lørdag 16. oktober 2021

Fagernes Rapid

Our rapid tournament Fagernes Rapid was played 14th and 15th October, in the evenings after the main tournament.

GM Vahap Sanal of Turkey took first place with 5½ points from 6 games. His closest competitors were IM Julian Martin (GER) and FM Ward Altarbosh (NOR) with 5 points.

Martin, Sanal and Altarbosh with arbiter Henrik Sjøl
(Photo: Tom Eriksen)

torsdag 14. oktober 2021

Report after round 5


The top board in round 5
The Swedes after round five took over the lead for the first time: GM Tiger Hillarp following a successful opening won a nice attacking duel against GM Stellan Brynell on second board, while IM Jung Min Seo on first board had few problems saving a draw as black against Norwegian GM Frode Urkedal.

First rated GM Vahap Sanal meanwhile picked up an exchange in the middle game and much later won the endgame as black against Gudmundur Kjartansson.

Third rated GM Vitaly Kunin, fifth rated GM Erik Blomqvist and sixth rated GM Kaido Kulaots meanwhile all won more or less convincingly in five-hour games against young Norwegian opponents. The GMs above 2500 made an outstanding 6,5 out of 7 today, as Alon Greenfeld of Israel elegantly won a much better endgame against so far solid Swedish FM Fredrik Lindh.

Hillarp following a brilliant first half of the tournament is now leading alone at 4,5/5, but still the tiger no way can feel safe as Sanal, Urkedal, Blomqvist, Kulaots and Seo are all running half a step behind him at 4,0.

Following the very strong result for the GMs above 2500 this was not a great round for the title norm candidates below 2500, but Seo still is on schedule for a GM-norm. Two Norwegian juniors, FM Elham Abdulrauf and FM Jens Ingebretsen, are around schedule for IMnorms and several other players can still be in that run.
Read the full report in our bulletin.

søndag 10. oktober 2021

søndag 3. oktober 2021

One week to go!

One week before the clocks start in the first round, the organizers of the Open Norwegian Championships/ Fagernes International are very well satisfied to find a record 147 registered players in our list.

We find it very inspiring that there is so much interest in playing physical tournaments again after a long period with few tournaments. The number of participants and feedback from other interested players is very promising for the upcoming years, and the organizer is considering whether it may be possible with both an Easter holiday tournament and an autumn holiday tournament in 2022.

We strongly regret, but of course understand very well, that a few foreign players have had to withdraw due to continued uncertainty about the possibilities of entering Norway before the tournament. Among these are GM Nihal Sarin and GM Abhijeet Gupta from India, who have withdrawn with the approval of the organizer after a very constructive dialogue. We hope and believe that we will instead meet both for the Fagernes tournaments in 2022 and/or 2023. Titas Stremavicius from Lithuania has meanwhile registered as a new GM in our list of players, and we hope being able to bring in 1-2 more new GMs before the tournament starts.

With 11 GMs, 11 IMs, 1 WGM, 18 FMs and a median rating around 2250 among 75 registered players in the GM group, this year's tournament will in any case offer the participants great chances for title norms. Nearly 20 different countries seem to be represented in the tournament, and this year we are especially happy for a large increase in the number of participants from Sweden and Germany. With changed regulations after the reopening of Norway, we still have room for a few more participants. The registration deadline is therefore extended until Friday 8 October.

torsdag 11. mars 2021

We move to October 2021


These are indeed demanding times for chess organizers as well as chess players. We have until now been waiting and hoping for some miracle, making it possible after all to run our beloved Easter tournament as planned from March 28 to April 4 2021. Unfortunately it turns out, due to travel restrictions and other covid regulations, that this is impossible. Not a happy move to make, but still the only legal move in our current position.

Cancellation for us is still not an alternative. Like last year, we will postpone our tournament until the Norwegian autumn holiday. New dates will be October 10 to October 17, and we very much hope they can fit into your schedule. Hopefully most problems related to travels from other European countries to Norway then will be solved and the 2021 edition should be the largest and strongest Fagernes tournament so far. The tournament concept will be the same as planned for Easter. The tournament web page has already been updated. We are open for registrations and intend to publish the first list of players for the October tournament on April 2.

As we believe it will be very important to come back with title qualifying over-the-board tournaments as soon as possible after the covid crisis, we plan for 2022 to organize one international tournament for the Easter holiday AND one for the autumn holiday.

fredag 9. oktober 2020

Welcome to 
Fagernes Chess International!


The tournament is played at the major Norwegian Chess Hotel Scandic Valdres
at Fagernes, 187 km north of Oslo.
Main organizer is Hans Olav Lahlum in cooperation with Innlandet Sjakkrets.

Hans Olav Lahlum



Hans Olav Lahlum (born 1973) is a well known Norwegian chess player, chess organizer and chess TV commentator, having the titles of International Organizer (IO) and International Arbiter (IA) from the World Chess Federation FIDE. 

Lahlum organized numerous international tournaments at Gausdal 1999-2008, Oslo 2011-2014 and Fagernes 2014-2020. 

He has also been chief arbiter in many other large tournaments including the Norwegian championships 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018 og 2019.