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Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament

Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament

Sigeman 2011.jpgPress Release

The Limhamn Chess Club is proud to invite the players, the chess audience, the media and the sponsors to the 20-year jubilee of the annual Sigeman Chess Tournament. The tournament will take place at the classical Hipp Theater in central Malmo. This year's tournament is being played over 7 rounds with all players playing each other and the starting field is the strongest ever.

Among the players are two young top players, 19-year-old Italian-American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana and the tournament winner of 2010, 17-year-old Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri. The two youngsters face former world championship challenger Peter Leko from Hungary, plus one of China's best chess players, 22-year-old grandmaster Chao Li, and four of Sweden's best chess players.


Fabiano Caruana (2770)
Anish Giri (2693)
Peter Leko (2723)
Chao Li (2703)

This year's home team consists of Jonny Hector from hosting club Limhamns SK, who is participating in the Sigeman Chess Tournament for the sixteenth time, two newly promoted grandmasters, Nils Grandelius and Hans Tikkanen, both from neighboring town Lund, and finally one of Sweden's most successful chess players during the last five years, 30-year-old grandmaster Emanuel Berg.


Jonny Hector (2560)
Nils Grandelius (2556)
Hans Tikkanen (2566)
Emanuel Berg (2587)


The big favorites are Caruana and Leko, the former based on a number of very good recent results, and the latter based on 20 years among the best players in the world and a number of big tournament wins. Giri and Chao should be considered dangerous outsiders. However, the home audience will be hoping for an upset like the one delivered by Hans Tikkanen last year, when he won the tournament.

The tournament has been expanded to eight players, instead of six, to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the tournament. This means that there will be seven rounds this year. As the field of players is the strongest ever and many of them are known for their fighting skills we would like congratulate all chess fans to the opportunity to see world-class chess live. Do not miss the opportunity to follow the games live on the Internet, and for those of you who are able to visit Malmo, there will also be live commentary. Round 1-3, the commentator will be Ulf Andersson, Sweden's best chess player ever, and a very popular commentator, while round 4-7 as usual will see grandmaster Stellan Brynell helping the audience analyze the games.


Round 1  09-May 14.00 - 21.00
Round 2  10-May 14.00 - 21.00
Round 3  11-May 14.00 - 21.00
Saturday  12-May Rest day
Round 4  13-May 14.00 - 21.00 
Round 5  14-May 14.00 - 21.00
Round 6  15-May 14.00 - 21.00
Round 7  16-May 12.00 - 19.00 

We would like to thank Sigeman & Co, Sandvik, PWC, Peab, Ramböll, Odd Hill, Informationsteknik, Malmö Stad, Golden Dragon, Connect Marketing, Schackakademien, Axis Communications, Ystads Bridgesällskap, PA Konsult, Max Mattiesen, Bevakningsgruppen, Hansson & Thyresson, Svedala Finans, Ferring, Plannja, Voith Turbo, Handelsbanken, Paul Linde, Henjo, Effekt Personal, Kakel & Tegel, Dunsudde, Xai Xai, Medicast, UBQ AB, arrangers Limhamns SK, all other sponsors and all others who once again have contributed to making this traditional chess event come true!

Once again, welcome to the 20-year jubilee of the annual Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament!


Photos by Calle Erlandsson for the official website

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