On Thursday night, there were as many as 80 players in the festival blitz tournament and when the fumes was cleared out , it was the Slovak IM Samir Sahidi who stood as the final winner with nine points out of eleven, the same as the second IM Platon Galperin from Ukraine.
Maria Yugina is not only a good chess player who will participate in one of the stronger tournaments during the Uppsala Chess Festival. She is also an artist who uses motifs from the chess world and with her very own style makes paintings that are unlike anything else. During Uppsala Chess Festival there is a selection of her paintings to view at Hotel Gillet, open for everyone to come and look at.
The first round of the grandmaster group offers several exciting meetings. The new Swedish champion Jung Min Seo meets, for example, the experienced Romanian Mihail Marin and also the game between Tiger Hillarp and Milton Pantzar promises to be very interesting.
Two weeks ago, this year’s Swedish Championships were decided in Helsingborg. Two Swedish champions were crowned – Jung Min Seo surprisingly won the “big” Swedish Championship title and in the junior Swedish Championship Ludvig Carlsson won. And both of these newly crowned champions come to Uppsala Chess Festival to play in the grandmaster tournament.
The two silver medalists – experienced Tiger Hillarp and Milton Pantzar – will also play, and young star Platon Galperin from Ukraine and the Romanian Grandmaster Mihail Marin will make interesting starts.