It came down to the wire as the winner was defined by the Buchholz Tie-Break system, but at the end it was Jon Ludvig Hammer from Norway who narrowly bested Tiger Hillarp Persson to take first place. A big tie for third was also broken by Buchholz. We bring you the final games as well as the best game prizes, in which Shogi player Habu Yoshiharu was both a victim and an executor!
The Rilton Cup is Sweden’s biggest and most famous international chess tournament. It was originally initiated by a donation from a doctor, Tore Rilton, and since 1985 the tournament is financially secure. A special challenge prize, donated by SEB Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, is the Rilton-medal in genuine gold. The tournament has over the years been very helpful for talented Swedish juniors.
The 43rd Rilton Cup is being held from 27th of December, 2014 until January 5th, 2015. The event has several categories… the top section is only for players above 2200! There are certatin exceptions granted for talented youth, but very few are given. The first prize is of 20,000 SEK, or 2100 Euro.
First let’s start with the best game prizes:
Replay Best Game Prizes 5-9
After drawing Michael Roiz from Israel, tournament leader after seven rounds Tiger Hillarp Persson was caught by Jon Ludvig Hammer; the Norwegian vanquished Nils Grandelius and assumed the lead of the event. Ilia Smirin and Aleksey Goganov trailed by only half a point as both were victors in the eigth round of play, defeating Michael Krasenkow and Irina Turova, respectively.
The last round had the leaders in the defensive role: Both of them were playing black against tough opposition. Hammer had no problems forcing a draw against Goganov; actually instead of taking the three-fold repetition Black might have claimed a small edge in the final position.
Hillarp Persson faced his countryman, Erik Blomqvist. It looked scary for Black for some time, but at the end a stubborn defense yielded a draw.
Thte tournament was then decided by the magic of numbers, with Bucholz being the deciding factor. Hammer was the winner by two break points!
The winner circle: GMs Jon Ludvig Hammer,
Tiger Hillarp Persson, Maxim Turov, Ilya Smirin and Michael Roiz
The winner of the Rilton Cup 2014/15 was Jon Ludvig Hammer on two tiebreak points
Magnus Eriksen was the winner of the Rilton ELO or “B group”
Carl Johan Arbeus took the C group (under 1600)
|1||Hammer Jon Ludvig||NOR||2640||7.0|
|2||Hillarp Persson Tiger||SWE||2544||7.0|
|17||Hagen Andreas Skytte||DEN||2430||6.0|
Photos by Lars OA Hedlund
Replay Rounds 8 & 9
1.d4 f6 2.c4 e6 3.c3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g5 c6 6.c2 e7 7.e3 bd7 8.0-0-0 h6 9.f4 b6 10.b1 d6 11.xd6 xd6 12.f3 g4 13.h3 h5 14.d3 xf3 15.gxf3 0-0-0 16.h4 g6 17.e2 h5 18.dg1 f6 19.f4 b8 20.g2 c8 21.g1 e7 22.f3 c5 23.dxc5 xc5 24.e2 f6 25.gg1 hc8 26.c1 xc1+ 27.xc1 xc1+ 28.xc1 e4 29.xe4 dxe4 30.e5 d7 31.xd7+ xd7 32.d2 e7 ½–½