21st Sigeman & Co. tournament continues tradition

5/23/2013 – It has been a flood of excellent tournaments, all with attractive lineups, and the 21st edition of the Sigeman and Co. grandmaster tournament held in Sweden is no exception. It brings together several local talents such as Jonny Hector, Emmanuel Berg, Hans Tikkanen and Nils Grandelius, and pitting them against Nigel Short, Loek van Wely, Ivan Sokolov, and Richard Rapport. Report and games.

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Tourney structure: seven-round round robin
Time control: 100 minutes/50 moves + 15 minutes + 30 seconds/move starting with the first move
Duration: May 22 to May 28
Game start: daily 14:00 (server time), last round 12:00

21st Sigeman & Co. tournament

The elegant playing hall with large screens overhead

It has been a flood of excellent tournaments, all with attractive lineups, and the 21st edition of the Sigeman and Co. grandmaster tournament held in Sweden is no exception. It brings together several local talents such as Jonny Hector, Emmanuel Berg, Hans Tikkanen and Nils Grandelius, and pitting them against Nigel Short, Loek van Wely, Ivan Sokolov, and Hungarian talent Richard Rapport.

GM Stellan Brynell and Ulf Andersson provide live commentary for the audience

Hungarian junior Richard Rapport

The organizers continue the tradition with superb coverage in all ways, including live commentary by legend GM Ulf Andersson and GM Stellan Brynell (in Swedish), and with an excellent website providing a choice of two webcams of the action and a third for the commentary.

Ivan Sokolov started with a win in round one

Hans Tikkanen analyzes his game with...

... Nils Grandelius. They drew.

In the first round Ivan Sokolov was the only player to draw blood, beating Emmanuel Berg, but Nigel Short looked like he might join him after working a significant advantage in the endgame against Jonny Hector, but failed to break the Swede’s resistance.

GM Jonny Hector has long been one of the most original grandmasters

Pictures are copyright © by Calle Erlandsson

Here is the game between Jonny Hector and Nigel Short:

[Event "21st Sigeman & Co"] [Site "Malmo SWE"] [Date "2013.05.22"] [Round "1"] [White "Hector, J."] [Black "Short, N."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C17"] [WhiteElo "2512"] [BlackElo "2681"] [PlyCount "146"] [EventDate "2013.05.22"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. Bd2 {GM Hector is well-known as a very original thinker and his opening play reflects this.} Nh6 6. Nb5 Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 O-O 8. f4 Bd7 {Short decides this intruder gives him the perfect means to solve the quandry of the French bishop.} 9. c3 Bxb5 10. Bxb5 Qb6 11. Bd3 cxd4 12. cxd4 Nc6 ({Obviously not} 12... Qxd4 13. Bxh7+) 13. Nf3 g6 14. Be2 Rac8 15. a3 Nf5 16. Rd1 h5 17. b4 Rc7 18. O-O Rfc8 19. Kh1 Nce7 20. Ne1 Rc3 21. Rf3 Qc7 22. Kg1 a5 ({Perhaps stronger was} 22... Rxf3 23. Nxf3 Qc2 24. Qxc2 Rxc2 25. Kf2 Ra2 26. Rd3 Nc6 27. Ke1 b5 {White's rook is stretched to the limit. It cannot leave d3 as it protects both d4 and a3. This move guarantees White cannot evict the knight from his residence with a b5 of his own.} 28. g3 a5 29. bxa5 Nxa5 30. Rc3 Nc4 {and a3 will fall.}) 23. b5 Rxf3 24. Nxf3 Qc3 25. Qxc3 Rxc3 26. Rd3 Rc2 27. Kf2 Nc8 28. Ke1 Nb6 29. Kd1 Rc4 30. g3 Kf8 31. Rb3 Ra4 32. Rc3 Nxd4 33. Nxd4 Rxd4+ {Black finally wins a pawn, but it is far from over.} 34. Kc2 Ra4 35. Rc7 Rxa3 36. Rxb7 Ra2+ 37. Kd1 Na4 38. Ke1 Nc3 39. Bd3 Rb2 40. Rb8+ Kg7 41. h4 a4 42. Ra8 Rb4 ({Black missed the chance to win here and should have played} 42... d4 43. Ra5 Kf8 $1 44. Ra7 Ke8 45. Ra6 Ke7 (45... Kd8 46. Rd6+ Ke8 (46... Kc8 {allows White to defend with} 47. Rxd4 a3 48. Rc4+ Kb7 49. Rxc3 a2 50. Rc1) 47. Rxd4 a3) 46. Ra7+ Kd8 {and White is running out of moves.} 47. Ra5 Kc7) 43. Ra5 Kf8 44. Kd2 d4 45. Kc2 Ke8 46. Ra7 Kd8 47. Ra5 Kc7 48. Ra7+ Kb8 49. Ra6 Kc8 50. Ra7 Kd8 51. Ra8+ Ke7 52. Ra5 Kf8 53. Kd2 Kg8 54. Ra8+ Kg7 55. Ra5 Nd5 56. Kc1 Rb3 57. Kd2 a3 58. Bc4 Rxg3 59. Bxd5 exd5 60. b6 Rb3 61. Kc2 Rxb6 62. Rxa3 Rc6+ 63. Kd3 Rc1 64. Kxd4 Rh1 65. Kxd5 Rxh4 66. Rf3 Rg4 67. e6 Rg1 68. f5 Rd1+ 69. Kc6 fxe6 70. fxe6 g5 71. Rf5 Re1 72. Kd6 Rd1+ 73. Kc7 Re1 1/2-1/2


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