Basamro International, Murmansk

Basamro International Chess Tournament, 6th-9th October 2016, Murmansk

The Basamro International Chess Tournament was developed by the Dutch and Russian Chess Federations. Now in it’s fourth year it has alternated between Murmansk and Rotterdam. Each year additional guest teams are invited to compete and this year Sussex Junior Chess were invited along with Paris, Leningrad and Novorossiysk.

Alongside the junior team event there is also a 4 game match between former world champion GM Anatoly Karpov and GM Jan Timman.

Sussex Team with former world champion GM Anatoly Karpov (back row centre) and GM Jan Timman (second right)

The Sussex Team:

Amardip Ahluwalia, Lucy Bennet-Stevens, Callum Brewer, Thomas Finn, Matthew Forster, Edward Gray, Alec Hedger, Otto Pyper

Daily Blog from Mike Forster:

Many thanks to Balvinder Ahluwalia for the hours of administration that went into making this experience possible.



9th October

Joint third on match points.. 4th on tiebreak!

Then a chance to experience Russian chess school today, followed by exchange chess with the Dutch tonight A northern lights trip is on with a 50% chance of seeing them!

8th October

Round 4 – a tense and close fought battle going right to the end of the round with our youngest players fighting to the last minutes for a fantastic close victory against Pathena Rotterdam

6th October

A quick note to confirm we had a great result today with a 4-4 draw against the reigning champions from Paris. Hope you are all watching and supporting on Tomorrow we play two strong Russian teams…Novorossiysk and Leningrad.

5th October

Just a quick confirmation we are all now at the Park Inn, Murmansk.
Today we saw a geology museum in Kirovsk and saw some Sussex war graves from 1919 in Murmansk.

4th October

We have arrived safely at our stopover Kirovsk. Early start tomorrow!