The Olympiad in Tromsö. Where to start? Obviously it is something one ought to write a seriously genial piece on or not write anything at all. The information regarding the games, the food, the toilets(!) and just about every aspect of it, seem to have spiraled out of control and I respectfully decline to make any further statements on the matter. (Which is a bit hypocritical considering I am about to publish a short piece about it in a Swedish chess magazine. Well, I have always held consistency at arm’s length.) The game below was the first decent game I managed to play in the Olympiad and it should be of some interest for those of you who play the Dutch:
I have finally recuperated after my chess-intense summer and intend to publish more frequently in the coming months.
I have not written anything in a while and it is partly because I have been playing a lot this summer and partly because I haven’t played as well as I hoped to do. The Swedish Championship was my worst tournament in some time, but on a positive note it wasn’t all that bad. I lost two games on time in equal positions because I forgot about the clock. Saying “these things happen” seems like a rather defeatist attitude to take to something so obviously silly and it is only because I believe I have come to a conclusion as to what caused it, that I feel I can treat it as water under the bridges.
The first round starts within a few hours and my team is playing Sri Lanka. You can follow the games here.
Here is a crazy Modern game I played earlier this summer:
If you read Swedish you can find my team commenting on the Olympiad here.
…that the Championship starts. The games can be followed on line here or here. I will do my best to comment some of the games, but if you are looking for more information I recommend the Swedish Chess Federation’s homepage, or Lars Grahn’s excellent blog. The games start at 15.00 hours and in the first round I face Daniel Semcesen with the Black colours.
I have been trying to save my superlatives for a tournament that really stands out as well arranged, smooth and professional, but as it turns out it is already time to pay up. Every tournament I have played in the last year has been well arranged, but The Visma Chess Tournament, last month, really stands out. It is nice to experience a tournament with such a relatively short history, which still manages to deliver… even that which you did not expect from the beginning. Although I didn’t score as well as I might have expected, I still played some exciting chess and now I am really (I mean really) looking forward to the Swedish Championship. I’m especially excited about the strong field, with 9 GM:s and 4/5 of the Sweden’s Olympic Team participating. So, who is the favourite? I have mentioned Emanuel Berg, Hans Tikkanen, Jonny Hector and myself before, but I have saved a game from the main favourite that was played a few weeks back: