Gawain Jones Wins Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament
Gawain Jones, the winner in Malmo. | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Swedish Chess Federation.

Gawain Jones Wins Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament

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Gawain Jones became the sole winner of the Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament in Malmo, Sweden after drawing with his main rival Pentala Harikrishna in the final round on Thursday. The Indian grandmaster ended in second place.

Jones took the sole lead again in the penultimate round as he defeated Tiger Hillarp Persson while Harikrishna drew his game with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu. Jones nicely refuted a temporary pawn sacrifice as he found the tactical problem behind it:

Hillarp Persson Jones 2019 TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament
Hillarp Persson and Jones after their game. | Photo: Lars OA Hedlund/Swedish Chess Federation.

Nihal Sarin, who had trapped Parham Maghsoodloo's queen so nicely the previous day (see our second report on the event), this time saw his own queen getting into trouble. Nils Grandelius wasn't happy with all his moves in this game, but as soon as he got the chance, his beautiful 23rd move was ruthless.

Jones went into Thursday's final round with half-point lead over his direct opponent, Harikrishna. Obviously the Englishman was happy with the draw he got, but noted: "I didn't want to suffer to make the draw so I tried to play as normally as possible."

Jones Harikrishna 2019 Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament
The start of the final round. | Photo: TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament.

Harikrishna felt that the final position offered zero chances for him to play for an advantage: "If it's unclear I would go, but it's not unclear," he said. "That's the problem. Sometimes it happens to me that my common sense prevails!"

Jones had recently joined the "2700 club" and won another 7.2 points in Malmo to reach a live rating of 2709.2.


The final round was the only one where all games ended in draws. That included a lucky half-point for Grandelius, who was dead lost against Ivan Saric. The Croatian grandmaster clearly wasn't having his tournament; today at some point the evaluation showed a forced mate in nine. 

Saric Grandelius 2019 Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament
A rather disappointing finish for Saric. | Photo: TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament.


2019 Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament | Final Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Gawain Jones 2702 2817 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5.0/7
2 Pentala Harikrishna 2730 2756 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.5/7
3 Nils Grandelius 2688 2710 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4.0/7
4 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 2667 2664 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.5/7
5 Parham Maghsoodloo 2671 2614 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 3.0/7 9.75
6 Nihal Sarin 2598 2623 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.0/7 9.75
7 Ivan Saric 2694 2558 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 2.5/7 9
8 Tiger Hillarp Persson 2563 2576 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 2.5/7 8

The round seven official broadcast.

The Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament celebrated its 25th edition this year with an extended playing field. Eight players (up from six) were competing in what was now a seven-round tournament, held May 3-9 at Malmo Live in Malmo, Sweden.


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