Swedish Championships 2011: Hector takes an early lead

7/20/2011 – GM Jonny Hector is in the lead in the national championsh, which is taking place in Västerås, Sweden, from July 16–24. There are seven grandmasters in the ten-player round robin. In round two the 47-year-old Hector played a killer novelty on move 13 of a Sicilian Najdorf, and started thinking for the first time on move 25. That's called good home prep – you should definitely study this game.

The championship group consists of ten players, including seven grandmasters: Emanuel Berg, Jonny Hector, Hans Tikkanen, Nils Grandelius, Tiger Hillarp Persson, Pontus Carlsson and Pia Cramling. The other three players are IMs Johan Eriksson and Bengt Lindberg and finally the reigning junior champion, FM Jonathan Westerberg.


The Aros Congress Center in Västerås, where the Swedish Championship is being held

Last year’s silver medallist Jonny Hector had a perfect start, winning the first two games against his biggest rivals: Hans Tikkanen and last year’s winner Emanuel Berg. The win against the latter in round two was especially satisfying.


Jonny Hector vs Emanuel Berg in round two

[Event "SM-gruppen 2011"]
[Site "Västerås"]
[Date "2011.??.??"]
[Round "2.5"]
[White "Jonny Hector"]
[Black "Emanuel Berg"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B94"]
[Annotator "André Nilsson"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2011.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. f4 Qc7 8.
Qf3 h6 9. Bxf6 Nxf6 10. f5 $1 {This move spells trouble for Black's dark
squared bishop.} Rg8 $2 {Both Hector and Berg have played this variation
before.} ({Hector defeated Volokitin earlier this year after} 10... Qc5 11.
O-O-O g5 12. fxg6 Bg4 13. gxf7+ Kxf7 14. Qd3 Bxd1 15. Nxd1 {when White had
nice attacking prospects on the light squares.}) 11. O-O-O ({10...Rg8 was
introduced by Emanuel in a game vs. Ganguly in Dubai, also this year. After}
11. Bd3 g5 12. fxg6 Rxg6 $1 {the position was murky but perfectly playable for
Black and the game ended in a draw. Note that} 13. e5 $2 {does not work due to}
dxe5 14. Bxg6 exd4) 11... g5 12. e5 $1 dxe5 13. Ndb5 $3 {Hector quickly played
this killer move which he had prepared at home. Berg desperately tried to find
a way out of Hector's home preparation but to no avail, everything is forced.}
axb5 ({In the kibbitzing room we tried to make Black's position hold with}
13... Qb8 {but after} 14. Nd5 Nxd5 15. Qxd5 Bxf5 16. Bc4 Be6 (16... Rg7 17.
Rhf1) 17. Qc5 {it is game over.}) 14. Nxb5 Qb8 (14... Qc5 {(or ...Qa5)} 15. b4
$1 {followed by} Qb6 16. Qc3) 15. Qc3 Bd7 16. Nc7+ Kd8 17. Nxa8 Qxa8 18. Bb5 $1
Qc8 {White was threatening to play 19.Rxd7+ followed by the other rook to d1.}
19. Qa5+ $1 Qc7 ({Or} 19... Ke8 20. Rxd7 Nxd7 21. Rd1) 20. Qa8+ Qc8 21. Qa4 $1
Kc7 {Once again 22.Rxd7+ was a threat.} 22. Rd3 $1 Bxf5 (22... Kb8 23. Bxd7
Nxd7 24. Rxd7 {is also hopeless.}) 23. Rc3+ Kb8 24. Rxc8+ Bxc8 25. Rf1 {For
the first time in the game Hector has to think for himself and he quickly
launches a mating attack.} g4 26. Qc4 Be6 27. Qc5 h5 28. Qxe5+ Ka8 29. Kb1 Bg7
30. Rf4 Ka7 31. Qc7 1-0


In the lead with 3.5 points after four rounds: GM Jonny Hector


Carlsen vs Tiger Hillarp Persson – not Magnus but GM Pontus Carlsson (left)


Dreadlocks rule: GM Nils Grandelius vs FM Jonathan Westerberg in round two: 1-0


GM Hans Tikkanen vs GM Pia Cramling in round two: draw in 75 moves


A distinguished visitor: Swedish chess legend Ulf Andersson

Photos by Stefan Alenius

Standings after four rounds

Pl. Ti. Player
RatingI
Points
 TB1 
 TB2 
1 GM Hector Jonny
2568
3.5
0.0
5.50
2 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger
2547
3.0
0.5
5.25
3 GM Grandelius Nils
2542
3.0
0.5
5.00
4 GM Tikkanen Hans
2596
2.5
0.0
3.50
5 GM Cramling Pia
2472
2.0
0.5
4.50
6 IM Lindberg Bengt
2391
2.0
0.5
2.75
7 IM Eriksson Johan
2401
1.5
0.0
2.25
8 GM Berg Emanuel
2604
1.0
1.0
1.00
9 GM Carlsson Pontus
2496
1.0
0.0
0.50
10 FM Westerberg Jonathan
2313
0.5
0.0
0.75


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