Pia Cramling leads the Swedish championship



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The only participant in the Swedish individual championship, Pia Cramling, is the only leader after five rounds. Cramling has so far attracted Martin Lokander, Erik Blomqvist and Axel Smith. In round 2, she beat Michael Wiedenkeller with Black, while in round 4, she secured an impressive victory over Jung Min Seo.

In a fierce struggle, Cramling came out on top after taking advantage of the fact that her opponent had not exhausted their possibilities.

The position offers opportunities for both teams, and both players are playing for a win here.

36.Rf1 ?! [36.Rd3=]

36 … Be6 ?! [After 36…Ba7+ 37.Kh1 Qb6 38.Nh4 Be6 Black has better chances.]

37.Rg5? The tower has been misplaced.

37 … Bc4 ?! [37…Qd8 38.Qxd8 (38.Qc2 Ba7+ 39.Kh1 f6 40.Rh5 Bg4 41.Rh4 Qd7 and the h4-rook cannot move.) 38…Rxd8 with the threat of f6. The rook cannot escape to c5 due to Ba7.]

38.Re1 Rd8 [Better was 38…Qc6 planning f5.]

39. D5 Bxd5

40.Rxd5 Now the whites have come out of the woods and are gradually taking over.

40 … Rxd5 41.exd5 Rd8 42.Kf1 Qf5 43.Td1 Ba7 44.Dd3 Qf6 45.Td2 Qb6 46.De4 g6 47.b4 [47.f5!?]

47 … Qc7? [47…Rc8 offered good counterplay. 48.d6 Rc4 49.d7 Rxe4 50.d8Q+ Kg7=]

48.Rc2 [More convincing was 48.d6 Qc8 (48…Rxd6? 49.Qe8+ Kg7 50.Qe5+) 49.Qd5]

48 … Qd6 49.Tc6 [49.Ng5!? intending to play 49…Qxd5 50.Qxd5 Rxd5 51.Rc8+ Kg7 52.Rc7]

49 … Qxd5 50.Dxd5 Rxd5 51.Rxa6 White now has the best final with an extra pawn, but Black can still fight for a draw.

51 … Bd4

52.Ng5 Bg7? Too passive. [The best here was 52…Nc3 and, for example: 53.Nxh3 Rd1+ 54.Kg2 Rd2+ 55.Kf3 (55.Kg1 Ra2=) 55…Rxh2 56.Nf2 Bd4 57.Nd3 Kg7 and the matter is not yet decided.]

53.Ra8 + Bf8 54.Nxh3 Td1 + 55.Ke2 Rh1 56.Nf2 Txh2 57.Kf3 Rg7 58.Td8 Rh5 59.g4 Rh2 60.Td5 Be7

61.Rxb5 White is now clearly winning.

61 … Bh4 62.Nd3 Ra2 63.Ra5 Bd8 64.Ra8 Be7 65.Ra7 Kf8 66.g5 f6 67.gxf6 Bxf6 68.Ne5 g5 69.Nd7 + 1–0

The Swedish Chess Championships have been played since 1917. Pia Cramling first participated in 1981, when her brother Dan won the title. The only leader in this year’s edition played regularly afterwards, but never managed to win the title.

In the absence of Nils Grandelius and Hans Tikkanen, Tige Hillarp Persson is the favorite in the standings. However, he lost two games until round 5.

Ranking after the 5th round

Last name club Rating W re L pts TB
1 Pia Crunchy Wasa SK 2459 2 3 0 3½ 8.5
2 Isak Storme SS Manhem 2397 2 2 1 3 7.75
3 Jung Min Seo Stockholms SS 2453 2 2 1 3 6.25
4 Erik Blomqvist SK Rockaden, Sthlm 2535 1 4 0 3 7
5 Axel smith Lunds ASK 2453 1 4 0 3 6.5
6 Jonathan westerberg Stockholms SS 2534 3 0 2 3 4
7 Tiger Hillarp Persson Lunds ASK 2542 2 1 2 2½ 6
8 Martin Lokander Stockholms SS 2437 1 1 3 1½ 3
9 Jonny hector Limhamns SK 2479 1 1 3 1½ 4
ten Michael wiedenkeller SK Rockaden, Sthlm 2445 0 2 3 1 3

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