My Chess career

Introduction

I started to play Chess at clublevel in 1997 at the age of 16. I did not play in tournaments outside Eskilstuna, except team matches and Mälardalensmästerskapen 2000, until after 2012.

I started out as a hyper aggresive attacking player but later I developed a more positional style.

I increased much in rating and playing strength when I started to study Everymans "Move by Move" series about individual players. An other factor is that I switched openings towards more practical and managable lines. My favorite openings are the universal Spanish Four Knights and Open Sicilian with white and the Nimzo Indian with black.

Sometimes I give lectures at Eskilstuna SK and show either opening theory or some games from a given old master. I have also been assisting junior trainer.

I study a lot of chess by reading lots of books about openings, biographes, tournament books and World Championship match books. I also like to watch DVDs about either openings or individual players.

Young me at chessboard. Photo by Eva Bragesjö.

Correspondence Chess team matches for Team Sweden

I sometimes play Correspondence Chess team matches for Team Sweden.

  • vs Finland (Finland 100 years) in 2017 (completed in 2018, my score ended up in +2 =0 -0)
  • vs USA in 2018 (completed in 2018, my score ended up in +0 =2 -0)
  • vs Panama in 2018 (completed in 2018, my score ended up in +0 =2 -0. I took over the position in both games as stand-in)
  • vs England in 2018 (completed in 2018, my score ended up in +0 =2 -0)
  • vs Rest of the World 2018 (SSKK 80 years 2018) (completed in 2019, my score ended up in +1 =1 -0)
  • vs Scotland in 2019 (ongoing. My current score is +1 =0 -0)
  • vs Asia,Africa,Australia,New Zealand (completed in 2019, my score ended up in +1 =1 -0)
  • vs Spain in 2019 (starts 2019-12-01)
  • vs Cuba in 2020 (starts 2020-03-01)
  • vs Romania in 2020 (Starts 2020-06-01)
  • vs Europe in 2020 (starts 2020-09-30)


Södermanlandsserien

As both player and Team Captain of Eskilstuna SK 2, I have lead the team to victory in the entire Södermanlandsserien (local districs division) many times. Several seasons after that Södermanlandsserien was created the district bought a trophy where our team got the first 2 markings since we won the division the season when the trophy was bought and the season afterwards. The season afterwards Katrineholm won it and after that and our team won it again.

Södermanlandsserien has historic had teams from Eskilstuna, Kungsör, Strängnäs, Nyköping, Katrineholm and Snabba Löparen as competitive teams. However, some teams did not play in different seasons, some dropped off and some others entered or returned. Södermanlandsseriens time control has changed during the years. Originally it was 30 moves in 1,5 hours and 30 minutes extra time after that. However in the 2016/2017 season the divisions time controls became swithed towards rapid games instead where all teams played at the same place, once at autumn and once at spring. However the timecontrol has not been identical even within standardtime and rapid game seasons. For example in the 2018/2019 seasons all games where play the same day meaning even shorter rapid games.

Eskilstuna is the only team that has played in all seasons and has also won the division the most times, and is also the only team that has won the division in all time controls. I have been Team Captain all seasons. I was also the last Captain of Eskilstuna SK 2 when the team played in Allsvenskan division 3 and not in Södermanlandsserien.

Katrineholms team in Södermanlandsserien is almost identical to its team in Allsvenskan while Eskilstuna uses a completly different team to allow more players to play in team matches. This has made Katrineholms team the highest rated team for the most of the few seasons they have played in. The highest rated rated team does not neccesary win the division anyway, Eskilstuna has won the division both when Katrineholm or Strängnäs or Kungsör used higher rated teams.

Some teams in Södermanlandsserien has not got a team in Allsvenskan.

Official photo from Swedish Chess championship 2017. Photo by Lars OA Hedlund.

Allsvenskan

I like to play team matches. I have played in Superettan (Elite division 1) in 2008/2009 where I scored 4 of 8. I have also played a few games in division 1 both before and after Superettan was created. I got a few wins and some draws vs much heiger rated but my score was not that good in regular division 1. But on the other hand I was low rated and almost almost met 400 points hieger rated and my peek had not come yet. However these days we play in divison 2. In the 2016/2017 season I scored 5 of 7 with no loses. In both 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 I scored 5 of 6 with no loses.

Svenska Cupen

I have played for Eskilstuna SK in Svenska Cupen team tournament on several occasions and one of the times I was Eskilstunas best scorer while other times it has not got good at all. In these tournaments I have both won and played draws vs titled players.

Young me at chessboard. Photo by Eva Bragesjö.

Tournaments

I have won and got many 2nd and 3rd places in local smaller tournaments in Eskilstuna with shorter time contols like in for example major events like Eskilstuna Championship in rapid chess 2017 and Eskilstuna SK Club Championship in rapid chess 2017 where I reached 2nd place in both. I have also got many top 3 places in christmas events. I have also got 3rd place in the combined blitz and rapid tournament Blixtsnabben in both 2017 and 2018 and 2nd place in 2019. I also reached 2nd place in Eskilstuna Championship in blitz 2019. I do however value my 3rd place in the round-robin event Eskilstuna Championship 2011 in regular timecontrol heigher.

In minor events I have for example reached 2nd place in Sommarblixten 2017. However most minor events where I won or reached top 3 are nameless events. One nameless event I value high are a blitz tournament where I won by scoring 11/11 although two of the best players where missing but most of the strongest players was present. I have also won or reached top 3 in several nameless events, including when there was many strong players present.

I have also become the districs 3rd best player 2 times in "Södermanlands Öppna DM" (Södermanlands Open District Championship). I have also won rating prizes a few times in Trettondagsblixten.

I have played in Chess tournaments and team matches in many different cities during the years. In tournaments played outside Eskilstuna I reached 2nd place overall, 1st in my class, in official pre Swedish Championship tournament "Sanktionerade" in Linköping and 2nd place in my class in the real Swedish Championship, both in 2015. In both cases I did not lose a single game.

I got 2nd place in my class in Swedish Chess Championship when the event took place in my hometown Eskilstuna in 2019.

I have also reached 2nd place in Kungsörs christmas blitz when I was invited there in 2014. I have also won 2nd rating pize in my rating group in Hasselbacken Open 2017. I also scored 10 of 10 when I won Vårby Open 2018.

Correspondence Chess

In 2016 I started to play Correspondence Chess at ICCF. It started as an instant success. I won my first mini match with 2-0 and after that I mainly plays in thematical tournaments. Thematical tournaments are excellet tournaments to try out variations and lines one normally never gets the chance to play. One also gets the chance to test ones repertour.

My best results in any opening is Najdorf. In my very first corr tournament ever I reached 2nd place by scoring +5 =2 -1. I won a later Najdorf 6 Be3 tournament by scoring +6 =2 -0. I know these lines and types of positions good with both sides and got opening advantages in several games becouse of that.

I have also got good scores in Petroff tournaments. I got 3rd place in my 1st and I won my 2nd and I reached 2nd place in my 3rd.

However these standard events has become tougher and tougher since in 2018 ICCF made it more stimulating by adding that the winner reaches the final even in these smaller standard events thus attracting more stronger and more serious players. I have reached final tournaments in a few of these events in different thematical openings.

For a complete list of my results in individual tournaments and in team matches for Team Sweden click here.

Official photo from Swedish Chess championship 2015. Photo by Lars OA Hedlund.

The Bragi Indian Defence

In 2014 I invented an opening for black that I call the Bragi Indian Defence that leed to transposing warfare. The lines goes 1 Nf3 Nf6 2 c4 Nc6!?. If white plays 3 d4 my idea is to play e6 transposing to Bogo Indian or Nimzo Indian Nf3 (and can lead to Nimzo Indian Qc2 Nc6). If white prevents Bb4 with a3 I transpose to Tango lines with d6 and gets an improved version of KID. If white does not play 3 d4 and plays 3 g3 or 3 e3 instead I transpose to Reversed Dragon or Reversed Sicilian by playing 3 .. e5.

Official photo from Hasselbacken Open 2018. Photo by Lars OA Hedlund.