th when the tournament is played are thus the following:

  1. GM Jorden van Foreest, The Netherlands
  2. GM Michael Adams, England
  3. GM David Navara, Czech Republic
  4. GM Alexei Shirov, Spain
  5. GM Saleh Salem, United Arab Emirates
  6. GM Arjun Erigaisi, India
  7. GM Nils Grandelius, Sweden
  8. GM Hans Niemann, USA

GM Saleh Salem & GM Arjun Erigaisi

Photo: Krzysztof Szeląg
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Arjun Erigaisi
Photo: © Lennart Ootes – Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022













Two more players for the 2022 edition of the tournament are presented today: GM Saleh Salem, United Arab Emirates and GM Arjun Arigaisi, India. Now all that remains is to present the last two players and this year’s list of participants is complete.

At present, the following players have been presented:

  • GM Nils Grandelius, Sweden
  • GM Jorden van Foreest, Holland
  • GM David Navara, Czech Republic
  • GM Alexei Shirov, Spain
  • GM Saleh Salem, UAE
  • GM Arjun Arigaisi, India

Two more players are presented today

Alexei Shirov
Alexei Shirov
Photo: Lars OA Hedlund
David Navara
David Navara
Photo: David Llada

Tepe SIgeman & Co Chess Tournament can today present two more players in this year’s starting field: David Navara, Czech Republic and Alexei Shirov, Spain.
It is already known that Nils Grandelius, Sweden and Jorden van Foreest, Holland will participate in this year’s tournament.

Four additional players will be introduced in the coming weeks.