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Rilton Cup 2016/17 Tournament

Krishnan Sasikiran7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Sergey Volkov7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Gata Kamsky6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Frode Urkedal6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Sunil Dhopade Swapnil6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Milos Pavlovic6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Kaido Kulaots6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ivan Sokolov6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Mikhail Antipov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Sundar M Shyam6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Evgeny Postny6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Hans Tikkanen6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexey Goganov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
C R G Krishna6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Martyn Kravtsiv6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Arturs Neiksans6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Matthias Bluebaum6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Mihai-Lucian Grunberg6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Sergey Ivanov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Tiger Hillarp Persson5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Lars Oskar Hauge5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Johan Salomon5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
John Paul Wallace5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Jonathan Westerberg5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ivan Babikov5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Hogni Egilstoft Nielsen5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Juan Bellon Lopez5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Pablo Cruz Lledo5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Ralf Akesson5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Erik Blomqvist5/9(+5 -4 =0)[games]
Jovanka Houska5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Sebastian Mihajlov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
* (105 players total; 73 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Rilton Cup 2016/17

The 46th Rilton Cup took place from December 27 - January 5 in Stockholm, Sweden. The 9-round Swiss open featured nearly 300 players from several countries and a 1st prize of 20,000 Swedish Kroner (about €2170). The event's namesake Dr. Tore Rilton, who died in 1983, wanted the tournament to be an opportunity for young Swedish talents to challenge strong masters from abroad, and this year's edition included 75 players with FIDE titles.

Players received 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. (1)

Official site: Crosstable:

(1) chess24: Rilton Cup

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 446  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kamsky vs M Larson  1-0432016Rilton Cup 2016/17A04 Reti Opening
2. T Louis vs Sasikiran 0-1302016Rilton Cup 2016/17B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. M Kravtsiv vs A Hobber 1-0292016Rilton Cup 2016/17C11 French
4. E Santarius vs Bluebaum  0-1362016Rilton Cup 2016/17C11 French
5. A Goganov vs J Furhoff  ½-½602016Rilton Cup 2016/17A20 English
6. M Hejazipour vs I Sokolov  0-1392016Rilton Cup 2016/17E12 Queen's Indian
7. A Neiksans vs V Saravanan  1-0372016Rilton Cup 2016/17B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. B Prince vs S Volkov 1-0302016Rilton Cup 2016/17C11 French
9. E Postny vs D Kolbus  1-0412016Rilton Cup 2016/17E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. A Ziegler vs Sevian 1-0542016Rilton Cup 2016/17D02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. M Antipov vs A Nesterov  1-0352016Rilton Cup 2016/17A07 King's Indian Attack
12. R Bergstrom vs E Blomqvist  0-1302016Rilton Cup 2016/17B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. F Urkedal vs J Haug  1-0462016Rilton Cup 2016/17D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. G Morrison vs K Kulaots  0-1442016Rilton Cup 2016/17E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. S Ivanov vs H E Nielsen  1-0392016Rilton Cup 2016/17E97 King's Indian
16. V Chizhikov vs S M Shyam  ½-½682016Rilton Cup 2016/17B50 Sicilian
17. H Tikkanen vs I Babikov 1-0572016Rilton Cup 2016/17D08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
18. A Betaneli vs S D Swapnil  0-1662016Rilton Cup 2016/17A12 English with b3
19. Bromberger vs R Sadhwani  1-0422016Rilton Cup 2016/17E46 Nimzo-Indian
20. M Wiander vs T Hillarp Persson  0-1552016Rilton Cup 2016/17B06 Robatsch
21. M Pavlovic vs K Kucuksari  1-0382016Rilton Cup 2016/17A14 English
22. T Rydstrom vs A Liang  0-1382016Rilton Cup 2016/17B07 Pirc
23. M Zumsande vs K Y Chan  1-0322016Rilton Cup 2016/17B27 Sicilian
24. Anand Pranav vs J Westerberg  0-1332016Rilton Cup 2016/17D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. J Salomon vs T Glimbrant  1-0412016Rilton Cup 2016/17E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
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Dec-31-16  waustad: Not a good start for the Cramling Bellon family. The parents are both at 2/4, losing some elo and Anna has one bye and has lost all three games she played. That shouldn't be too surprising since she's very close to the lowest rated player in the section. She was originally listed as playing in the FIDE elo section, but I guess after playing in the olympiad at 14 she figured she was ready.
Jan-01-17  PhilFeeley: Sokolov had Kamsky on the ropes, then blew it in time trouble.
Jan-02-17  Mr. V: That's Sokolov for you. And Kamsky.
Jan-02-17  waustad: Laing has a decent shot at getting a GM norm. His performance rating so far is over 2600 and he's playing his 4th GM next round.
Jan-02-17  paavoh: After the surprising loss to Prince, Volkov got annoyed and started to rack wins.
Jan-02-17  rgr459: 2170 Euro first prize? It must cost at least that amount of money for travel and accommodations, particularly for the GMs who travel from overseas. The only way to make any money is to win the tournament. It doesn't seem to be worth the time...
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  perfidious: <rgr459: 2170 Euro first prize? It must cost at least that amount of money for travel and accommodations, particularly for the GMs who travel from overseas. The only way to make any money is to win the tournament. It doesn't seem to be worth the time...>

Case in point as to the reason why, while I might again play chess as a change of pace, it is pazzo for any but the top players to consider it as a profession--in poker, I would never even consider a tournament which offered a first prize less than 50x the entrance fee.

Jan-03-17  rgr459: <perfidious> Kamsky chose to do this over practicing law, no? It has been many years since he has had invites to the top events. These GMs must make their living by giving lessons.
Jan-03-17  CountryGirl: The Indian GM factory is in impressive action at both Rilton Cup and Hastings.
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  Clement Fraud: I can't help noticing that the time controls at grandmaster events are getting ever shorter. In this tournament the players have only ninety minutes each for their first forty moves; and this isn't even a rapid event. I really don't see how speeding up the classical time controls can be benefitting the quality of top level chess.
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  WannaBe: <Clement Fraud> Players get 30s increment from move one. So 40 moves would result in an additional 20 minutes.

90m + 20m = 110m would be just about 2 hours, after first time control, 30m are added, (along with +30s per move).

So if a game is to last 60 moves, (for the sake of argument), 110m for the first 40 moves and then 30m + 10m with a total time 'control' of 150m.

That +30s each move could, in theory, make the game go on forever, since player(s) will never run out of time. Anyway, I don't think it's that much shorter than classical time control.

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  Clement Fraud: <WannaBe> Thankyou very much for the information; I understand better now.
Jan-03-17  PhilFeeley: <rgr459: <perfidious> Kamsky chose to do this over practicing law, no?> Yes, law is boring. At least chess is more interesting :-)
Jan-05-17  nescio: I don't see the following game in the list, but I think it deserves some attention. Very pleasing attack by Bellon, though I'm not sure if 21. e4 is correct. [Event "Rilton Cup 2016-17"]
[Site "Stockholm"]
[Date "2017.01.04"]
[Round "8.30"]
[White "Bellon Lopez, Juan (ESP)"]
[Black "Dahl, Trygve (NOR)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "0"]
[BlackElo "0"]
[Annotator ""]
[Source ""]
[Remark "Bord 30"]

1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 Nc6 3.c4 e5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.g3 Be7 6.Bg2 O-O 7.O-O Qe8 8.Nd5 Bd8 9.Bg5 Nxd5 10.cxd5 Nd4 11.Nxd4 Bxg5 12.Nb5 Qd8 13.f4 Bf6 14.fxe5 Bxe5 15.d4 Bf6 16.d6 cxd6 17.Bd5+ Kh8 18.Nxd6 Qa5 19.Nf7+ Kg8 20.Rxf5 g6 21.e4 Qb6 22.Rxf6 Qxf6 23.e5 Qe7 24.Qd2 Rb8 25.Qh6 b5 26.Rf1 Bb7 27.Rf6 Bxd5 28.Rxg6+ Kxf7 29.Rg7+ Ke8 30.Rxe7+ Kxe7 31.Qd6+ Kf7 32.Qxd7+ Kg6 33.Qxd5 1-0

Jan-05-17  PhilFeeley: It is and interesting game. Where did you get it? I couldn't find it on the official site (unless it's in the broadcast) and it's not on

Why do you suspect 21. e4 is not correct? Do you mean an error or not the move played?

Jan-05-17  PhilFeeley: Found it. It's in the .pgn file.
Jan-05-17  nescio: <PhilFeeley: Why do you suspect 21. e4 is not correct?>

At first glance I didn't trust 21.e4 gxf5 22.Qh5 Bxd4+, preferring 21.Nd6+ Kh8 22.Nc4, but it may just be my reluctance to sacrifice needlessly and be just a matter of taste.

Jan-05-17  PhilFeeley: I'm still watching live, not all games finished even though Sasikiran has won. Yet listed the rankings <after> round 9 already, even earlier. I don't know how that happened.
Jan-05-17  soldal: Official results:

Jan-05-17  botvinnik64: Holy Smokes! Sasikiran put it on this field. I like the game Awonder Liang - Sasikiran. A hard fought (and unusual) draw in the Alapin Sicilian,
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  HeMateMe: <chose to do this over practicing law, no?>

Go to any big city. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting a lawyer, many of whom are unemployed or underemployed. Meanwhile, Kamsky was in the world's top ten in chess.

Do you enjoy being among the world's very best at something, or do you hope (not at all a certainty) that you will get hired at a good law firm where you will then work slave labor hours (80/week, minimum) as a new associate and probably be kicked out after five years or so, when you have not made partner?

Of course you earn more than a chessplayer as an associate at a good law firm($150k starting, at a large firm), but there was no guaranty that Kamsky was ever going to be hired at one of the better law firms. He went to a mediocre law school, Touro in NYC, and there was little chance that a Freed, Frank or Skadden Arps was going to hire him. He went with his first love, chess.

Jan-08-17  Sokrates: I once read that in the U.S. you have ten lawyers for every engineer. In Japan you have ten engineers for every lawyer. It may be a myth but it's certainly not healthy for any society to have more lawyers than engineers.

However, Larsen in his young days left his studies as an engineer and became a professional chessplayer with the statement that "there are enough great engineers in the world, so I prefer being something more unique: a great chessplayer."

Jan-08-17  diagonal: Nice anecdote! Thanks, <Sokrates>

Larsen was a truly unique player and person, you may know that link in spanish language (with games and career record):

Jan-26-17  offramp: Named after Sir Henry Rilton, who introduced cricket to Scandinavia.
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  Tabanus: I updated the standings list for all players. In V Saravanan vs V K Matta, 2017, White should be Erik F Santarius (Saravanan has now 10 games). Two wrong game results found: Lance Henderson de La Fuente vs M Pavlovic, 2017 (0-1) and Leo Crevatin vs J M Bellon Lopez, 2016 (1/2). Slips sent.
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