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Rilton Cup Tournament

Krishnan Sasikiran7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[view games]
Sergey Volkov7/9(+6 -1 =2)[view games]
Sundar M Shyam6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[view games]
Ivan Sokolov6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[view games]
Gata Kamsky6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[view games]
Mikhail Antipov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Frode Olav Olsen Urkedal6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[view games]
Kaido Kulaots6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[view games]
Sunil Dhopade Swapnil6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Martyn Kravtsiv6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Evgeny Postny6/9(+6 -3 =0)[view games]
Hans Tikkanen6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Alexey Goganov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Milos Pavlovic6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Arturs Neiksans6/9(+4 -1 =4)[view games]
Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Mihai-Lucian Grunberg6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
C R G Krishna6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Matthias Bluebaum6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Tiger Hillarp Persson5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[view games]
John Paul Wallace5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[view games]
Lars Oskar Hauge5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[view games]
Hogni Egilstoft Nielsen5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[view games]
Sergey Ivanov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[view games]
Johan Salomon5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[view games]
Jonathan Westerberg5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[view games]
Ivan Babikov5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[view games]
Matthew Larson5/9(+4 -3 =2)[view games]
Samuel Sevian5/9(+3 -2 =4)[view games]
(105 players total; 77 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Rilton Cup (2016)

The 46th Rilton Cup takes place from December 27 - January 5 in Stockholm, Sweden. The 9-round Swiss open will feature nearly 300 players from several countries and a 1st prize of 20,000 Swedish Kroner (about 2170). The event's namesake Dr. Tore Rilton, who died in 1983, wanted the tournament to be an opportunity for young Swedish talents to challenge strong masters from abroad, and this year's edition includes 75 players with FIDE titles.

Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. (1)

Official site:

(1) chess24: Rilton Cup

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 446  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. H Tikkanen vs I Babikov 1-057 2016 Rilton CupD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
2. Trygve Dahl vs C R G Krishna  0-145 2016 Rilton CupC01 French, Exchange
3. M Grunberg vs Valo Hallman 0-152 2016 Rilton CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. G Svorono vs J P Wallace  0-151 2016 Rilton CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. K Gulamali vs Andrea Henderson de La Fuente  1-025 2016 Rilton CupB07 Pirc
6. J Salomon vs T Glimbrant  1-041 2016 Rilton CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
7. S Mihajlov vs S Gupta  ½-½39 2016 Rilton CupE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
8. B Petersson vs Lance Henderson de La Fuente  0-157 2016 Rilton CupB25 Sicilian, Closed
9. P Balcerak vs Ludvig Carlsson  1-021 2016 Rilton CupB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. Axel Berglind vs O Von Bahr  0-146 2016 Rilton CupA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
11. R Nielsen vs Alfons Emmoth  1-025 2016 Rilton CupC00 French Defense
12. Anna Vrtiakova vs Sarin Nihal  0-150 2016 Rilton CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. A Ornstein vs Anton Darnell 1-035 2016 Rilton CupD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Leo Crevatin vs J M Bellon Lopez  0-138 2016 Rilton CupA43 Old Benoni
15. T Luukkonen vs A Cramling Bellon  1-047 2016 Rilton CupA13 English
16. F Bracker vs Farqad Ammoor  1-022 2016 Rilton CupB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. F Grafl vs H Lahlum  ½-½66 2016 Rilton CupA00 Uncommon Opening
18. V Ryzhkov vs J Houska  0-134 2016 Rilton CupB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. V Stefansson vs Isak Storme  1-033 2016 Rilton CupA07 King's Indian Attack
20. A Betaneli vs S D Swapnil  0-166 2016 Rilton CupA12 English with b3
21. S Bromberger vs Raunak Sadhwani  1-042 2016 Rilton CupE46 Nimzo-Indian
22. M Wiander vs T Hillarp Persson  0-155 2016 Rilton CupB06 Robatsch
23. M Pavlovic vs K Kucuksari  1-038 2016 Rilton CupA14 English
24. T Rydstrom vs A Liang  0-138 2016 Rilton CupB07 Pirc
25. M Zumsande vs Kim Yew Chan  1-032 2016 Rilton CupB27 Sicilian
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  PhilFeeley: Lots more with 2 here, including Awonder Liang. See the official website.
Dec-31-16  waustad: Not a good start for the Cramling Bellon family. The parents are both at 2/4, losing some elo and Anna has one bye and has lost all three games she played. That shouldn't be too surprising since she's very close to the lowest rated player in the section. She was originally listed as playing in the FIDE elo section, but I guess after playing in the olympiad at 14 she figured she was ready.
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  PhilFeeley: Sokolov had Kamsky on the ropes, then blew it in time trouble.
Jan-02-17  Mr. V: That's Sokolov for you. And Kamsky.
Jan-02-17  waustad: Laing has a decent shot at getting a GM norm. His performance rating so far is over 2600 and he's playing his 4th GM next round.
Jan-02-17  paavoh: After the surprising loss to Prince, Volkov got annoyed and started to rack wins.
Jan-02-17  rgr459: 2170 Euro first prize? It must cost at least that amount of money for travel and accommodations, particularly for the GMs who travel from overseas. The only way to make any money is to win the tournament. It doesn't seem to be worth the time...
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  perfidious: <rgr459: 2170 Euro first prize? It must cost at least that amount of money for travel and accommodations, particularly for the GMs who travel from overseas. The only way to make any money is to win the tournament. It doesn't seem to be worth the time...>

Case in point as to the reason why, while I might again play chess as a change of pace, it is pazzo for any but the top players to consider it as a profession--in poker, I would never even consider a tournament which offered a first prize less than 50x the entrance fee.

Jan-03-17  rgr459: <perfidious> Kamsky chose to do this over practicing law, no? It has been many years since he has had invites to the top events. These GMs must make their living by giving lessons.
Jan-03-17  CountryGirl: The Indian GM factory is in impressive action at both Rilton Cup and Hastings.
Jan-03-17  Clement Fraud: I can't help noticing that the time controls at grandmaster events are getting ever shorter. In this tournament the players have only ninety minutes each for their first forty moves; and this isn't even a rapid event. I really don't see how speeding up the classical time controls can be benefitting the quality of top level chess.
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  WannaBe: <Clement Fraud> Players get 30s increment from move one. So 40 moves would result in an additional 20 minutes.

90m + 20m = 110m would be just about 2 hours, after first time control, 30m are added, (along with +30s per move).

So if a game is to last 60 moves, (for the sake of argument), 110m for the first 40 moves and then 30m + 10m with a total time 'control' of 150m.

That +30s each move could, in theory, make the game go on forever, since player(s) will never run out of time. Anyway, I don't think it's that much shorter than classical time control.

Jan-03-17  Clement Fraud: <WannaBe> Thankyou very much for the information; I understand better now.
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  PhilFeeley: <rgr459: <perfidious> Kamsky chose to do this over practicing law, no?> Yes, law is boring. At least chess is more interesting :-)
Jan-05-17  nescio: I don't see the following game in the list, but I think it deserves some attention. Very pleasing attack by Bellon, though I'm not sure if 21. e4 is correct. [Event "Rilton Cup 2016-17"]
[Site "Stockholm"]
[Date "2017.01.04"]
[Round "8.30"]
[White "Bellon Lopez, Juan (ESP)"]
[Black "Dahl, Trygve (NOR)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "0"]
[BlackElo "0"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]
[Remark "Bord 30"]

1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 Nc6 3.c4 e5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.g3 Be7 6.Bg2 O-O 7.O-O Qe8 8.Nd5 Bd8 9.Bg5 Nxd5 10.cxd5 Nd4 11.Nxd4 Bxg5 12.Nb5 Qd8 13.f4 Bf6 14.fxe5 Bxe5 15.d4 Bf6 16.d6 cxd6 17.Bd5+ Kh8 18.Nxd6 Qa5 19.Nf7+ Kg8 20.Rxf5 g6 21.e4 Qb6 22.Rxf6 Qxf6 23.e5 Qe7 24.Qd2 Rb8 25.Qh6 b5 26.Rf1 Bb7 27.Rf6 Bxd5 28.Rxg6+ Kxf7 29.Rg7+ Ke8 30.Rxe7+ Kxe7 31.Qd6+ Kf7 32.Qxd7+ Kg6 33.Qxd5 1-0

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  PhilFeeley: It is and interesting game. Where did you get it? I couldn't find it on the official site (unless it's in the broadcast) and it's not on

Why do you suspect 21. e4 is not correct? Do you mean an error or not the move played?

Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Found it. It's in the .pgn file.
Jan-05-17  nescio: <PhilFeeley: Why do you suspect 21. e4 is not correct?>

At first glance I didn't trust 21.e4 gxf5 22.Qh5 Bxd4+, preferring 21.Nd6+ Kh8 22.Nc4, but it may just be my reluctance to sacrifice needlessly and be just a matter of taste.

Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: I'm still watching live, not all games finished even though Sasikiran has won. Yet listed the rankings <after> round 9 already, even earlier. I don't know how that happened.
Premium Chessgames Member
  soldal: Official results:

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  botvinnik64: Holy Smokes! Sasikiran put it on this field. I like the game Awonder Liang - Sasikiran. A hard fought (and unusual) draw in the Alapin Sicilian,
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  HeMateMe: <chose to do this over practicing law, no?>

Go to any big city. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a lawyer, many of whom are unemployed or underemployed. Meanwhile, Kamsky was in the world's top ten in chess.

Do you enjoy being among the world's very best at something, or do you hope (not at all a certainty) that you will get hired at a good law firm where you will then work slave labor hours (80/week, minimum) as a new associate and probably be kicked out after five years or so, when you have not made partner?

Of course you earn more than a chessplayer as an associate at a good law firm($150k starting, at a large firm), but there was no guaranty that Kamsky was ever going to be hired at one of the better law firms. He went to a mediocre law school, Touro in NYC, and there was little chance that a Freed, Frank or Skadden Arps was going to hire him. He went with his first love, chess.

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  Sokrates: I once read that in the U.S. you have ten lawyers for every engineer. In Japan you have ten engineers for every lawyer. It may be a myth but it's certainly not healthy for any society to have more lawyers than engineers.

However, Larsen in his young days left his studies as an engineer and became a professional chessplayer with the statement that "there are enough great engineers in the world, so I prefer being something more unique: a great chessplayer."

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  diagonal: Nice anecdote! Thanks, <Sokrates>

Larsen was a truly unique player and person, you may know that link in spanish language (with games and career record):

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  offramp: Named after Sir Henry Rilton, who introduced cricket to Scandinavia.
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