Starting Saturday: TePe Sigeman & Co with Svidler, Abdusattorov and Ju

by André Schulz
4/25/2024 – The TePe Sigeman & Co tournament has been held in Malmö since 1993 — it was only cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The organisers have once again put together a very interesting 8-player field for the 2024 tournament: Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Arjun Erigaisi, Vincent Keymer, defending champion Peter Svidler (pictured), Nils Grandelius, Anton Korobov, Marc’Andria Maurizzi and women’s world champion Ju Wenjun. | Photo: David Llada

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Established in 1993

The TePe Sigeman & Co tournament has been held in Malmö every year since 1993. It was only cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. In an interview six years ago, Sonsor Johan Sigeman shared insights into the tournament’s history.

The organisers have once again put together a very interesting field for the 2024 tournament. The starting list of eight participants is headed by Nodirbek Abdusattorov, who is now number one in the junior world rankings and number four in the absolute world rankings.

In second place is Arjun Erigaisi, eighth in the world rankings, but with only four points less than Abdusattorov.

Vincent Keymer is the third top youngster in the field. The best German player since Robert Hübner is ranked 26th in the world rankings. Vincent Keymer is ranked fourth among players aged 20 or younger.

Marc’Andia Maurizzi was the fourth young player to be invited. At 16, he is the youngest player and number 14 in the junior rankings. The Frenchman is also the reigning world junior champion, as he got the title last September in Mexico City.

The list of experienced players is headed by Peter Svidler. The 8-time Russian champion has now shifted his focus to commentating, but is certainly a strong player still. The man from Saint Petersburg outscored the likes of Gukesh, Arjun and Boris Gelfand to win the event’s previous edition.

At 38, Anton Korobov also represents the slightly older generation of players. Nils Grandelius will represent the host nation’s colours. The 30-year-old Swedish top player also bridges the gap between the youngsters and the veterans.

With Ju Wenjun, the female gender is strongle represented. The women’s world champion has shown on various occasions that she is also a dangerous opponent for higher-rated players.

The tournament will be held at the Elite Plaza Hotel in Malmö (Gustav Adolfs Torg 49). Johan Berntsen will act as tournament director.

The tournament will be played as a single round-robin with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the remaining moves and 30-second increments from the first move. Draw agreements are not allowed before the 40th move.


  • Rounds 1-6: April 27 to May 2 at 15.00 CEST
  • Round 7: May 3 at 12:00 CEST (three hours earlier than usual)

* No rest days are included in the schedule

Arjun Erigaisi

Arjun Erigaisi during the 2023 edition of the event in Malmö | Photo: David Llada

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