Click on the picture for all pictures from round 8! Photo: Lars OA Hedlund
IM Dan Cramling (2354), the brother of GM Pia Cramling, is surprisingly the highest placed swede in Hasselbacken Chess Open after 7 rounds.
The 57 year old Dan Cramling plays very occasionally, but still, he is among the pack of 18 players with 5.5 points who hunts the five leaders on 6 points. Very impressive
Netherlands chess prodigy Jorden van Foreest and India’s Vidit Santosh Gujrathi won their important games in round 7 and joins the leaders Ilia Smirin, Sébastien Mazé and Dmitry Andreikin in Hasselbacken Chess Open.
Jorden van Foreest’s result is the big surprise. The 17 year old GM with 2551 in rating will face the very experienced player Ilia Smirin, Israel (2665), tomorrow on board 2. The top seeded Dmitry Andreikin, Russia (2736) will be challenged by Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, India (2648) at board 1.
Schackbutiken has offered chess books since the beginning of Hasselbacken Chess Open at hotel Hasselbacken. You find Schackbutiken both in ”Spegelsalen” and in ”Hazeliussalen”. They have good offers everyday, look at your chess board in the playing venue, and you can also buy books through their web shop.
Schackhandeln will also be on place the last two rounds, Saturday and Sunday in the playing venue ”Spegelsalen”. Here are some of the offers from Schackhandeln (in swedish):
The hard fight to win Hasselbacken Chess Open goes on. Only 2 of the top 12 boards ended in a draw.
Dmitry Andreikin, Russia (2736), Sébastien Mazé, France (2617) and Ilia Smirin, Israel (2665) won their games on the top 3 boards and shares the lead with 5,5/6. Mazé and Andreikin will play each other in round 7.
14 players trail the leading trio. Among them Adhiban, India (2663), Tkachiev, France (2660) and several youngsters: Sam Sevian, 15 years, from USA, Jorden van Foreest, 17, and Benjamin Bok, 21, Netherlands and Frode Urkedal, 23, Norway.