Follow the tournament with commentary on our Youtube channel.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to move Uppsala Young Champions to another location. The competition will this year be played at Hotel Scandic Infra City, which is located in Upplands Väsby just south of Arlanda Airport. It is a state-of-the-art conference hotel that offers us very good gaming conditions. The schedule and everything else will be the same as previously said.
Today, new recommendations were adopted regarding the spread of corona in Uppsala. Please note that this does not concern traveling to Uppsala, but instead how events should be carried out and how we should interact to each other.
We are aware of these new recommendations and be sure that we are determined to carry out the competition in a safe way for everyone involved. We therefore have an ongoing discussion with the relevant authorities to ensure that we take all necessary measures. We will come back with more information about these shortly.
Fiona Steil-Antoni is the head commentator and by her side she will have some of Swedens top players:
Round 1: GM Nils Grandelius
Round 2: GM Pontus Carlsson
Round 3: GM Harry Schüssler
Round 4: GM Nils Grandelius
Round 5: IM Jesper Hall
Round 6: GM Tiger Hillarp
Round 7: GM Tiger Hillarp
Round 8: IM Jesper Hall
Round 9: GM Nils Grandelius
One of the top-ranked players in the tournament is Jung Min Seo from Sweden. This weekend, the Swedish Team Championship ended and the result Jung Min achieved earns him his third and last IM norm.
Congratulations to the IM title!
We are very grateful for the prizes ChessBase has donated to Uppsala Young Champions this year. A gift from ChessBase will be given to all participants, and in addition those who come to the top positions will receive fine ChessBase products, in addition to the regular prices.
We are very happy to present Fiona Steil-Antoni as a live commentator for this year’s edition of Uppsala Young Champions. Fiona is from Luxembourg, a strong player with a WIM title, but in recent years best known as a commentator for major tournaments.
Right now she is in Stavanger to comment on the super tournament Norway Chess. But after that we will be able to see her with us in Uppsala, which means that it will be a joy to follow the tournament via web TV.
Ellen Fredericia Nilssen from Denmark will play in Uppsala Young Champions! She has just played in Offerspill Nordic Invitational in Oslo, Norway where she played an impressive tournament with both a WIM-norm and her first win against a grandmaster.
I October we are happy to welcome her to Uppsala and we hope to see her play at least as good as in Norway!
Swedish IM Milton Pantzar is one of the first players to register for Uppsala Young Champions 2020. Milton has just graduated from the chess high school NTG in Oslo, and now tries to improve his play by playing chess full time.
Last year Milton took a good third place in the tournament and we are very happy to welcome him to Uppsala again this year.
Since we want to carry out this year’s edition of Uppsala Young Champions in a safe way, we of course follow all the recommendations given by the Swedish Public Health Agency. We also follow the development of the coronavirus and if there are any important changes related to the competition, they will be announced here. Some of the adjustments we make are these:
- We only accept so many players so that there can be sufficient distance between the players in the room.
- If nothing changes no audience is unfortunately welcome to the venue, but we have live broadcasts where you can follow all games.
- Access to hand disinfection is available and we remind you of the importance of good hand hygiene. In addition, we disinfect the boards and pieces between each round.
- If you feel ill or have any symptoms of illness, you are unfortunately not welcome to participate in the competition.
- We greet each other before the game and thank you for a good match, but not with a handshake.
Before you book a ticket to travel to Uppsala Young Champions, we recommend that you check the rules that your airline has. You also have to check which entry rules apply to Sweden, but as the situation is right now, everyone who travels from the EU and a lot of other countries is very welcome!
If we just take it careful, the corona virus will not stand in the way for our tournament!