May 2014
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Fressinet Winner in Short Sigeman Event

The Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament organized in Malmö, Sweden saw Laurent Fressinet of France wining the 22nd edition. In an event that only lasted five rounds, three and a half point was acquired by the 32-year-old French grandmaster to finish clear first and half a point ahead of IM Axel Smith.

It was from 15 till 19 May, 2014 the Limhamn Chess Club prearranged the annual Sigeman Chess Tournament, which has lawyer and chess enthusiast Johan Sigeman as its main sponsor. It was the 22nd edition, and for the 17th time it was held at the classical Hipp Theater in central Malmö where GM Stellan Brynell was asked to provided commentary.


This year there  was a single round robin with six participants including: GM Laurent Fressinet (2709, France), GM Jon Ludvig Hammer (2647, Norway), GM Jan Timman (2626, Netherlands), GM Nils Grandelius (2600, Sweden), GM Erik Blomqvist (2497, Sweden) and IM Axel Smith (2473, Sweden).


The five rounds were played 15-19 May. The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds addition for each move starting from the first.


Dutch chess legend Jan Timman played eleven times in Malmö. At this chess tournament he returned, and might have hoped for a fourth victory, but he could easily understand that the game was not working in his favor since early as round 1. In a double financhetto IM Axel Smith found a his position  and then dominated play on the queenside.


Smith continued well with a draw against top seed Laurent Fressinet, who easily beat Erik Blomqvist in the first round. That didn't look good, and Blomqvist's opening wasn't great either against Jon Ludvig Hammer, but the Norwegian number two lost the thread after avoiding a move repetition.


Fressinet then defeated Grandelius in a positional Sicilian move that ended with step forward on the queenside.

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