Four players tie for first in Denmark

10/20/2003 – The final ninth round of the First Samba Cup in Skanderborg was not as exciting as it could have been. The four leading players – Nielsen, Sadvakasov, Short and Hansen – were risking nothing and all drew their games. Perhaps this was due to the abundance of chocolate sweets available to them? We bring you the games, results, pictures and info on the world's finest cream puffs.

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The First Samba Cup, Skanderborg, Denmark

The First Samba Cup in Denmark ended on Sunday with a four-way tie for first. Danish GMs Peter Heine Nielsen and Curt Hansen , Darmen Sadvakasov of Kazakhstan, Nigel Short of Britain all scored 5.5 points in nine games. In the final round only Hansen had a win to catch up with the others. Disappointing the minus 214 performance of the rising Indian star Krishnan Sasikiran, who started well enough but collapsed after a shock defeat at the hands of the ruthless Nigel Short.

Final results of the First Samba Cup, Skandeborg, Denmark

Back to back in round nine: Nigel Short, Vassily Ivanchuk

Evgeny Alekseev vs Nigel Short in the final round: draw in 19 moves

The table card says it all

Postgame analysis: Peter Heine Nielssen, Rustam Kasimdzhanov

The sponsor of the tournament, Elvirasminde, manufactures cream puffs

We tried the product, of which there was an unlimited supply in the press centre.
This is no hype: they are the best cream puffs we have eaten.

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