Thanks – you made Stockholm Chess Challenge 2017 special!

The organizers Stockholm's Chess Society and Stockholm's Chess Federation want to thank everyone involved in the success of Stockholm Chess Challenge 2017. We would thank the main sponsor Data Respons and the co-sponsor Memory Hotel.

The winner GM Adam Tukhaev, GM Nikita Maiorov, Åsa Grübb-Weinberg, Data Respons, GM Ulvi Bajarani, GM Erik Blomqvist, CM Stefan Pogosyan and IM Philip Lindgren

We will also like to thank the arbiters Jonas Sandbom and Jan Peter Palmblad and the TV crew Martin Lokander and Madeleine Hagström Dock. Our gratitude also goes to GM Pia Cramling who made an appreciated chess performance at Data Respons event on Thursday March 9.

Thanks also to the tournament photographer Lars OA Hedlund, and Follow Chess for the co-operation with the live coverage.

And last but not least we thank you all fantastic chess players who made Stockholm Chess Challenge 2017 a memorable event.

We will be back in 2018 thanks to the investment and commitment by Data Respons. The dates for Stockholm Chess Challenge 2018 will be announced soon.

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16.00 CET: Live action from last round with TV & Follow Chess

You can follow Stockholm Chess Challenge with Follow Chess. We will also have a TV coverage in english. FM Martin Lokander is your host. The TV coverage starts approx. one hour of every round.

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TV COVERAGE, ROUND 9  (English commentary)

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Express report: Norm explosion in Stockholm Chess Challenge

Before the last round which start at 4:00 PM CET we can already celebrate two new FM:s 13 year old Stefan Pogosyan, Russia and 16 year old Milton Pantzar, Sweden. Both have crossed the 2300 barrier during Stockholm Chess Challenge 2017.

New FM (1) and probably an IM norm for Stefan Pogosyan, Russia. New FM (2) Milton Pantzar, Sweden. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

According to this Stefan Pogosyan has most certainly earned an IM norm. We will calculate everything after the tournament. Eric Thörn, Sweden, has also a chance to take a IM norm. But then he most defeat the swedish champion GM Erik Blomqvist in the last round.
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GM Bajarani in solo lead – IM Lindgren in hunt for GM norm

Yesterday´s two rounds saw several crucial games. GM Ulvi Bajarani, Azerbaijan held a draw against GM Erik Blomqvist. GM Ulvi Bajarani is now in solo lead in Stockholm Chess Challenge.

IM Philip Lindgren, Sweden beat IM Mads Hansen, Denmark. Philip Lindgren is now the IM with best chances to catch a GM norm in the tournament.

The standings in Stockholm Chess Challenge after 6 rounds.

• The pairings for round 7 at 3:00 PM CET today. 

• Lars OA Hedlund´s pictures from the tournament.

• All the games so far in PGN format.

GM Blomqvist & GM Bajarani. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

IM:s Philip Lindgren and Mads Hansen. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

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The duel of round 5: GM Blomqvist vs GM Bajarani

GM Erik Blomqvist & GM Ulvi Bajarani share the lead. Don´t miss their duel in round 5 on Thursday at 10:00 AM CET Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

GM Ulvi Bajarani won the GM clash against GM Tukhaev in round 4. He has now 3,5 points and shares the lead with Sweden´s hope GM Erik Blomqvist.

Sweden has another one among the top contenders: IM Philip Lindgren with 3 points. He shares the 3rd place with IM Hansen, Denmark and GM Maiorov, Belarus.

Here are the standings.

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