Sigeman & Co Tournament rises again

by Priyadarshan Banjan
3/24/2017 – Six grandmasters will play in the rejuvenated Sigeman & Co. Tournament. With the arrival of the new partner TePe, the tournament changes its name to TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament. As in previous years, the tournament will be held at the Hipp Theater in Malmo and this year the dates will be 10-14th May at Malmo, Sweden. Meanwhile, can you guess the name of the grandmaster in our cover picture?

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”With an average rating of 2644, this will most probably be the strongest closed tournament in Sweden this year”, says Johan Berntsen, the Tournament Director of the famous Sigeman & Co. invitational tournament. Participants are...

Pavel Eljanov (2751) and Baadur Jobava (2701)

Nigel Short (2683), Nils Grandelius (2636)

Erik Blomqvist (2554) and Dronavalli Harika (2539)

Many of the world’s best chess players have participated over the years: Magnus Carlsen is a former participant.

Besides Magnus, former world champions Vasily Smyslov and Boris Spassky, legends such as Judit Polgar, Viktor Korchnoi, Tony Miles, Jan Timman, Lajos Portisch, Alexander Beliavsky, have been a part of this festival.

Not only the old masters but also many top players of today, such as Fabiano Caruana, Peter Leko, Hikaru Nakamura, Boris Gelfand, Teimour Radjabov, Anish Giri, Nigel Short (welcome back!), Vassily Ivanchuk, Wesley So, Alexei Shirov, Chao Li, Richard Rapport, etc. have featured in the tournament in the previous 22 editions.

The first Sigeman tournament was played back in 1993 and was then played every year up until 2014 when it was laid to rest. For good, many feared. But, it is back, and the format is basically the same as before: Six players play five rounds in five days.

”It is a tight tournament. You have to be on your toes right from the start”, says Nigel Short.

TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament

”It feels real good to be back, and we are happy to have been able to gather such an interesting field in our comeback, says tournament director Johan Berntsen, on behalf of arrangers Limhamns SK.

Johan would like to thank the sponsors, who made it possible to revive the tournament. The tournament would not have been possible without the support of the law firm Sigeman & Co, and the company TePe – Sweden’s leading manufacturer of dental products.

Players from the Past... (Photos by the Organizing Team)

Anish Giri at the 2012 edition

Fabiano Caruana at the 2012 edition

2012: Giri analyzing with Peter Leko

The playing hall in Theater Hipp is right in the center of Malmo town, very close to all forms of public transport. This allows most city dwellers to walk into the arena and enjoy chess in a peaceful manner.

Meanwhile, can you guess the name of this grandmaster?

Official Website

Read the invitation and a small interview of Harika Dronavalli in ChessBase India.

Priyadarshan Banjan is a 23-year-old club player from India. He works as an editor for ChessBase News and ChessBase India. He is a chess fanatic and an avid fan of Vishy Anand. He also maintains a blog on a variety of topics.


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