Jonny Hector wins Swedish National Championship at 58

by André Schulz
7/26/2022 – At the start of the month, the Swedish National Championships took place in Uppsala (photo), which are traditionally held as a big festival with tournaments in different categories. The main event was won by Jonny Hector, who at 58 grabbed his second national title, twenty years after having won his first title.

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Twenty years later

The Swedish Championships were held from 1 to 10 July. In addition to the main event, competitions were held in a whole range of disciplines. These include championships for women, for seniors (over-65 and over-50), youth championships in different age groups, tournaments according to rating and weekend opens.

This time the championships were held at Fyrishov, one of the largest arenas in Sweden.

The main event was a 10-player single round robin. A number of the country’s top players were absent, including Nils Grandelius, Evgeny Agrest and Emanuel Berg, the top three in the Swedish rankings. At the start, however, was the forever-young Pia Cramling, as the best woman player in the country.

Hector took the lead in the tournament midway through after collecting three wins in a row.


Before the last round, he had a full-point lead over his pursuers Tiger Hillarp Person and defending champion Jung Min Seo. In the final round, however, Hector lost his game against Jonathan Westerberg. Seo and Hillarp Persson could not take advantage of the circumstance, as both drew their games.

In the end, Hector won by half a point ahead of Westerberg, Hillarp Persson and Seo. Pia Cramling came seventh.

Jonny Hector

It is the second national championship for 58-year-old Jonny Hector. He had won his first title twenty years ago, in 2002.

Final standings


All games



André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.