England vs. Sweden Challenge Match

by ChessBase
2/17/2022 – It will be a ten-game encounter, with five games at slow time control, five fast. In March Swedish grandmaster Nils Grandelius will play English grandmaster David Howell in London. The event is part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the London Chess Centre and the relaunching of CHESS Magazine. Press release.

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Chess & Bridge Ltd. is proud to announce the forthcoming England vs. Sweden Challenge Match between Grandmaster David Howell (England) and Grandmaster Nils Grandelius (Sweden) in London this March. The event is being staged as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the London Chess Centre and the relaunching of CHESS Magazine.

The match will be held at the Residence of Sweden's Ambassador to the United Kingdom Mikaela Kumlin Granit. Taking place in the grand library of the residence, the match will be contested over 10 games of classical chess.  

“I’m thrilled to host the match between the Swedish and British Grandmasters Nils Grandelius and David Howell at the Swedish Residence. This will be a great opportunity for more contacts between Swedish and British players and fans of chess, which is played and loved by so many in Sweden and in the UK,” says Ambassador Kumlin Granit.

To encourage fighting chess the organisers have structured the prize-fund to offer a greater financial reward for a win and a loss than for two draws. The prize fund is a maximum of £17,000 (€20,000).

   Wednesday 2nd  March Game 1 Slow time control 
   Thursday 3rd  March Game 2 Slow time control
   Friday 4th  March Game 3 Slow time control
   Saturday 5th  March Game 4 Slow time control
   Sunday 6th  March Game 5 Slow time control
   Monday 7th  March Rest Day
   Tuesday 8th  March Game 6 Fast time control
   Wednesday 9th  March Game 7 Fast time control
   Thursday 10th  March Game 8 Fast time control
   Friday 11th  March Game 9 Fast time control
   Saturday 12th  March Game 10 Fast time control

All games will begin at 2pm GMT. 

Chess24 will be the official broadcast partner of the match providing full coverage of the event including live commentary from GM Simon Williams and Askild Bryn

David Howell
Nationality: English
Age: 31
Current Rating: 2646
Peak Rating: 2712 (August 2015)

David Howell is an English Grandmaster and three-time British Chess Champion. He set several records as a chess prodigy, including being the youngest British player to earn the title of Grandmaster at just 16 years old. 

In 2015, Howell placed second at Gibraltar Masters and won the inaugural British Knockout Championship. The same year, in August, he broke the 2700 rating barrier and earned career-bests for rating (2712) and world ranking (36).

David scored a top-10 performance at the 2017 European Individual Chess Championship after leading for much of the tournament. Other career highlights include top-10 finishes at the 2019 and 2021 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss, where after winning four in a row David shared the lead with two rounds to go.

Nils Grandelius
Nationality: Swedish
Age: 28
Current Rating: 2672
Peak Rating: 2694 (March 2019)

Nils Grandelius is a Swedish Grandmaster. He became a FIDE Master in 2007, an International Master in 2008, a Grandmaster in 2010, Swedish Champion in 2015 and has been Sweden’s top ranked player for close to a decade.

Career highlights include the bronze medal at the 2010 World Youth Chess Championships (U18), the gold medal at the 2010 European Youth Championships, and joint-winner of the Sigeman & Co Chess Tournaments of 2017 and 2018. In March 2019, Grandelius tied for first place with Vladislav Artemiev in the European Individual Championship, held in Skopje, scoring 8½/11 points. He took the silver medal on tiebreak.

Grandelius was one of the seconds for Magnus Carlsen, the current world champion, during the 2016 and 2018 World Chess Championship matches.

For further information relating to the match please contact Malcolm Pein - info@chess.co.uk

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