Tiger Hillarp Persson

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Tiger Hillarp Persson
Hillarp Persson in 2016
Full nameTigger Christopher Robin Hillarp Persson
Country Sweden
Born (1970-10-28) 28 October 1970 (age 52)
Malmö, Sweden
Title Grandmaster (1999)
FIDE   rating 2497 (September 2023)
Peak rating 2618 (April 2009)

Tiger Hillarp Persson (born Tigger Christopher Robin Hillarp Persson, [1] [2] 28 October 1970) is a Swedish chess grandmaster. He is a three-time Swedish Chess Champion. In 2015 he attained the level of 1-Dan in Go. [3]


Chess career

He won tournaments in Gentofte (VISA Nordic Grand Prix), ahead of Sune Berg Hansen, Simen Agdestein, Einar Gausel, Helgi Grétarsson, Heikki Westerinen and others, York in 1999, Jersey (2000), Barcelona Sants 2003 and multiple times the Guernsey International Chess Open (2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 (best on tie-break), 2016, and again 2018 (best on tie-break)). He finished second in the Nordic Chess Championship in Vammala, Finland (2005). In 2008 he was the winner of the Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament in his hometown of Malmö with an impressive 712 points. In 2009 he finished second in the C group of the Corus Chess Tournament. Representing Sweden, he scored individual bronze medals in the Chess Olympiad in Elista, 1998 and in Dresden 2008.

He has won the Swedish Chess Championship three times, in 2007, 2008, and again in 2021, finishing then half a point ahead of three other players, including 2019 winner Erik Blomqvist. [4]

Tiger has been called 'one of the most creative and non-traditional players', exemplified by his construction of 'one of the few self-administered pawn forks in chess history' in the game against Peter Heine Nielsen. [5] [6] His game against Tomas Laurusas at the 43rd Chess Olympiad was ranked best game of 2018 by the editors of Chess.com. [7]

Tiger has written two books on the Modern Defense, including Tiger's Modern. [8]

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  1. "2008 Gibraltar Chess Festival - Who's Who". Gibraltar Chess Festival. Archived from the original on 11 January 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2015. Tiger is not his real name – actually it is Tigger Christopher Robin Hillarp Persson (parents were big Winnie the Pooh fans)
  2. "Youngest Player Rapport Wins In Ancient Place - Chess.com". 1 December 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2016. GM Tiger Hillarp Persson, who I learned has the actual given name Tigger Christopher Robin Hillarp-Persson (I feel it prudent to repeat that this is not a joke!){{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. "Chess Grandmaster Tiger Hillarp Achieves Shodan « American Go e-Journal". usgo.org.
  4. "Swedish Championship 2021". chess24.com. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  5. "In the Jaws of the Tiger – part two". chessbase.com. August 2007.
  6. "Peter Heine Nielsen vs Tiger Hillarp Persson (1998) Perssonal Best". chessgames.com.
  7. "The 10 Best Chess Games of 2018". chess.com.
  8. "Chess is My Life!: The Modern Tiger- A Review". sagarteacheschess.blogspot.com. 4 March 2015.