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🏆 Politiken Cup (2015) Chess Event Description
Played 25 July - 2 August 2015 in Helsingør, Denmark. Crosstable: ... [more]

Player: Edward W Formanek

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Formanek vs J Petersen  1-0462015Politiken CupC02 French, Advance
2. E Formanek vs E Nordin  1-0402015Politiken CupB07 Pirc
3. J Vang Glud vs E Formanek  1-0522015Politiken CupA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
4. M Satre vs E Formanek  0-1422015Politiken CupC16 French, Winawer
5. E Formanek vs J Carstensen  0-1402015Politiken CupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. M Helin vs E Formanek  0-1522015Politiken CupC00 French Defense
7. E Formanek vs M Percivaldi  ½-½382015Politiken CupC60 Ruy Lopez
8. T Rydstrom vs E Formanek  1-0522015Politiken CupC16 French, Winawer
9. E Formanek vs S Rosell  1-0502015Politiken CupB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. C F Ekeberg vs E Formanek  ½-½172015Politiken CupA20 English
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  Penguincw: Official site:

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Looks like several days will have 2 rounds.

Jul-27-15  soldal: There are ten rounds in nine days, with yesterday (Sunday) being the only one with two rounds (2 & 3):

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  ketchuplover: Go winner!
Aug-01-15  waustad: There are 16 players within 1/2 point of first place going into the final round! At the moment Markus Ragger is on top based on tiebreaks.
Aug-02-15  waustad: So far there is an 8 way tie at the top with a few games left to finish.
Aug-02-15  waustad: It appears that Markus Ragger has come in first on tiebreaks. My source was the official site, which is in Danish, but it didn't seem that hard to figure out the basic drift.
Aug-04-15  waustad: As happens so often, the top players mostly played short draws after getting ahead of the pack. In a big Swiss where players are trying to insure winnings this makes perfect sense, but it doesn't always lead to great fighting chess. The games among those who were slightly behind were more hotly contested.
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  offramp: This proves that chess is not a sport, because sport and politiken don't mix.
Aug-05-15  john barleycorn: interesting result for Morten Rasmussen.
Aug-05-15  Clodhopper: Congratulations to Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky for good results in a strong field.
Aug-06-15  diagonal: Congratulations also to 17 years young German IM <Jan-Christian Schröder> who already made a GM norm at Politiken Cup 2014 for his now second GM norm (he beat among others Fressinet and Marin), and IM <Axel Smith> from Sweden, who won a complicated game with the black pieces against experienced GM Ilya Smirin who started with six wins in a row but then lost three consecutive games to Hammer, Hillarp Persson, and Smith. He is making his second GM norm, his first norm also taken in Denmark, when Smith won the Nordic championship in 2013.

Of course, a huge tie at the top with many draws in the last round(s) is not what the public particularly prefers, though good organized international Open Festivals as the traditional Politiken Cup with a strong and large field (this year more than 400 participants), offering norm titles chances for younger players on their way to become an IM / GM, are the fundamentals of the competitive chess world especially if the closed invitation supertournaments for the top players tends to be today a circle restricted for only a dozen elite players.

Aug-06-15  diagonal: <Politiken Cup (1st 1979, 37th 2015)>

Since its inauguration in 1979, the leading Danish daily newspaper Politiken (Danish for ‘politics’), founded 1884 in Copenhagen, is the principal sponsor and name giver of this large Open, played at Copenhagen in its beginning days, then at Taastrup in 2006, and since 2007 traditionally at Konventum in Helsingør, a city in Denmark, spelled in English-speaking countries as Elsinore and known internationally for its castle Kronborg, where William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is set!

To be or not to be: First winner at Politiken Cup in 1979 was Danish <Carsten Høi> (IM 1979, GM 2001) who won twice sole or shared, recent winner is Austrian number one player GM <Markus Ragger> won on tie-break score the edition of 2015, meanwhile Carsten Høi still finished as 25th in a field of more than 400 players.

Winners include amongst others <Smyslov> (winning twice shared, in 1980 and again in 1986 at age of 65!), <Korchnoi> (winning outright at his first participation in 1996, aged also 65!), and Beliavsky, Gulko, Psakhis, Pigusov, Vaganian, Kurnosov, DeFirmian, Short, Sadler, Tiviakov, I. Sokolov, Eljanov, Kuzubov, Krasenkow, Csom, Cheparinov, many Scandinavian top players as eg. Hillarp Persson, Hector, Stefansson, or Peter Heine Nielsen from the hosting nation, as well as Brazilian Felgaer, Sasikiran and Negi from India, or Chinese Bu, Xiangzhi who claimed the Politiken Cup as clear first in 2014.

Several further prominent players did not (yet) take a first prize, eg. Speelman (runner-up in 1996) or Timman (this year just half a point behind the bunch of first prizers). Well, they are not yet sixty-five:) (survey in polish)

Aug-06-15  diagonal: At the <Politiken Cup 2003> in Copenhagen a boy scored 8/11, thus achieving his third and final IM norm.

In early 2004, this Wonderboy (book title from that year), born in 1990, made another serious international impact when he took first at the Wijk aan Zee, Corus C with 10.5/13, easily winning his first grandmaster norm. The prodigy obtained his second grandmaster norm in the Aeroflot Open Festival (2004) in February and his third grandmaster norm at the Dubai Open (2004), held in April same year.

Soon afterwards, this magnificent miracle even called Mozart, placed sole 3rd at Malmö in the closed invitation Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2004), followed later in the summer with a solid =3rd place at the <Politiken Cup 2004>, only a half point behind the then joint winners Darmen Sadvakasov and Norwegian compatriot Leif Erlend Johannessen.

The boy's name is, obviously, Magnus Carlsen: The Politiken Cup was a small but important step in his giant career!

Dear <Offramp>, you would certainly know a better metaphor to sum it up, ...maybe something from <Shakespeare>...

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