Liveblog: The finale

10:06: Notkevich and Tari share first place at the moment both on 6 points. Notkevich plays Hammer who goes for an aggressive 4.f3 Nimzo indian. Hammer, being just half a point behind the leaders feels he has a chance and goes for it fireworks are bound to happen there. Lie starts with 1.c4 and plays […]

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Game of the day: 09-07-2019 Ihlen – Evenshaug

Be ready to re-think the concept of any Bishop in this game. Chess intuition gets fooled by situations we have not been in before. Well clearly here you will see the worst Bishop ever in the centre. And if there is a way to actually make sense of double Bishop endings. The two players engaged […]

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GM norm for Holm?

Not every article can be about Aryan Tari. That’s not the way the world works. And Kristian Stuvik Holm is giving me a great excuse to write about something else. With a 5/7 score and a 2493 average rating he is getting very close to a GM norm. With draws against Notkevich and Tari he […]

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08-07-2019: The 2600+ showdown

Finally we were treated to an all 2600 game. Tari was playing White against Hammer. In a slow Italian game White still shows a lot of ambition, after misjudging a pawn weakness Hammer lands a very difficult position. Again, Tari’s games are very wild and again he got the best of the play. Very impressive […]

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07-07-2019: Tari takes the lead

It was clear that around time trouble there was a very tense atmosphere. Everyone knew there was something big happening. And sure enough, though Hauge and Tari were the most important actors for me. Others went to a congress, supposedly. Which was even more tense, supposedly. For me there is only one thing at this […]

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Game of the day: 07-07-2019

Yesterday’s game of the day was played by the smallest ones. Strand versus Myagmarsuren started lilke a quiet Slav but both players got quite creative with their Kings. Both kings stay in the middle of the board in a wild middlegame. Myagmarsuren from Tromsø kept his cool and took the opposing King home, even using […]

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06-07-2019: A lot of rain and a lot of players.

Somehow the rain is always comforting when playing chess. The sound of metal and water colliding a thousand times every second is somehow soothing. The feeling that you’re safe from the striking water, inside, doing sports, doesn’t that feel amazing. In such beautiful playing conditions it does not matter how bad your position is, it […]

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Surprise Prize: the rotten get what they deserve

Often there will be a beauty prize in a tournament. Or even a prize for the most spectacular games. Maybe that is something which will happen in this tournament as well. Personally I would like to do something more special. Because there are so many categories it almost seems that there is a category for […]

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Game of the day: 6-7-2019

With the top boards ending in draws, and the only win in the Elite group coming from the Berlin endgame I think they should accept that there is more to chess than the elite group. A full hall of colourful chessplayers, lots of different strategies. Lucky ones and unlucky ones. The game I have chosen […]

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A quiet start. Round 1: Elite Group

A sunny day with a light breeze. A huge playing hall, ironically filled with just a handful of players. Yet this small group consists of the strongest chessplayers in Norway. The favourite is three time NM Jon Ludvig Hammer who has even enjoyed a temporary membership of the 2700 club. Though his main rival, the […]

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