Sigeman 2007 starts without draws

4/19/2007 – The annual Sigeman & Co Chess tournament is taking place from April 18 to 26 in central Malmö, Sweden. The participants include veteran Jan Timman and newcomers like 20-year-old Bulgarian Ivan Cheparinov and the world’s youngest grandmaster, 14-year-old Parimarjan Negi of India. The first round saw all games decided, without a single draw. Report, games and pictures.

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The Sigeman & Co Chess tournament is taking place from April 18 to 26 in central Malmö, Sweden. The participants include 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.

The Swedish contingent includes Jonny Hector, who has participated a record thirteen times in the event, and Tiger Hillarp Persson, who is subject of this week's Playchess lecture and is playing in Sigeman & Co for the sixth time. The other three are the new number 1 on the Swedish rating list, Emanuel Berg, grandmaster to be Pontus Carlsson (he will receive the title this fall), and international master Emil Hermansson. The last participant, Greek GM Vassilios Kotronias, almost qualifies for the home team, since he lives in Skara, Sweden.

Participants

Player Rating Nationality
GM Ivan Cheparinov 2646 Bulgaria
GM Erwin L'Ami
2617 Holland
GM Emanuel Berg
2574 Sweden
GM Vassilios Kotronias 2570 Greece
GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson 2552 Sweden
GM Jan Timman 2545 Holland
GM Jonny Hector 2537 Sweden
GM Parimarjan Negi 2515 India
IM Pontus Carlsson 2506 Sweden
IM Emil Hermansson 2475 Sweden

The rounds are played from April 18 to 26 without any rest days, from 14:00 – 21:00h local time. Time controls are 40 moves in 2 hours, then 20 moves in 1 hour, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game. The playing venue is the Spegelsalen on the 5th floor at Hippodromen, Kalendegatan 12b in central Malmö.
Entry fee for visitors: 30 Swedish Crowns per round or 210 Swedish Crowns for the entire event. GM Stellan Brynell is commenting the games.

Round one

Remarkably in round one all games were decided, with the oldest and youngest participants, Jan Timman and Parimarjan Negi, winning their games with the black pices. Here are the results:

Tiger Hillarp Persson
1-0
Pontus Carlsson
Ivan Cheparinov
1-0
Emanuel Berg
Emil Hermansson
0-1
Jan Timman
Jonny Hector
0-1
Parimarjan Negi
Vassilios Kotronias
1-0
Erwin L'Ami

Picture gallery


Entrance to the Hippodrome in Malmö


The opening ceremony and drawing of lots


Top seeds Ivan Cheparinov, 2646, and GM Erwin L'Ami, 2617


GM Jonny Hector, 2537, and Vassilios Kotronias, 2570


Jan Timman, 2545 and Tiger Hillarp-Persson, 2552


Emanuel Berg, 2574 and 14-year-old Parimarjan Negi, 2515


Tiger Hillarp Persson vs Pontus Carlsson, soon to be Sweden's youngest GM


Visitors watching the games...


... and listening to the commentary of GM Stellan Brynell

Photos provided by Calle Erlandson


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