GM Nils Grandelius clinches the national title after a playoff match Print
Monday, 20 July 2015 19:51
GM Nils Grandelius clinches the national titleThe 2015 Swedish Grandmaster Championship was held from July 11-19, at the Selma Spa Hotel****, in Sunne, Sweden.

The event was a 10-player invitational round-robin tournament with an average Elo rating 2509.

For the third time in the last four years, a playoff was needed to decide the Swedish champion and the second time was Nils Grandelius involved. Last time, in 2013, he lost against Hans Tikkanen in a duel that went all the way to the final Armageddon.

“I’m a different player now and it did not feel like I had any advantage of having played a playoff in the Swedish GM championship earlier. But understandably it hurts not to have done it before. And it could probably be good training for the future to play a playoff in a tight situation. Many champions are determined this way nowadays”, Grandelius says.

Berg had to win the game and chose the sharp King’s Gambit Variation. After a complicated game he managed to secure the victory and take it all the way to playoff. However, the top Swedish player prevailed to clinch the title for the first time.

Final standings:
1 GM Nils Grandelius Eksjö SK 2623 - 6.5
2 GM Emanuel Berg SK Team Viking 2553 - 6.5
3 GM Erik Blomqvist SK Rockaden, Sthlm 2487 - 5.5
4 IM Axel Smith Lunds ASK 2449 - 4.5
5 GM Jonny Hector Limhamns SK 2485 - 4.5
6 GM Pia Cramling SK Team Viking 2512 - 4.5
7 GM Hans Tikkanen Lunds ASK 2529 - 4.0
8 GM Daniel Semcesen Lunds ASK 2437 - 4.0
9 GM Tiger Hillarp Persson Lunds ASK 2563 - 3.0
10 GM Pontus Carlsson Eksjö SK 2451 - 2.0
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