Tapani Sammalvuo

The opening rounds of big opens tend to see vast rating differences between the opposing players. This was also the case in XXX Heart of Finland’s first round, and the favourites went on to trounce their opponents with a huge score. Only two upsets were seen (not counting a bunch of draws), Marko Remes (1834) and Sara-Olivia Sippola (1704) beating FM Henri Pohjala (2339) and CM Rickard Engman (2159), respectively.

Typical of the treatment given and received was IM Alexander Mikhalevski’s win over young Tamás Martinec.

Artikkelikuva: Panu Laine