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7 times Danish champion GM Sune Berg Hansen gíves simul
af Tom Skovgaard 23/6-2017
Danish Grandmaster Sune Berg Hansen gives the simul on Monday evening at 8 pm during this summers Xtracon Chess Open in Elsinore!
GM Sune Berg Hansen has won the Danish championship 7 times - first time in 2002 and latest in 2015.
The simul is open for up to 24 participants. Already 9 places are taken, and you can sign up through the menues above. First come first serve :)
And now, with 4 weeks and 1 day to the kick-off round, we have crossed 350 participants.
Save 100 DKK by paying your entry fee on July 1st at the latest!
300 participants signed up by now! Early payment saves 100 kr.!
af Tom Skovgaard 10/6-2017
We have, by now with 6 weeks to the start of the first round, 300 participants in the field for this summers Xtracon Chess Open! With this, the prognosis says that we are likely to be a little over 400 participants this year.
And notice, that by paying the entrance fee on the 1st of July, at the latest, you save 100 kr.! See the invitation, via the top menu, for more information.
GM Nikita Vitiugov 2731 plays Xtracon Chess Open
af Tom Skovgaard 12/5-2017
Russian world elite player GM Nikita Vitiugov joins the field of participants for this summers Xtracon Chess Open, and with his rating of 2731 on FIDE's list of May, he now holds the top spot on the list of players for our tournament.
30 year old GM Vitiugov, now placed number 26 in the worlds top list, has climbed steadily towards the world top through his career which includes a victory in the Masters tournament of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2013, and shared first in the Aeroflot Open 2011. GM Vitiugov also played in the Chess World Cup several times, and he won the gold medal for his score of 5½/6, and a performance rating of 2939, in the World Team Chess Championship 2009.
Enjoy also, that number 2 and 3 in our participants list, GM Baadur Jobava and GM Nigel Short, right at this moment, are playing in the TePe/Sigeman tournament in Sweden, where they both entertain with great chess! Just have a look at Nigel Shorts beautiful mating tactics in the his first round game agains Swedish GM Erik Blomqvist! And Jobavas victory in round 2 again Short.
Two top Grandmasters giving lectures at Xtracon Chess Open
af Tom Skovgaard 29/4-2017
Among the top names of this summers Xtracon Chess Open, we have former World Championship candidate GM Jan Timman, and earlier winner of the Dutch - and the Yogoslavian(!) - championship, GM Ivan Sokolov, both from the Netherlands.
And these two top names will both give a lecture in one of the evenings during the Xtracon Chess Open!
GM Jan Timman will talk about the former Danish world elite Grandmaster Bent Larsen.
GM Ivan Sokolov will talk about the theme of his recent middlegame stragegy book "Material imbalance".
The lectures are respectively Tuesday evening (Sokolov) and Thursday evening (Timman). More details to be found under the menu item "Lectures" (description of Timman's lecture to follow).
Copenhagen Chess Festival t-shirt
af Dorte Hansen 14/4-2017
Now you can order and buy a Copenhagen Chess Festival t-shirt via the online payment.
The price is 125 DKK.
We also have t-shirts from earlier years for sale at the tournament office. The price is 50 DKK.
Go to online order and payment
GM Nigel Short in Xtracon Chess Open this summer
af Tom Skovgaard 2/4-2017
It is with great pleasure we welcome world class player and former World Championship challenger GM Nigel Short in Xtracon Chess Open this summer! Becoming a Grandmaster at the age of 19, being in the world top 3 at the age of 23, and playing a World Championship match against Garry Kasparov in 1993 at the age of 28, Nigel Short has been a top chess name ever since he was young.
On his way to the World Championship match, Nigel Short defeated great chess players in matches, including Boris Gelfand, Jan Timman, and Anatoly Karpov! Short has also played on the national English team in many Chess Olympiads, and has won a number of tournaments in his chess career. And recently, in Gibraltar, January this year, Short scored a fine victory against world number 2, GM Fabiano Caruana!
Besides playing chess, Nigel Short is also a chess columnist and a chess trainer, and he has been actively involved in chess politics over the latest years. You can read an interview with Nigel Short, done right after his recent victory ahead of his younger colleagues in the British Knockout Championship 2016, at the ChessBase site here: http://en.chessbase.com/post/interview-with-celebrity-oldie-nigel-short.
In Xtracon Chess Open, we will also have the pleasure of following Nigel Short in the commentator room, where he daily, after he has finished his game, will join the Danish top commentator FM Per Andreasen. So we will be looking forward to much entertainment from the Englist top name on the board as well as off the board in this years Xtracon Chess Open!
GM Baadur Jobava in Xtracon Chess Open 2017
af Tom Skovgaard 10/3-2017
At the top spot of this years Xtracon Chess Open, we find one of the worlds most creative and interesting Grandmasters from the Top 100 – the Georgian Grandmaster Baadur Jobava! In the Chess Olympics 2016, Jobava won the gold medal for the highest score on the top board, with 8 out of 10 and a performance rating over 2900, ahead of several absolute top players, including world champion Magnus Carlsen.
33 year old Jobava, rated 2701 on FIDE’s March list, has won the Georgian championship 3 times, and Jobava has a long list of top results in strong international events after he became a Grandmaster in 2001. Jobava has earlier played one event in Denmark when he won the 2. Samba Cup in 2005 in Skanderborg, ahead of, among others, Ivanchuk, 14 year old Magnus Carlsen, and the Danish Grandmaster Curt Hansen.
The position is from the game Jobava-Ponomariov from the chess Olympics 2016 – one of the best and most noticed games of 2016. Jobava has just played 17. Bh6!! with a winning attack! The game continued 17. Bh6 gxh6 18. Qxh6 Rxc3 19. Qg5+ Kf8 20. Qxf6 Rxd3 21. cxd3 1-0.
We are looking forward to follow Baadur Jobava in his first Xtracon Chess Open this summer!
More than 100 players registered with 5 months to go
af Tom Skovgaard 27/2-2017
This weekend, with aproximately 5 months to the start of the first round of Xtracon Chess Open 2017, participant number 100 registered for the tournament! This indicates a good prognosis to gather at least the same number of participants in 2017, as last years close to 400 participants.
And, as always, a number of internationally recognized chess names heads the field, as can be seen in the Top-10 shown in the picture. In the near future we will present some of these international chess players on this page.
Book your room online
af Tom Skovgaard 4/2-2017
You can now book your room at Konventum (the playing site) online for the Xracon Chess Open tournament in July 2017 in Elsinore. Follow the link below to book. The link can also be found in the column to the right.
- Single Room B&B DKK 690,- per night
- Single Room FullBoard DKK 999,- per night
- Double Room B&B DKK DKK 910,- per night
- Double Room Fullboard DKK 1540,- per night
Link to Online booking (language selection at the upper right corner)
Xtracon Chess Open 2017
af Tom Skovgaard 26/9-2016
You can now register for Xtracon Chess Open 2017 which will be played from Saturday 22, July to Sunday 30, July, 2017 at Konventum in Elsinore. You can find the invitation, the registration page, and the payment links through the menus of this page.
In the beginning of 2017, there will be offers for accomodation and booking of rooms at Konventum. And we will, also later, inform about top players participating, and side events etc.
We hope, also in 2017, to have a succesfull tournament with many participants from all over the world, and we are looking forward to welcome all of you to Xtracon Chess Open in July, 2017. The tournament is organised by the Copenhagen Chess Federation.