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Sigeman & Co Tournament

Anish Giri3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Wesley So3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Hans Tikkanen3/5(+1 -0 =4)[games]
Alexey Shirov2.5/5(+1 -1 =3)[games]
Nils Grandelius2/5(+1 -2 =2)[games]
Jonny Hector1.5/5(+0 -2 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Sigeman & Co (2011)

The 19th Sigeman & Co tournament was a 6-player single round robin played at the Hipp Theater in Malmö, Sweden, 9-13 June 2011. 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 Berndtsen. Chief arbiter: IA Anil Surender. Tournament category: XV (2625). Three players (Giri, So and Tikkanen) shared first with 3/5.

1 2 3 4 5 6 =1 Giri 2687 * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 3 =1 So 2667 ½ * ½ 1 0 1 3 =1 Tikkanen 2560 ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 3 4 Shirov 2709 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 2½ 5 Grandelius 2541 0 1 0 ½ * ½ 2 6 Hector 2585 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1½

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W So vs A Giri ½-½452011Sigeman & CoD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Shirov vs Hector 1-0502011Sigeman & CoD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. H Tikkanen vs N Grandelius 1-0322011Sigeman & CoE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. Hector vs H Tikkanen ½-½662011Sigeman & CoB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
5. A Giri vs N Grandelius 1-0422011Sigeman & CoA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
6. W So vs Shirov 1-0592011Sigeman & CoD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. N Grandelius vs Hector  ½-½1012011Sigeman & CoD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Shirov vs A Giri ½-½402011Sigeman & CoC24 Bishop's Opening
9. H Tikkanen vs W So ½-½312011Sigeman & CoD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. W So vs N Grandelius 0-1312011Sigeman & CoE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
11. Shirov vs H Tikkanen ½-½682011Sigeman & CoD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. A Giri vs Hector ½-½1112011Sigeman & CoD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. N Grandelius vs Shirov  ½-½242011Sigeman & CoD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. H Tikkanen vs A Giri  ½-½452011Sigeman & CoD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
15. Hector vs W So 0-1312011Sigeman & CoC13 French
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  Penguincw: Live ratings (I used the FIDE Caculator for this):

Place, Player, Inital Rating, Current Rating, Change

1., Tikkanen, 2541, 2546.8, +5.8

2., Giri, 2690, 2692.8, +2.8

3., So, 2667, 2672.8, +5.8

4., Shirov, 2701, 2699, -2.0

5., Hector, 2588, 2583.8, -4.2

6., Grandelius, 2547, 2538.8, -8.2

Jun-10-11  bartonlaos: <Penguincw> I'm not sure whom is correct. But according to Chess Evolution, the ratings for Shirov and Giri differ from your own calculations:

Shirov's is 2709.

Giri's is 2687.

Do you happen to know why they could be different from your own calculations?

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  Penguincw: < bartonlaos: <Penguincw> I'm not sure whom is correct. But according to Chess Evolution, the ratings for Shirov and Giri differ from your own calculations: Shirov's is 2709.

Giri's is 2687.

Do you happen to know why they could be different from your own calculations? >

I'm not sure. I used the FIDE Rating Change Calculator but I must've mistyped it somewhere.

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  SteinitzLives: Why do people play the Slav? Look at the stats:
Opening Explorer

Is it because it's popular? Is it because big name players can use it to get draws with black because they understand and have memorized it 25 moves deep?

Well, this tournament supports the statistics above which show that white owns black in this opening (unless you are one of the .00000000000000001% of chess players in the world rated over 2700), and just how often do you play that tiny group of players?

Jun-11-11  jon01:
Jun-11-11  FeJulio: So beat Shirov! what a good job....So go go go!
Jun-12-11  waustad: Grandelius beating So was the game of the day.
Jun-12-11  parmetd: The Slav is awesome. Stats unapplied are meaningless. My guess is you have been spanked by the Slav so many times that you can't count anymore (hence the hate for the openings. Openings are largely a style choice.
Jun-13-11  Nina Myers: <waustad: Grandelius beating So was the game of the day.>

A hot favourite for the <game of the year>. For me, that is.

Jun-13-11  Ryan Razo: <A hot favourite for the <game of the year>. For me, that is.>

Comment of the year, for Nina Myers at least :P

Jun-13-11  Klas Recke: <<A hot favourite for the <game of the year>. For me, that is.>>

Until you´ve seen today´s Hector vs So!

Jun-13-11  Nina Myers: <Klas Recke> So was so lost there, too. Check it out! Hector vs W So, 2011
Jun-13-11  dunkenchess: It should have been announced if there is no tie-breakers. 3 of them won and no tie-breaks?

Sigeman is the only chess tournament in the world with no tie-breaker and it has no single champion.

It's as dark as an asphalt.

Jun-15-11  Gryz: 5 Rounds also seems a bit short. I had expected a double-rounded tournament. :( Do those still exist ?
Jun-15-11  shivasuri4: <Gryz>,of course they do,hop over to Bazna.
Jun-15-11  drnooo: just checked back in here nope that is not at all what I was talking about what may mean that Giri ultimately may surpass Carlsen one victory or loss is meaningless usually no its a little something of a theory I have posted here occasionally and seems to hold true almost without exception though I will admit to its having, like all theories, exceptions yet here I am saying that Giri may surpass Carlsen if this one thing doesnt change, thats all
Jun-15-11  Everett: <SteinitzLives> Maybe people play the Slav because it morphs into the Semi-Slav.

Opening Explorer

Now do you think the Semi-Slav is a poor choice for black?

Or how 'bout this?
Opening Explorer

Should everyone stop playing the KID now?

Jun-15-11  Everyone: is more of a Nimzo/QID player.
Jun-16-11  Everett: Maybe everyone should just go away.
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  offramp: Kramnik's famous comment is that all one wants from an opening is that it leads to a playable middlegame.
Jun-18-11  nanobrain: and i wonder how that became famous when all it means is that he does not what to be losing after the opening (which is what most players want except for the over-ambitious who want to win and end the game right there at the opening).
Jun-18-11  Everett: <offramp> <nanobrain> Would you agree that the top players look at the opening differently? Certainly some, like Karpov, Smyslov, and I'm willing to guess many positionally minded players are seeking a solid platform from which to work, while the more aggressively minded want to set their opponents difficulties right from the start. LB Hansen came out with a great book on styles, and broke chessplayers up into 4 main categories; pragmatists, theorists, reflectors and activists. Kramnik IMHO is a theorist/reflector blend, but I think he is not as rigorous as a theorist anymore, thus his above opinion on the opening.
Jun-19-11  nhat8121: does anyone know if Giri is the youngest to reach 2700 ever? who holds the current record?
Jun-19-11  achieve: Karjakin seems a prime candidate- not sure who is the youngest by month or day, but Karjakin broke 2700 in late 2006, when he was just shy of turning 17.

Carlsen also a few months prior to his 17th b-day I think. Giri will turn 17 in 9 days, june 28th.

Caruana is top junior in the world, he was delivered in july 1992. Reached 2700 in september 2010.

Jun-19-11  nanobrain: I agree <Everett>. But whether a player is a pragmatist, theorist, reflector or activist he still, in effect, aims for a PLAYABLE middlegame. Of course, if you're practically winning already going to the middlegame, then you have a MORE playable middlegame than the one who goes into the middlegame having mere equality with his opponent.
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