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Krasenkow leads in XLII Rilton Cup with 4.0/4 points

12/31/2012 – The Rilton Cup is Sweden's most famous chess tournament. It is being held in the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, where in the winter months people seem to be afraid of colds, the flu or perhaps the dreaded norovirus. Many played with medical face masks. Not so the Polish GM Michal Krasenkow, who after four rounds leads the field barefaced with a perfect score. Illustrated report by Alina L'Ami.
 

The Rilton Cup is Sweden's biggest and most famous international chess tournament. It was originally initiated by a donation from a doctor, Tore Rilton, and since 1985 the tournament is financially secure. A special challenge prize, donated by SEB Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, is the Rilton-medal in genuine gold. The tournament has over the years been very helpful for talented Swedish juniors. This year the Rilton tournament is part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympics. Every Rilton participant will receive a copy of the medal that the Olympic medal winners received in 1912.

The Rilton Cup is being held as a a nine-round FIDE Swiss from December 27, 2012 to January 5, 2013 (Dec. 31 is a free day), at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm, Ringvägen 98, Stockholm. The event is open for players with a FIDE or national rating of at least 2200, with exemptions granted to players who applied before November 15th, and priority given to juniors. Time controls as 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one. Prizes range from 20,000 SEK for first to 3,000 SEK for tenth (one SEK is 12 Euro cents, or 15 US cents). There are also prizes of 1,000-3,000 SEK for the different rating groups.

Standings after four rounds

#
Title
Namn
Nat
Rtng
Pts
 TB1 
 TB2 
1
GM
Krasenkow Michal
POL
2628
4.0
2441
2395
2
GM
Shimanov Aleksandr
RUS
2630
3.5
2449
2401
3
IM
Urkedal Frode
NOR
2469
3.0
2521
2443
4
IM
Sipilä Vilka
FIN
2425
3.0
2521
2431
5
WGM
Zaiatz Elena
RUS
2427
3.0
2507
2421
6
GM
Ivanov Sergey
RUS
2550
3.0
2465
2405
7
GM
Smirin Ilya
ISR
2652
3.0
2461
2413
8
GM
Socko Bartosz
POL
2631
3.0
2446
2401
9
GM
Gleizerov Evgeny
RUS
2557
3.0
2430
2380
10
IM
Nithander Victor
SWE
2443
3.0
2429
2342
11
GM
Ulibin Mikhail
RUS
2533
3.0
2408
2356
12
GM
Cramling Pia
SWE
2516
3.0
2392
2348
13
Thingstad Even
NOR
2245
3.0
2382
2300
14
GM
Cicak Slavko
SWE
2579
3.0
2356
2325
15
IM
Blomqvist Erik
SWE
2448
3.0
2348
2293
16
IM
Rombaldoni Axel
ITA
2464
3.0
2307
2280
17
Johansson Linus
SWE
2312
3.0
2225
2187


Stockholm on New Year's Eve 2012-2013


The city consists of fourteen islands that are part of the Stockholm archipelago


The narrow streets of the old city are covered in snow


You can occasionally spot a Swedish gnome or Tomte protecting the houses

The Tomte is a small creature living in and around houses and sheds on Swedish farms. If you are wise you will show him "due respect", and he will protect the household from accidents and disasters. But he will play tricks on you if you annoy him, so watch out!


The playing hall in the Clarion Hotel Stockholm


Unusual at chess tournaments: players with medical face masks


Fear of common cold, flu or the dreaded norovirus? Russian GM Evgeny Gleizerov


Fearless: Polish GM Michal Krasenkow, who leads after four rounds with 4.0/4 points


In second place with 3.5/4 points: Russian GM Aleksandr Shimanov (right) playing...


... Polish GM Monika Socko, one of the top female players


At 2516 top Swedish (and tournament) female GM Pia Cramling


Top seed at Rilton 2012: Ilya Smirin of Israel with 3.0/4 points

All pictures by Alina L'Ami


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