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.

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, https://flickr.com/mariaeklind

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: www.tepesigemanchess.com Saturday 10:00 and 16:00, Sunday 11:00.
Contact: Johan Berntsen, 040-15 03 88, msf@telia.com.

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
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