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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Six players share the lead in Stockholm Chess Challenge

Six players share the lead with 2.5 points after 3 rounds; GM Blomqvist, Sweden, GM Maiorov, Belarus, GM Tukhaev, Ukraine, GM Bajarani, Azerbajdzjan and the Danish IM-dynamite duo Haubro and Hansen.

Danish dynamite duo – IM Hansen and IM Haubro check the pairings for round 4. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

Here you will find Lars OA Hedlund's pictures from day 2. Press & Media are free to use the pictures. But don't forget to give Lars OA Hedlund photo credit.

Round 4 starts today at 3:00 PM CET. Here are the pairings.

FOLLOW THE LIVE ACTION IN ROUND 4.

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Upsets in round 1

Milton Pantzar, Sweden. Photo: Lars OA Hedlund

The first round of Stockholm Chess Challenge which started today at Memory Hotel had some upsets. The major one: The swedish talent Milton Pantzar (2257) beat IM Aman Hambleton.
ALL GAMES, ROUND 1
Andreas Tryggestad managed to hold a draw against GM Adam Tukhaev and the russian talent Stefan Pogosyan beat his higer rated opponent Hemant Sharma, India. Eivind Olav Risting, Norway, won also surprisingly against Tor Fredrik Kaasen.
The 2nd round starts on Tuesday at 10:00 AM CET. Here are the pairings.
RELIVE round 1. TV coverage with the host FM Martin Lokander. English commentary.
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