TePe Sigeman & Co. in Malmö (1st 1993, 23rd 2017)

Malmö International Grandmaster tournament

#  Hellers  #  Timman  #  Short  #  Korchnoi  #  Giri  
J. Polgar  #  Ivanchuk  #  Gelfand #  Caruana   So

The Swedish Limhamn Chess Club organized the Sigeman Chess Tournament, annually running from 1993 to 2014 at Malmö (the third largest city of Sweden and together with Copenhagen, center of the transnational Øresund Region), with lawyer and chess enthusiast Johan Sigeman as father figure of the event and main sponsor (Advokatbyron Sigeman Wernbro & Co, later Sigeman & Co, the firm has been founded in 1991 and is focused on commercial law).

Traditionally the tournament was held at the classical Hipp Theater in central Malmö. Some editions took place at two stages: in Malmö and in Copenhagen as well. GM Ulf Andersson and GM Stellan Brynell provided commentary amongst others.

Sigeman & Co. at Malmö always showed an interesting mix of established players and rising stars, of familiar faces and new ones, the best Scandinavian players faced the very best of the world: Korchnoi, Spassky, Smyslov, Portisch, Timman, Miles, Short, Lautier, Beliavsky, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Shirov, Judit Polgar, Nakamura, So, Giri, Caruana, plus Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen who played in 2004 and is now World Chess Champion :)

Three World Champions played at Malmö - but did all not win: Smyslov, Spassky, and Carlsen.

Record winners are Hellers, Timman and Short with three (co-)wins each.

Ferdinand Hellers who already retired from regular competitive chess in his mid-20s, is the hero of that tournament: He played in it three times and won all three: 1993 the inaugural event (ahead of Lars Bo Hansen, followed by shared Rozentalis, Romanishin, Rogers, Petursson), 1994 (joint with Curt Hansen, ahead of shared Epishin and Almasi, followed by Andersson), and 1997 (leading finally full 1.5 points ahead of five shared runners-up Timman, Ivan Sokolov, Curt Hansen, Smyslov, Pia Cramling). Hellers remained unbeaten during all his 27 games at Malmö!

Viktor Korchnoi played and won once at Malmö (Sigeman & Co.) in 1996, exactly twenty years after his emigration in summer 1976 at Amsterdam (IBM-Tournament), won then joint with Tony Miles, this time the first British born chess grandmaster was runner-up to Korchnoi.

In these 22 annually played international invitation round-robin tournaments (including one double round-robin edition), in total 93 players have taken part over the years between 1993 and 2014. Sigeman & Co. is one of a few chess tournaments in the world today in old fashion without an explicit tie-breaker and it has no single champion in case of a tie. Chess journalist Antti Parkkinen of Finland provided statistics about the Sigeman & Co. history.





1993 to 1999

10 players

2009 to 2011

6 players


4 players (double round-robin)

2012 to 2013

8 players

2001 to 2008

10 players


6 players







Ferdinand Hellers (first winner)


Peter Heine Nielsen, Curt Hansen


Ferdinand Hellers, Curt Hansen


Krishnan Sasikiran, Jan Timman


Ivan Sokolov


Jan Timman


Viktor Korchnoi (oldest winner at 65)


Ivan Cheparinov


Ferdinand Hellers


Tiger Hillarp Persson


Igor Miladinović, Joël Lautier


Nigel Short


Boris Gelfand


Anish Giri (youngest winner at age of 16)


Judit Polgar


So, Giri, Tikkanen (three-way-tie)


Boris Gulko, Jan Timman


Fabiano Caruana


Nigel Short


Rapport, Short, Grandelius (three-way-tie)


Vasily Ivanchuk


Laurent Fressinet (last winner)


Other notable players (not winning the tournament)

Selection in no particular order

Vasily Smyslov (joint 2.-6. in 1997)

Loek van Wely

Boris Spassky (joint 7./8. in 1998)

Daniël Stellwagen

Magnus Carlsen (3rd in 2004 at the age of 13 ½)

Luke McShane

Anthony Miles (runner-up to Korchnoi in 1996)

Matthew Sadler

Ulf Andersson (four times participant)

Emil Sutovsky

Lajos Portisch (10th and last in 2008)

Zoltan Almasi

Peter Leko (runner-up to Caruana in 2012)

Nick de Firmian

Alexander Beliavsky (4th in 2004)

Michal Krasenkow

Alexei Shirov (4th in 2011)

Vladimir Epishin

Oleg Romanishin (3.-6. in 1993)

Eduardas Rozentalis

Sergei Movsesian (runner-up to Gelfand in 1999)

Igor Khenkin

Teimour Radjabov (3.-6. in 2001)

Suat Atalik

Hikaru Nakamura (3rd in 2005)

Vasilios Kotronias

Li, Chao (5th in 2012)

Viorel Iordachescu

Erwin L’Ami (7./8. in 2007)

Ian Rogers

and great Scandinavian players: Pia Cramling as well as her husband Juan Manuel Bellón López, Evgeny Agrest, Emanuel Berg, Slavko Cicak, Pontus Carlsson, Lars Karlsson, Tom Wedberg, Johan Hellsten, Stellan Brynell, Axel Smith, Erik Blomqvist, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Leif Erlend Johannessen, Kjetil A. Lie, Jacob Aagaard, Hannes Stefansson, Johann Hjartarson, Ralf Åkesson, Sune Berg Hansen, Tomi Nybäck plus Ferdinand Hellers (winner 1993, 1994 joint, and 1997), Curt Hansen (co-winner 1994 and 2004), Peter Heine Nielsen (co-winner 2004), Tiger Hillarp Persson (winner 2008), Hans Tikkanen (co-winner 2011), and Nils Grandelius (co-winner 2013)


Most participations


Jonny Hector

17 times (never winning)

Jan Timman

11 (three times winning or co-winning)

Tiger Hillarp Persson

9 (one win outright)

Curt Hansen

8 (two co-wins)

Emanuel Berg

7 (not winning)

Nils Grandelius

6 (one three way-tie win)

Ivan Sokolov

6 (one win outright)

Pia Cramling

5 (not winning)


Ferdinand Hellers

3 (sole or shared first at each participation)

Nigel Short

3 (sole or shared first at each participation)


Biggest upset

Igor Miladinović (Junior World Chess Champion of 1993 as clear first), winning unbeaten at Malmö in 1998, together with Joël Lautier who lost in their individual game, above luminaries as eg. Ivan Sokolov, Ulf Andersson and Boris Spassky

Thanks to Antti Parkkinen for the statistics, collected by Peter Doggers plus own research.

A boy chess genius in typical playing positions


Magnus at Malmö in 2004
(Photo from the official website, Calle Erlandsson and John Henderson)


Double winning at Sigeman & Co. in Malmö (Invitation Tournament, round robin) and at Politiken Cup in Copenhagen (Open, swiss system) < the same year within one month >, both won as clear first! A unique Scandinavian summer :))

Viktor Korchnoi (1996 at age of 65)


Sigeman & Co. survey


http://tepesigemanchess.com/en (Official site 2017)

https://twitter.com/hashtag/tepesigeman?src=hash (Twitter 2017)

(Wikipedia survey in french)

(Wikipedia survey in polish)

http://www.ksu.dk/sigeman/historie.asp?id=2 (Homepage up to 2005 still active)

http://www.tepe.com (Spnosr, leading producer of interdental brushes)

http://www.sigeman.se/en (Sponsor, law and advocate firm, founded in 1991)

http://www.vismachess.com/sigeman-bakom-kulisserna/ (Interview with Johann Sigeman)

(probably the funniest game from Malmö (2005): Nakamura vs. Sasikiran 0-1

Igor Miladinović (former Junior World Chess Champion from 1993,
probably the most surprising winner at Malmö, Sigeman & Co.)

(IM Magnus Carlsen achieving his fourth (!) GM norm at Malmö in 2004)

http://en.chessbase.com/post/sigeman-giri-wins-with-4-5-5-and-a-2936-performance (2010)

19th Sigeman: Three way tie for first (2011)

Sigeman: Caruana wins Sigeman with 2852 performance (2012)
http://www.chessdom.com/fabiano-caruana-lifts-the-trophy-at-sigeman-co-chess-tournament/ (2012)

http://en.chessbase.com/post/three-way-tie-at-sigeman--co-310513 (2013)
http://en.chessbase.com/post/21st-sigeman--co-tournament-continues-tradition-230513 (2013)

http://www.chess.com/news/fressinet-wins-short-sigeman-event-3749 (2014)
Report by Peter Doggers with historical summary based on stats from Antti Parkkinen

http://chessbase.in/news/sigeman-intro/ (2017, Sigeman & Co. Tournament rises again)
by the tournament's media officer Ingemar Falk, Sweden

http://en.chessbase.com/post/sigeman-co-tournament-rises-again (2017)
by Priyadarshan Banjan, club player from India. He works as an editor for ChessBase News and ChessBase India

DIE SCHACHWOCHE, Switzerland (1978 - 2003)