Esipenko Leads Selfoss To 1st Nordic Club Cup Victory
Andrey Esipenko. Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com.

Esipenko Leads Selfoss To 1st Nordic Club Cup Victory

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SSON, the chess club from Selfoss, Iceland, won the first Nordic Internet Club Cup, played over the Easter Weekend on Chess.com. Vikingaklubburinn, also from Iceland, came second, ahead of Oslo (Norway).

The top seed in the inaugural Nordic Internet Club Cup was the A team of Skakfelag Selfoss Og Nagrennis (SSON), and they lived up to the expectations.

SSON played with the three Russian grandmasters Andrey Esipenko, Anton Demchenko, and Mikhail Antipov along with IM Semyon Lomasov (also Russia), GM Bragi Thorfinnsson and IM Arnar Gunnarsson—similar to their team in the regular Icelandic Team Championship.

SSON finished first with 25/14, one point more than Vikingaklubburinn, also from Iceland. SSON was founded in 1989 in Selfoss, the town in southern Iceland where GM Bobby Fischer is buried.

The tournament was a Swiss consisting of seven double rounds, which saw teams play each other twice in each round. It was held from April 9-13 on the Chess.com server. The time control was 10 minutes plus a two-second increment.

SSON and Vikingaklubburinn faced each other in rounds nine and 10. Vikingaklubburinn won the first match 3.5-2.5, but then SSON took revenge with a 4.5-1.5 victory, in hindsight a difference that could be seen as the decisive point in the final standings.

On board one, Esipenko defeated GM Grzegorz Gajewski twice in an endgame. Here's the first, where White somehow got outplayed in a drawish looking bishop endgame:

An interesting game was played in the match between Oslo and Selfoss. Norway's famous coach and former member of the national football team GM Simen Agdestein defeated Demchenko in a King's Indian that involved a remarkable queen sacrifice.

What's also remarkable is that it was first played back in 1994, by a young GM Loek van Wely, against GM Boris Gulko!

Simen Agdestein chess
Simen Agdestein. Photo: Peter Doggers/Chess.com.

1st Nordic Internet Club Cup | Final standings (Top 20) 

Rk. SNo Fed Team Rounds + = - TB1 TB2 TB3
1 1 SSON A 14 12 1 1 25 1057,5 61,0
2 3 Víkingaklúbburinn A 14 11 2 1 24 959,5 57,5
3 6 OSS 1 14 10 1 3 21 932,0 58,0
4 14 Skákfélag Akureyrar 14 10 1 3 21 750,0 50,5
5 20 SK1911-1 14 10 1 3 21 698,5 52,5
6 4 Wasa SK 14 9 2 3 20 889,0 52,0
7 9 MatSK 1 14 8 4 2 20 775,5 51,0
8 23 Breiðablik, Bolungarvík og Reykjanes A 14 10 0 4 20 764,5 52,0
9 5 Reykjavík Chess Club 14 10 0 4 20 755,5 54,5
10 7 Skanderborg Skakklub 14 9 1 4 19 970,0 56,5
11 2 Huginn 14 9 1 4 19 842,5 54,0
12 49 OSS Youth 1 14 8 3 3 19 592,5 49,0
13 10 VammSK 14 9 0 5 18 831,0 54,0
14 13 JyS A 14 9 0 5 18 746,0 51,5
15 17 Taflfélag Garðabæjar (TGchess) 14 8 2 4 18 715,0 48,0
16 8 Jetsmark Skakklub 14 8 1 5 17 740,5 48,0
17 19 OSS seniorer 14 8 1 5 17 665,0 48,0
18 21 TuTS 14 8 1 5 17 661,5 49,5
19 11 Kymen Shakki 1 14 8 1 5 17 581,0 42,0
20 27 Sandavágs Talvfelag 14 8 1 5 17 557,5 50,0

(Full final standings here.)

The Nordic Internet Club Cup was an online competition for Nordic chess clubs organized by the Icelandic Chess Federation. 67 club teams from Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden played, with a total of 610 players, including 27 grandmasters.


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