Chess on Top of the World

Chess on Top of the World

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Aug 9, 2010, 11:13 AM |
12 | Chess Event Coverage

The city of Tromsø in Norway is so far north it is one of the few major habitations in the Arctic Circle.

That means that from late November to the middle of January every year there is a Polar Night, and from the middle of May until late July there is a Midnight Sun.

A summer night in Tromsø (picture by Beate Forså)

Summer night in Tromso.jpg


Tromsø is bidding to host the 2014 Chess Olympiad, boosted by significant government financial support thanks to the high profile of Norwegian world #1 Magnus Carlsen. But there is already plenty of chess to be found in this remarkable city!

The Arctic Chess Challenge ran from 31 July to 8 August and featured 25 Grandmasters in a field of over 160 players for a 9-round Swiss event.  In a dramatic last round finish, Mikhail Kobalia of Russia beat leader Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands to secure the title on tie-breaks from young Mexican talent Manuel Leon Hoyos.

The leading standings:



 Name Elo Score T-B
1  Mikhail Kobalia 2648 7.5 40.5
2  Manuel Leon Hoyos 2556 7.5 40.0
3  Chanda Sandipan 2637 7.0 44.5
4  Loek Van Wely 2677 7.0 43.5
5  Bartosz Socko 2646 7.0 42.5
6  Marijan Petrov 2535 7.0 36.0
7  Matthew J Turner 2506 7.0 35.5
8  Julian Radulski 2574 6.5 40.0
9  Ivan Ivanisevic 2611 6.5 40.0
10  Yuri Drozdovskij 2624 6.5 39.5
11  Anatoly Bykhovsky 2487 6.5 38.5
12  Igor Khenkin 2632 6.5 38.0
13  Alexander Moiseenko 2667 6.5 37.0
14  Sergei Azarov 2600 6.5 35.5
15  Normunds Miezis 2518 6.5 34.5

 

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