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Scandinavian Open - round 11 Vis partier   Indbydelse Deltagere Tabel   Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 1. maj 2009
After a thorough risk-versus-reward analysis, Thorsten Michael Haub decided to play a quick draw against Simon Bekker-Jensen in the last round, securing at least shared first place.

Thorsten Michael Haub

Yuri Drozdovskij managed to catch up with him by beating Daniel V. Pedersen convincingly with black in a French game where White never recovered from the damage inflicted on his kingside pawns by an exchange on f3.

Yuri Drozdovskij

As Esben wrote, the brilliancy prize went to Natalia Zdebskaja for her fantastic game against Nils Grandelius. In a razor sharp Najdorf with opposite castling she sacrificed two pawns in order to open lines against the white king who soon found himself under siege by all black pieces and was laid to rest by a series of accurately calculated sacrifices.

Natalia Zdebskaja

Tania Sachdev and Carsten Høi agreed on a draw in a rather closed position where White's bishop pair probably couldn't lay claim to any advantage, while Miroslaw Grabarczyk's knight danced its way through Björn Thorfinnsson's position before exchanging itself for the bishop that was the only thing holding it together. The Polish GM won a pawn and decided matters with a swift mating attack. Smith versus Tikkanen and Bejtovic versus Semcesen, both intra-squad games of Lunds ASK, were drawn quickly.

Carsten Høi

These results left Høi and Grabarczyk in shared third place, while Grandelius, who was in the race for first place for a long time, had to content himself with a shared fifth place alongside compatriots Semcesen and Tikkanen as well as Zdebskaja and Bekker-Jensen. The young Swedish IM nevertheless remained in high spirits, as did Semcesen who scored his second IM norm.

Nils Grandelius

Esben Lund and Bo Jacobsen played a Czech Benoni where Black was under some pressure but managed to close up the kingside and post his dark squared bishop actively on d4. After Lund imprudently failed to accept a draw offer, Jacobsen took over the initiative through the b-file and whipped up a decisive attack in a matter of a few moves.

Olli Sisättö lost a pawn in a Nimzo-Indian but caught Stellan Brynell's king in a perpetual net. Finally, Henrik Danielsen paid tribute to the event, first by choosing the Scandinavian Opening and then by playing on for what seemed like an eternity in a completely drawn queen and knight versus queen endgame. Even when Stefan Christensen claimed a draw on the grounds of the 50 move rule, Danielsen was reluctant to accept it, not, as some might think, because he could no longer decipher his scoresheet, but obviously because he wanted the tournament to never end.

Henrik Danielsen

All pictures by Carina Jørgensen. All her pictures from the tournament can be found here and here.

Scandinavian Open - round 9 and 10 Vis partier   Indbydelse Deltagere Tabel   Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 28. april 2009
The double round on Saturday was another display of impressive fighting chess.

Henrik Danielsen played the Dutch Defence (or the Reversed Polar Bear as he would probably prefer to call it) with great success against GM colleague Yuri Drozdovskij and was a healthy pawn up when disaster struck just before the first time control. After infiltrating with his queen on e2, he moved his king to the unfortunate square g7 and was hit by the tactic Bf3, effectively trapping the queen, as taking on f3 lost her to a discovered check from the other bishop. The endgame with bishop and knight for a queen was hopeless.

Although Thorsten Michael Haub now had to win his game against Hans Tikkanen in order to retain the shared lead, he would most likely have been content with a draw, as this would secure his first GM norm. However, as fate would have it, his opponent had similar prospects, only he needed a win. While this guaranteed a fullthroated battle, it also made for a very nervous encounter where handling the emotional pressure would play a decisive role. After building up an excellent position with an extra pawn and two bishops against a knight pair, the Swedish IM, who was only called in for the tournament a few days before it started, dropped a piece to a simple queen check and saw all his dreams of a norm turn to dust - whereas Haub not only exceeded the norm requirements by far but also kept up with Drozdovskij in the race for tournament victory.

Daniel Semcesen quickly went astray in an a6-Slav against Nils Grandelius and saw his kingside shattered before getting a chance to even finish his development. After reaching an interesting position from a Catalan, Stellan Brynell and Miroslaw Grabarczyk decided to save their bullets for the evening round. Natalia Zdebskaja emerged victorious from a rook and bishop versus rook and knight endgame where her passed a-pawn proved far more dangerous than Olli Sisättö's b-pawn and only sacrificed itself when she had a decisive mating net in place. In an Averbakh Modern Defence with early queen exchange, Carsten Høi's kingside pawn structure looked horrible but allowed his rooks to take aim at Esben Lund's weak h2-pawn. Preoccupied with keeping it defended through subtle tactics, Lund apparently forgot to keep an eye on the e4 pawn which he suddenly just lost along with any hopes of saving the game.

In a complicated queenless middlegame, Björn Thorfinnsson's passed f-pawn got too eager in its desire to reach the promotion square and left the protection of the neighbouring g-pawn only to fall victim to a tactic based on the f6-rook being overloaded. In the resulting endgame, Tania Sachdev showed no mercy. In an even more mindboggling queenless position where both kings were under heavy fire and White seemed to have at least equal chances despite being a piece down, Bo Jacobsen overambitiously flunged his knight forward, allowing Simon Bekker-Jensen to give a decisive rook check on the now undefended g2-square, followed by either mate or the loss of an additional rook.

The game between Jasmin Bejtovic and Axel Smith showed the perils of leaving your king in the center. Smith never managed to justify his rather eccentric looking king recapture on move 12, while Bejtovic conducted his attack with great determination, sealing the deal with a nice knight promotion. Daniel V. Pedersen versus Stefan Christensen was a French game where White held on to the extra pawn gained during the thematic queen raid on Black's kingside and eventually converted it in a heavy piece endgame.

In the evening round Drozdovskij quickly drew against Brynell, handing the sole lead to Haub who celebrated his GM norm by beating Carsten Høi impressively with black. The German IM (as long as that lasts) again demonstrated the amazing resources of his beloved and seemingly innocuous Hippopotamus Defence, this time sacrificing a pawn for the sake of pressuring White's center. After regaining it in a highly tactical middlegame, he forcefully exploited his superior piece activity and White's weak king to win an exchange. With the f-pawn headed for touchdown, Høi had no choice but to resign.

In a Ruy Lopez, Natalia Zdebskaja acquired a passed pawn on c6 which, while not too dangerous in itself, was a constant nuisance for Tania Sachdev in her attempt to coordinate her pieces. The Ukrainian WGM eventually won a pawn and duly converted it in a bishop versus knight endgame. Jasmin Bejtovic and Henrik Danielsen played an exciting English game where White's queen and knight penetrated deep into the enemy camp but found their firepower to be insufficient for more than a perpetual check. 

Miroslaw Grabarczyk seemed to be on the verge of invading the weak light squares around Nils Grandelius' king when the young Swede pulled a knight sacrifice out of his hat, intending to win the piece back through a series of queen checks. Although the resulting queen endgame would be clearly advantageous for Black due to his extra pawn and superior kingside structure, Grandelius for some reason accompanied his excellent move with a draw offer, which Grabarczyk of course grabbed with both hands. Grandelius' decision might have been influenced (but not justified, as it turned out) by the fact that he now stayed ahead of Grabarczyk in the table.

Stefan Christensen sacrificed an exchange against Björn Thorfinnsson in order to promote his f-pawn, and while this forced White to give back the rook for a bishop, in the final tally Thorfinnsson was simply up a pawn, the f-pawn having left the board. In the rook endgame both players managed to promote, leaving White with a winning queen endgame. Simon Bekker-Jensen similarly converted an extra pawn in a far from trivial rook endgame against Olli Sisättö. After sacrificing a piece for at best nebulous compensation, Daniel V. Pedersen somehow persuaded Bo Jacobsen to give it back just before the first time control. Jacobsen was unable to cope with the playing field being leveled again and soon lost a piece after leaving his back rank undefended.

Axel Smith and Esben Lund played a complicated Reti game where White sacrificed an exchange in an unsuccessful attempt to thwart Black's kingside offensive. Black nevertheless managed to pry open the g-file and effortlessly won the resulting queen versus rook endgame. Hans Tikkanen clearly hadn't recovered from his traumatic loss against Haub and gave up an exchange for nothing against Daniel Semcesen. Still, Semcesen's spectacular queen sacrifice at the end served to make the game memorable.

With one round to go, Haub was leading with 8 points, half a point ahead of Drozdovskij and no less than two points ahead of Grandelius and Høi.

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Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 27. april 2009
Scandinavian Open ended yesterday 26/4 with the last 11th round followed by a closing ceremony. Unfortunately, the closing ceremony was delayed with 45 minutes, since the game Stefan Christensen - Henrik Danielsen was a never ending story: After showing great defensive resources in a knight endgame a pawn down, Stefan needed another 52 moves in a queen and knight vs. queen endgame before he could claim the draw. This is of course the down side of the time control with increment per move, but on the obvious plus side, there has been absolutely no problems during these 11 rounds, usually caused by classical time trouble incidents - beside the fact that Fide Arbiter Jan Petersen had to change defect clocks three times in 9 days. 

The prizes were shared in case of equal points, and the winners were: 1-2.GM Yuri Drozdovskij, IM Thorsten Haub: 8½/11; 3-4.GM Miroslaw Grabarczyk, GM Carsten Høi: 6½

Beside the shared tournament victory, Thorsten made an 11 round GM-norm (his first, by the way). "I only played the tournament of my life", he responded to the many congratulations. Swedish FM Daniel Semcesen also made a norm in 11 rounds, and with his second norm he will most probably soon be an IM.

Winner of the brillianzy prize was WGM Natalia Zdebskaja with her win against IM Nils Grandelius in the final round, and at the closing ceremony Natalia showed the game to the players and public.

After that, K41 served food and wine in a relaxed atmosphere. As the main organizer, I want to thank everyone who helped to make this tournament go smoothly, and I was personally happy to see strong players from so many different nations. We have all learned a lot, and also got a lot of positive response from the players. Next year's tournament will be played 10-18th of April 2010, the concept will most probably be the same, but in an extended version with more players.

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Scandinavian Open - round 8 Vis partier   Indbydelse Deltagere Tabel   Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 24. april 2009
With three rounds to go, the Scandinavian Open is still loaded with tension. Tournament leader Yuri Drozdovskij drew an exciting game with black against Carsten Høi who is surprisingly still in the race for first place. In a Queen's Gambit Accepted, White saw his kingside initiative repelled and went in for a difficult double rook endgame where he could not defend his weak d4 pawn but managed to whip up just enough activity to hold the draw. This gave Thorsten Michael Haub the chance to regain the shared lead by beating Nils Grandelius with white in a King's Indian Attack. The young Swede got a potentially dangerous passed d-pawn with him out of the opening, but after the queens had come off, it turned out to me more of a weakness and was lost. Despite fighting ferociously, he did not manage to save the endgame.

Like he did in the Xtracon Cup last year, Hans Tikkanen beat Miroslaw Grabarczyk in a Queen's Gambit, and again the move g4 was a signal of his aggressive intentions. The kingside pawn advance induced Black to fianchetto his knight awkwardly on g7 and forced the opening of the g-file soon in the firm grip of White's rooks. After Black's king inexplicably decided to join the knight in its misery by going to f8 instead of seeking shelter on the queenside, Black had no ways of effectively countering White's strong pawn center. Tikkanen cashed in on his advantage by grabbing an exchange, and although this might have allowed Black some counterchances, Grabarczyk failed to seize them and instead dropped an additional piece after 38.- Qd4 39.Bg6+!, the point being that taking twice on g6 would lose the rook to a queen check on c2.

Daniel Semcesen and Esben Lund played an interesting game where Lund tried one of his trademark piece sacrifices for two connected passed pawns on the kingside. While the white king decentralized himself in order to stop them in their tracks, his black colleague saw his chance to feast on White's central pawns, and after a complicated struggle where both sides reportedly missed winning chances, the game was drawn. In an old fashioned Benoni, Henrik Danielsen played in his usual counterintuitive style by spending a lot of time on an amusing queen dance on a5 and b5 and allowing a white knight to install itself on e6. However, in the endgame he managed to exchange it while his own horseman found a nice active square on b4. Simon Bekker-Jensen's decision to exchange the last pair of rooks was probably questionable, as his lightsquared bishop turned out to be extremely bad, hemmed in by his own pawns on c4 and d5 and dominated by the black kingside pawns. After desperately sacrificing a piece he had to admit defeat.

Jasmin Bejtovic versus Stellan Brynell was a French game with opposite castling where White's attempt at a kingside attack backfired after a central counterthrust. Brynell then won an exchange with the nice queen sacrifice 25.- Ne4! and converted his material advantage, avoiding Bejtovic's rather crude stalemate trap at the end. After a tactical middle game filled with zwischenzugs and counterthreats, Björn Thorfinnsson and Natalia Zdebskaja entered a double rook endgame where Black's isolated a-pawn was a serious liability. Determined not to repeat the previous round's failure to win an advantageous endgame, Thorfinnsson invaded on the seventh rank and carried out a massacre on Black's helpless kingside pawns, paving the way for his own h-pawn whose triumphant march down the board was only halted by Zdebskaja's resignation.

Olli Sisättö is recovering nicely from his horrendous 0/4 start. After doubling Daniel V. Pedersen's c-pawns on move 7 he exploited this structural advantage in exemplary fashion in a knight versus bishop endgame. Stefan Christensen and Tania Sachdev played an interesting heavy piece endgame where Black gave up her distant passed pawn in return for an apparently irresistable attack on the white king. Christensen found a way out of the problems by sacrificing his queen for a rook, forcing Sachdev to accept a perpetual, as evading the rook checks would imply losing her last pawn and with it all winning chances. Axel Smith versus Bo Jacobsen saw an unusual transposition from the Berlin Defence in the Ruy Lopez to the Petrosian variation of the King's Indian, but unfortunately they agreed on a draw just when things were beginning to heat up.

In round 9 on Saturday, Drozdovskij faces Danielsen while Haub and Tikkanen clash in a game guaranteed to produce a GM norm - Tikkanen needs a win, Haub only a draw. Also, Semcesen will score an IM norm with a draw against his compatriot Grandelius.

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Af: Michael Nielsen Opdateret: 23. april 2009
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Scandinavian Open - round 7 Vis partier   Indbydelse Deltagere Tabel   Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 23. april 2009
Top seed Yuri Drozdovskij has grabbed the sole lead of K41 Scandinavian Open after beating Daniel Semcesen convincingly in round 7, played Wednesday evening. The grandmaster was faced with an unusual opening system where Black gave up the bishop pair in return for damaging White's pawn structure slightly. While he could probably claim an advantage due to his strong knight on d5, it was kept within reasonable limits until 26.- h5, which weakened the light squares around Black's king and allowed White to exchange the bishop that was supposed to protect them by means of the nice pawn sacrifice 27.c5 followed by 28.Ne7. When White invaded with his bishop on f7 and his queen on e6, forking the two black knights, Semcesen was forced to resign.

Thorsten Michael Haub dropped to second place after an exciting draw with black against Miroslaw Grabarczyk. After giving up a pawn as well as the bishop pair in a Dutch stonewall, the German IM proved his securely entrenched knight on e4 and White's doubled e-pawns to be quite reasonable compensation. A draw was agreed on move 36, and Haub still has excellent chances of scoring a GM norm.

Henrik Danielsen abandoned the Polar Bear in favor of a double fianchetto Reti system for his game against Nils Grandelius but still lost; he has now scored 1/4 with white as opposed to 2½/3 with black. At first nothing much seemed to be happening, but after a major exchange sequence on moves 16-20, Grandelius' rook on the open d-file gave him a minuscule advantage which he slowly but systematically increased during the next 25 moves through exquisite constricting maneuvers reminiscent of Karpov. Having forced White's pieces into ridiculously passive positions on the back rank, he put the icing on the cake with 47.Ba2!, leaving White in zugzwang and prompting immediate resignation.

Hans Tikkanen versus Simon Bekker-Jensen was a King's Indian in which Black's bishop pair turned out to be insufficient compensation for the damage inflicted on his pawn structure by the bishop for knight exchange. After the weak black c-pawn had succumbed to the white rooks' relentless pressure, Bekker-Jensen sought his chances in a pawn down bishop endgame which he soon found was beyond saving. 

For the second time in the tournament, Carsten Høi won in less than 20 moves. This time he only needed 14 moves to dispatch Daniel V. Pedersen who weakened his king's pawn shelter with g5 in order to break the pin on his f6 knight and, clearly disgusted by his position, dropped a pawn to the tactic 14.Nxd5. Høi now shares third place and plays Drozdovskij on the top board in round 8. Esben Lund and Stellan Brynell played a slightly uncommon Nimzo-Indian where Black parted with the bishop pair as usual, only in this case it was the light squared bishop that was exchanged while the other one stayed. After the rooks had come off, White converted this advantage to a pawn (as they say, the good thing about the two bishops is that you can exchange one of them at the proper moment), which was then again converted to a direct and irresistible mating attack with queen a bishop.

Jasmin Bejtovic was a pawn down and seemed to be in trouble against Tania Sachdev, when his knight pair all by themselves created enough kingside counterplay to force a perpetual, despite Sachdev's menacing passed pawn on d7. After a Berlin Ruy Lopez, Natalia Zdebskaja and Axel Smith agreed on a draw in a position adverse to breakthroughs of any kind. Björn Thorfinnsson showed great fighting spirit by declining Olli Sisättö's offer of an early repetition and managed to win a pawn through active piece play, a material advantage he was unable to convert in the rook endgame, however.

Bo Jacobsen must have experienced heavy deja vu when Stefan Christensen, just like in their previous encounter less than two weeks ago at the Danish championship, sacrificed a knight on h6. This time, the knight clearly could not be taken, but again Jacobsen found an adequate response. After sidestepping the check and exchanging queens, he demonstrated that the brave knight could not retreat without allowing material loss. Christensen might have pinned his hopes on the knight fork on c7 (still the same knight by the way), but as this turned out to be a fata morgana due to 25.- Rh8, he was simply down a piece. With Black in control of the fantastic knight square d4 and White lagging behind in development, two pawns were nowhere near enough compensation, and Christensen gave up on move 30, thus making the game a full 77 moves shorter than their last one - but no less exciting, it should be added.

Drozdovskij is now on 5½/7, half a point ahead of Haub and a whole point ahead of Grandelius, Grabarczyk, Høi and Tikkanen.

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Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 23. april 2009
Svar på nedenstående fem spørgsmål om K41s årlige internationale turnering, og send svaret til Der trækkes lod blandt de rigtige besvarelser om 10 fribilletter til GM-simultanen med Yuri Drozdovskij. Den foregår fredag d. 24.april kl. 15 i Prøvehallen, Multisalen, Porcelænstorvet 4, 2500 Valby.

1) K41 Scandinavian Open startede som en lukket IM-turnering. Hvilket år blev turneringen så stor, at det var muligt at score GM-normer?
2) Hvem vandt K41 Scandinavian Open 2008?
3) Hvem scorede en IM-norm i K41 Scandinavian Open 2008?
4) Hvor mange forskellige nationaliteter deltager i 2009-turneringen?
5) Hvor mange GM-normer har unge, svenske IM Nils Grandelius?
Scandinavian Open - round 6 Vis partier   Indbydelse Deltagere Tabel   Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 23. april 2009
As was to be expected after Tuesday's bloodbath, round 6 saw the players in a more conciliatory mood, the drawing percentage going up from 10 to 70.

The first peace settlement was reached on the top board where Miroslaw Grabarczyk and Yuri Drozdovskij signed their scoresheets after only 8 moves. Nils Grandelius and Hans Tikkanen on the other hand slugged it out in an exciting Ruy Lopez game where White seemed to be on to something with his passed e-pawn and kingside structural advantage but had to accept total liquidation after accurate play from Black.

Apparently Björn Thorfinnsson and Henrik Danielsen had decided to pay tribute to their country's literary heritage by reenacting a battle scene from one of the Icelandic sagas on the chess board. Already on move nine, after White had foolheartedly grabbed a central pawn and then refused to give it back, Danielsen seized the opportunity to inflict fatal wounds on his opponent. With 9.- Ng4 he prevented White from castling due to Qh4 and forced him to play the ugly 10.Rf1 to protect the weak point f2. The remaining 20 moves can be considered a long but eminently entertaining death struggle.

Carsten Høi fared considerably better with the black pieces against Stellan Brynell than he did in last year's tournament. He managed to neutralize White's pressure, and with an - admittedly weak - extra pawn, he could probably have played on without risk when the draw was agreed. But then again, saving energy for the evening round might not have been too bad an idea.

Natalia Zdebskaja played with great determination on the black side of an English opening against Bo Jacobsen and seemed to be steamrolling her way to victory with her connected passed c- and d-pawns. However, when a queen endgame had been reached, the pawns looking more dangerous than ever, she squandered her advantage by trying to keep them together. Instead of 49.- c4, Fritz wants to give a couple of checks and then post the queen on e2 from where it protects the h-pawn and secures the promotion of the d-pawn. The move played allowed Jacobsen to seize the initiative, and in the final position he was suddenly two pawns up, but probably too relieved to consider trying for a win.

Daniel V. Pedersen and Esben Lund played a Four Knights game with g3 where Black had some initiative in the rook endgame but White too few weaknesses to be in real danger. Simon Bekker-Jensen beat Tania Sachdev in a sharp Nimzo-Indian struggle where he won a pawn in the tactically loaded middlegame but had to live through some really hairy moments before being able to neutralize Black's initiative. On move 37, the merciless engine points out that Black could have won a piece with Rc1!, the point being 38.Qxc1 Qe3+! After overlooking this in time trouble, Sachdev soon saw her position crumble.

Axel Smith gained a small advantage against Olli Sisättö, but in the rook and bishop versus rook and knight endgame, Black kept everything protected while his knight prevented White from making any progress. Thorsten Michael Haub's game against Daniel Semcesen ended in an unusual repetition on move 17 after an even more unusual opening. Finally, Jasmin Bejtovic happily sacrificed a couple of pawns in a Winawer in order to prevent Stefan Christensen from castling short and then successfully threw the kitchen sink at him once he had castled long.

Scandinavian Open - round 5 Vis partier   Indbydelse Deltagere Tabel   Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 23. april 2009
In round 5, nine out of the ten games were decisive, the players obviously being in an exceptionally belligerent mood.

On the top board, Yuri Drozdovskij and Nils Grandelius played a sharp Grünfeld game in which the Ukrainian grandmaster weakened his opponents king position with the pseudo-sacrifice 17.Bxf7+ and later exploited this to win a pawn. After 21.Qb5, grabbing the b2-pawn would cost an exchange after 21.- Qxb2 22.Qc4+ because of the threat of smothered mate. Grandelius threw in the towel on move 38 when he was about to lose a whole rook.

Thorsten Michael Haub again played a Hippopotamus setup, this time with black, and again with success. As is in the spirit of this venerable opening system, he managed to weaken the impressive looking white pawn center to such an extent that when Esben Lund had had enough on move 35, it lay completely in ruins.

Henrik Danielsen's Polar Bear also went hunting but allowed its prey to escape and even strike back. In one of the notoriously sharp queen and opposite colored bishop positions, he optimistically declined Miroslaw Grabarczyk's offer of a queen exchange in favor of a pawn grab but soon realised that Black's pieces would be first to invade the weak squares around the enemy king and that the hunter had thus suddenly become the hunted.

In a rare version of the Ragozin Queen's Gambit, Daniel Semcesen energetically took advantage of Daniel V. Pedersen's risky decision to castle after playing h6 and g5. A piece sacrifice forcing the opening of the h-file left the black king utterly helpless before the onslaught of White's heavy artillery, and the neat 20.Nf4, leaving two pieces en prise, compelled Pedersen to give up decisive amounts of material in order to avoid mate.

Stellan Brynell clearly was not happy about being an accomplice to the only draw of the day and avoided repetition on several occasions. However, despite ingenious temporary pawn and exchange sacrifices and an active rook on the seventh rank, he eventually had to accept that Simon Bekker-Jensen's position was too solid to break down.

In an attempt to protect her weak pawn on d5, Natalia Zdebskaja's pieces discoordinated themselves and allowed Carsten Høi to win an exchange on move 22. Her hopes of counterchances with a passed d-pawn proved futile as White could simply take it and trade everything down to a won pawn endgame.

With Black against Stefan Christensen, Hans Tikkanen got the better end of a Ruy Lopez by acquiring the bishop pair and saddling White with an isolated d-pawn. After gobbling that up, he conducted the heavy piece endgame with great energy and caught the enemy king in a mating net.

When Axel Smith's pawns came rushing toward her king, Tania Sachdev reacted cooly by infiltrating with her queen on the weak squares they had left behind and playing for control of the open d-file. After she had accomplished this and Black's pawn storm had run out of steam, she simply took one of the far advanced infantrymen and converted this material advantage in a virtuosic rook endgame. One of the extra queens posted outside all boards finally came into use when she managed to promote both the e- and the g-pawn.

Björn Thorfinnsson seemed to break all principles of sound opening play by moving his bishop first to g5, then to f4 and then all the way back to c1, leaving his entire piece assortment undeveloped until move 10, but despite its eccentric appearance, this Trompowsky worked like a dream for him. After another 7 moves, Jasmin Bejtovic found himself down two pawns without adequate compensation, almost forcing him to try a desperate pawn thrust on the kingside which backfired and exposed his own king fatally.

After four defeats in as many games, Olli Sisättö finally got things going for him when he managed to smoke Bo Jacobsen's king out of his foxhole by means of a bishop sacrifice on f7. According to Fritz, Black could have saved his king with an advantage by moving it to h6 on move 17, whereas the move played, 17.- Kg5, was just as dangerous as it looked. Five moves later it was mate.

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Scandinavian Open - round 4 Vis partier   Indbydelse Deltagere Tabel   Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 21. april 2009
Tournament leader Thorsten Michael Haub was held to a draw in round 4 and now shares first place with the two top seeds Yuri Drozdovskij and Nils Grandelius. Haub and his opponent Henrik Danielsen did their best to disturb the equilibrium, but despite subtle maneuvring which resulted in a black passed pawn and a very picturesque position after move 21, they found nothing better than liquidating into a drawn endgame. In Tikkanen versus Drozdovskij, Black's queenside pawn majority in conjunction with an unchecked bishop on f5 proved strong enough to give him a decisive material advantage, while Grandelius won a rook endgame with 4 pawns against 3 on the same wing against Stellan Brynell. According to endgame theory it is drawn, but the fact that Kasparov lost an almost identical position once should be proof enough of the difficulties involved.

Esben Lund and Miroslaw Grabarczyk were in a peaceful mood and called it a day already on move 14, while bottom seed Daniel V. Pedersen confirmed his great form by beating Tania Sachdev impressively in a Four Knights game where White's strong central pawn mass and kingside space advantage allowed him to unleash a vicious mating attack. Pedersen now shares fourth place and has already scored more points in 4 rounds than he did in 11 last year.

With an early advance of the h-pawn, Björn Thorfinsson found an interesting way of combating Bo Jacobsen's Polar Bear. This secured the opening of the h-file and prevented White from obtaining his usual setup with kingside castling, and soon all the pieces were exchanged. The pawn endgame at first seemed to favor White due to his more active king and potential of a distant passed pawn, but Black's king somehow managed to get back into the game blocking the no longer so dangerous looking f-pawn. When Jacobsen tried 30.b4, he saw Thorfinsson punch back with a5! and was forced to exchange on a5 or c5, leaving his now isolated c-pawn helpless against the connected black c- and d-pawns.

Whereas Simon Bekker-Jensen and Carsten Høi split the point quickly, Axel Smith and Stefan Christensen went through all 12 rounds of their knight versus bishop endgame before accepting the draw. Although White managed to win the bishop, the scarcity of the material left prevented him from converting his nominal advantage. Olli Sisättö tried an unusual line against Jasmin Bejtovic's Scotch opening, and despite following a Korchnoi game for the first 12 moves, he soon found his king in insurmountable difficulties.

Tomorrow, Yuri Drozdovskij and Nils Grandelius clash in a presumably fierce battle for first place, while co-leader Thorsten Michael Haub takes on local hero Esben Lund. We are looking forward to another round of exciting chess.

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Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 21. april 2009
In the second round, we saw some relatively quick draws on the two top boards. Esben Lund had the bishop pair against Yuri Drozdovskij's knight pair, but in the fairly closed position he saw nothing better than agreeing to a repetition. Though a pawn down for quite some time against Stellan Brynell, Daniel Semcesen probably knew what he was doing and was about to regain it when they decided to split the point. Thorsten Michael Haub followed in Henrik Danielsen's footsteps by playing a zoological opening, not the Polar Bear this time but the even more exotic Hippopotamus with reversed colors. His opponent Tania Sachdev ended up in a difficult position with an isolated d-pawn and had to resign on move 67. With an exchange sacrifice, Nils Grandelius obtained an impressive pawn phalanx which proved unstoppable and brought him victory against Daniel V. Pedersen.

Miroslaw Grabarczyk won in a long endgame by taking advantage of Natalia Zdebskaja's bad bishop. In a sharp Old Indian game with opposite castling, Hans Tikkanen beat Carsten Høi after winning a pawn in the middlegame and later trapping a black knight on the h-file. Björn Thorfinsson and Axel Smith demonstrated some amusing exchange sequences on move 12 when the black bishop on d5 and the white knight on g5 were both left en prise and again on move 20-21 when one white bishop managed to take two protected pieces while the other was passively being eaten, but as the resulting position was equal, they saw no reason to prolong the entertainment.

Olli Sisättö versus Henrik Danielsen was yet another protracted endgame, where Black's extra pawn was enough to win despite the bishops of opposite colors. In the aesthetic final position, White's king is tied to the f-file and can only watch while his black counterpart gobbles up the h-pawn before returning to escort one of the black pawns to promotion. Simon Bekker-Jensen won a piece against Stefan Christensen with the zwischenzug 25.d7!, after which the outcome was never in doubt. Bo Jacobsen and Jasmin Bejtovic played a symmetrical English which ended peacefully in a fairly closed position on move 31.

In the evening round, Yuri Drozdovskij and Thorsten Michael Haub decided to save some energy by drawing in a few moves, as did Daniel Semcesen and Miroslaw Grabarczyk. Esben Lund versus Nils Grandelius and Hans Tikkanen versus Stellan Brynell were also drawn quickly. Henrik Danielsen again won a nice bishop endgame, this time against Axel Smith whose miserable cleric was both blocked in by his own central pawns and dominated by his white colleague. As if that weren't bad enough, Black also had an advanced white passed pawn on c7 to worry about, and on move 41 he resigned when the last hope of counterplay had vanished.

Like in the first round, Daniel V. Pedersen's c3 Sicilian proved successful, and with an exchange sacrifice he obtained a dangerous passed f-pawn and forced Simon Bekker-Jensen to enter a pawn down endgame. However, he didn't believe he could hold onto his material advantage and agreed to a draw, maybe because of the active black king. Bo Jacobsen and Tania Sachdev played a Czech Benoni and agreed on a draw in a position where White's bishop pair is compensated by a strong black knight on e5 and neither side seems to have any serious attacking chances. Natalia Zdebskaja effectively tamed Jasmin Bejtovic's Accelerated Dragon by sacrificing a pawn for a dangerous kingside attack which gave her a won endgame an exchange up. Carsten Høi scored a quick victory against Björn Thorfinsson who just lost a piece for nothing on move 15. Stefan Christensen managed to destroy Olli Sisättö's king position while keeping his own pawn shelter intact and won convincingly despite mutual time trouble.

Scandinavian Open - round 1 Vis partier   Indbydelse Deltagere Tabel   Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 19. april 2009
The Scandinavian Open came off to a great start with sunny weather, eloquent speeches by local dignitaries and a lot of interesting games.
Top seed Yuri Drozdovskij won a pawn on move 22 of a King's Indian/Grünfeld and eventually overcame Simon Bekker-Jensen's stiff resistance in a knight endgame, while Carsten Høi had to allow Nils Grandelius a perpetual check despite threatening mate several times. The game between Henrik Danielsen and Daniel Semcesen was a true rollercoaster ride where White got the better end of a Polar Bear but turned a winning position into a losing one by overlooking a tactical trick (28.- Ba6). When Danielsen was later given the chance of a draw by repetition, he declined and soon found himself a piece down. Sweet revenge for Semcesen after his defeat in last year's tournament.

Axel Smith and Miroslaw Grabarczyk rapidly exchanged most of their pieces in a Petroff and agreed on a draw in a symmetrical position, whereas the encounter between Stellan Brynell and Bo Jacobsen came to a sudden end when the seemingly active black knight on c2 turned out just to be en prise due to an intermediary check. Thorsten Michael Haub beat Stefan Christensen in a complicated French game where he was initially under some attack but managed to exchange queens and later win a couple of pawns. Natalia Zdebskaja and Hans Tikkanen drew in a Ruy Lopez.

Jasmin Bejtovic and Esben Lund decided to give the latter's 'Rook versus two minor pieces' some publicity by entering one of the Scotch endgames under discussion in that book. Lund's rooks and extra pawns eventually prevailed after Bejtovic missed some perpetuals. With a temporary piece sacrifice, Tania Sachdev won a pawn against Olli Sisättö, and although it was doubled, she managed to convert it to victory. Finally Daniel Vesterbæk Pedersen kicked Björn Thorfinsson's queen around in an Alapin Sicilian and emerged a pawn ahead with a winning position.

Unfortunately, the live boards were having some transmission trouble, but we are confident the problems will be solved by tommorow. Today's games can be viewed by clicking the pgn icon above.

Player profile - Bo Jacobsen Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 18. april 2009
Bo Jacobsen (b. 1948) has been a well known figure in Danish chess for the last four decades. In 1968 he beat Anatolij Karpov in a junior team match, and as their other game was drawn, he is one the few people who can boast a positive score against the later World Champion. He was Danish champion in 1976, and although he has never been able to repeat that achievement, he is always a dangerous opponent. Recently he shared ninth place in this year's Danish championship after beating one of his competitors in the Scandinavian Open Stefan Christensen in a 107 move marathon in the last round. In the last two seasons he won silver medals in the Danish team championship with his club Aarhus/Skolerne.

Player profile - Hans Tikkanen Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 17. april 2009
Despite being a last minute replacement, IM Hans Tikkanen (b. 1985) could very well play a dominating role in the Scandinavian Open. As one of the most talented Swedish players of his generation, he was Nordic champion of scholastic chess 1996, Swedish junior champion 2002 and 13th in the World junior championship 2004. He scored no less than six IM norms before completing the title in 2007 and is currently 18th in the national rankings with an ELO of 2425. He is no stranger to Danish tournaments having played in two editions of Copenhagen Chess Challenge as well as last year's Xtracon Cup, where he finished third after beating Miroslav Grabarczyk, one of his Scandinavian Open adversaries, in a nice last round game. Recently he was fourth in the Swedish team championship with his club Lunds ASK.

Last minute changes Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 17. april 2009
American IM Vladimir Prosviriakov withdrew from the tournament with very short notice, instead swedish IM Hans Tikkanen took his place. This change will only affect the pairing of first round slightly: WGM Natalia Zdebskaja has the white pieces against Hans Tikkanen, instead of Vladimir Prosviriakov.

The prizes of the tournament are: 1. - 5.000 DKK 2. - 3.000 DKK 3. - 2.000 DKK

Beside that, there will be special prizes and sponsor prizes.

Player profile - Vladimir Prosviriakov Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 17. april 2009
Vladimir Prosviriakov (b. 1955) is a Russian IM who now lives in the USA. He has played often in the New Year's tournament in Hastings and this year he also took part in the strong Moscow Open. Ratingwise he is currently languishing on 2311 ELO after peaking in 2003 with 2414, but maybe the Scandinavian Open is where he will start to reverse the downward trend of the last few years.

Player profile - Björn Thorfinsson Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 17. april 2009
Icelandic FM Björn Thorfinsson (b. 1979) is playing in the Scandinavian Open for the second time after sharing 8th place last year with a 50% score. His ELO of 2422 is a career high and makes him No. 9 on the Icelandic rating list. He scored an IM norm in the European Club Cup in 2004. Last year he made the headlines by beating the 2700+ player Wang Yue in the first round of the Reykjavik Open, a fine achievement made even more remarkable by the fact that the Chinese was then undefeated for his next 82 games. He has been the organizer of several tournaments and is currently president of the Icelandic Chess Federation.

Player profile - Olli Sisättö Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 17. april 2009
Olli Sisättö (b. 1982) of Finland is playing in the Scandinavian Open for the first time. With an ELO of 2286 he is No. 40 on the Finnish rating list. He plays for Tampere in the Finnish league and took part in the European Club Cup in both 2007 and 2008 with some success, most notably drawing the strong GM's Smirnov and Golod. In his younger days he played for various national youth teams.

Player profile - Nils Grandelius Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 17. april 2009

Second seed in K41 Scandinavian Open Nils Grandelius (b. 1993) is recognized as one of the greatest talents in the history of Swedish chess. Despite his young age, he already obtained the IM title last year and even scored a GM norm on top of that.

After winning the Swedish junior championship in 2007, he finished 7th among the grown-ups the following year. He is one of the leading figures of Lund's team in the best Swedish chess league (along with four of his opponents in Scandinavian Open) and has represented his country in several international youth competitions. His current ELO of 2491 makes him No. 11 on the Swedish ranking list and with the additional rating he gained in the recently finished Reykjavik Open he is very close to crossing the 2500 barrier.

Player profile - Yuri Drozdovskij Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 17. april 2009
With an ELO rating of 2603, more than 100 points higher than the second seed, Ukrainian Yuri Drozdovskij (born 1984) is the clear favourite of K41 Scandinavian Open.
In 2006 he won the European Rapid Chess Championship in Poland ahead of many strong GM’s and he has done well in several editions of the rapid tournament Pivdenny Bank Cup in the Ukraine. Last year he finished equal first after beating Gelfand, Ponomariov and Korchnoi. Also in 2008 he shared first place in the Ukrainian Championship but lost on tie break.
He is currently 16th on the Ukrainian ranking list, which says a lot about the Ukraine’s strength as a chess country – in Denmark he would be No. 2.
The 41 chess fans brave enough to face him in the simul 27th April are certainly going to have a hard time, as are his opponents in the Scandinavian Open.
Player profile - Tania Sachdev Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 17. april 2009
Tania Sachdev from Delhi, India, was born in 1986. She became a WGM in 2005 when she scored her final norm at the First Saturday Tournament in Budapest.

In 2007 she won both the Asian and the Indian Championships, thus qualifying for a spot on the Indian team at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden 2008 where she played second board and scored 6½/11 for a rating performance of 2453. She also represented her country at the Mind Sport Games in Beijing.

The Danish chess audience had a chance to meet her last year when she did well in the Copenhagen Open. She is currently 57th on the women’s ranking list with an ELO of 2423, which makes her the 9th seed in K41 Scandinavian Open.

Player profile - Daniel Vesterbæk Pedersen Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 17. april 2009
As predicted by the rating figures, Danish FM Daniel Vesterbæk Pedersen (b. 1976) was 13th of 14 in last year's Scandinavian Open with a meagre 2/11 score. Although he is seeded at the absolute bottom of the table this time, his results in the past year give rise to some optimism. In the Danish team championship he performed well above expected on board 4 for his team Aalborg, thus helping it secure survival in the top league. With the 26 rating points gained he might be on his way back to the level of his heyday five-six years ago.


Player profile - Jasmin Bejtovic Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 16. april 2009
FM Jasmin Bejtovic (b. 1978) of Bosnia-Hercegovina had a tough Scandinavian Open last year finishing equal tenth with a 4,5/11 score but managed to draw two of the tournament winners Lars Schandorff and Nikolaj Mikkelsen along the way. He moved to Sweden in 2007 and immediately won the LASK Open with a rating performance of 2475 despite returning from a five year chess break. In his young days in Bosnia he was a talented player beating several GM's, winning the championship of Hercegovina in 1999 and achieving a top result in the 2000 European Club Cup. Like several of his opponents in the Scandinavian Open he is playing for Lunds ASK's team in the Swedish Elitserie.

Pairings for first round Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 16. april 2009
K41 Scandinavian Open 2009 starts on saturday the 18th of April. The first round starts at 11.00, but don't miss the welcome at 10.30 with speeches from the chairman of the local community Valby, Ejner Jensen, as well as K41's own 'president' Bjarne Eiholt.

The pairings for the first round of Scandinavian Open has been made - see the tournament homepage under "Table".

Click on the players name in the table, and you will find player details as well as the player profile.

Player profile - Carsten Høi Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 16. april 2009
Carsten Høi (b. 1957) is the most experienced player in the field and was Danish junior champion in 1971 before most of the other participants were born. Three genuine Danish championships followed in 1978, 1986 and 1992. In 1978 he was named IM, and in 2001 he became the eighth Danish GM in history. He won the largest Danish open Politiken Cup in the first edition in 1979 and again in 1997 and played for the national team in no less than five Olympiads. His spectacular sacrificial victory against Boris Gulko in the 1988 Olympiad earned him the brilliancy prize. He represents Brønshøj in the Danish and Åstorps SK in the Swedish league and has played for various German teams as well. He is probably eager to improve on last year's shared tenth place in the Scandinavian Open.

Player profile - Axel Smith Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 16. april 2009
IM Axel Smith (b. 1986) has made enormous progress after he decided to work seriously with chess in 2006. That year he won the Swedish junior championship and started out on a chess odyssey through Europe which earned him a number of tournament victories and more than 350 ELO points in two years. Last year he finished eighth in the strong Swedish championship and was invited to the prestigious GM tournament Sigeman Cup in Malmö where he had a hard time but managed to win a nice game against Norwegian GM Kjetil Lie. He has been the chairman of his club Lunds ASK and run its website as well as his own chess blog. Along with Esben Lund and Daniel Semcesen he plays for Lunds ASK and K41 in the Swedish and Danish leagues respectively. In the Scandinavian Open he can be expected to give his all to avenge last year's slightly disappointing 50% result.


Player profile - Stefan Christensen Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 15. april 2009
FM Stefan Christensen (b. 1979) is playing in the Scandinavian Open for the first time. He plays third board for Jetsmark in the Danish league and had a fantastic start to the 2008/09 season with a 4/4 score beating among others one of the world's top female players IM Viktorija Cmilyte. Although he slowed down a bit in the last rounds, he still made a significant contribution to his team winning the bronze medals. He had a disappointing Danish championship in the beginning of April and is probably spoiling for revenge.


Player profile - Daniel Semcesen Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 15. april 2009
Swedish FM Daniel Semcesen (b. 1986) will be interesting to follow after his great performance in last year's Scandinavian Open. Despite being one of the lowest rated players he finished sixth with a 6,5/11 score after winning the three last rounds. Earlier in his career he represented Sweden in youth World and European championships, won the national scholastic chess championship in 2001 and came second in the junior championship in 2003. Later in 2009 he will be playing in the top group of the Swedish championship after winning the qualification group last year in convincing style. Also in 2008 he made his first IM norm in a tournament on the Faroe Islands. He is the captain of Lunds ASK's team in the Swedish Elitserie and played second board for K41 in the Danish Skakliga in the 2008/09 season.

Player profile - Esben Lund Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 15. april 2009
Esben Lund (b. 1976) has been the main organizer of K41 Scandinavian Open since the first edition in 2004. He is the strongest player of K41 where he has been a member since early childhood and plays first board for its team in the best Danish league. After scoring his last IM norm in 2007 in a tournament on the Faroe Islands, he achieved a GM norm in the Swedish league where he represents Lunds ASK. In 2008 he came equal 6th with a strong performance in the Danish championship and shared the brilliancy prize with Denmark's top player Peter Heine Nielsen who was brought to his knees by a queen sacrifice in the opening phase of their game but managed to escape with a draw. Lund is active as a chess coach and has written several books such as the critically acclaimed 'Rook versus two minor pieces'.

Player profile - Simon Bekker-Jensen Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 15. april 2009
Simon Bekker-Jensen (b. 1980) has fond memories of Scandinavian Open after finishing equal second in the 2006 edition. He showed great strength from an early age and completed his IM title already in 1999. In 2007 he shared first place with a GM in the two Danish opens BMS/TSF and Øbro Nytår and last year he performed well in a closed GM tournament in Iceland. Recently he won his ninth consecutive Danish team championship with his club Helsinge scoring 7/9. He is currently 23rd on the Danish rating list with an ELO of 2411.


Player profile - Natalia Zdebskaja Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 14. april 2009
WGM Natalia Zdebskaja (b. 1986) of the Ukraine is No. 46 on the women's ranking list with an ELO of 2438, her highest ever. She was a talented player from a young age winning the Ukrainian women's championship before turning 16 and has represented her country in several international youth events. Her greatest success so far was the strong women's tournament Elizaveta Bykova Memorial in Vladimir 2007 where she shared first place with an undefeated 6,5/9 score and won on tie breaks. Last year she was the best woman in the Pfalz Open and took part in the Mind Sport Games in Beijing. At the Olympiad in Dresden she was a leading force behind Ukraine's silver medals scoring 8/9 which gave her an individual gold medal for best score on the fifth board and equals a rating performance of 2528.

Player profile - Thorsten Michael Haub Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 14. april 2009
German IM Thorsten Michael Haub (b. 1968) is an experienced player who has played successfully in many strong opens. Among his most notable achievements are first places in Stuttgart Open 2001 and Bad Emms Open 2004, and in recent years he has brought home trophies from the french tournaments Open de Vandoeuvre 2007 and Open de Fourmies 2008, in both cases ahead of several GM's. In 2006 he won the German rapid chess championship and helped secure victory for his club Plettendorf in the team blitz championship - by the way, one of his team mates on that occasion was Yuri Drozdovskij who he will be competing against in the Scandinavian Open.

Player profile - Henrik Danielsen Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 11. april 2009
GM Henrik Danielsen (b. 1966) shared first place in last year's Scandinavian Open and is one of the outsiders this time. He is a former member of K41 and contributed significantly to several victories in the Danish team championship in the 80's and 90's. Individually he came equal first in the Danish championship in 1996 but lost in play offs against GM colleague Peter Heine Nielsen. In recent years, he has been promoting chess to children in locations as diverse as Iceland, Namibia and Greenland and run a website with a huge collection of instructional chess videos. Some of the most popular of these deal with his own opening system based on 1.f4, which he after long deliberations found would be most fittingly named 'The Polar Bear' - among his most avid fans it is not uncommon to attach this name to Danielsen himself as well. He obtained Icelandic citizenship in 2007 and represented his new country in the European team championship in 2007 and the Olympiad in 2008.

Player profile - Stellan Brynell Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 11. april 2009
As one of the joint winners of last year's event, Swedish GM Stellan Brynell (b. 1962) can be expected to play a significant role in the Scandinavian Open 2009. He won the Swedish Championship in 1991 and 2005 and has won the championship of his home town of Malmö countless times. While he obtained the IM title in rapid fashion in 1988 scoring all three norms in a few months, he had to wait until 2001 before being able to call himself a Grandmaster. He has been a popular commentator in various chess events in Sweden such as the Sigeman Cup and has served as captain of the national team. Clubwise he plays for Limhamn in the Swedish Elitserie and Nordkalotten in the Danish Skakliga.


Player profile - Miroslaw Grabarczyk Print
Af: Rasmus Jørgensen Opdateret: 7. april 2009

Polish grandmaster Miroslaw Grabarczyk (b. 1971) is one of the dark horses of the Scandinavian Open. On two occasions in the nineties he came second in the individual championship of Poland and in 1994 he won the blitz championship. In 1997 and 2001 he was part of the Polish team in the European Team Championship.

He secured the GM title in 2002 and currently sports an ELO of 2469. 

Apparently he developed a taste for playing chess in Denmark last year when he did well in both the Copenhagen Chess Challenge and the Xtracon Cup.

Update by 1st of April Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 3. april 2009
The list of participants for K41 Scandinavian Open 2009 has been updated, since FIDE has published a new ratinglist by 1st of April. Furthermore, the 22 players are now placed in ranking order.

New on the player's list is WGM Tania Sachdev from India, and K41 is happy to have another strong female player in the tournament!  And - may I add - this time there is no joking! :-)

K41 Scandinavien open plakat Print
Af: Michael Nielsen Opdateret: 2. april 2009
Carina Jørgensen har begået en plakat til brug ved K41 Scandinavien Open 2009, se plakaten her

Simultan med GM Yuri Drozdovskij Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 18. marts 2009
K41 Scandinavian Open 2009 spilles 18-26.april, og på turneringens fridag har man mulighed for at prøve kræfter med en stærk stormester i en simultanforestilling i Valby, tæt på K41.

Fredag d. 24.april kl. 15-20 vil GM Yuri Drozdovskij (2607) fra Ukraine spille simultan mod 41(!) spillere. Arrangementet foregår i Prøvehallen (Multisalen), Porcelænstorvet 4, 2500 Valby. Billetter koster kr. 60, og tilmelding foregår til undertegnede på

Til K41's jubilæumsfredagslyn d. 27/3 vil der  være 2 billetter til GM-simultanen på højkant som ekstrapræmier.

Tirsdag d. 21.april kl. 15-18 vil der desuden være en mindre simultan på Valby Bibliotek, Børnebiblioteket, Annexstræde 2. Unge Jonathan Braüner vil spille mod de børn, der møder frem - de 15 først tilmeldte er sikret en plads ved starten kl. 15. Tilmeldingen hertil foregår ligeledes til undertegnede.

Samarbejde med Carina Jørgensen Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 9. marts 2009
Det er med glæde og spænding, at K41 har indledt et samarbejde med Carina Jørgensen. Carina arbejder til daglig med design og skakkunst, og hun vil lave turneringsplakaten til dette års K41 Scandinavian Open 2009. Derudover er hun en stærk skakspiller, som med et fremragende resultat i K41 Weekend EMT i februar er rykket op på kvindernes top-10 i Danmark.

I K41 hænger side om side med billederne af tidligere verdensmestre også 4 billeder af mere moderne snit, som Carina har lavet og som klubben har erhvervet. Besøg Carinas hjemmeside, hvis du vil se mere af hendes skakkunst. Adressen er (kan også nås ved klik på hendes logo)

På turneringens hjemmeside findes al information samt logoer på alle sponsorer og partnere, som K41 hidtil har aftale med.

Sponsorer til Scandinavian Open Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 8. marts 2009
Det er muligt at blive sponsor for K41 Scandinavian Open 2009. På turneringens hjemmeside ses logoer for de virksomheder og foreninger, som K41 allerede har en aftale med.

Udover det, vi i almenhed kan tilbyde sponsorer, lægger man som hovedsponsor navn til turneringen, med undertitlen 'K41 Scandinavian Open 2009'.

Det er muligt at blive dagsponsor, hvorved tekst og logo vil blive vist direkte på LIVE-sendingen for turneringen, samt i spillelokalet. K41s 3 største sponsorer vil automatisk være dagsponsor på de 3 dage, hvor der er 2 runder på én dag - og dermed få dobbelt eksponering.

Som privat sponsor er det muligt at rette støtten specifikt mod en de støttemuligheder, som er nævnt i handlingsplanen. Som tak vil den private sponsors navn blive nævnt på behørig vis, bla. her på siden.

Al information kan findes i K41s handlingsplan for turneringen, som kan ses på dette link:

Ønsker du at vide mere om turneringen, eller få mere information om priser for sponsering, placering af logo og links, samt andre tekniske detaljer, kontakt da undertegnede på

Et stærkt felt Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 2. marts 2009
De 2 seneste anmeldte til K41 Scandinavian Open er begge fra Ukraine: GM Yuri Drozdovskij er med sine nuværende 2607 i rating (januar 2009) en rigtig stærk stormester, og dermed favorit til at vinde Scandinavian Open 2009. Det skal blive et interessant bekendtskab.

Det er desuden glædeligt at have den talentfulde kvindelige stormester, WGM Natalia Zdebskaja med i feltet. Med sine 2428 er hun i øjeblikket nr. 47 i verden på kvindelisten, og med sine kun 20 år kan det kun gå fremad!

Med deltagelsen af de to ukrainske stormestre er turneringen blevet mere interessant, og chancerne for at score GM-norm er også forøget.

I skrivende stund er der 20 spillere tilmeldt, fordelt på 8 nationer. Kun 2 spillere har ikke en titel! Her er en kort introduktion til nogle af profilerne:

Feltets yngste deltager er den meget talentfulde svenske juniorspiller og Internationale Mester Nils Grandelius (15 år), som allerede har lavet en stormesternorm.

K41's to svenske 1.holds-spillere IM Axel Smith og FM Daniel Semcesen (1 IM-norm) er også med, de er begge ikke meget over 20 år og blandt de bedste ungdomsspillere i sverige.

Tidligere K41-medlem er den islandske stormester Henrik Danielsen, som for nogle år siden blev Islandsk statsborger. Det er en fornøjelse at Henrik vender tilbage til den klub, hvor han færdiggjorde sin GM-titel! Det skete i vores stærke GM-turnering tilbage i 1995. Henriks gevinstsøgende spil vil helt sikkert bringe ham mange point, og han vil derfor også spille med i kampen om guldet. I 2008 var han en af 4 spillere, der delte 1.pladsen.

De danske spillere, inkl. undertegnede som må betegnes som 'den lokale helt', får altså kamp til stregen, når det går løs i april!

Schedule for Scandinavian Open Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 2. marts 2009
There has been some changes in the playing schedule, but now it is final. Due to a Grandmaster Simul during the tournament, there will be a day off at friday 24/4. The three double rounds will be played sunday, wednesday and saturday:

Saturday 18/4: 10:30 Opening ceremony with the head of Valby Council, Ejner Jensen, and chairman of K41, Bjarne Eiholt; 11:00 Round 1

Sunday 19/4: 11:00 Round 2; 18:00 Round 3
Monday 20/4: 11:00 Round 4
Tuesday 21/4: 11:00 Round 5
Wednesday 22/4: 11:00 Round 6; 18:00 Round 7
Thursday 23/4: 11:00 Round 8
Friday 24/4: Day off from the tournament; Grandmaster Simul in Valby.
Saturday 25/4: 11:00 Round 9; 18:00 Round 10
Sunday 26/4: 11:00 Round 11; 17:00 (approx.) Closing ceremony and price giving with Ejner Jensen and Bjarne Eiholt present. Food will be served, and the tournament winner will show a game from the tournament.
Playing schedule Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 4. februar 2009
The final playing schedule for K41 Scandinavian Open 2009 is now ready. There will be 11 rounds, with two double rounds and no day off. Every round starts at 11.00, and on days with double rounds, the other round starts at 18.00. See the complete playing schedule for detailed information.

Slight changes and more participants Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 22. januar 2009
K41 has decided to allow players rated elo 2250+ (1st of january 2009 list) to participate in the annual Scandinavian Open in april, instead of the announced 2300.

This change will not affect the chances to make a GM norm, but will give promising danish and foreign players below FM strength the chance to compete in the tournament as well.

For any questions, please don't hesitate to email the organizer.

Updated list of participants Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 29. oktober 2008
The list of players for next years Scandinavian Open in april has been updated with 2 more grandmasters, making it 3 out of 4. With 10 players so far, there is still room for another 7 norm candidates. Players with an elo rating of 2300 or above can participate.

On the separate tournament homepage, you will find more details.

8 players so far Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 2. september 2008
8 players has signed up for next years international grandmaster tournament, K41 Scandinavian Open 2009. The strong icelandic GM Henrik Danielsen (former member of K41) is participating, and the list of players so far also counts 4 international masters and 3 Fide-masters.

To make next years tournament in april a real scandinavian event, K41 hopes to see players from Norway, Finland and the Faroe Islands. The nations represented so far are Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

All information can be found on the separate homepage of the tournament.

K41 Scandinavian Open 2009 Print
Af: Esben Lund Opdateret: 20. august 2008
K41 is planing the 2nd Scandinavian Open to be even more attractive than the first tournament held in march-april earlier this year. The tournament of 2009 will have 18 participants playing 10 rounds, where 'Open' applies to players with an elo rating of 2300 or above. This makes the tournament strong and perfect for norms.

At least 4 grandmasters will participate in the tournament, and K41 hope to attract sponsors to finance a larger prize fund, and thus to make the 2nd Scandinavian Open one of the most interesting international tournaments in Denmark of 2009.

The tournament is played 18-26th of april 2009. More detailed information with invitation, schedule and others about the tournament can already be found on the separate tournament homepage