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Dr. Thomas Ernst

GM Thomas Ernst (SWE)

Pity on those who are planning to try to capture points in this year’s ACC with delicate positional play and defense chess! That is, it may work, but then it has to be played well, because the start line at the Arctic Chess Challenge has probably more active players with calculation skills, attacking style and love of complications than ever before!

Another of these is Sweden’s Thomas Ernst! This does not prevent the 49-year-old Swedish GM to master most aspects of the game, as grandmasters in general do. But a 1.e4 repertoire with white, and a Sicilian and Grünfeld repertoire as black tells something about his ambitious and in many ways positive and creative chess.

Thomas has played a lot in Norway over the years. This goes back to the 1980’s. His best results came at Gausdal where he won back in 1984, 1987 and 1989. In 1991 he came second in Gausdal Troll Masters behind Alexei Shirov. He earned the grandmaster title the year before, in 1990 and peaked at a rating of 2570 in the early 1990’s. In the same period, namely in 1993, he became Swedish Champion.

Of later year’s achievements can be mentioned that in 2002 Ernst won the Bad Wildbad Open in Switzerland, while in 2004 he won the Bad Ems Open in Germany. In 2005, he came second in Créon Open. He is also a doctor in mathematics since 2002.

We are very pleased to see the Swedish fighter among the starters in Tromsø in August!


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