Pairings round 1 Cities Cup

Round 1 on 2021/02/20 at 10.00
Bo. 1   Bratislava Rtg 4   Oslo Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 GM
Pechac, Jergus (MrBochwalt)
2507 IM
Johansson, Linus (Linusj)
1.2 IM
Sahidi, Samir (samisahi)
2407 IM
Hauge, Lars Oskar (Larso)
1.3 FM
Kostolansky, Sebastian Lukas (SebastianKost
2393 IM
Nilsen, Joachim Birger (JoaBN)
1.4 FM
Jablonicky, Martin (mjsvk123)
2287 FM
Ranaldi, Lucas (Lucasran)
Bo. 2   Barcelona Rtg 3   Malmö Rtg 0 : 0
2.1 GM
Edouard, Romain (Lapinews)
2614 GM
Hillarp Persson, Tiger (Brumul)
2.2 GM
Alonso Rosell, Alvar (Guirepa)
2564 GM
Smith, Axel (schackstudion)
2.3 GM
Narciso Dublan, Marc (Sitojumi)
2520 IM
Ahlander, Bjorn (BjornAhl)
2.4 GM
Moskalenko, Viktor (Nemo101)
2478 GM
Brynell, Stellan (canuara)

Pairings Hybrid Tournament Cities Cup

Pairings and results on Chess-results
The first team has white on boards 1 and 3, the second team has white on boards 2 and 4

Round 1 Saturday 20 February 10.00 CET
1	  Bratislava	-  Oslo
2	  Barcelona	-  Malmö

Round 2 Saturday 20 February 16.00 CET
1	  Oslo		-  Malmö
2	  Bratislava	-  Barcelona

Round 3 Sunday 21 February 11.00 CET
1	  Barcelona	-  Oslo
2	  Malmö	  	-  Bratislava

Team Members Cities Cup

Four players per team play each match, two are reserves.


  1. GM Tiger Hillarp Persson E2543
  2. GM Axel Smith E2452
  3. IM Björn Ahlander E2352
  4. GM Stellan Brynell E2421
  5. Joel Eklund E2267
  6. Johan Sigeman E2146


  1. GM Romain Edouard E2614
  2. GM Alvar Alonso E2564
  3. GM Fernando Peralta E2554
  4. GM Marc Narciso E2520
  5. GM Viktor Moskalenko E2478

Oslo (offerspil Sjakk klubb)

  1. GM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen E2612
  2. GM Frode Urkedal E2568
  3. IM Linus Johansson E2486
  4. IM Lars Oskar Hauge E2483
  5. IM Joachim B Nilsen E2418
  6. FM Lucas Ranaldi E2333


  1. GM Jergus Pechac E2507
  2. IM Juraj Druska E2495
  3. IM Samir Sahidi E2407
  4. FM Lukas Sebastian Kostolansky E2393
  5. FM Martin Jablonicky E2287
  6. FM Peter Jancovic E2297

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.

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

The starting field of the 2021 Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament is now complete!

The starting field is an interesting mix of legends, young stars on the rise and top players:

  • GM Anatoly Karpov, Russia, World Champion 1975-1985 and 1993-1999
  • GM Nils Grandelius, Sweden, number one on the Swedish rating list
  • GM Alexei Shirov , Spain, former World Championship challenger
  • GM David Navara, Czech Republic, one of the strongest chess players in Europe
  • GM Liêm Quang Lê, Vietnam, the current Asian champion
  • GM Harika Dronavalli. India, one of the world’s strongest female players
  • GM Jorden Van Foreest, the Netherlands, winner of the 2021 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
  • GM Nihal Sarin, India, a chess prodigy who, at 14, became India’s youngest grandmaster

The tournament will offer live commentary by GM Ivan Sokolov and GM Stellan Brynell.

Anatoly Karpov to play the 2020 Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament

Mr Karpov together with one of the main sponsors, Mr Johan Sigeman

Anatoly Karpov was Chess World Champion 1975-1985 and 1993-1999. He played five World Championship matches against another legend, Garry Kasparov, matches that many think were the best World Championship matches ever. Throughout his career, Karpov has won more than 150 top level tournaments and he is widely considered one of the greatest chess players ever.

In the last decade, Karpov has mainly played in the Bundesliga and in other team competitions, and some rapid chess. This will be the first time in 10 years that he plays at top level round-robin tournament!

The 26th edition of the Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament will be played April 29-May 5 2020 at the Malmo Live conference center in Malmo, Sweden. Eight players will play seven rounds and among others, Karpov will face Swedish number one Nils Grandelius, former World Championship challenger Alexei Shirov, Czech number one David Navara and Indian chess prodigy Nihal Sarin.

The full starting field will be announced soon!

Johan Berntsen
Director, TePe Sigeman Chess
++46 709317574

TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2020

The next Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament will be played 29 April – 5 May
2020. 8 players will play 7 rounds at Malmo Live.

Round 7 report

…and it is all over! Seven days filled with combative games is at an end. Gawain Jones claimed first place and the audience has been treated to chess fireworks during the last week.

The much anticipated decider between Gawain Jones and Pentala Harikrishna never really got going as Jones played a very solid game as white. Pentala saw no realistic winning chances in a barren position and accepted the fully justified draw offer. Gawain was champion!

Parham Maghsoodloo experimented in the opening as black against Dieter Nisipeanu. It quickly resulted in a worse position and soon Dieter had both an extra pawn and a won position. Time trouble made the German lose his way and Parham made a fortunate escape.

Both Nihal Sarin and Tiger Hillarp Persson used a surprising amount of time playing well known theory. Tiger managed to snatch a pawn, but couldn’t convert it into a win and had to settle for the draw.

The tournament’s very last game was Ivan Saric against Nils Grandelius. A seemingly equal middlegame all of a sudden turned lethal for black as another opposite coloured bishop position appeared. Nils missed the devastating Rxe5 and Ivan was winning, but the Swede saved the game miraculously. An entertaining end to and entertaining tournament!

TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament would like to thank the players for taking part and providing the audience with exciting chess every minute of the seven rounds. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the sponsors, partners and the venue Malmö Live.

Final standings Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2019

Plac.   ELO Nation Points
1. Gawain Jones 2702 England 5
2. Pentala Harikrishna 2730 India
3. Nils Grandelius 2688 Sweden 4
4. Dieter Nisipeanu 2667 Germany
5-6. Nihal Sarin 2598 India 3
5-6. Parham Magsoodloo 2671 Iran 3
7-8. Tiger Hillarp Persson 2563 Sweden
7-8. Ivan Saric 2694 Croatia