Danish Chess Championship

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The Danish Chess Championship was organised by the Danish Chess Union (DSU) and first held in 1910. A masterclass was first introduced in 1915. But it is only from 1922 that the title of Danish chess champion was introduced, this was the first year also players from Copenhagen joined.


In 1949 Poul Hage and Bjørn Nielsen were equal, but Nielsen died before the play-off. In 1950 Hage finished equal with Jens Enevoldsen, but this time the winner was decided by toss up.

The 1997 Championship was a ten-player single round-robin tournament held in Esbjerg from 22–30 March. The field included six Grandmasters, and the tournament average Elo rating was 2487 making it FIDE category 10. Lars Bo Hansen won with 6.0/9, and was the only player to not lose a game. Tied for second at 5.5 were Curt Hansen, Bent Larsen, and Peter Heine Nielsen. The four top finishers were all GMs.

The 1999 Championship was a ten-player single round-robin tournament held in Aarhus starting on 27 March. Peter Heine Nielsen and Sune Berg Hansen tied at 6.5/9, with Nielsen winning the championship on tie-break.[1]

The 2000 Championship began as a ten-player single round-robin tournament, but 65-year-old former champion Bent Larsen was forced to withdraw due to ill health, and his completed games were not counted in the tournament results. The 15–24 April championship in Aalborg was won by Curt Hansen 6.0/8 a half point ahead of Peter Heine Nielsen. Both completed the tournament without a loss, but Hansen had one more win.[2]

The 2001 Championship was a ten-player single round-robin tournament held in Nyborg from 7–16 April. Tournament favorite Peter Heine Nielsen won 7.0/9.[3]

The 2002 Championship was a ten-player single round-robin tournament held in Greve from 23–31 March. Sune Berg Hansen won 6.5/9.[4]

The 2003 Championship was a ten-player single round-robin tournament held in Horsens from 12–20 April. Tournament favorite Peter Heine Nielsen won 7.0/9, a half point ahead of Palo Davor in second place.[5]

The 2004 Championship was a 16-player single-elimination tournament held in Køge, 4–12 April. Steffen Pedersen defeated Henrik El Kher in the final to win the championship.[6]

The 2005 Championship was a 16-player single-elimination tournament held in Køge, 20–28 March. Sune Berg Hansen defeated Curt Hansen 2.5–1.5 in the final to win the championship.[7]

The 2006 Championship, held 8–17 April in Aalborg, was organized as a ten-player single round-robin Gladiator Chess event in which only games won would count. In order to reduce the number of draws, any drawn games were replayed at with colors reversed at rapid time controls of 25 minutes + 10 seconds per move. A series of draws would be replayed with colors reversed each time at blitz speed, 10 minutes + 5 seconds per move until a decisive result was achieved. The use of the gladiator scoring did not affect the top two finishes in the championship. Sune Berg Hansen placed first and Nicolai Vesterbaek Pedersen second in a field of ten.[8]

The 2007 Championship was a 24-player, 9-round Swiss system tournament held in Aalborg, 31 March–8 April. Sune Berg Hansen defended his title winning for the third consecutive time (four championships overall), 6.5/9. As part of a four-way tie for second with 6 points, FM Allan Stig Rasmussen missed earning his second grandmaster norm by only a half point.[9]

The 2008 Championship was a 20-player, 9-round Swiss held in Silkeborg, 15–23 March. Peter Heine Nielsen won scoring 7 points in the first championship he had entered in five years. Lars Schandorff was second with 6 points. Defending champion Sune Berg Hansen shared third with 5½.[10]


Year City Winner
1910 Randers Johannes Kruse
1911 Odense Gyde Jørgensen
1912 Lemvig M. Weye
1913 Slagelse Age Kier
1914 Aarhus Axel Salskov
1915 Horsens Johannes Giersing
1916 Copenhagen J. Juhl
1917 Grenaa Egil Jacobsen
1918 Nykøbing Liss Olof Karlsson
1919 Middelfart Frederik Immanuel Weilbach
1920 Aalborg Johannes Petersen
Hans Denver
1921 Roskilde F. Thomsen
1922 Copenhagen Egil Jacobsen
1923 Copenhagen Erik Andersen
1924 Randers Age Kier
1925 Aarhus Erik Andersen
1926 Sønderborg Erik Andersen
1927 Vordingborg Erik Andersen
1928 Horsens Jacob Erhard Wihjelm Gemzøe
1929 Copenhagen Erik Andersen
1930 Svendborg Erik Andersen
1931 Frederikshavn Erik Andersen
1932 Esbjerg Erik Andersen
1933 Nakskov Erik Andersen
1934 Vejle Erik Andersen
1935 Copenhagen Erik Andersen
1936 Herning Erik Andersen
1937 Odense Poul Hage
1938 Aalborg Poul Hage
1939 Naestved Holger Norman-Hansen
1940 Randers Jens Enevoldsen
1941 Copenhagen Bjørn Nielsen
1942 Nørresundby Bjørn Nielsen
1943 Helsingør Jens Enevoldsen
1944 Odense Bjørn Nielsen
1945 Odense Christian Poulsen
1946 Nykøbing Bjørn Nielsen
1947 Esbjerg Jens Enevoldsen
1948 Aarhus Jens Enevoldsen
1949 Copenhagen Poul Hage
1950 Aalborg Poul Hage
1951 Odense Eigil Pedersen
1952 Herning Christian Poulsen
1953 Horsens Eigil Pedersen
1954 Aarhus Bent Larsen
1955 Aalborg Bent Larsen
1956 Copenhagen Bent Larsen
1957 Odense Palle Ravn
1958 Herning Børge Andersen
1959 Aarhus Bent Larsen
1960 Aalborg Jens Enevoldsen
1961 Nykøbing Eigil Pedersen
1962 Copenhagen Bent Kølvig
1963 Odense Bent Larsen
1964 Holstebro Bent Larsen
1965 Aalborg Sejer Holm
1966 Aarhus Bjørn Brinck-Claussen
1967 Vejle Børge Andersen
1968 Copenhagen Børge Andersen
1969 Odense Ole Jakobsen
1970 Flensborg Bjørn Brinck-Claussen
1971 Hjørring Ole Jakobsen
1972 Esbjerg Svend Hamann
1973 Copenhagen Børge Andersen
1974 Vejle Ulrik Rath
1975 Odense Gert Iskov
1976 Aarhus Bo Jacobsen
1977 Copenhagen Bjørn Brinck-Claussen
1978 Horsens Carsten Høi
1979 Aalborg Jens Kristiansen
1980 Odense Ole Jakobsen
1981 Aarhus Erling Mortensen
1982 Vejle Jens Kristiansen
1983 Copenhagen Curt Hansen
1984 Aalborg Curt Hansen
1985 Naestved Curt Hansen
1986 Esbjerg Carsten Høi
1987 Holstebro Erling Mortensen
1988 Odense Lars Schandorff
1989 Aalborg Erling Mortensen
1990 Randers Erik Pedersen
1991 Lyngby Erling Mortensen
1992 Aarhus Carsten Høi
1993 Tønder Lars Bo Hansen
1994 Aalborg Curt Hansen
1995 Ringsted Jens Kristiansen
1996 Randers Peter Heine Nielsen
1997 Esbjerg Lars Bo Hansen
1998 Taastrup Curt Hansen
1999 Aarhus Peter Heine Nielsen
2000 Aalborg Curt Hansen
2001 Nyborg Peter Heine Nielsen
2002 Greve Sune Berg Hansen
2003 Horsens Peter Heine Nielsen
2004 Køge Steffen Pedersen
2005 Køge Sune Berg Hansen
2006 Aalborg Sune Berg Hansen
2007 Aalborg Sune Berg Hansen
2008 Silkeborg Peter Heine Nielsen
2009 Silkeborg Sune Berg Hansen
2010 Hillerød Allan Stig Rasmussen
2011 Odense Allan Stig Rasmussen
2012 Helsingør Sune Berg Hansen
2013 Helsingør Davor Palo
2014 Skørping Allan Stig Rasmussen
2015 Svendborg Sune Berg Hansen
2016 Svendborg Mads Andersen
2017 Skørping Mads Andersen
2018 Svendborg Bjørn Møller Ochsner
2019 Svendborg Allan Stig Rasmussen
2020 Svendborg Mads Andersen[11]


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