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23rd Sigeman & Co Tournament

Nils Grandelius3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Baadur Aleksandrovich Jobava3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Pavel Eljanov2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Erik Blomqvist2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[games]
Dronavalli Harika2/5(+0 -1 =4)[games]
Nigel Short2/5(+1 -2 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
23rd Sigeman & Co (2017)

The 23rd Sigeman & Co Tournament returned after a three year hiatus, and was played in Malmö, Sweden 10-14 May 2017. Time control: 100 min for 40 moves + 50 min for 20 moves + 15 min for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. Jobava and Grandelius shared 1st prize. Report by Peter Doggers (with photos):

Official site: Crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 =1 Grandelius * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 3 =1 Jobava ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 3 =3 Eljanov ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 2½ =3 Blomqvist 0 ½ 1 * 1 0 2½ =5 Harika ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 2 =5 Short ½ 0 0 1 ½ * 2

Previous edition: 22nd Sigeman & Co (2014). Next: 24th Sigeman & Co (2018).

 page 1 of 1; 15 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Jobava vs N Grandelius  ½-½45201723rd Sigeman & CoA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Short vs E Blomqvist 1-036201723rd Sigeman & CoC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Eljanov vs D Harika  ½-½41201723rd Sigeman & CoA04 Reti Opening
4. N Grandelius vs D Harika  ½-½51201723rd Sigeman & CoB25 Sicilian, Closed
5. E Blomqvist vs Eljanov 1-046201723rd Sigeman & CoC03 French, Tarrasch
6. Jobava vs Short 1-071201723rd Sigeman & CoA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Short vs N Grandelius ½-½69201723rd Sigeman & CoC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
8. Eljanov vs Jobava  ½-½58201723rd Sigeman & CoB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
9. D Harika vs E Blomqvist 0-150201723rd Sigeman & CoB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
10. Jobava vs D Harika  ½-½40201723rd Sigeman & CoD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. N Grandelius vs E Blomqvist 1-031201723rd Sigeman & CoA30 English, Symmetrical
12. Short vs Eljanov 0-150201723rd Sigeman & CoB10 Caro-Kann
13. E Blomqvist vs Jobava  ½-½24201723rd Sigeman & CoC42 Petrov Defense
14. Eljanov vs N Grandelius  ½-½41201723rd Sigeman & CoA06 Reti Opening
15. D Harika vs Short  ½-½44201723rd Sigeman & CoC55 Two Knights Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-11-17  FISCHERboy: I hope Nigel's first victory won't be short-lived.
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  Sokrates: I thoroughly enjoy the essays Short writes in New in Chess. So very eloquent and erudite - in particular when he grills Kirsan I. and FIDE. Here his win was against the likely weakest player in the field - the others will be tougher opponents.
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  Marmot PFL: Blomquist might be the weakest (male) player, but still beat Eljanov today. Jobava was too tough for Short.
May-11-17  waustad: Harika is holding her own so far with two draws as black in the first two rounds. It is good to see her playing in a round robin with men. With her rating, -1 would be a very good result. I hope she does even better.
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  Marmot PFL: Probably if top women played more events with men their ratings would be higher.
May-12-17  nok: <Blomquist might be the weakest (male) player> Unnecessary dig at Harika.
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  keypusher: <Premium Chessgames MemberMay-12-17 Marmot PFL: Probably if top women played more events with men their ratings would be higher. >

Why do you think so?

There are only 15 or so women rated over 2500 in the world. So unless they all play each other a dozen times a year, I assume they play men pretty often.

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  Marmot PFL: You might be right, but I think if they played the top players more often their strength (and ratings) would increase. For playing men in general that wouldn't matter, which I should have said.
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  offramp: It looks to me as if Nils Grandelius has finally bowed to international pressure and abandoned his culturally acquisitive hairstyle.

This will NOT preclude him from paying reparations to the people he has offended in the past in the future, but it may reduce the amount of compensation he has to pay.

I am one quarter Jamiroquois and on behalf of my Nation I have launched a class action against GM Nils Grandelius for the sum of $167 billion.

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  keypusher: <Marmot PFL: You might be right, but I think if they played the top players more often their strength (and ratings) would increase. For playing men in general that wouldn't matter, which I should have said.>

I'm skeptical, given that top women (and everyone else) already can play a super-GM strength opponent as often as they can stand it.

I'm sure anyone rated 2530 would love to get to play in events this strong. I'll bet Harika's opportunities to do so compare pretty well others at her level.

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  catlover: <offramp> His lawyers are going to argue that he's actually a white European Rastifarian.
May-18-17  siggemannen: i'm a bit miffed, what's the point of making a "comeback" if you gonna have a 5 round tourney with totally 16 games in total. Such a waste of time, especially considering that winners ended on up +1
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