Jon Ludvig Hammer Repeats His Last Year's Success in Rilton Cup

Время публикации: 05.01.2015 23:58 | Последнее обновление: 24.01.2015 11:11

It's already almost a tradition that Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer appears in chess headlines on the first dates of a year more often than his hugely known compatriot and friend - the reason is Hammer's victory in the Rilton Cup for the second time in a row. The most famous Swedish tournament traditionally begins at the end of December to finish a few days after New Year.


Who is helping whom? Photo: Geir Olsen
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As in 2013-14, a draw in the last round was enough for Hammer to get the first place, while his decisive breakthrough happened in the rounds 7 and 8 when he defeated Swedish GMs Hans Tikkanen and Nils Grandelius respectively. 

HAMMER - TIKKANEN

Rook+knight endings are always very crafty and full of tactical tricks. This game is no exception.
37...Kh5. The most tenacious is 37...Rc6, although Black's position after 38.Rxc6 Nxc6 (or 38...bxc6 39.b3 Nb7 40.Ne5) 39.d5 Nd8 40.b3 is quite dismal. By the text move, Tikkanen repelled the threat of 38.Nf8 (which can be now met with 38...h6), but White suddenly changes the attack's direction.
38.Nf6+! The knight cannot be taken: 38...Rxf6 39.Rxh7+ Kg5 40.f4+! Kg4 41.Rd3 with inevitable mate in 1, or 39...Kg4 40.h3+! (the only mating move out of many tempting ones) 40...Kf3 41.Re7!, and Black has no defence from Rd3# or Re3#.
38...Kg5 39.Nxh7+ Kg4 (39...Kh6 40.f4 followed by 41.Ng5) 40.b3. The outcome is now clear, as Black is under dangerous attack besides being two pawns down. Yet, in an endgame like this you shouldn't relax till the very end for the reasons given above.
40...Rbd5 41.Kg2 g5 (in case of 41...Rxd4, the machine gives 42.h4!, but the most natural and human is 42.Rxd4 Rxd4 43.Nf6+ Kg5 44.Ng8! with no defence for Black from 44.h4+ or 44.f4+ followed by 45.Rh7#) 42.h3+ Kh5 43.Nf8 Rh6 44.Rh1.

Despite all the efforts, the Black king is unable to escape from the attack as he is being threatened from every direction - e.g. 45.g4+ Kh4 46.Ng6+ Rxg6 47.Rh7+.
44...Rh8 45.g4+ Kh6 46.Re1! Rxf8 (if 46...Rd6 then the most simple is 47.Rf7, but Tikkanen prefers to get mated over the board) 47.Re6+ Rf6 48.Rxf6#. 1-0 (Annotated by GM Andrey Deviatkin)

Hammer finished on 7 points out of 9, as well as Tiger Hillarp Persson of Sweden who became 2nd due to his inferior tiebreaks. Michael Roiz, Maxim Turov, Ilia Smirin, Aleksey Goganov, and Eric Blomqvist have tied for the 3rd place with 6.5 points each (names given according to descending tiebreaks).

All the information about the tournament

Below you can find all the games played in 2014-15 Rilton Cup by its winner. 

[Event "44th Rilton Cup 2014-15"] [Site "Stockholm SWE"] [Date "2014.12.27"] [Round "1.2"] [White "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Black "Olund, Joar"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "FM"] [WhiteElo "2640"] [BlackElo "2291"] [ECO "E62"] [Opening "King's Indian"] [Variation "fianchetto, lesser Simagin (Spassky) variation"] [WhiteFideId "1503707"] [BlackFideId "1714848"] [EventDate "2014.12.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O Nc6 7. Nc3 Bf5 8. Be3 Qd7 9. d5 Na5 10. b3 a6 11. Qd2 c5 12. Nh4 b5 13. Nxf5 Qxf5 14. Rac1 bxc4 15. Na4 Nxb3 16. axb3 cxb3 17. Rc4 Rfb8 18. Bg5 a5 19. e4 Qd7 20. e5 dxe5 21. Rb1 Qf5 22. Rcc1 Rb4 23. d6 Rd8 24. Nxc5 Rxd6 25. Qe3 Ng4 26. Qe2 Qxg5 27. Ne4 Qf5 28. Nxd6 exd6 29. Bh3 Qd7 30. Rc4 Rxc4 31. Qxc4 Qf5 32. Rb2 e4 33. Bxg4 Qxg4 34. Rxb3 Qd1+ 35. Kg2 d5 36. Rb8+ Bf8 37. Qc3 Qd3 38. Qf6 a4 39. h3 Qa3 40. Ra8 d4 41. Ra7 Qf3+ 42. Qxf3 exf3+ 43. Kxf3 a3 44. Ke4 Bc5 45. Ra8+ Kg7 46. Kd3 g5 47. Ra5 Bb4 48. Rxg5+ Kf6 49. Rg8 Bc3 50. Ra8 Bb2 51. Ke4 h5 52. f4 Kg7 53. f5 Kf6 54. Kf4 Bc1+ 55. Ke4 Bb2 56. Ra6+ Kg5 57. Ra7 Kf6 58. Ra5 Kg7 59. Ra6 f6 60. Ra7+ Kf8 61. Kd3 Kg8 62. Kc2 Kf8 63. Kb3 Ke8 64. Ra6 Ke7 65. Re6+ Kd7 66. Rxf6 d3 67. Ra6 d2 68. Kc2 Bc1 69. Kd1 Ke7 70. g4 hxg4 71. hxg4 Kd7 72. g5 Kc7 73. g6 Kb7 74. Rxa3 1-0[Event "44th Rilton Cup 2014-15"] [Site "Stockholm SWE"] [Date "2014.12.28"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Johansson, Linus"] [Black "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "FM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2391"] [BlackElo "2640"] [ECO "E52"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "4.e3, main line with ...b6"] [WhiteFideId "1711113"] [BlackFideId "1503707"] [EventDate "2014.12.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 b6 7. O-O Ba6 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Bxa6 Nxa6 10. Qd3 Qc8 11. Bd2 Re8 12. Rac1 Qb7 13. a3 Bf8 14. b4 c5 15. bxc5 bxc5 16. Rb1 Qc8 17. dxc5 Nxc5 18. Qc2 Nce4 19. a4 Qc4 20. Qb3 Rab8 21. Qxc4 dxc4 22. Rbc1 Rb2 23. Rfd1 Nc5 24. Nb1 Nfe4 25. Rxc4 Rd8 26. Rd4 Rxd4 27. exd4 Nxa4 28. Be3 a5 29. Kf1 Nb6 30. Nfd2 Nxd2+ 31. Nxd2 a4 32. Ra1 a3 33. Nb1 Nc4 34. Bc1 Rb3 35. Ke2 g6 36. Nd2 Nxd2 37. Bxd2 f6 38. Kd1 Rd3 39. Kc2 Rxd4 40. Bc1 Re4 41. Ra2 Rg4 42. g3 Rc4+ 43. Kb1 Rc3 44. Bd2 Rc7 45. Bc1 Ra7 46. Re2 g5 47. Ka2 g4 48. Re4 h5 49. Re3 Kf7 50. f3 Rc7 51. Bxa3 Ra7 52. f4 f5 53. Kb2 Bxa3+ 54. Rxa3 Rxa3 55. Kxa3 Ke6 56. Kb4 Kd5 57. Kb5 Ke4 58. Kc5 Kf3 59. Kd5 Kg2 60. Ke5 Kxh2 61. Kxf5 h4 62. gxh4 g3 63. Ke6 g2 64. f5 g1=Q 65. f6 Qg4+ 66. Ke7 Qxh4 67. Ke6 Kg3 68. f7 Qd8 0-1 [Event "44th Rilton Cup 2014-15"] [Site "Stockholm SWE"] [Date "2014.12.29"] [Round "3.1"] [White "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Black "Ivanov, Sergey"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2640"] [BlackElo "2559"] [ECO "E15"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "4.g3 Bb7"] [WhiteFideId "1503707"] [BlackFideId "4101375"] [EventDate "2014.12.27"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. d4 e6 5. Bg2 g6 6. Nc3 Ne4 7. d5 Nxc3 8. Qd4 Rg8 9. Qxc3 Bg7 10. Qd2 Na6 11. Nd4 Nc5 12. O-O e5 13. Nb5 a6 14. Nc3 a5 15. e4 Qe7 16. b3 f5 17. exf5 gxf5 18. d6 Qxd6 19. Qxd6 cxd6 20. Bxb7 Nxb7 21. Nd5 Kf7 22. Be3 Nc5 23. Nxb6 Ra7 24. Rad1 Ke6 25. Na4 Rc7 26. Nc3 f4 27. Nd5 Rc6 28. gxf4 a4 29. f5+ Kf7 30. b4 Ne4 31. Rc1 Bh6+ 32. Kh1 Bxe3 33. Nxe3 a3 34. f3 Nf6 35. Rfd1 Rgc8 36. b5 Rc5 37. Rxd6 Rxb5 38. Ng4 Nxg4 39. fxg4 Rb2 40. g5 Rxa2 41. Rxd7+ Kg8 42. f6 Rb2 43. Rg7+ Kh8 44. g6 hxg6 45. Rc3 Rb1+ 46. Kg2 Rb2+ 47. Kg1 Rb1+ 48. Kf2 Rb2+ 49. Kg1 Rb1+ 50. Kg2 Rb2+ 51. Kg1 1/2-1/2 [Event "44th Rilton Cup 2014-15"] [Site "Stockholm SWE"] [Date "2014.12.30"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Black "Urkedal, Frode"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "IM"] [WhiteElo "2640"] [BlackElo "2517"] [ECO "E18"] [Opening "Queen's Indian"] [Variation "old main line, 7.Nc3"] [WhiteFideId "1503707"] [BlackFideId "1506102"] [EventDate "2014.12.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 Ne4 8. Bd2 Bf6 9. Ne5 Nxc3 10. Bxc3 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 d5 12. Ng4 Be7 13. Qd3 dxc4 14. Qxc4 Qd5+ 15. Qxd5 exd5 16. Ne3 Rd8 17. Rac1 c6 18. Nf5 Bf8 19. Rfd1 Re8 20. Ne3 Nd7 21. Rc2 Re6 22. Kf1 Rae8 23. Be1 g6 24. Ng2 Bh6 25. e3 f5 26. Rdc1 Rc8 27. Bb4 Nf6 28. Ne1 a5 29. Bd2 Ne4 30. Nd3 Bf8 31. Be1 g5 32. a3 a4 33. Bb4 Bg7 34. Kg2 c5 35. dxc5 Nxc5 36. Bxc5 Rec6 37. Kf3 Kf7 38. Ke2 bxc5 39. Nb4 Rh6 40. Nxd5 Rb8 41. Rxc5 Rxb2+ 42. R1c2 Rxh2 43. Rxb2 Bxb2 44. Nb6 Kg6 45. Nc4 Bf6 46. Rc6 h5 47. Nd6 Bb2 48. Rb6 Be5 49. Ne4+ Kg7 50. Rb5 fxe4 51. Rxe5 Kf6 52. Rxe4 Rh1 53. Rxa4 Rb1 54. Kf3 Rb2 55. Kg2 Ra2 56. Ra8 g4 57. a4 Kf5 58. Rf8+ Ke4 59. Rh8 Rxa4 60. Rxh5 Kd3 61. Rd5+ Ke4 62. Rg5 Kd3 63. Rf5 Ra7 64. Rf4 Rg7 65. Kf1 1-0 [Event "44th Rilton Cup 2014-15"] [Site "Stockholm SWE"] [Date "2015.01.01"] [Round "5.2"] [White "Hillarp Persson, Tiger"] [Black "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2544"] [BlackElo "2640"] [ECO "E32"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "classical variation"] [WhiteFideId "1700812"] [BlackFideId "1503707"] [EventDate "2014.12.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d6 7. e3 b6 8. b3 c5 9. Nf3 Ne4 10. Qc2 Bb7 11. Bb2 f5 12. Be2 Nd7 13. O-O Qe7 14. Ne1 Qg5 15. Qc1 Rac8 16. f3 Nef6 17. Nd3 Rfe8 18. Rd1 e5 19. d5 b5 20. Nf2 bxc4 21. bxc4 Ba6 22. Bd3 Rb8 23. f4 Qh5 24. Qc2 exf4 25. exf4 Ne4 26. Nxe4 fxe4 27. Be2 Qf7 28. Rf1 Nf6 29. Rae1 Re7 30. Ba1 Rbe8 31. g4 Bc8 32. f5 e3 33. Rf4 Re4 34. Ref1 h6 35. h4 Rxf4 36. Rxf4 Nh7 37. Re4 Nf6 38. Rxe8+ Qxe8 39. Bf3 h5 40. g5 Ng4 41. f6 Ne5 42. Bxe5 Qxe5 43. Qg6 Qg3+ 44. Bg2 Qf2+ 45. Kh2 Qxh4+ 46. Kg1 Qe1+ 47. Kh2 Qh4+ 48. Kg1 Qf2+ 49. Kh2 Qf4+ 50. Kg1 Qf2+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "44th Rilton Cup 2014-15"] [Site "Stockholm SWE"] [Date "2015.01.02"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Lokander, Martin"] [Black "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteTitle "FM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2365"] [BlackElo "2640"] [ECO "B33"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Pelikan (Lasker/Sveshnikov) variation"] [WhiteFideId "1709569"] [BlackFideId "1503707"] [EventDate "2014.12.27"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. c4 Nd7 10. Be3 a6 11. Nc3 Be7 12. Qd2 f5 13. f3 O-O 14. Bd3 h6 15. O-O Bg5 16. b4 Qf6 17. Bc2 b6 18. Ba4 Rb8 19. Rac1 Qg6 20. Bc6 Nf6 21. Qf2 Bxe3 22. Qxe3 f4 23. Qd2 Bf5 24. Rfe1 Rf7 25. c5 bxc5 26. bxc5 e4 27. Qxf4 exf3 28. Qxf3 dxc5 29. Qg3 Qxg3 30. hxg3 Bd7 1/2-1/2 [Event "44th Rilton Cup 2014-15"] [Site "Stockholm SWE"] [Date "2015.01.03"] [Round "7.4"] [White "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Black "Tikkanen, Hans"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2640"] [BlackElo "2551"] [ECO "C06"] [Opening "French"] [Variation "Tarrasch, closed variation, main line"] [WhiteFideId "1503707"] [BlackFideId "1706446"] [EventDate "2014.12.27"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2 cxd4 8. cxd4 f6 9. exf6 Nxf6 10. O-O Bd6 11. Nf3 Qc7 12. Nc3 a6 13. Bd2 O-O 14. Rc1 g6 15. Na4 Rb8 16. Qe2 Nh5 17. Bh6 Rf7 18. Qe3 Ng7 19. Nc5 Bd7 20. g3 Nf5 21. Bxf5 exf5 22. Qb3 Na5 23. Nxd7 Qxd7 24. Qxd5 Bb4 25. Qxd7 Rxd7 26. Be3 Rbd8 27. Ne5 Rd5 28. Rfd1 Bd6 29. Bg5 Re8 30. Nd7 Be7 31. Nb6 Rb5 32. Bxe7 Rxe7 33. Na4 Rd7 34. Rc8+ Kg7 35. Nc5 Rd6 36. Rc7+ Kh6 37. Nd7 Kh5 38. Nf6+ Kg5 39. Nxh7+ Kg4 40. b3 Rbd5 41. Kg2 g5 42. h3+ Kh5 43. Nf8 Rh6 44. Rh1 Rh8 45. g4+ Kh6 46. Re1 Rxf8 47. Re6+ Rf6 48. Rxf6# 1-0 [Event "44th Rilton Cup 2014-15"] [Site "Stockholm SWE"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "8.2"] [White "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Black "Grandelius, Nils"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2640"] [BlackElo "2581"] [ECO "E54"] [Opening "Nimzo-Indian"] [Variation "4.e3, Gligoric system with 7...dc"] [WhiteFideId "1503707"] [BlackFideId "1710400"] [EventDate "2014.12.27"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 c5 6. Nf3 d5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 b6 9. a3 Bxc3 10. bxc3 Bb7 11. Bb2 Qc7 12. Qe2 Rd8 13. Rac1 Ne4 14. Bd3 Nd7 15. Ne1 Rac8 16. f3 Nd6 17. e4 b5 18. Bxb5 Nxb5 19. Qxb5 Rb8 20. Qe2 Qb6 21. Rf2 Ba6 22. Qe3 Qb3 23. Qg5 h6 24. Qe7 Nb6 25. Qxc5 Na4 26. Qa5 Qc4 27. Ba1 Rd6 28. Qe5 Rdb6 29. h3 Rb1 30. Rfc2 R8b5 31. Qd6 Rxc1 32. Rxc1 Rb6 33. Qg3 Rb3 34. Kh2 Rxa3 35. Nc2 Rb3 36. Ne3 Qd3 37. Ng4 Qd2 38. Nf6+ Kh8 39. Ne8 Qg5 40. Qxg5 hxg5 41. c4 Kg8 42. d5 f6 43. Nc7 Bc8 44. c5 Kf7 45. d6 Rd3 46. e5 1-0 [Event "44th Rilton Cup 2014-15"] [Site "Stockholm SWE"] [Date "2015.01.05"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Goganov, Aleksey"] [Black "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C53"] [Opening "Giuoco Piano"] [Variation "Bird's attack"] [EventDate "2014.12.08"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. b4 Bb6 6. d3 d6 7. O-O Ne7 8. a4 c6 9. Bg5 Ng6 10. Nh4 Nf4 11. d4 h6 12. Bxf4 exf4 13. Re1 O-O 14. Nd2 Nxe4 15. Nxe4 d5 16. Nf3 dxc4 17. Ne5 Qd5 18. Nd2 Bc7 19. Nexc4 Bf5 20. Re7 Qd8 21. Re1 Qd5 22. Re7 Qd8 23. Re1 1/2-1/2 

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