Sigeman & Co Tournament

Sigeman & Co Tournament

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Jun 3, 2009, 12:52 PM |
0 | Chess Event Coverage

If the Anand v Leko match and the Poikovsky Tournament aren't enough to satisfy your chess appetite, then fear not, the 17th Sigeman & Co Tournament is underway in Malmo, Sweden.

The Sigeman tournament runs from 3-7 June and top seed is England's Nigel Short (pictured).  Aged 43, Nigel is a less frequent competitor nowadays, but with this year's tournament having a new format featuring just 6 players and 5 rounds it's unlikely to test his stamina! 

The full line-up is:

Nigel Short (ENG) 2674
Ivan Sokolov (BIH) 2669
Tomi Nyback (FIN) 2655
Tiger Hillarp Persson (SWE) 2618
Emanuel Berg (SWE) 2610
Nils Grandelius (SWE) 2491


Games start at 2pm local time (last round 12pm), using the time control 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in an hour, and then 30 minutes to a finish.

Left to right...Berg, Grandelius, Sokolov, Nyback, Hillarp Persson and Short (pic from the official site).


Hillarp Persson is the defending champion from 2008, but many neutrals will be wishing 16-year old IM Nils Grandelius the best of luck.

Short and Sokolov won their first round games against Berg and Hillarp Persson respectively with Grandelius holding Nyback to a draw.  The official site has profiles of the players, lots of nice photos, and live coverage of the games.

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