2019

Grand Chess Tour Zagreb 2019

I expected it would be challenging to play both Norway Chess in June and especially the Grand Chess Tour Zagreb tournament in June/July while also spending time and energy on taking a stand in the heated discussion within the Norwegian Chess Federation (and subsequently in Norwegian mainstream media as well) about a potential cooperation agreement between the Federation and Kindred, and starting a new chess club in Norway, Offerspill SK, together with four good friends.
2019

Altibox Norway Chess 2019

My Danish head coach Peter Heine Nielsen moved to Lithuania many years ago, and I haven’t visited Denmark since he turned 40 back then. I accepted an offer from the professional and friendly event people in f-reklame to come to Copenhagen two weeks ago for a 24-board simul, an interview with a brain researcher and two games of rapid chess against young Jonas Bjerre. It took place in the Circus building and showed that chess can work as the main theme of an evening of entertainment together with a good meal.
2019

Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2019 in Shamkir

It is good to be back in Shamkir for the Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2019 paying tribute to a great player. I’ve won in my three attempts in 2014/5/8 and hoped to do well this year, although there is always some uncertainty about form after a two-months break from tournaments.
2019

Tata Steel Chess 2019 R10

The weather was nice on the rest day Monday, and Peter and I went for a walk and also had a (quick) bath in the sea. For those who haven’t been to Wijk aan Zee, the beach is a spectacular and mighty sight both on sunny days and when the western winds bring roaring waves across the shallow water. My play the day after with the black pieces against reigning US champion Sam Shankland may not have seemed particularly inspired though. The opening choice allowed him to play for a small advantage without too much risk. I calculated quite well and slowly equalized. His a4 weakness offset my isolated pawn on d5, but I did not find any way to make progress in the endgame, and we drew after 40 moves.
2019

Tata Steel Chess update

As have become something close to a habit, I had a slow start in Tata Steel Chess 2019. Four initial draws were not ideal, but it hasn’t stopped me from having a good tournament before, and as I felt I played reasonably well I wasn’t seriously worried.