Report from Stockholm by Alina l'Ami
The 41st Rilton Cup is being played in three groups: Rilton Cup, Rilton Elo
and Rilton Open (the Open is only for Nordic players with a national rating
lower than 1800). The Rilton Cup and Rilton Elo are Elo registered and play
nine rounds FIDE-Swiss. Time controls: 40 moves in 90 minutes, then the rest
of the game in 30 minutes, with 30 seconds increment per move from the beginning.
Rounds start at 3:00 p.m. except for the final round which starts at noon. The
prize fund is 200,000 SEK (about 20,000 Euros).
The venue is the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden
I am sending ChessBase a pictorial report before the end of the tournament.
There will be a full final report when I get back home, on 7 January. Right
now I am supposed to be working a bit on my openings, which went badly yesterday.
But today another chance to fight!
briefly, something I found interesting: the event is held every year thanks
to a very generous man, Dr. Tore
Rilton, a Swedish doctor who left six million Swedish kronor in his will
to be used only for chess. This money went into a fund and all the interest
that comes out of it is used to organise the tournament I am playing in right
now: the Rilton Cup.
Another interesting fact is that our free day will be on 31 December and not
on 1 January, because the hotel staff will use the room for the New Year's Eve
party, so it will be occupied. Nevertheless, the advantage would be that we
can see the city, with some shops open, with some people on the streets. Otherwise,
on 1 January it will be completely dead and deserted.
If I thought before that the Dutch and German amateur players are extremely
dangerous, I have started to have my doubts – the Swedish are unexpectedly
strong! And the tournament itself is quite tough. You'll never play against
a total patzer here.
This is it for now, I'll come back on 8th of January, after I will play a game
in the Dutch league. Good luck and inspiration for all your articles! And a
Happy New Year.
The tournament poster
The lobby of the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm
An ice rink close to our hotel
I was impressed with the Swedish infrastructure, how they managed to connect
the small islands that Stockholm is settled on
Beautiful sunset at....13.30 o'clock in the afternoon – Nordic country,
In the city centre
The Stockholm Palace
Tough shot: your reporter reflected in the window of a shop selling giant
Tournament hall, with Volkov Sergey talking to Eduardas Rozentalis
The first boards, which are broadcast live, on the right side, with seats
A future GM amongst the chess fans
The main group
Solak Dragan, who recently switched federations from Serbian to Turkish,
playing Simone de Filomeno
Henriksson Johan against Sergey Volkov
GM Erwin l'Ami, with whom I have a special relationship
Eduardas Rozentalis – look in the background: you can see a
train. At this point, it's around 15.30 and already dark.
Rolf Bergstrom against Bartosz Socko
Analysis room, with commentators FM Luis Couso for rounds 1-4 and GM Ulf
Andersson for 5-9
Standings after three rounds