Monday, July 03, 2006

Sergei Shipov Wins Midnight Sun Challenge

The Midnight Sun Chess Challenge was held on June 24th-July 2nd in Tromso, Norway. Russian Grandmaster and famous chess commentator Sergei Shipov won the tournament with 7.5 points out of 9 rounds. Hero of the event is local player Gunnar Johnsen who finished 4th ahead of some strong GMs.

Final standings:
1. GM Sergei Shipov (RUS 2576) 7.5/9
2-3. GM Magnus Carlsen (NOR 2646) and GM Leif Erlend Johannessen (NOR 2559) with 7.0
4. Gunnar Johnsen (NOR 2215) 6.5
5-12. GM Michal Krasenkow (POL 2650), GM Eduardas Rozentalis (LTU 2596), GM Kjetil A. Lie (NOR 2497), WGM Joanna Dworakowska (POL 2364), IM Eirik T. Gullaksen (NOR 2380), Tobias Pettersson (SWE 2071), GM Ralf Akesson (SWE 2472) and Torben Soraas (NOR 2115) with 6.0 etc

Kjetil A. Lie - Sergei Shipov
Round 9
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 8.O-O Nxd4 9.Nbd2 Ne7 10.Nxd4 Qxd4 11.Nf3 Qa4 12.b3 Qa5 13.Bd2 Qd8 14.b4 Ng6 15. g3 Be7 16.h4 f6 17.Re1 O-O 18.exf6 Bxf6 19.Ng5 Bxg5 20.Bxg5 Qb6 21.Qd2 Rf3 22.Re3 Raf8 23.Rxf3 Rxf3 24.Kg2 Ne5 25.Bf1 d4 26.b5 Qc5 27.Rd1 d3 28.Bf4 Ng4 29.Be3 Rxe3 0-1

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