Saturday, June 11, 2011
19th SIGEMAN Chess Tournament Round 5: Three- way tie for first; King walk for Wesley beat Hector in 31 moves
Wesley So playing black won against Jonny Hector in 31 moves of a French Defense to share 1st-3rd place with Anish Giri and Hans Tikkanen at the end of the 19th Sigeman Chess Tournament. Hans Tikkanen held Anish Giri into a draw in 45 moves of a Gruenfeld Defense. Top seed Alexei Shirov finished 4th over all with 2.5 points after a last round draw with Nels Grandelius in only 24 moves of a Semi Slav defense. GM Wesley So the youngest players to achieve a 2600 rating in 2008 at the age of 15 escape the mating attack of Hector and threatens mate in one or a loss of a queen when Hector resigns.
Rank Total Points S.B. Won games
1-3 Wesley So (PHI) 3.0 7.0 2
Anish Giri (NED) 3.0 7.0 1
Hans Tikkanen (SWE) 3.0 7.0 1
4th Alexei Shirov (ESP) 2.5
5th Nils Grandelius (SWE) 2.0
6th Jonny Hector (SWE) 1.5
ROUND 5 Results
Jonny Hector vs Wesley So 0 - 1 French Defense 31 moves
Nils Grandelius vs Alexei Shirov draw Semi-Slav ; 24 moves
Hans Tikkanen vs Anish Giri draw Gruenfeld 45 moves
Grandelius mates Wesley So
Nils Grandelius of Sweden hands GM Wesley So the worst loss in his career by mating the Filipino champion in only 31 moves of a Nimzo-Indian Defense. Grandelius, the tailender in this six players single round robin system improves to 1.5 points while So stays at 2.0 points. Anish Giri and Hans Tikkanen now shares the lead both with 2.5 points with only one round remaining. Anish Giri was held to a draw by Jonny Hector in a marathon 111 moves of a Slav Defense, both players had 1 rook + 2 pawns when draw was agreed. Top seed Alexei Shirov rook against Tikkanen bishop and 1pawn also ended in a draw in 68 moves of another Slav Defense
Round 4 Results
Wesley So vs Nils Grandelous 0 - 1 Nimzo Indian 31 moves
Anish Giri vs Jonny Hector draw Slav Defense 111 moves
Alexei Shirov vs Hans Tikkanen draw Slav Defense 68 moves
Round 3 Results
Hans Tikkanen vs Wesley So draw QGD 31 moves
Alexei Shirov vs Anish Giri draw Bishops Opening 40 moves
Nils Grandelous vs Jonny Hector draw Semi- Slav ,101 moves
Wesley So,Anish Giri joins Tikkanen at the top after round 2
GM's Anish Giri of Nederlands and Wesley So of the Philippines both created a passed pawn at e7 that decided the games. Anish ,the defending champion won against GM Nils Grandelius of Sweden in 42 moves of an English Opening while So defeated top rank Alexei Shirov (2701) of Spain in 59 moves of a Queens Gambit Decline. GM Jonny Hector and GM Hans Tikkanen both from Sweden drew their game in 66 moves of a Sicilian Defense Taimanov. The 6 players Single Round Robin Tournament is being held at Malmo,Sweden using atime control of 2 hours/40 moves + 1 hour/20 moves + 30 minutes to finished the game.
STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 2
1.5 pointers ----- Anish Giri (2690) ; Wesley So (2667) ; Hans Tikkanen (2541)
1.0 pointers ----- Alexei Shirov (2701)
0.5 pointer ---- Jonny Hector (2588)
0 ---- Nils Grandelous (2547)
Round 1 Results
Wesley So --- Anish Giri draw Semi Slav 45 moves
Hans Tikkanen -- Nils Grandelous 1 - 0 Nimzo Indian 32 moves
Alexei Shirov ---- Jonny Hector 1 - 0 Slav Defense 50 moves
Round 2 Results
Anish Giri --- Nils Grandelous 1 - 0 English Opening 42 moves
Wesley So ---- Alexei Shirov 1 - 0 Q G D 59 moves
Jonny Hector --- Hans Tikkanen draw Sicilian Defense Taimanov Variation
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