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 a reversed Taimanov setup against Tari, how will Tari create something?
In the Mester group Anders Hobber leads with 7 points followed by Ellen Hagesæther with 6. Hobber is sure to have one of the two qualifying places which lead to the Elite group next year. I will mostly talk about the fight for second place.
Hammer has created a gargantuan centre against Notkevich. Will it fall apart? There are three different pawn captures! Madness.
Hobber has just made a draw. Which makes him the undisputed winner of the Mester group. Congratulations.
Hagesæther has a stonewall position with Black, yet she is already trying to get her bad bishop out.
In the Junior group Isak Sjøberg and Abyl Kizatbay lead with 6.5 points. The latter is playing Daniel Nordquelle who plays a sharp dragadorf variation in the sicilian. Sjøberg is playing the Italian game against Kjaræs. We need to mention that also here, one spot for next year’s elite group is at stake.
Strømhaug leads the Miniputt group with seven points followed by Brattgjerd with 6.5. They are playing each other, hence the winner will come out of this game! Brattgjerd playing White is trying to create something in the centre after a London system. The position has big chances to be an Isolated Queen’s pawn position where the question will be if White can get his attack going.
Hagesæther takes a dangerous pawn. White will get a dangerous initiative on the long diagonal. Did she go too far?
The 65+ group has one leader: Ole Smeby with 6,5 points, he is followed by Gunnar Stake-Larsen and Einar Hamre with 6 these two gentlemen are actually playing each other. Therefore Smeby will probably have to win to stay ahead of at least one of the others.
Notkevich is thinking for a long time, the first crucial moment, how to tackle the centre? Holm has a draw and with that a GM norm with a 2624 result congratulations! Tari and Lie are playing very quietly for now.
Gruop one is extremely exciting with three leaders tied for first place. Andreas Strand is playing Simon Sørensen both on 6. Cornelius Kvendseth on 6 is playing Hanna Kyrkebo on the second board. Kvendseth just entered a very drawish pawnstructure. The carlsbad with the Bishop on g2. On board one we see Sørensen battling a grand-prix attack in the sicilian.
Notkevich finds the most played move exd5 against Hammer. Despite the chessbomb engine giving +1.5 this is not true. This stupid engine actually only thinks for a second and makes a huge amount of mistakes for a computer 😉 In this case the computer misses that Black can sacrifice the a8 Rook in order to trap the Queen. Probably this was what Notkevich was thinking about.
Ole Smeby sees his opponent Thrana taking a lot of space against his Scandinavian. Although Smeby might be actually used to cramped positions like these.
Kjaræs has launched g5 in the Guioco piano when the centre is not that closed, curious how this risky punch will work out.
In the Lilleput group Torbjørn Valvag is leading the field half a point ahead of Axel Tunsjø, Eirik Strøm Austad and Joakim Aasen.
Valvag who has beaten Tunsjø in their duel is playing an incredibly aggressive line against the English opening of Austad at the moment. Can Valvag play accurately enough to withstand the risks of his open king?
Tari managed to equalize against Lie and might already be a bit better with the black pieces. He plays h5 and tries to make Lie uncomfortable.
In the Junior group Kizatbay is trying a cheap trick, where Black has a great inbetween-move. Will Nordquelle find it?
Kjaræs is still playing slowly with his king in the centre. I am expecting Sjøberg to start an attack sooner or later.
We are finding out that Lucas Ranaldi was almost playing for an IM norm. His last opponent needed a little more rating than Kjetil Stokke for a chance. Too bad, better luck next time. The GM norm was actually the first for Holm.
Notkevich deviates from the main path giving Hammer a slight advantage. Tari is allowed to push his h-pawn a little more with a better position.
In group two David Grønberg has not showed up with a perfect 8/8 score. This means his opponent has actually joined him in first place. Who knows what happened? Wild winner parties?
Strand versus Sørensen in group 1 sees a g4 push. Opposide side castling with a wild position is not far away. Whereas Kvendseth is not having optimal coordination in his camp yet still an equal position.
In group 3 Robin Wullum who had 7/7 lost in round 8 and is now only a half point ahead of the number two Tomrod Carlin. They are not playing each other. Which means Wullum could win the tournament with a draw. We are not sure if he has offered a draw yet.
In Lilleput, Axel Tunsjø has created a far advanced passed c-pawn which is probably going to decide the game. This will put pressure on Valvag if he would like to win the tournament by himself.
The Kadett group sees leader Grave having a slightly worse position in a Caro Kann advance variation. On the other hand, his only pursuer, Fuglestein on board two, has a slight positional plus. Anything is still possible but both are in a positional fight.
Tari launches his other rook pawn which reminds us a bit of Bent Larsen who could not keep his rook pawns at home either.
Kizatbay sees his knight misplaced on the edge and experiences some problems against Nordquelle. This favours Sjøberg who has a better position against Kjaræs. Sjøberg now the favourite to win the Junior group.
Hammer is going for a pawn sacrifice! Which Notkevich has taken. It seems white has a very promising attack, bad news for Notkevich Tari now the big favourite to win the tournament with a clearly better position against Lie.
50+ sees Petter Fossan with 8 out of 8. Will he maintain his 100% score? At least he has an overwhelming position.
In Mester group the battle for second place sees Hagesæther in trouble. White has more than enough compensation for the pawn on the dark squares. This will give the others a chance to surpass her. Lars Even Andersen has an equal position and needs to create something to surpass Hagesæther. Esbensen, who is playing Hagesæther also has the chance to pass her in the final standings!
The lilleput group is probably see a winner soon as Valvag’s impressive kingside offensive is working very well. Chessbomb gives a -3 which means Valvag is doing well. Yet, one bad move and this sharp position can turn around. Still, Austad is playing passive moves, not creating any counterplay, hence my prognosis Valvag as the winner in Lilleput class.
Brattgjerd has beaten his direct rival Strømhaug who was half a point ahead. Which means we will see Isak Vinh Brattgjerd as the winner in the Miniputt class. Congratulations!
in 50+ B the winner was already known yesterday. Eirik Kyrkebø has taken 1.5 point distance. Congratulations!
The same situation is also going on for group 5 where Even Svindal from Larvik has won the group one round before the end.
Hammer swaps Queens into a slightly better endgame with the pair of bishops. He will probably be better for the rest of the day, Notkevich has hardly any chances to win left.
On the other board Tari has a steady advantage against Lie. The question is, what happens with a tie? Will there be a decisive match? I am asking the arbiters now.
Brattgjerd actually did not win miniputt yet, there was a mistake on the live board. Still he does have an overwhelming position!
The Elite group will be decided on tiebreak. No matches. Main arbiter Hans-Olav tells me the title will be not decided in a rapid or blitz game.
Notkevich refuses to exchange queens giving Hammer a very good position. Tari still has a clearly better position will he be able to convert it to a win?
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Will Jørgen Nordløv win the group? He is a point ahead of Scott Macody Lund and Larvik player Jacob Ounji Nygård who has beaten Nordløv yesterday to keep the category exciting to write about.
Brattgjerd is still playing against Stromhaug’s unfortunate knight on h6. The only question for White is how to keep it out of play permanently.
Hagesæther is defending her extra pawn against Ebensen, in the end extra pawns matter. Still, Ebensen has some pressure. Andersen has not been able to create anything and he might be slightly worse because of his pawn structure.
Daniel Nordquelle is exchanging well and maintains his clearly better position by setting up a blockade. Kizatbay is also dangerously low on time. The other board sees Sjøberg in a winning position against Kjaræs. The position is starting to open up with the black king still in the centre, g5 did not work out well for Kjaræs.
Petter Fossan now winning a piece in an overwhelming position. 100% is closer than ever.
Brattgjerd has acepted a draw offer from Strømhaug! A huge blunder, yet smartly offered. Very strange that he accepted even though it looks scary there was no reason to accept. Yet this makes Strømhaug the undisputed winner. Congratulations!
Someone is telling me that sitting is the new smoking. Hence I am going to walk around the playing hall abandoning this bird’s eye view battlestation for a few minutes.
Valvag and Tunsjø both very nervous. Both in winning positions.
I find out that Sjøberg – Kjaræs was actually a philidor and not a guioco piano. I will use this game as a model game for my own white repertoire 😉 Sjøberg is probably going to be the undisputed winner!
Hammer has a very attractive attack. I would put five to one in his favour if I had to bet. This means Tari probably only needs a draw, A result which is easily obtainable from the slightly better position he has at the moment.
Øye-Strømberg has gotten a clearly winning position against the leader Grave. This means that on board two Sander Fuglestein can pass Grave. He certainly has the position to do it!
Tari chooses for simplification into a level endgame. Probably taking into consideration what is happening on board one where Hammer just took the exchange.
Ellen Hagesæther seems to shuffle her pieces around quite well despite the continuous pressure on the dark squares. Esbensen still has a bind, but the biggest advantage seems to fade away. With a draw, Andersen would have a chance to come at the same height as Hagesæther unfortunately for Lars-Even, his endgame hardly yields anything remotely close to a win. This means the fight for second place will be decided by Esbensen and Hagesæther.
Both Tunsjø and Valvag have given away their advantages, even though both have a pawn on the seventh rank! Anything can happen now in time trouble. Valvag has sacrificed an exchange and his position still looks very good from a practical viewpoint.
Lie avoids exchanging heavy pieces, keeping all major pieces on the board. Will we see fireworks in timetrouble? Anything can happen in this equal position.
I will walk around to take a look what is happening in time trouble.
This was definitely the most exciting category, I could not help but watching this most of the time. Tunsjø and Valvag were watching the board next to them more than their own. Valvag has put the knight permanently offside. Austad is winning there and he could be the outsider for the title. Especially because Axel Tunsjø has a losing position now, until his opponent actually drops a full rook! Wow! A big smile on Axel’s face. Yet the unfortunate Aasen has not lost yet, he has four pawns for the Rook and Axel has no pawns left. An extrememly exciting endgame will Aasen still be able to hold the draw? I believe this is psychologically very hard to do. Giving Tunsjø the best position to win the tournament after the time control.
Hagesæther is consolidating her pawn, yet at that moment she also launches a double edged kingside offensive. It would have been more practical to plan that after the time trouble because there is no rush at all. I would bet on a draw here. Which could mean that Andersen could come alongside, miraculously he has created some small chances in a knight endgame where his a-pawn will be quite dangerous.
Sjøberg has won his overwhelming position, the king stayed in the centre until the very end. A very instructive game if you play too slow when the centre has not been closed yet. Kizatbay has accepted a draw offer in a slightly worse position, which makes Sjøberg the winner of the Junior class. Congratulations Isak!
Jørgen Nordløv did not stand the pressure and lost again. Despite that he will clearly win the group with his better tiebreak score. The prize money will be shared though.
Lie and Tari wrapped up the game and made a draw. With Hammer’s winning position Tari can be 98% sure he will be the winner, hence my congratulations to the new Norwegian Champion Aryan Tari. A very deserved victory.
Tunsjø does not seem to be able to get out of the checks, with a probable draw as a result. This means, if Austad beats Valvag he would win the tournament!
In time trouble Esbensen and Hagesæther will probably exchange to an equal rook endgame. Andersen on board three is a definite draw. Which means the second place will very likely go to Ellen Hagesæther!
In time trouble Fuglestein – Dahl has become an extremely complicated knight endgame. It is still unclear if Fuglestein can win the knight endgame lottery and win his group all by himself, or that he draws and wins his group shared, but with a big tiebreak lead. In that respect the winner is already clear in Kadett, namely Sander Fuglestein. Congratulations to Sander.
Sørensen has managed to win an exchange and wine the game. This means that Kvendseth needs to win against Kyrkebo to maintain the lead, it could have been extremely easy for Kvendseth, if he had a winning position instead of a completely losing one. This means that Simen Sørensen will win group one this year. Congratulations!
Tunsjø is trying really hard to do something. Still it is not that easy because the position is objectively drawn. Austad is slowly finding the best way to push his pawns. Which means the most likely winner will be Eirik Austad after one of the most spectacular games I have seen up to now. Still, anything can happen because the players are extremely nervous.
Robin Wullum has won his group with a score of 8 out of 9 points. Strong defensive chess had taken him to the victory. Congratulations.
Hammer is still winning in an endgame with Rook+Bishop vs. Rook+Knight and an extra c-pawn. Black has great difficulties in creating any counterplay.
Hagesæther has blundered. With heavy pieces White tried his luck and got rewarded. It is extremely hard to play with little king safety. Esbensen can now use his technique to get the remaining spot in the elite group. Even though Esbensen just missed a clear win, there will be more wins in the position.
Tunsjø has managed to obtain a winning position, which means he might tie with Austad who has a winning position as well. Then the tension will not be over yet, because it is unclear who will have the better tiebreak! Austad has 47 points and Tunsjø 46, but nothing is too clear.
Tunsjø forks the black queen off the board! Which means he will be the first to reach 7 points. Who will join him? He will probably be hoping for a draw. Austad has a winning position bus has to make a very difficult position regarding the resulting pawn structure. Will he be able to find the right way? I think so, but as we have seen the tension being able to make them blunder rooks anything can happen.
Valvag is trying to create something with his knight. Austad can sacrifice the exchange back for a win, will he do it? YES. The win is now trivial. The tiebreaks of Austad and Tunsjø are extremely close, even the two games left on the lower boards can have an influence now on deciding the winner.
Hagesæther seems to consolidate her position slowly. Yet with all the heavy pieces on the board, I still fear that she will lose in the long run.
Hagesæther is still having a very difficult position despite the fact that Esbensen is not finishing it.
Austad is allowing a draw by threefold repetition. He does not find the win in a surprisingly easy position he was too afraid to give up his threats and play a quiet move. At this point calculation has been long gone. However, Valvag plays on for a win, and loses on the spot. White will queen at least one of the three passed pawns.
Fuglestein did not find the way to win the extremely difficult knight endgame. He will have to settle for a draw now.
Jon Ludvig Hammer has exchanged to a winning rook endgame. It will be nearly impossible to not win it at this point.
Valvag resigns! Now we can take a look at the tiebreak scores which will be very close between Austad and Tunsjø who share the first place.
Hagesæther was not able to withstand the long term pressure on the king. The position is +5 but will Esbensen finish it?
Hammer has won, now sharing first place with Tari. Congratulations with the comeback Jon Ludvig!
Esbensen finds the right moves and is very likely to take the second place home. After pinning the queen with a rook it is over. Esbensen wins a big fight for second place. King safety again proves extremely important in the long run.
People leave the playing hall and we will get ready for the prizegiving.
Austad and Tunsjø end with exactly the same tiebreak scores. The organisation will need to find a way to decide, this will be exciting until the prizegiving.