Shipov wins Midnight Sun, Carlsen second

7/3/2006 – The Midnight Sun Chess Challenge in Tromsø, Norway, was won by Russian GM Sergei Shipov, who scored 7.5 points in nine rounds. Second was fifteen-year-old Magnus Carlsen with 7.0, who beat Leif Erland Johannessen on tiebreak points. We bring you a final report with pictures from Whale's Island.

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Two favourites analysing after their game: Magnus Carlsen, Michal Krasenkow

The above round five summit encounter ended in a draw. The Norwegian prodigy used Black’s imprecise queen move to create strong pressure on light squares. Black’s position was nearly cracking, however Carlsen did not find the correct rook move (Rd1! instead of Rg1), which would complete the grip, forcing Black striving for complications under unfavorable circumstances. After Magnus’ inaccuracy the game proceeded to a draw via temporary queen sacrifice by Krasenkow.


Magnus Carlsen against Sergei Shipov in round seven

Round seven brought a critical encounter. Norwegian wonderboy Magnus Carlsen and Russian GM Sergei Shipov were both leading with 5.0/6, and now faced each other. Magnus had White, and a Tarrasch French resulted in a typical position with Black having an isolated pawn. Then Shipov blundered a pawn, and went for complications. The subsequent stage of the game was handled poorly by the Norwegian, who missed Shipov's central pawn push. Sergey's pawn ended up on c2, and Magnus had to part with an exchange. Shipov showed confidence in the endgame with a rook and three pawns against a knight and a three pawns, and took the sole lead.

Final results of the Midnight Sun Chess Challenge 2006

Pl Name
Elo
Club/Nation
Results
Pts
TB
Sergei Shipov 2576  Russia  +44 +12 +17 =05 =06 +10 +02 =03 +07   7.5  42.0
Magnus Carlsen 2646 Ntg  +34 +18 +08 +03 =05 =06 -01 +09 +13 7.0 41.5
Leif E. Johannessen   2559 Oss  +25 +31 +14 -02 +13 =05 +08 =01 +15 7.0 40.5
Gunnar Johnsen 2215 Tromsø  +41 =32 =20 =16 +30 -19 +39 +14 +18 6.5 33.5
Michal Krasenkow 2650 Poland  +35 +23 +07 =01 =02 =03 =09 =11 =06 6.0 43.0
Eduardas Rozentalis 2596 Lithuania  +40 +26 =09 +29 =01 =02 =11 =07 =05 6.0 40.5
Kjetil A. Lie 2493 Porsgrunn  +48 +10 -05 +22 +18 =11 +13 =06 -01 6.0 39.5
Joanna Dworakowska 2364 Poland  +28 +16 -02 +30 =12 +29 -03 +21 =11 6.0 39.0
Eirik T Gullaksen 2380 Bergens  +38 +22 =06 -13 +17 +15 =05 -02 +20 6.0 38.0
10  Tobias Pettersson 2071 Sweden  +57 -07 +25 +19 +20 -01 =14 =12 +26 6.0 37.5
11  Ralf Akesson 2472 Sweden  =42 +36 =29 +31 +23 =07 =06 =05 =08 6.0 36.5
12  Torben Soraas 2115 Narvik  +61 -01 +40 +41 =08 -13 +37 =10 +17 6.0 34.5
13  Jon Ludvig Hammer 2287 Oss  =36 +21 +32 +09 -03 +12 -07 +16 -02 5.5 40.0
14  Arnt Esbensen 2244 Vadsø  +49 +33 -03 -17 +44 +26 =10 -04 +31 5.5 35.5
15  Paal Royset 2228 Tromsø  =21 +42 -30 +50 +16 -09 +27 +19 -03 5.5 35.0
16  Espen Forsaa 2065 Tromsø  +51 -08 +46 =04 -15 +48 +30 -13 +29 5.5 33.0

White games in bold. The tiebreak is Buchholz. The official site has full results and complete games.

Picture gallery from Tromsø


The midnight sun in Tromsø, Norway


A fishing trip to Whale's Island for the participants

On Friday evening a long-awaited fishing trip was arranged. The players who decided to sacrifice a football quarterfinal were brought to Kvaloya (Whale's Island). There they enjoyed fishing and grill in the midnight sun, returing to the hotel around 1.30 a.m. in a fine mood.

   
A cod is caught, and the later tournament winner Sergei Shipov toasts the success


Trond Romsdal, the tournament director, organising the grill


Sergei Shipov, Eduardas Rozentalis, Joanna Dworakowska


Evgenia Shipova (Sergei's daughter), Mihal Krasenkow, Shipov, Dworakowska


A group photo on Kvaloya (Whale's Island)


Returning home in at one a.m. in the midnight sun

All pictures by Misha Savinov and Ulf Hanses, from Tromsø

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