Thursday, May 5, 2022

Welcome in October 2022!

True enough, there are numerous possibilities to play chess every day in our time. That is - if you are interested in playing online with very short time limits. Week-long over the board tournaments with long time limits and very good chances for title norms, on the other hand were relatively few before the pandemy back in 2019. Now in 2022 there are even fewer such quality tournaments. It seems that many chess players, especially young talents on their way up, will have too few developing title tournaments to play this year as well. In this situation the Fagernes organizers have unanimously decided to offer our chess friends a second tournament this year! Fagernes International Autumn 2022 will take place from October 9 to October 16, with the same prizes and the same concept as our recent April tournament. Our October tournament now is open for registrations and the webpage with many further details is available:

Best regards Hans Olav Lahlum

Monday, May 2, 2022

Message from the organizer

All the games from our Easter tournament at Fagernes were successfully included in the FIDE ELO list for May 2022. A few days before that, the ninth and final bulletin was published here at our webpage. We use this chance to thank all the participants for your contributuons to this year´s April tournament. Hopefully all of you, despite of course very uneven performances, had a memorable stay at Fagernes and left with many happy memories. The organizers have moved on to start the preparations for our next tournament, and further details about this will be published here very soon.

Best regards Hans Olav Lahlum

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Congratulations to the winners!

GM Krishnan Sasikiran won the GM-group at Fagernes ahead of his compatriot GM Chopra Aryan. Both made 7 points in 9 rounds.

Norwegian GM Frode Urkedal was number three with 6.5 points, the same number of points as Armenian GM Aram Hakobyan in fourth place.

First ranked GM Arjun Erigaisi of India ended in fifth place, with the best tie-break of nine players with 6 points.

The only title norm in the GM-group was an IM-norm taken by FM Semen Mitusov of Ukraine. 

The Open group was dominated by Norwegian players. Ask Amundsen and Evsuld Myagmarsuren both made 7.5 points, but Amundsen took first place on tie-break by a small margin. Nicolai Maxime Østensen took third place with 7 points, while Sondre Stai and Australian Jamie Cross both made 6.5 points.

Full results may be found here: GM-group | Open group

Top-4 in the GM-group:
Urkedal, Hakobyan, Sasikiran and Aryan
(Photo: Tom Eriksen)

Top-4 in the Open group:
Stai, Østensen, Myagmarsuren and Amundsen
(Photo: Tom Eriksen)

Saturday, April 16, 2022


Fagernes Blitz 2

Fagernes Blitz 2 was played Saturday 16th April after round 8 of the main tournament.

Norwegian FM Elham Abdulrauf took first place with 7.5 point from 9 rounds. Second place went to WIM Ravi Rakshitta from India with 7 points. Edvin Trost fra Sweden and Saad Abobaker Elmi from Norway also reached 7 points, but had worse tie-break.

Abdulrauf won the second blitz tournament.
(Photo: Tom Eriksen)


Friday, April 15, 2022


Fagernes Slow Blitz

Fagernes Slow Blitz was played Friday 15th April after round 7 of the main tournament.

FM Ward Altarbosh won the A-group ahead of FM Elham Abdulrauf. Both made 6 points in 7 rounds, but Altarbosh had the best tiebreak. GM Vahap Sanal in third place lost two games and ended up one point behind.

The B-group was won by 14 year old Vetle Bjørge Strand with maximum 7 points. David Mindestrømmen Simonsen and Mihail Tiupenko in second and third place were both 2 full points behind the winner.

Top-3 in the A-group:
Altarbosh, Abdulrauf and Sanal
(Photo: Tom Eriksen)

Top-3 in the B-group:
Strand, Simonsen and Tiupenko
(Photo: Tom Eriksen)

Thursday, April 14, 2022



The popular Norwegian speciality Teamtalkingchess (pratelagsjakk) has it's own tournament at Fagernes, played Thursday 14 April.

Team Hobber turned out to be strongest with 8 team points and 17½ individual points. The team consisted of GM Frode Urkedal, FM Elham Abdrlauf, FM Ward Altarbosh and Saad Elmi.

Second place went to Strandefjord (GM Vahap Sanal, GM Emre Can and WGM Teodora Injac) with De 4 bukkene bruse (Afras Mansoor, Thomas Sekkingstad, Heine N. Johannessen and Theo N. Johannessen) in third place.

For more about the Teamtalkingchess tournament: Full results | rules.

The winners: Team Hobber
(Photo: Tom Eriksen)

Sunday, April 10, 2022


Fagernes Chess International
starts today!

The playing venue is ready:
The playing venue at Fagernes

Round 1 starts at 17.30 CET.