In group B three players shares the lead, in group D four players shares the lead. We’re in for an exiting last day in the Nordic Championship!
Group A: While most duels of players from the same country has ended in a peaceful draw, this was not the case when the danes FM Mikkel Manosri Jacobsen and Viktor Nielsen met in the fourth round. What started out slow, ended as pure fireworks with both queens deep into enemy territory. Thus Viktor Nielsen is in the sole lead going in to the last day. But he’s only 0,5 points ahead of no. 2, FM Oliver Johannesson (ISL). Play through the game here.
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After 3 rounds only 3 players have 3 points: Edvin Trost (SWE 1843) in group E, Jens E Ingebretsen (NOR 1988) in group D and FM Toivo Keinanen (FIN 2317) in group C.
Edvin Trost seemed to out-prepare his opponent, Torbjørn Valvåg (NOR 1522) and won as black againts the only other player in the group with full score. Trost now leads the group, one full point ahead of a quartet on 2 points.
In Group D Jens E. Ingebretsen looked to be in trouble from the opening in a french denfense. He managed however to win a pawn, and in the ensuing endgame manged a squeeze out a win, once again.
FM Toivo Keinanen won one of the longest games of the round, when he won a drawn queen vs h-pawn endgame.
In the team competition, Norway is a full point in front of Iceland and Denmark, with Sweden trailing another point behind.
In group D (2004-2005) and E (2006 and later) it pays off to play white. In a near sensational second round 9 out of the 10 games were won by white.
Only the finnish Anton Sinitsyn managed the feat to win as black in the E-group! In the three other groups the results were much more evenly distributed. The longest game so far is the game between Dagur Ragnarsson and Viktor Nielsen, where it took Nielsen 114 moves to win the game.
This leaves 10 players on 2 points, with 4 rounds to go. In the Team Competition, Finland has joined Norway in the lead, with Iceland trailing only 0,5 points behind.
30 games were all played, and amongst thems some fun, entertaining – and crazy games!
Probably the craziest of them all, was on board 1 in group C where Gabriel Nguyen almost overtook the Icelandic rating favorite, Vignir Vatnar Stefansson. But the Icelander found some amazing defensive resources and held the game to a draw. Play through the game with computer analysis below: