Hillarp Persson leads in Sweden

by Alejandro Ramirez
1/4/2015 – The Rilton Cup is Sweden's biggest and most famous international chess tournament. It was originally initiated by a donation from a doctor, Tore Rilton, and since 1985 the tournament is financially secure. A special challenge prize, donated by SEB Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, is the Rilton-medal in genuine gold. With two rounds to go local GM Hillar Persson leads with 6.0/7

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The Rilton Cup is Sweden's biggest and most famous international chess tournament. It was originally initiated by a donation from a doctor, Tore Rilton, and since 1985 the tournament is financially secure. A special challenge prize, donated by SEB Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, is the Rilton-medal in genuine gold. The tournament has over the years been very helpful for talented Swedish juniors.

The 43rd Rilton Cup is being held from 27th of December, 2014 until January 5th, 2015. The event has several categories... the top section is only for players above 2200! There are certain exceptions granted for talented youth, but very few are given. The first prize is of 20,000 SEK, or 2100 Euro.

Current leader: Tiger Hillarp Persson

After seven rounds of chess and with only two games left to be played it is the local grandmaster Tiger Hillarp Persson that is currently in the lead. After round six there were four people tied with 5.0/6, but while Grandelius drew Roiz, Hillar Persson was able to take down Krasenkow with black... a huge victory!

Krasenkow was leader until his loss against Hillarp Persson

The tournament has been full of interesting chess, and every day a best game prize is selected. The winners of the first four rounds are the following:

Replay Best Game Prizes 1-4

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GM Juan Bellon Lopez from Spain...

and his wife GM Pia Cramling are common guests at the Rilton Cup

GM Aleksey Goganov has 5.0/7 and will face Irina Turova tomorrow

An FM and a strong chess player, but an absolutely legendary shogi player: FM Habu Yoshiharu

Top Swedish player Nils Grandelius

Jon Ludvig Hammer would be Norway's number one if it wasn't for You-Know-Who

GM Blomqvist was on the losing side of the best game prize of day three

Standings

Plac.   Namn Nation Rating Points Rp rtg+/-
1 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2544 6.0 2738 15.7
2 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2640 5.5 2690 4.4
3 GM Roiz Michael ISR 2592 5.5 2680 7.6
4 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2581 5.5 2659 7.5
5 GM Krasenkow Michal POL 2614 5.0 2628 2.3
6 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2638 5.0 2616 -0.6
7 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2644 5.0 2576 -3.9
8 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2615 5.0 2490 -8.1
9 IM Turova Irina RUS 2421 5.0 2506 8.3
10 GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2571 5.0 2491 -5.2
11 GM Blomqvist Erik SWE 2525 5.0 2448 -5.1
12 GM Turov Maxim RUS 2591 4.5 2555 -2.2
13 GM Ivanov Sergey RUS 2559 4.5 2562 1.4
14 FM Lokander Martin SWE 2365 4.5 2571 38.0
15 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2517 4.5 2533 2.9
16 FM Sagit Rauan SWE 2357 4.5 2484 12.1
17 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2485 4.5 2549 6.7
18 IM Westerberg Jonathan SWE 2411 4.5 2502 8.9
19 GM Tikkanen Hans SWE 2551 4.5 2470 -5.2
20 GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2591 4.5 2432 -11.9

Replay Rounds 1-8

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Links

The games will be broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 12 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.



Topics: Rilton Cup, Sweden

Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.
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