Hammer takes the Rilton Cup

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

 Urkedal, Frode2517Lokander, Martin23650–1A5844th Rilton Cup 2014-155.701.01.2015
1.d4 f6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 The Benko Gambit, also known in some parts of the World as the Volga Gambit. For more information on this opening you can check out my ChessBase DVDs! 5.bxa6 g6 6.c3 g7 A variation that seems to be growing in popularity. 6…xa6 is more normal. 7.e4 0-0 8.f3 a5 9.d2 xa6 10.xa6 xa6 11.e2 e6 one of the points of this variation is that Black can quickly strike in the center with e6. It is not necessary at all to play d6. 12.dxe6 fxe6 13.xa6 13.e3!? 13…xa6 14.0-0 b4 Black has great play. His pawn center can start rolling, he has pressure on the queenside and White’s coordination is not the best. 15.fd1 d3 16.ab1 g4! Very active. White is consistently forced back. 17.f1 d4 18.xd4 cxd4 19.b5 xf2 20.xf2 gxf2 Black has recovered his pawn and holds a clear advantage. The pressure is not over yet! 21.e5 e4 22.h6 White is hoping that the dark square weaknesses around Black’s king will cause some kind of problems, but he is in no position to make threats! xe5 23.e1 d5 24.xd4 g4 25.c1 f7 The endgame is very difficult for White. Black’s pawns are faster and are advancing instead of being static weaknesses. 26.a3 e5 27.f3 e6 28.b4 gf2 29.g5+ xg5 30.xf2 e4+ 31.e3 c8 32.b2 d6 33.c1 d4+ 34.d2 d5 White is absolutely helpless against the simple advance of the pawns! 0–1
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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)

Final Standings

Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2640 7.0
2 Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2544 7.0
3 Roiz Michael ISR 2592 6.5
4 Turov Maxim RUS 2591 6.5
5 Smirin Ilia ISR 2644 6.5
6 Goganov Aleksey RUS 2615 6.5
7 Blomqvist Erik SWE 2525 6.5
8 Krasenkow Michal POL 2614 6.0
Ivanov Sergey RUS 2559 6.0
10 Grandelius Nils SWE 2581 6.0
11 Urkedal Frode NOR 2517 6.0
12 Romanov Evgeny RUS 2638 6.0
13 Tari Aryan NOR 2485 6.0
14 Tikkanen Hans SWE 2551 6.0
15 Smith Axel SWE 2479 6.0
16 Cramling Pia SWE 2518 6.0
17 Hagen Andreas Skytte DEN 2430 6.0
18 Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2571 5.5
19 Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2591 5.5
20 Lokander Martin SWE 2365 5.0

Photos by Lars OA Hedlund

Replay Rounds 8 & 9

Hillarp Persson, Tiger2544Roiz, Michael2592½–½D3644th Rilton Cup 2014-158.104.01.2015

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

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