Visma Chess Tournament

It is not every day that you encounter a new GM tournament in Sweden, but last week we witnessed a minor miracle. The Visma Chess Tournament, in Växjö, Sweden, not only featured a GM-group, but also two IM-groups. In the end the GM-group was won by the dangerous Finn, Vilka Sipilä, who managed to score a GM-norm with half a point to spare. What made me even happier was that the talented junior Linus Johansson scored an IM-norm and that my neighbor Daniel Semcesen scored his last GM-norm. In the fourth round Semcesen and Blomqvist produced a battle that I think is well worth looking closer at:

Now, all Daniel has to do is to cross the 2500 line, in order to be a fully fledged GM.