Round 1 report

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 proved too strong.
Grandelius was well prepared for Sarin’s Spanish with 3…g6. An early advantage became an ending where the Swede could force the win through an attack on the king. 
A rollercoaster of a game – Jones both gained the advantage and lost it in an exciting king’s indian game. After 40 moves Bjerre made a mistake and Jones could regain the advantage in a decisive way.
Van Foreest-Keymer
Van Foreest surprised both us and Keymer with an incredible opening preparation in the Panov variation of the Caro-Kann. Keymer defended himself with vigour, but having used a lot of time early in the game, could not hold the complicated endgame. 

Pairings round 2

Friday September 24th 14.00 CET

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

Good news!

The starting field is now complete. The young grandmaster Jonas Buhl Bjerre from Denmark will be the 8th player in this year’s tournament. GM Bjerre really showed his strength in the recently concluded European Championships. He ended up in 22nd place and thus qualified for the World Cup.

New dates for the tournament

After all, the Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament will be played in 2021. The tournament will be played September 23 – 29 at Elite Plaza Hotel in Malmö. The start field looks like this:

  1. GM Jorden Van Foreest, The Netherlands E2698
  2. GM Gawain Jones, England E2684
  3. GM Etienne Bacrot, France E2672
  4. GM Nils Grandelius, Sweden E2666
  5. GM Nihal Sarin, India E2655
  6. GM Nigel Short, England E2626
  7. GM Anatoly Karpov, Russia E2617
  8. GM Vincent Keymer, Germany E2602

Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament 2021

Dear chessfriends,
Due to the current situation with the corona (COVID-19) virus, we have decided to cancel the
April 2021 Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament.

The current restrictions imposed by the EU and the Swedish government has once again made it impossible to continue planning this event.
But, right now we are investigating the possibility to go through with the tournament later this
year instead (somewhere in August-October).

We will get back with more information as soon as possible.
Best Regards
Johan Berntsen, Tournament Director

Round 1 of 1st European Hybrid Cities Cup has started!

After some minor problems all the games in the match Barcelona – Malmö started about 10 minutes after the scheduled start at 10.00.

Tiger Hillarp Persson
Tiger H Persson black against GM Romain Edouard on board 1.