Saturday, August 21, 2010

Kristiansunds GP

Kristiansund Grand Prix 2010 will be held 26-29 of August. There are eight grandmasters playing, Emanuel Berg (2612), Evgeny Romanov (2590), Vladimir Georgiev (2586), Dejan Bojkov (2552), Krasimir Rusev (2543), Tiger Hillarp (2538), Alexandra Kosteniuk (2519) and Nils Grandelius (2505).

Last year Hillarp and Georgiev shared the victory with 5/5. This year the tournament is extended to six rounds and divided into two groups. The invitation can be seen here.

This blog will post news, pictures and some games about the tournament after every round.
Round 1: Thursday 20.00
Round 2: Friday 10.00
Round 3: Friday 16.00
Round 4: Saturday 09.30
Round 5: Saturday 16.00
Round 6: Sunday 09.30

The rating favourite, Emanuel Berg, plays for Oslo SS in the Norweigan League. The last round this season he had an exciting finish against Bjornar Byklum.

Berg has played 1.Qc4! If black takes the queen, 1...Bxc4, there will follow 2.Rd8+ Kf7 3.Nxe5+ Ke6 4.Nxc4 with rook, piece and three pawns for the queen. Byklum played the best, 1...Qe6 and after 2.Qe2 Re8 3.a4 Bb7 4.Rd6 Qg4 5.Qb5 Rb8 6.Nxe5 Qh3 Berg finished the game in style:

7.Qc4+ Kh8 8.Nf7+ Kg8 9.Nxh6+ Kh8 10.Qg8+! with mate to follow.

For all this moves Berg had less than a minute. After the game he said that he needs to start to play more quiet games, to avoid getting heart attack when he's still young.

The video below shows the last two minutes of the game:


  1. This looks great. Can you add a link for sign up?

  2. More info: