The winner of the 7th Uppsala Young Champions 2020 Siem van Dael has commented two of the games that led him to victory. The seventh round game against Hampus Sörensen and the nerve-wracking meeting in the last round with Jung Min Seo. Click on the three dots above the diagram to look at the other game.
The last game to finish in the last round was the one on board one between Siem van Dael and Jung Min Seo. If someone won the game, he would be the winner of the entire tournament, and if it was a draw, van Dael would win. Jung Min pressed all the time, but after 83 moves only the kings were left on the board and Siem was able to easily rise from the board as the winner of the tournament.
But those moves gave him 3,5 points on these four games. And when the gunpowder smoke dissipated, he stood as the sole winner in Uppsala Young Champions 2020 on 7 points out of 9.
After eight out of nine rounds four players still have the chance to win. And they will face each other on board 1 and 2 in the last round.
Due to temporary technical issues the pairings for the last round you can find here.
We can today announce that Uppsala Young Champions will be played at Scandic Uplandia in Uppsala for the next five years. Scandic Hotels has been very cooperative and offers both hotel and playing conditions rooms of the highest class and we are very happy about this. We have also today made a deal with Destination Uppsala to help us develop the tournament into an even bigger and better event.
Despite a tight game schedule, there is nothing wrong with the fighting spirit of the players. In the seventh round, there was not a single draw! White “won” by 14-6 and now there are only two rounds left.
A game-of-the-round prize was awarded by GM Tiger Hillarp in round 6. He gave it to Arvin Rasti who, despite an early change of queens, managed to get an irresistible attack on the black king. The game lasted only 24 moves, and although it was perhaps a little too early to resign, it is easy to understand that the black player has had enough.
In the fourth round, commentator GM Nils Grandelius wanted to give the prize for the “game of the round” to both players in the fight below. Hampus Sörensen eventually won the game and was also totally superior after the opening. But in between, both players showed a fighting spirit of a rarely seen kind. The comments are computer generated by ChessBase, who also donated the prize.