Rilton Cup in Stockholm

12/30/2011 – This chess tournament, staged for the seventh time, is thanks to a very generous man, Dr. Tore Rilton, a Swedish doctor who left six million Swedish kronor in his will to be used only for chess. The venue is the beautiful Clarion Hotel, with a view of Stockholm directly outside the playing hall. In spite of some opening problems Alina l'Ami managed to send us this big illustrated report.

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Report from Stockholm by Alina l'Ami

The 41st Rilton Cup is being played in three groups: Rilton Cup, Rilton Elo and Rilton Open (the Open is only for Nordic players with a national rating lower than 1800). The Rilton Cup and Rilton Elo are Elo registered and play nine rounds FIDE-Swiss. Time controls: 40 moves in 90 minutes, then the rest of the game in 30 minutes, with 30 seconds increment per move from the beginning. Rounds start at 3:00 p.m. except for the final round which starts at noon. The prize fund is 200,000 SEK (about 20,000 Euros).


The venue is the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden

I am sending ChessBase a pictorial report before the end of the tournament. There will be a full final report when I get back home, on 7 January. Right now I am supposed to be working a bit on my openings, which went badly yesterday. But today another chance to fight!

Just briefly, something I found interesting: the event is held every year thanks to a very generous man, Dr. Tore Rilton, a Swedish doctor who left six million Swedish kronor in his will to be used only for chess. This money went into a fund and all the interest that comes out of it is used to organise the tournament I am playing in right now: the Rilton Cup.

Another interesting fact is that our free day will be on 31 December and not on 1 January, because the hotel staff will use the room for the New Year's Eve party, so it will be occupied. Nevertheless, the advantage would be that we can see the city, with some shops open, with some people on the streets. Otherwise, on 1 January it will be completely dead and deserted.

If I thought before that the Dutch and German amateur players are extremely dangerous, I have started to have my doubts – the Swedish are unexpectedly strong! And the tournament itself is quite tough. You'll never play against a total patzer here.

This is it for now, I'll come back on 8th of January, after I will play a game in the Dutch league. Good luck and inspiration for all your articles! And a Happy New Year.

Picture gallery


The tournament poster


The lobby of the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm


An ice rink close to our hotel


I was impressed with the Swedish infrastructure, how they managed to connect all
the small islands that Stockholm is settled on


Beautiful sunset at....13.30 o'clock in the afternoon – Nordic country, nothing unusual


In the city centre


The Stockholm Palace


Tough shot: your reporter reflected in the window of a shop selling giant live lobsters


Tournament hall, with Volkov Sergey talking to Eduardas Rozentalis


The first boards, which are broadcast live, on the right side, with seats for spectators


A future GM amongst the chess fans


The main group


Solak Dragan, who recently switched federations from Serbian to Turkish, playing Simone de Filomeno


Henriksson Johan against Sergey Volkov


GM Erwin l'Ami, with whom I have a special relationship


Eduardas Rozentalis – look in the background: you can see a
train. At this point, it's around 15.30 and already dark.


Monika Socko


Rolf Bergstrom against Bartosz Socko


Analysis room, with commentators FM Luis Couso for rounds 1-4 and GM Ulf Andersson for 5-9

Standings after three rounds

#. Title Namn Nat. Rtng Pts
 TB1 
 TB2 
1 GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2616 3.0
6.0
0.0
GM Cicak Slavko SWE 2566 3.0
6.0
0.0
GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2549 3.0
6.0
0.0
IM Smith Axel SWE 2480 3.0
6.0
0.0
5 GM Ivanov Sergey RUS 2537 2.5
5.0
0.0
6 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2635 2.5
4.5
0.0
GM L'Ami Erwin NED 2594 2.5
4.5
0.0
GM Rozentalis Eduardas LTU 2586 2.5
4.5
0.0
GM Bakre Tejas IND 2509 2.5
4.5
0.0
GM Brynell Stellan SWE 2486 2.5
4.5
0.0
GM Karlsson Lars SWE 2485 2.5
4.5
0.0
12 GM Tikkanen Hans SWE 2586 2.0
5.0
0.0
GM Berczes David HUN 2555 2.0
5.0
0.0
IM Semcesen Daniel SWE 2490 2.0
5.0
0.0
IM Lindberg Bengt SWE 2415 2.0
5.0
0.0
IM Leer-Salvesen Bjarte NOR 2380 2.0
5.0
0.0
17 GM Åkesson Ralf SWE 2421 2.0
4.5
0.0
Johansson Linus SWE 2197 2.0
4.5
0.0
19 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2629 2.0
4.0
0.0
IM Nithander Victor SWE 2423 2.0
4.0
0.0
Bharat Arjun IND 2178 2.0
4.0
0.0
22 FM Sagit Rauan SWE 2368 2.0
4.0
0.0
WGM L'Ami Alina ROU 2364 2.0
4.0
0.0
Denisov Ivan RUS 2348 2.0
4.0
0.0
FM Sipilä Vilka FIN 2316 2.0
4.0
0.0
26 GM Cramling Pia SWE 2495 2.0
3.5
0.0
FM Malmdin Nils-Åke SWE 2308 2.0
3.5
0.0
28 GM Socko Monica POL 2479 2.0
3.0
0.0
FM Deniz Arman TUR 2304 2.0
3.0
0.0
FM Byklum Björnar NOR 2252 2.0
3.0
0.0
Glimbrant Torbjörn SWE 2250 2.0
3.0
0.0

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