Nielsen, Hector, Klimov win active chess slugfest

5/25/2008 – A strong active chess tournament in Denmark turned into a combative chess event. With more than 90% of all games having a decisive result all participants did their best to hush speculations on chess being a drawish game! The winners were the first, fourth and fifth seeds, the first being birthday boy Peter Heine Nielsen, second of two world champions. Illustrated report.

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Tectura Active Chess Tournament 2008

Photos and report by Anders Bork Hansen

Saturday May 17, 2008 Hørsholm Chessclub hosted its second active chess tournament in the picturesque town some 20 kilometers north of Copenhagen in Hørsholm – once the home of the world famous writer Karen Blixen. Once again the IT company Tectura Denmark sponsored the event which is the strongest active chess tournament on the Danish chess scene.


A most beautiful view over the pond at Hørsholm Church

Among the participants was Anands second and Danish champion GM Peter Heine Nielsen, along with former Danish champions GM Lars Bo Hansen, GM Carsten Høi and IM Jens Kristiansen. Swedish GM Jonny Hector and GM Stellan Brynell also participated along with Russian GM Nikita Vitiugov and well known trainer and IM Sergey Klimov.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Russian ambassador to Denmark Teymuraz Ramishvili, vice mayor Isabella Meyer and representative of the Danish chess association Thorbjørn Rosenlund, who presented the Ambassador a gift as a token of respect for the rich Russian chess culture. Isabella Meyer expressed gratitude for the participation of amateur and professional chess players not only from Denmark but also Sweden, Russia and Portugal.


Secretary to the Russian Ambassador Marina Emelyansteva, tournament director Anders Bork Hansen, sponsor and CEO of Tectura Morten Poulsen, Russian Ambassador Teymuraz Ramishvili and Vice Mayor Isabella Meyer

After his speech which expressed wishes for a hard fought contest Teymuraz Ramishvili played the first move for Peter Heine Nielsen (1. e2-e4) which Isabella Meyer copied on Sergey Klimovs board (also 1. e2-e4).

The active chess tournament was played as a seven round swiss event, with 25 minutes per game with no time increment. Soon GM Jonny Hector showed his very best as he won his first six games defeating amongst others GM Peter Heine Nielsen and GM Nikita Vitiugov.

Fifth round was a mini-match between Sweden and Russia which ended 1½-½ in favor of Sweden, as Hector won against Vitiugov and Brynell (at the front with the black pieces) drew against Klimov


GM Carsten Høi ponders over his next move

Before the last round Jonny Hector was leading with 6/6 and one full point ahead of Peter Heine Nielsen, Carsten Høi, Nikita Vitiugov and Sergey Klimov. The last round saw Sergey Klimov defeating Jonny Hector in a dramatic game, to which be bring you express commentary.

Klimov,Sergey (2484) - Hector,Jonny (2532) [C64]
Tectura Active Chess 2008 (7), 17.05.2008 [Klimov]

Jonny Hector had won all his games before last and was leading with 6/6. I and few other players had 5. So I had to play a "all or nothing" game.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.c3 f5. One of Hector's favourite variation 5.d4 fxe4 6.dxc5. Quite a seldom line. More usually is 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Nxe5 Qd5 I was practically out of my opening knowledge, only remembering a few of Spasskys games. 6...exf3 7.Qxf3 Nf6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Na3. Quite an artificial move 9...Qe7 10.Be3 e4!? Trying to make use of the position of knight on a3 by starting a battle in the center 11.Qe2 Ne5 12.Bd4 d6 13.cxd6 cxd6 14.Nc4!? Bg4 15.Qe3

15...Nf3+!? A brave decision! 16.gxf3 Bxf3 17.Qg5 a6. That's the point. I have to give back a part of material 18.Nb6 axb5 19.Nxa8 h6 20.Qg6 [Better is 20.Qh4] 20...Nh5! Black should be OK here I think 21.Rfe1 Nf4. Better is 21...Rxa8 22.Re3 Nf4 23.Qg3 is nice for Black as he can at least win back an exchange. 22.Qg3 Nh5 23.Qh3. Pure necessity. I have to deviate from a draw 23...Qg5+ [23...Rf4!?] 24.Kf1 Rxa8 [24...Bg4!?] 25.Rxe4 Bxe4 26.Qe6+ Kh8 27.Qxe4. Unclear.The material has become equal and the question is if it's possible for me to regroup my pieces near my exposed king or not. From this moment my opponent starts playing not the best, and I succeed in winning the game. 27...Rf8 28.Re1 b4. Hector starts thinking about future endgame possibilities. 28...Nf4 29.Re3 with the idea Rg3 seems to be quite playable for me. 29.Qe7. 29.Qxb7 is rather "computerlike". 29...Qf5. Actually I did not understand what to do after 29...Qf4! defending the pawn d6. 30.Qxd6 bxc3 31.bxc3 Kh7. This move just makes his king worse and gives me a possibility to consolidate. 31...Qh3+ 32.Ke2 Nf4+ 33.Kd2 Qd3+ 34.Kc1 and he cannot check me from e2. The same variation would have worked one move before. 32.Qe6! Qd3+ 33.Kg1 Rf5. 33...Nf6 would not allow me to exchange the queens. 34.Qe4 Qxe4 35.Rxe4+/-. Even now it's not a matter of technique... even in a classical game 35...Ra5 36.Re7 b5. An interesting idea. He gains the time to activate his knight and king. 37.Rb7 Kg6 38.Kg2 Nf4+ 39.Kf3 Ne6 40.Be3 Kf5

41.Rd7? [41.h4!?] 41...Ke5? Missing a chance in time trouble with 41...Rxa2 42.Rd5+ Kf6 43.Rxb5 Ra3!= and I cannot play 44.c4 Nd4+. 42.Rd2 Kf5 43.Rb2. Very solid rook's position! My idea is Bb6 getting a passed pawn. 43...Kf6 44.Bb6 [44.Ke4 g5] 44...Ra3 45.Rxb5 Rxc3+ 46.Ke4 Ra3 [why not 46...Rh3 ] 47.Rb2 Ng5+ 48.Kd5 Rd3+. Clearly the wrong check. 49.Kc4 Ra3 50.Kb4 Ra8 51.a4. Is it all? 51...Nf3 52.a5 Ke6 53.Kb5 Kd5 54.Rb3 Nd4+

55.Kb4?? I do not see my own bishop!!! 55.Bxd4+-. 55...Nxb3 56.Kxb3 Ke4. He would have never lost after 56...Kc6. 57.Kc4 Kf3 58.Kb5 g5 59.a6 g4 60.a7 h5 61.Ka6 h4 62.Kb7 Rxa7+ 63.Kxa7 Kg2. First step... [63...g3= 64.fxg3 hxg3 65.h4 Kg4] 64.Bd8

64...g3?? And the second and last one. 65.fxg3 hxg3 66.h4. Sometimes they really can make double-move! 66...Kf3 67.h5 g2 68.Bb6 Kg4 69.h6. Here Black resigned. An exiting game despite blunders by both players due to time trouble and nerves. 1-0. [Click to replay]


IM Sergey Klimov considers his next move after GM Jonny Hectors 21... Nh5!

Vitiugov-Brynell ended in a draw, and as Peter Heine Nielsen defeated Carsten Høi with the black pieces, the tournament had three players sharing first prize with 6/7: GM Peter Heine Nielsen, GM Jonny Hector and IM Sergey Klimov.


Tournament winners with 6/7 (left to right): IM Sergey Klimov, GM Peter Heine Nielsen and GM Jonny Hector with local ‘poster girl’ Emma Howes

Top final standings (59 players participated)

1

GM Hector, Jonny

2542

6

2

GM Nielsen, Peter Heine

2633

6

3

IM Klimov, Sergey

2484

6

4

GM Vitiugov, Nikita

2617

5.5

5

GM Hansen, Lars Bo

2563

5.5

6

GM Brynell, Stellan

2468

5

7

GM Høi, Carsten

2376

5

8

IM Kristiansen, Jens

2443

5

9

FM Rasmussen, Casper Dahl

2382

5

10

Rhee, Alexander

2103

5



Peter Heine Nielsen

Victory in the Tectura Active Chess Tournament was a nice 35th birthday present for Peter Heine Nielsen, who was born May 24, 1973. He became an International Grandmaster in 1994, at the age of 21, and crossed the Elo 2600 threshold in 2001, at the age of 28 ("some think it is noteworthy that we devolop late in Scandinavia,", he says, "with Carlsen not confirming that theory...."). By September 2005 his rating in the FIDE list was 2668, at the time the highest rating for any player from the Nordic countries – until the advent of said Carlsen.

Peter Heine is currently is a second for the Norwegian wonderboy Magnus Carlsen and the world's no.1, Viswanathan Anand. That two world champions – Anand being the incumbent and Carlsen a future bearer of the title.

Peter Heine is a six foot six inch giant, a gentle, cultivated one (not the homicidal Fi Fie Føe Fum kind) who loves hot Asian food and is a computer whiz. He usually walks around with a novel under his arm. Recently at a tournament he turned up for breakfast with a book, and the following conversation occurred: Anand: "What are you reading, Peter" – "Its a book about a Danish terrorist group." – Anand: "A what? Danish terrorist group? What do they do? Steal empty beer bottles?"

Peter kindly sent us the moves and brief notes on his decisive last-round game at the Tectura tournament, one that put him into first place with Hector and Klimov.

Høi,Carsten (2376) - Nielsen,Peter Heine (2633) [C13]
Tectura Active Chess 2008 (7), 17.05.2008 [Nielsen]

Last year I lost to Carsten in the final round, costing me the tournament victory as well as being on the wrong side of a great attacking game. 1.d4 d5! 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.Nf3 a6 8.Bd3 b5 9.Qe2 Nd7 10.0-0-0 Bb7 11.Kb1 Bd5 12.Nc3 c6 13.Rhe1 Nb6. 13...Bb4 14.Nxd5 Bxe1 15.Nxf6+ My opponent hoped for this exchange sac, which indeed gives him some compensation. 14.Ne4? Na4!

Suddenly Ba3 tricks starts appearing, not that Qa5 ain't a problem either. 15.Nc5. 15.Nfd2 Ba3! was what I was hoping for, the point being that: 16.bxa3 Qe7 Due to the mating threats wins backs the piece will keeping positional edges. 15...Bxc5. 15...Nxb2!? 16.Kxb2 Bxf3 Is not the kind of details you spot in rapid. Its hardly better than what I played either. 16.dxc5 Qa5 17.Nd4 Bxa2+ 18.Kc1 Nxc5 19.Be4 Bd5 20.Bxd5 cxd5 21.Kb1 Qb6 22.Nf5 0-0-0. And Black soon resigned. 0-1. [Click to replay]


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