Cheparinov wins Sigeman, Carlsen takes Gausdal

4/28/2007 – We knew about Ivan Cheparinov's victory one round before the end. The 20-year-old Bulgarian took the tournament with a point and a half more than his nearest rival Jan Timman. In Gausdal 16-year-old Magnus Carlsen won his final game against Mihal Krasenkow to take first, a point ahead of three players (amongst them Lajos Portisch). Final report, standings, games.

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The Sigeman & Co Chess tournament took place from April 18 to 26 in central Malmö, Sweden. The participants includes veteran Jan Timman, who won the tournament three times in the past, and some newcomers, like 20-year-old Bulgarian Ivan Cheparinov, second of Veselin Topalov, Dutch star Erwin L’Ami, 22, and the world’s youngest grandmaster, 14-year-old Parimarjan Negi, India.

Final report

Ivan Cheparinov and Jan Timman drew their last-round game (Timman had white) in 24 moves, maintaining their 1½-point difference. So Cheparinov took the clear win with a 2761 performance. Tiger Hillarp Persson and Emanuel Berg drew their individual game to stay in joint second place with Timman. Parimarjan Negi won his final game to stay in line with his 2515 rating.


The winner, by a 1½-point margin: Ivan Cheparinov of Bulgaria

Final standings


The Gausdal Chess Classics took place from April 18-26, 2007 in the Thon Hotel in Gausdal, Norway. The rate of play was 2 hours for 40 moves, 1 hour for 20 moves and 30 minutes for the rest of the game. The prize fund was Euro 1300, 1000 and 700 for first to third.

After eight rounds Magnus Carlsen was leading by half a point, ahead of Polish GM Michal Krasenkow. As fate would have it the two met in the final round. Would Krasenkow be able to pull off a last-minute victory?

Carlsen,M (2693) - Krasenkow,M (2661) [A90]
Chess Classic GM Gausdal NOR (9), 26.04.2007
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.Nbd2 f5 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Ne5 b6 9.Ndf3 Ne4 10.Qc2 Bb7 11.b3 a5 12.Bb2 Na6 13.a3 Qe7 14.Nd3 Rac8 15.e3 c5 16.Nde5 cxd4 17.exd4 a4 18.Qd3 Nb8 19.Rfc1 Nd7 20.cxd5 Bxd5 21.b4 Ndf6 22.Nc4 Qb7 23.Qe2 Ng4 24.Nfd2 Nxd2 25.Nxd6 Rxc1+ 26.Bxc1 Qc6?

Magnus executes a petit combination to win material and fairly soon the game and the tournament: 27.Qxe6+ Bxe6 28.Bxc6 Nb3 29.d5 Ne5 30.Rb1 Nd4 31.dxe6 Nexc6 32.b5 Ne7 33.Be3 Rd8 34.Nc4 Ne2+ 35.Kg2 Nc3 36.Re1 Nxb5 37.Bg5 Kf8 38.Re5 Nd6 39.Nxb6 h6 40.Be3 Ke8 41.Ra5 1-0.


Gausdal winner Magnus Carlsen, with a 2737 performance

Lajos Portisch, the 70-year-old Hungarian chess legend, drew his game against Gawain Jones (in 18 moves with the black pieces) and remained in joint second with Eduardas Rozentalis and Michal Krasenkow. IM Irina Krush won her last game, with black, against Eric Moskow, the lowest-ranked player in the tournament. In spite of her three consecutive losses, which she compensated with three wins, Irina has played 81 points above her FIDE rating of 2464.

Final standings


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