♟️ Hans Niemann wins 27th Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament, Arjun Erigaisi second¶
Recently, the tournament organised in Sweden in Malmo featured a round-robin among eight players of different ages and backgrounds. Once again, this mixed field led to lots of interesting games.
Image credit: Lars OA Hedlund/TePe Sigeman & Co Tournament 2022
The American prodigy GM Hans Niemann drew his last round game against the defending champion, Jorden van Foreest from The Netherlands to win 27th edition of Tepe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2022. Niemann finished a full point ahead of the field at 5.0/7. This is Hans’ second consecutive tournament triumph within the span of around 20 days. With a live rating of 2673.8 Hans is now World no.68 in classical time format. Arjun Erigaisi from India, Nils Grandelius from Sweden and Michael Adams from England scored 4.0/7 each. They were placed second, third and fourth respectively according to their tie-break score in final standings. The maximum number of decisive games were played by UAE no.1 Salem Saleh-six.
Niemann vs. Erigaisi. Image credits: Lars OA Hedlund/Tepe Sigeman & Co Tournament.
Niemann started with two draws and ended with two draws, and won three games in the middle. In a clash of upcoming generation players, he with a good technique outplayed Indian star GM Arjun Erigaisi in an endgame. This win was the real separator between winner and runner up.
|6||Van Foreest, Jorden||2715||½||½||½||½||½||-||0||½||3.0/7|
Upcoming task for Niemann is the Bundesliga, the Sharjah Masters, the Prague Masters, after that a tournament in Armenia, and again the Bundesliga. In one of the previous year he played whooping 259 classical rated games and this year he expects to play 150, which he considers less than what he wants to actually play.
It seems obvious that his first goal would be to cross 2700, but Niemann didn’t want to reveal anything regarding his future ambitions when interviewed by GM Erwin l’Ami he said “Let’s just say I will be continuing to work very hard and try to improve.”
After winning the tournament Niemann said “If you’re organizing any strong tournaments, please invite me. I would like to play nonstop!” which clearly says it all about his ambitions to cross 2700.