Tom Wedberg

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Tom Wedberg
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Tom Wedberg, Amsterdam 1984
Full name Tom Wedberg
Country Sweden
Born (1953-11-26) 26 November 1953 (age 64)
Stockholm, Sweden
Title Grandmaster (1990)
FIDE rating 2443 (September 2018)
Peak rating 2540 (July 2002)

Tom Wedberg (born 26 November 1953) is a Swedish chess grandmaster. He is the son of Swedish philosopher Anders Wedberg.

Chess Strategy board game

Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide. Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga some time before the 7th century. Chaturanga is also the likely ancestor of the Eastern strategy games xiangqi, janggi, and shogi. Chess reached Europe by the 9th century, due to the Umayyad conquest of Hispania. The pieces assumed their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century with the introduction of "Mad Queen Chess"; the modern rules were standardized in the 19th century.

Grandmaster (GM) is a title awarded to chess players by the world chess organization FIDE. Apart from World Champion, Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain.

Anders Wedberg was a Swedish philosopher.


Chess career

In 2000, he won the Swedish Chess Championship. [1] In 1981 tied for 1st with Petar Velikov and Shaun Taulbut in the Politiken Cup in Copenhagen, but was clear first in 1982. [2] In 1999 he won the Scandic Hotels Chess Cup in Stockholm. [3] He tied for 2nd–4th (with Artur Yusupov and Tomi Nyback) in the 32nd Rilton Cup in Stockholm 2003. [4]

The first Swedish Champion was Gustaf Nyholm who won two matches against winners of national tournaments: Berndtsson in Göteborg and Löwenborg in Stockholm in 1917. Until 1931 Swedish Chess Championships decided by match play. In the 1930s, Gideon Ståhlberg held the title in spite of results of the national tournaments. Since 1939, only the tournament is played as an official Swedish Championship.

Petar Velikov is a Bulgarian chess player, who won the Bulgarian Chess Championship in 1987. He has represented Bulgaria in four Chess Olympiads and was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1982.

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Wedberg played for Sweden in the Chess Olympiads of 1978, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1990, 1992 [5] and in the European Team Chess Championships of 1980, 1989 and 2001. [6]

Chess Olympiad biennial chess tournament

The Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams from all over the world compete. FIDE organises the tournament and selects the host nation.

The European Team Championship is an international team chess event, eligible for the participation of European nations whose chess federations are located in zones 1.1 to 1.9. This more or less accords with the wider definition of Europe used in other events such as the Eurovision Song Contest and includes Israel, Russia and the former Soviet States. The competition is run under the auspices of the European Chess Union (ECU).

According to Chessmetrics, at his peak in September 1984 Wedberg's play was equivalent to a rating of 2630, and he was ranked No. 77 in the world. His best single performance was at Amsterdam (OHRA), 1984, where he scored 4½/8 (56%) against 2665-rated opposition, for a performance rating of 2663. [7]

Chessmetrics is a system for rating chess players devised by Jeff Sonas. It is intended as an improvement over the Elo rating system.

In the July 2010 FIDE list, he had an Elo rating of 2503, making him the No. 9 ranked Swedish player.

Notable games

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  1. "Sverigemästare" (in Swedish). Swedish Chess Federation. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  2. "Copenhagen Open / Politiken Cup" (in Danish). Københavns Skak Union. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  3. Crowther, Mark (1999-08-09). "Scandic Hotels Chess Cup, Stockholm". London Chess Center. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  4. Crowther, Mark (2003-01-06). "32nd Rilton Cup". London Chess Center. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  5. Bartelski, Wojciech. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Tom Wedberg". OlimpBase. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  6. Bartelski, Wojciech. "European Men's Team Chess Championship: Tom Wedberg". OlimpBase. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  7. Sonas, Jeff. "Event Details: Amsterdam (OHRA), 1984". ChessMetrics. Retrieved 2009-06-29. Internet chess community is an Internet chess community with over 224,000 members. The site maintains a large database of chess games, where each game has its own discussion page for comments and analysis. Limited primarily to games where at least one player is of master strength, the database begins with the earliest known recorded games and is updated with games from current top-level tournaments. Basic membership is free, and the site is open to players at all levels of ability, with additional features available for Premium members. While the primary purpose of is to provide an outlet for chess discussion and analysis, consultation games are periodically organized with teams of members playing either other teams of members or very strong masters, including a former US champion and two former world correspondence champions. Members can maintain their own discussion pages, and there are features to assist study of openings, endgames and sacrifices. The front page also features a puzzle of the day, player of the day, and game of the day, the puzzle varying in difficulty throughout the week from "very easy" on Mondays to "insane" on Sundays.