These are the new nordic champions

The Nordic Chess Championship for Youth 2017 are now over, and five new nordic champions are crowned.

The Youth Chess Federation of Norway thank you for your participation and whish you a safe trip home!

The prize winners in the five groups:

Viktor Nielsen

Group A (born 1997-1999):

  1. Viktor Nielsen (DEN), 4,5 points
  2. FM Oliver Johannesson (ISL), 4 points
  3. Timo Syvalahti (FIN), 3,5 points
    Complete results can be found here.
    All games of Group A in PGN-format
Valo Hallman

Group B (born 2000-2001):

  1. Valo Hallman (FIN), 5 points
  2. FM Johannes Haug (NOR), 4,5 points
  3. FM Sondre Merkesvik (NOR), 4 points

Complete results can be found here.
All games of Group B in PGN-format

Andreas Tryggestad

Group C (born 2002-2003):

  1. FM Andreas G. Tryggestad (NOR), 5 points
  2. FM Tovo Keinanen (FIN), 5 points
  3. Gabriel Nguyen (SWE), 3,5 points

Complete results can be found here.
All games of Group C in PGN-format

Jens Ingebretsen

Group D (born 2004-2005):

  1. Jens E. Ingebretsen (NOR), 4,5 points
  2. Philip Sandberg (SWE), 4,5 points
  3. Robert Luu (ISL), 4 points

Complete results can be found here.
All games of Group D in PGN-format

Edvin Trost

Group E (born 2006 or later):

  1. Edvin Trost (SWE), 5,5 points
  2. Torbjørn Valvåg (NOR), 4,5 points
  3. Shazil Shehzad (NOR), 4 points

    Complete results can be found here.
    All games of Group E in PGN-format

Nations Cup

In the nations cup, the host coutry Norway won 2,5 points ahead of Iceland:

  1. Norway, 35,5 points
  2. Iceland, 33 points
  3. Finland, 32,5 points
  4. Sweden, 31 points
  5. Denmark, 30 points
  6. Faroe Islands, 18 points

Medals

No Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Norway 2 2 2 6
2 Sweden 1 1 1 3
Finland 1 1 1 3
4 Denmark 1 1
5 Iceland 1 1 2
6 Faroe Islands

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Round 4: All set for a dramatic finish!

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!

Viktor Nilsen (DEN / A)

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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Round 3: 3 players remain on 100 % score

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.

1. Norway, 17, 5 points
2. Iceland & Denmark, 16,5 points
4. Sweden, 15,5 points
5. Finland, 15 points
6. Faroe Islands, 9 points

Read on for games and photos.

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Round 2: White Wins!

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.

1. Finland & Norway, 12 points
3. Iceland, 11,5 points
4. Sweden, 9,5 points
5. Faroe Islands, 8 points
6. Denmark, 7 points

See photos and the two games from round 2 at the bottom of the article:

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Round 1: Crazy games and Norway’s in the lead

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:

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The Nordic Youth Chess Championship 2017 i OPENED!

After weeks of preparation by both organizers and players, the Nordic Youth Chess Championship was declared opened by the Mayor of Drammen, mr Tore Opdal Hansen.

In the very same hotel where Victor Korchnoi beat a 14 year old Magnus Carlsen on time (see game here!), the very same Mayor who opened that event, also opened the Nordic Championship.

The Norwegian Youth Chess Federation is proud to host the championship and hope both visitors and online spectators will be happy with the facilities in Drammen and online.

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