The winning Sollentuna team fielded such strong players as Evgenij Agrest, Sergey Ivanov, Valerij Popov, Miroslav Markovic and Thomas Ernst. The Limhamn team had a powerful quartet in Ivan Sokolov, Jan Timman, Jonny Hector, and Ferdinand Hellers. Rockaden had Jaan Ehlvest, Ulf Andersson, Jonas Barkhagen, and Mats Sjöberg. Pia Cramling also plays in the league as does Nick DeFirmian, Tom Wedberg and Tiger Hillarp Persson.
Swedish Team Championship (in Swedish)
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Carlsson wins Tusenmanna Rapids!
While Sweden is a rather small nation with only 14 GMs, the quality of play is exceedingly high. As Carlsson put it in an interview during last year's World Junior Championships, "We have 14 grandmasters and we are definitely good in our standard." Thus, the mathematics student has many opportunities to improve.
One such opportunity was the Tusenmanna Rapids Championship. This tournament was interesting in that two players share 30 minutes of time depending on the ratings… a handicap system. There are five groups: ratings of 2300 and above is group A; ratings of 2000 and above is group B; ratings of 1800 and above is group C; ratings of 1600 and above is group D; below 1600 is group E.
There were four mixed groups and the following players won their respective groups: Pontus Carlsson (5/6), Kezli Ong (6/6), Eric Lobron (5½/6), Peter Bjarnehag (5½/6). Carlsson won the final single round-robin tournament with 2½ points followed by Lobron with 2-2, Ong with 1-3 and Bjarnehad with only ½. Congratulations Pontus!!
Tusenmanna Rapids Final--2003