Anand wins the SIS Masters in Denmark

4/8/2003 – Viswanathan Anand, the "33-årige indisk verdensmester", won the SIS-MH Masters, Denmark, held from April 4-6 2003 in Middelfart on the Danish island of Funen. The other players were GMs Peter Heine Nielsen and Curt Hansen of Denmark, together with Swedish GM Jonny Hector, the event was a double round robin of rapid games. The Danish television station DR2 made a 30 minutes program to be broadcast on April 14. You will find a report and the games here...

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Viswanathan Anand, 33, world champion 2000 and winner of the recent top event in Wijk aan Zee, has been idolised by chess fans all over the world, ever since he opened his palmarés with a win of the Asian Junior Championship 1984. In 1987 he won the World Championship for Juniors, at the same time becoming the youngest GM in the world at that time. He won the world title 2000 defeating GM Shirov in the final.
Peter Heine Nielsen, 29, is at 2650 presently Denmark’s highest-rated player. He won the Danish Championship 1996, 1999 and 2001. Among his many tournament wins is the victory in the North Sea Cup 2001, the strongest Danish chess event ever, and the traditional Hastings tournament 2002-2003. In the Danish national team he has played 43 games losing only 5 but winning 16, and was awarded the silver medal on board 3 at the Moscow chess Olympics in 1994, the year in which he achieved his GM-title.
Curt Hansen, 38, was undisputedly the strongest Danish player in the 1990s. He won the European Junior Championship in 1982 at 17, and the junior World Championship two years later. He has won six Danish championships and played four chess Olympiads, all on the top board, with a score of 66%. His highest ranking in the world rating list was 14 in 1992. Since 1997 he has played for Köln-Porz in the Bundesliga and won “the double”, championship and cup, in three consecutive years 1998-2000.

Jonny Hector, 39, is Swedish but has lived in Denmark for more than ten years, after marrying a Danish woman. He is extremely popular with his enterprising style of playing and his firm belief that playing chess has to be fun! His aggressive style is consistent with the Trojan hero with whom he shares his name. Hector has won tournaments in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, France, England, Spain, and Hungary, and he has played for Sweden in four chess Olympiads.

The winner of the SIS-MH Masters was Vishy Anand, who took first place, drawing a single game and winning the rest. The two Danes scored 50% each, while the luckless Jonny Hector only managed to score a single draw.

All the games in zipped PGN.


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