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Sigeman & Co Tournament

Nigel Short4.5/5(+4 -0 =1)[games]
Nils Grandelius3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Tomi Nyback2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Ivan Sokolov2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[games]
Tiger Hillarp Persson1.5/5(+0 -2 =3)[games]
Emanuel Berg1/5(+1 -4 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Sigeman & Co (2009)

The 17th Sigeman & Co tournament was a 6-player single round robin played at the Hipp Theater in Malmö, Sweden 3-7 June 2009. Rounds 1-4 started at 2 pm, Round 5 at noon local time. Time controls: 2 hours for the first 40 moves, then 1 more hour for the next 20 moves, then 30 more minutes to the end of the game. Tournament director: Johan Sigeman. Chief organizer: Limhamn Chess Club/Johan Berntsen. Chief arbiter: IA Anil Surender. Tournament category: XV (2620). The Englishman Nigel Short won with 4.5/5.

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Short 2674 * 1 1 1 ½ 1 4½ 2 Grandelius 2491 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 3 3 Nybäck 2655 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 2½ 4 Sokolov 2669 0 0 ½ * 1 1 2½ 5 Persson 2618 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 1½ 6 Berg 2610 0 0 0 0 1 * 1

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Previous: Sigeman & Co (2008). Next: Sigeman & Co (2010)

 page 1 of 1; 15 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Short vs E Berg 1-0392009Sigeman & CoB42 Sicilian, Kan
2. T Hillarp Persson vs I Sokolov 0-1592009Sigeman & CoA09 Reti Opening
3. T Nyback vs N Grandelius  ½-½402009Sigeman & CoD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. T Nyback vs Short 0-1372009Sigeman & CoE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. E Berg vs T Hillarp Persson 1-0842009Sigeman & CoB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. N Grandelius vs I Sokolov  1-0612009Sigeman & CoC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. T Hillarp Persson vs T Nyback  ½-½792009Sigeman & CoC53 Giuoco Piano
8. I Sokolov vs E Berg 1-0352009Sigeman & CoE70 King's Indian
9. Short vs N Grandelius 1-0282009Sigeman & CoB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Short vs T Hillarp Persson ½-½562009Sigeman & CoB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. N Grandelius vs E Berg 1-0432009Sigeman & CoC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. T Nyback vs I Sokolov  ½-½292009Sigeman & CoD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. I Sokolov vs Short 0-1542009Sigeman & CoE12 Queen's Indian
14. E Berg vs T Nyback  0-1442009Sigeman & CoC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. T Hillarp Persson vs N Grandelius  ½-½712009Sigeman & CoC53 Giuoco Piano
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member We apologize for the delay in getting this event on our homepage.

According to TWIC ( "For 17 years in a row the tournament has been played in Malmo, Sweden and this time will be no different. The tournament will be played at the classical Hipp Theater in central Malmo, for the twelfth time. This year, the tournament has a new format, with only six players playing five rounds."

Official site:

And a premature congratulations to our own User: Nigel Short who surely has this tournament very well in hand!

Premium Chessgames Member By the way, while Chessgames is not covering this event live, it is available from the main site here:

Plus, our friend Nikolay Pilafov (author of Chess Viewer Deluxe) has a live-game page set up here which allows blog-like comments, and also allows you to view the games in his own chess software which allows you to move pieces for the purpose of analysis, flip the board so you can see Black's perspective, and other nice features:

On the above link, click on the "games" tab to switch between the games.

The next round starts shortly, we think around 4:00am USA/Eastern time (or 5:00am if we did our math wrong).

Jun-07-09  Ecplecticos: Thanks CG, Nigel is brandishing a lighted torch in his hands! Momentarily stopped in his tracks by a Tiger...cheers for all these nice, fighting chess from NS.
Jun-07-09  arman07: G6 go nigel
Jun-07-09  furrer: Nigel is going for a win right? How big will his performance rating then be. And tiger stopping nigel, thats because he is an IGM.
Jun-07-09  blacksburg: what the heck is an <IGM>?
Jun-07-09  Ezzy: <blacksburg: what the heck is an <IGM>?> International Grandmaster. Not often used these days, but the term was quite normal to use in the seventies.

Yes Nigel's playing some of the best chess of his career. First 3 games were of the highest chess quality. An exceptional high standard of chess. I have been enthralled and mesmorised by it all. His 4th game was a real fight for the initiative, and at one point looked like Nigel may have winning chances after his exchange sacrifice. But Hillarp persson defended well to earn a well deserved draw.

Hope he doesn't lose any focus in the last round today. I shall be cheering from the rails.

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  Eisenheim: Clearly, Nigel is playing his best chess after all the wonderful give and take and insight the CG members have given him while he joins us commenting on live events. It has nothing to do with the secret third toplovian spigot in the bathroom that if you turn just right squeaks like rybka.
Jun-07-09  waustad: Short beat Sokolov and Nyback beat Berg so far today.
Jun-07-09  WhiteRook48: Three hundred thirty-three cheers for Short!!
Jun-07-09  Andrijadj: Indeed!!!Great job Nigel,just great!
Jun-07-09  Ecplecticos: Congrats to Nigel, impressive and consistent play indeed throughout!
Jun-07-09  acirce: Great result by Grandelius -- 3/5 in this company with three Blacks at that. As I said on his player page, he's not exactly a Carlsen-like talent, but..
Jun-07-09  Ezzy: Sigeman & co Tournament winner - GM Nigel Short 4.5/5

Congratulations Nigel on a stunning victory. Your games have been full of fighting chess, and it's been a joy to watch you play these fantastic exciting games. A worthy winner and a credit to the tournament.

It's been a blast this week. Thanks for providing us with loads of entertainment. Absolute stunning chess!! Congratulations once again.

Jun-08-09  DCP23: Short was incredible here. A stunning perfomance. It's real nice to see he's still fully capable of sweeping tournaments.

And, we'd better take note of that Grandelius guy from now on.

Jun-08-09  Andrijadj: DCP yes we would,but he'd better change that bloody haircut of his...
Jun-08-09  gus inn: Yes , special kudos to the young swede
<Grandelius>.3/5 is very promising.

And to Nigel too , off course.

Jun-08-09  Ezzy: <Andrijadj: DCP yes we would,but he'd better change that bloody haircut of his...> It's not a haircut mate, they are dreadlocks, and I think they look pretty cool!
Jun-08-09  Ecplecticos: Nils Grandelius, shaping up to be the second "Magnus Carlen", out of Scandinavia.
Jun-08-09  hellopolgar: am i the only one here that thinks Nigel Short can destroy players under 2650 once in a while yet never do well in any serious tourneys?
Jun-08-09  Andrijadj: Hellopolgar,ask Mamedyarov about that.
Jun-08-09  Ezzy: <hellopolgar: am i the only one here that thinks Nigel Short can destroy players under 2650 once in a while yet never do well in any serious tourneys?> No, Nigel Short himself would agree with you.

I think he's had his fair share of winning 'serious' tournaments - don't you

He's having an amazing resurgence of top form recently, so only time will tell whether he has a good performance in a super tournament left in him.

He has that opportunity at the new supertournament in London later this year. Before that a classical match against Efimenko in September.

These big events will give us some answers about 'how much is left in the tank' for the former world championship contender, to compete at the elite level once again.

I have followed Nigel Short ever since I played in the same tournament halls when he was a young prodigy, and so wish him well in his forthcoming massive chess tests.

GO NIGEL!! :-)

Jun-08-09  hedgeh0g: The chessbase article on the final standings really sums up the quality of this tournament in its concluding paragraph:

<The drawing average in this tournament was a sensationally low 33%, with White winning 40% and Black 27% of the games. Maybe there is something to be said about this method of combatting draws in chess. Instead of forbidding draw offers, counting wins and draws differently, and the many other methods proposed by experts, you can also solve the problem by simply inviting the right players. Make a note of these six for future events.>

Something to be learned from this. You get more exciting results by inviting players with something to prove. Congratulations, GM Short, on an outstanding performance.

Jun-08-09  Prugno: <hellopolgar> Well, perhaps not as much as he once did, but considering the wins Short has scored in the past 20+ years in "serious tourneys" I feel that saying he "never" does well in them is simply false.
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  virginmind: bravo nigel short and may this good form last long for you!
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