Fressinet wins the Sigeman & co chess tournament

The 22nd annual Sigeman Chess Tournament took place in the classical Hipp Theater in central Malmo. This year’s event was a round robin with six participants, who were an interesting mix of established players and rising stars, and of familiar faces and new ones. The visiting team consisted of former world championship candidate Jan Timman, French grandmaster Laurient Fressinet and Norwegian grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer. The home team consists of Nils Grandelius, who has become Sweden’s strongest and most active chess player, new grandmaster Erik Blomqvist and international master Axel Smith. The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

Laurent_FresinetThe french grandmaster Laurent Fressinet

  French GM Laurent Fressinet remained without defeat and won two of his five games to take first place in this round robin event. The biggest surprise of the tournament was the 27-year-old IM Axel Smith, who similarly had two wins and no losses but spoilt his chances with an unfortunate king move in his final game. But Axel finshed second with 3.0/5 points and a gain of 14 rating points.

we bring you this final decisive game between Axel Smith and Nils Grandelius, in which one bad king move spoil all the chances of Axel to win the tournament and instead of that gave the chance to Nils to make a beautiful tactical piece of art

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[Event &#8220;22nd Sigeman &amp; Co 2014&#8221;] [Site &#8220;Malmo SWE&#8221;] [Date &#8220;2014.05.19&#8221;] [Round &#8220;5.3&#8221;] [White &#8220;Smith, Axel&#8221;] [Black &#8220;Grandelius, Nils&#8221;] [Result &#8220;0-1&#8221;] [ECO &#8220;D58&#8221;] [WhiteElo &#8220;2478&#8221;] [BlackElo &#8220;2587&#8221;] [PlyCount &#8220;92&#8221;] [EventDate &#8220;2014.05.15&#8221;] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 b6 8. Be2 Nbd7 9. cxd5 exd5 10. O-O Bb7 11. Rc1 Re8 12. Qa4 a6 13. Rfd1 Bd6 14. Ne1 Qb8 15. Bg3 Bxg3 16. hxg3 Nf8 17. Nd3 Ne6 18. b4 Qd8 19. Qb3 Qd6 20. a4 Rad8 21. Qb2 Ng5 22. Nf4 Re7 23. Nb1 Nge4 24. Nd2 Bc8 25. Nxe4 dxe4 26. b5 axb5 27. axb5 Bb7 28. Bc4 Kf8 29. Ra1 g5 30. Ne2 h5 31. Ra7 Bd5 32. Rc1 Rdd7 33. Bxd5 Qxd5 34. Rc6 Kg7 35. Nc3 Qf5 36. Qe2 h4 37. gxh4 gxh4 38. Kf1 Qg5 39. Qc4 Ng4 40. Ke2 $2 ({After} 40. Ke1 Qf5 {White can defend with} 41. Qf1 ({or} 41. Qe2)) 40... Qf5 {The king blocks the white queen from moving to f1.} 41. Nd1{ <span class="PgnWidget-anchor-diagram"></span> } 41...Ne5 $1 { Winning the exchange, with White&#8217;s best option being to retreat the queen.} 42. dxe5 h3 $3 {A beautiful device, threatening either to promote the pawn, or instead decisively weakening the h5-d1 diagonal and in particular giving Black control of f3.} {White tried to randomise with} 43. e6 {and is met with the continuation of beauty with the move} hxg2 $3 44. exd7 Rxd7 $1 { and White&#8217;s king is in a mating net.} 45. Qc3+ f6 46. Rxf6 Qxb5+ {Very cool, beautiful play by Grandelius.} 0-1
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