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Politiken Cup Tournament

Markus Ragger8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Laurent Fressinet8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Tiger Hillarp Persson8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Sam Shankland8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Sebastien Maze8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Mihail Marin8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Sune Berg Hansen8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Vitaly Kunin8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Jan-Christian Schroeder7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Aleksandr Rakhmanov7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Daniel Naroditsky7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Jan Timman7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Sergey Grigoriants7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Jacob Aagaard7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Jonny Hector7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Daniel Howard Fernandez7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Gawain Jones7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Axel Delorme7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Lars Schandorff7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Jakob Vang Glud7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Sabino Brunello7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Axel Smith7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Carsten Hoi7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Christian Jepson7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Eivind Olav Risting7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Dmitrij Kollars7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Pontus Sjodahl7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
James Tarjan7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Ravi Haria7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Justin Tan7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
* (429 players total; 397 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Politiken Cup (2015)

Played 25 July - 2 August 2015 in Helsingør, Denmark. Crosstable:

 page 1 of 80; games 1-25 of 1,981  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fressinet vs Knut J Hjornevik  1-0442015Politiken CupA05 Reti Opening
2. Mikkel Andreassen vs M Ragger  0-1462015Politiken CupE60 King's Indian Defense
3. J L Hammer vs L Rasmussen  1-0302015Politiken CupA06 Reti Opening
4. J Mott vs Smirin  0-1372015Politiken CupB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. Shankland vs I Jensen  1-0532015Politiken CupD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
6. D Quinn vs Nisipeanu 0-1302015Politiken CupE12 Queen's Indian
7. G Jones vs Joel Hogeman  1-0832015Politiken CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
8. B Stam vs A Rakhmanov  0-1512015Politiken CupB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
9. Naroditsky vs F Skjoldager  1-0442015Politiken CupE07 Catalan, Closed
10. W H Philipsen vs Grigoriants  0-1252015Politiken CupB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. M Marin vs M Nielsen  1-0362015Politiken CupE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. A Subramanian vs V Kunin  ½-½532015Politiken CupD04 Queen's Pawn Game
13. S Maze vs Ove Matras  1-0362015Politiken CupB01 Scandinavian
14. D Perrett vs S B Hansen  0-1272015Politiken CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Timman vs Geir Brobakken 1-0132015Politiken CupD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. J Alfven vs T Hillarp Persson  0-1552015Politiken CupA40 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Brunello vs M F Rasmussen 1-0192015Politiken CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Jan Roksvold vs J Vang Glud  0-1292015Politiken CupD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. L Schandorff vs J Molvig 1-0242015Politiken CupD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
20. M Weishaeutel vs A S Rasmussen  0-1282015Politiken CupB10 Caro-Kann
21. J Aagaard vs N Hedin  1-0412015Politiken CupC78 Ruy Lopez
22. Svend Steenstrup vs J Chabanon  0-1302015Politiken CupB06 Robatsch
23. Tarjan vs Lars Erik Linderod 1-0212015Politiken CupA10 English
24. A Delorme vs L F Pedersen 1-0252015Politiken CupE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. Ulf Norevall vs D H Fernandez  0-1402015Politiken CupE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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  Penguincw: Official site:

chess-results 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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