It was short, and it was Short

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Short wins Sigeman 2009Nigel Short won the Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament today with a fine score of 4.5 out of 5. Yes, that was it, the tournament only lasted five rounds this year. But what didn't change in Malm?? was the great fighting spirit.

The 17th edition of the Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament took place June 3-7 and for the 12th time the playing hall was at the 5th floor of the Hippodromen in central Malm??. The tournament was supported by the city of Malm??, the Swedish Chess Federation, The Swedish Chess Academy, law firm Sigeman & Co, TT-Line, ViaEcole, Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Rafstedt ad agency, Galvano Service, Kakel & Tegel in Veberod and Formo.

This year it was a single, 6-player round robin with GM Nigel Short (2674), GM Ivan Sokolov (2669), GM Tomi Nyb?§ck (2655), GM Tiger Hillarp Persson (2618), GM Emanuel Berg (2610) and IM Nils Grandelius (2491).

For the first time since 2004 Jan Timman was not among the participants but instead, his friend Ivan Sokolov was invited, as well as Timman's opponent in his World Championship Candidates Final of 1993, Nigel Short. We still remember vividly Kasparov's prediction back then: "It will be Short, and it will be short!"

This year the Sigeman tournament was a short affair, and a Short affair. The Englishman started with wins against Berg, Nyb?§ck and Grandelius before he allowed a draw against the winner of last year, Hillarp Persson. In the last round Short then scored another excellent victory with the black pieces against Sokolov, setting a 2974 performance!

Emanuel Berg, the winner of the Limburg Open last week, had more trouble against stronger opponents and managed to score only one point (a victory over compatriot Hillarp Persson in round 2). Grandelius, at 15 a big talent in Sweden and the only IM in the field, did very well finishing second with 3/5.

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Sigeman 2009

Nigel Short, after doing well in Wijk aan Zee, another great performance in Malm??



Sigeman 2009

Ivan Sokolov: finishing on fifty percent, just one draw



Sigeman 2009

Tiger Hillarp Persson: not as good as last year, with 3 draws and 2 losses



Sigeman 2009

Tomi Nyb?§ck also finished on fifty percent with three draws, a win and a loss



Sigeman 2009

Emanuel Berg: tough opponents this time



Sigeman 2009

15-year-old IM Nils Grandelius: great hair, great tourney



Sigeman 2009

Stellan Brynell giving daily commentary



Sigeman 2009

Main sponsor of the event, Johan Sigeman



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