The Challengers 2 tournament starts on 27 January and ends on 31 January.
Round 4: Oleg Kozlov vs Victor Havik
Round 4: Raul Schmidt (2½/3) vs Simon Rosberg (also 2½/3)
Round 4: Gilles Suez-Panama (on the right, 2½) v Antonio Molina (2½)
Lasse Ostebo Lovik - Sportsman of the Day
It is pleasant to be able to quote an example of gallantry over and above the call of duty in today's first round of the Challengers 2 tournament. Luis Felipe Jaime Montalvan of Spain was very short of time against 15-year-old Lasse Ostebo Lovik of Norway (photo above. Luis Felipe queened a pawn but failed to press his clock with only seconds left to go. Instead of letting his opponent's time run out, young Lasse pointed this out to his Spanish opponent who then pressed his clock with seconds and eventually went on to win the game. Not many players would be as sporting as Lasse.
Board 1: Simon Rosberg (white) vs Carlos Vinas Guerrero
Board 2: Oystein Skage (white) vs Juan Antonio Urbina Perez
Johannes Kvisla has won Challengers A with 5/5
Board 1, Final Round: Johannes Kvisla (white) vs Andrew Bigg
(viewed through the window of the web team's control room).
Andrew Bigg was one of four players on 3½/4.
Three players on 3½/4 (left to right): Mark Lyell, Oleg Kozlov and Tamas Erdelyi
Andrew Bigg vs Gilles Suez-Panama, round 2
More photos to follow...
Round 1 started with a one minute silence in memory of former world chess champion Bobby Fischer...
One minute silence for Bobby Fischer
Play starts at 10:00 (GMT+1). There is live coverage at this site.
Click here for a list of the entrants in the two Challengers events. The two Challengers tournaments are open to players with FIDE ratings of under 2250 in the lists of 2007 and 2008, or unrated, and they have a fantastic first prize of £1,500 each. They should prove to be highly competitive events.