Big surprise in round 2

In the second round of the Uppsala Young Champions, young Uppsala player Julia Östensson surprised the crowd. She entered the competition on a reserve spot, but did not show her clearly higher ranked opponent any respect. Her opponent was Axel Berglind from SK Rockaden in Stockholm and he has previously won, among other things, the Swedish youth championship.

Julia has tried to break through on the queens wing, and has a very dangerous passed pawn on c7. Axel’s counterplay has just been stopped and his latest move 34 … Rg6-g7 is a way to try to exchange one or some of Julia’s attacking pieces. But Julia has seen longer and finishes with elegance:

35.Rxe7 †! Rxe7 36.Rxd6 †! Kxd6 and now it is just for the pawn to take the last step after which the game is decided 37.c8Q Rd7 38.Bc5 † and black resigned.

We are started!

The first round of Uppsala Young Champions was played on Friday night, and went well. Some of the players came flying directly from other competitions and did not arrive on time, but they will play their first round later in the week instead.

Most of the results went according to plan, but some surprises are worth noting. For example, young Axel Falkevall with black won against Hampus Sörensen and Joar Östlund took a merit victory against significantly higher ranked Arvin Rasti.

As usual, we are happy to welcome players from many nationalities to Uppsala, this year they come from Norway, Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Italy, Ukraine and Belarus.

Icelandic victory in Uppsala Young Champions 2018

Hilmir Freyr Heimisson from Iceland won Uppsala Young Champions 2018

Hilmir Freyr Heimisson took the lead in the tournament and never let it go. He won half a point before Jere Lindholm from Finland and another half point before five Swedish players, where Kaan Küçüksarı got the 3rd prize.

All results

Heimisson remained undefeated during the tournament, but his games were not cautious. As in the game from the first round against Jere Lindholm.

Heimisson (white) has seemingly got his own rook trapped. But he knows what he is doing. After 19.Rxc6! bxc6 20.Nxc6 has whites remaining pieces a lot of life and the a-pawn looks dangerous. 20…Qd6 21.a4 Rb6 22.Ra1 Re8 23.a5 Ra6 24.Dc4 Raa8 25.Ne5! and the threats against a8 and f7 decided the game.

Congratulations to Hilmir and Iceland!

Hard fight to the end

Hilmir Freyr Heimisson, Iceland (left) and Jere Lindholm, Finland, are first and second before the last round

Before the last round of Uppsala Young Champions Hilmir Freyr Heimisson from Iceland is still in the lead, but only half a point before Jere Lindholm from Finland and another half point before a group of swedes.

Follow the last round live at www.uppsalayoungchampions.se/live/ from 3 pm.

David and Isak in the paper

No game on Tuesday until 3 pm, and Isaac Storme and David Narva decides to go to Studentbokhandeln (the Student Bookstore) located across the street from the Schackcentrum to look for books. Unfortunately, for the people in Uppsala, the same day it was announced that Studentbokhandeln had to close, and the local newspaper went there and Isak and David told them they “like to browse the books before deciding to buy.”

Who is going to stop Heimisson?

Hilmir Freyr Heimisson is in the lead in Uppsala Young Champions when 2/3 of the tournament is played (photo: Lars OA Hedlund)

“Who is going to stop Heimisson from Iceland?” is the head line on schack.se (home page of the Swedish Chess Federation) to day? It is a legitimate question, since he is one full point ahead the rest of the players.

In round 6 Heimisson beat Hampus Sörensen and tomorrow he is playing the Swedish junior champion Kaan Küçüksarı.

Last chance

Simon Thorhallsson from Iceland (black) had fought for a long time against  Collin Colbow from Germany, without much hope.

White just made the seemingly decisive 71.Rg6-g5. The threat is Rf3-f8 with mate. But Simon found the last chance – he sacrificed the queen with 71…Qh4†! and whites only options was 72.Kxh4 and stalemate!