''The cozy closing ceremony was a warm end to the great tournament and the next day I was heading back to school…''
Anish on Sigeman tournament with his annotation
As last year my pairing wasn't the best, since I had 3 blacks out of 5 games and that certainly counts in such a strong and tough tournament. Somehow I had black against both, Shirov and So, and eventually both games went rather well and at the same times sadly for me, while I was never in real danger I had absolutely no winning chances in both of them. So I knew that when I will be playing Nils Grandelius, also a young player from Sweden, in round 2 in between my games with the favorites, I better use my chance with White.
For my next game, against Hector I prepared very hard, as I was sure that I will get one of the f6-slavs that Jonny played against Shirov. During the game I was lucky enough to accidentally remember my preparation, but then I got carried away with a cheap tactical idea and blew all my edge in one move. I did win a pawn, but ended up in a very unpleasant position. It took me a lot of time to find what seemed like the only moves to me during the game and at some point Jonny lost the thread. Yet, I was too happy with the fact that the roles have changed and somehow I was unable to pose any real problems, even though there was a certain point when I was able to get something realistic out of my pawn.
I opted for a Grunfeld defense and we quickly reached the main-line, the dangerous Bc4 variation. I wanted to play ambitiously, as already with his move Qc1, Hans temporarily sacrificed the d4-pawn (taking would lead to major simplifications and a very likely immediate draw). Instead I decided to sacrifice a c5 pawn at some point and while it felt absolutely correct to me, I then quickly realized that again, I have no winning chances at all. And indeed the position was just equal and after some major simplifications I took back my pawn and while I did try to create some small problems for my opponent in the time trouble, the balance was never even close to be broken.
At the same time Wesley brought his king from g8 all the way to f2 and was congratulated by his opponent, Hector. It was funny that during the last dinner, Wesley mentioned that he liked to go forward with my king, as I did with Kd6 vs Nyback and Kd6-d5-e4-d3 against Postny, both with Black. He probably wanted to show me, that if he wants he can also do that, and can do even better. Well I take that as a challenge.
The cozy closing ceremony was a warm end to the great tournament and the next day I was heading back to school, where dozens (ok, I do exaggerate a bit...) of papers and tests were awaiting me. I hope to be back in Malmö again next year, as for now, the next target is the Dutch Championship in Boxtel...We'll see what it brings.