The traditional blitz tournament was played on Thursday evening. A total of 63 players participated and the atmosphere was at its best, despite the fact that the summer decided that this particular day would be the hottest this year. Guests from as far as Zambia had actually found their way to Uppsala to play 11 rounds of blitz.
Vlad Larkin, Vignir Vatnar and Jung Min Seo ended up on the podium. Rating prizes were won by Per Berggren, Gävle, Martin Trost, SS4 Springare, Alvin Lind Bertéusen, Wasa SK and Jón Úlfur Haftórsson, Oliver Wedenberg and Ture Hultin all from Uppsala SSS.
On Saturday, it’s time again for the Open Swedish Bughouse Championship, as usual under the leadership of André Nilsson. The tournament starts at 16:00 and the place is Forumtorget on the pedestrian street in the middle of Uppsala. Everyone is welcome to join, find a friend and sign up. You can find all necessary information here.
In the Chess Olympics played in Chennai, India in recent weeks, there were surprise victories for Uzbekistan in the open class and Ukraine in the women’s class. A big congratulations from us in Uppsala to the winners!
Today, Monday, two of the festival’s main tournaments start. In the morning, the Uppsala Open begins, they play one round a day until Sunday. And at 4:00 PM this afternoon, it’s time for the grandmaster group to enter.
Bothe these tournaments will be broadcasted live and the grandmaster group will also have live commentary by Uppsala SSS head coach IM Jesper Hall. A link to that broadcast will be published later today.
The organizers would like to thank all the players and others who contributed to making the first edition of Uppsala Chess Festival a success. Book the festival next year already now – the dates are set to 5-14 August 2022.
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.