The 2015 Visma Chess Festival took place from 24-28th June, in Vaxjo, Sweden.
The event was separated into three 10-player round robin tournaments, valid for FIDE rating and norms.
Bulgarian GM Krasimir Rusev and IM Daniel Howard Fernandez of England tied for the first place in Visma GM Tournament with 6,5/9 points each, but Rusev prevailed on a superior tie-break score to lift the trophy, while Fernandez managed to fulfill his second GM norm.
IM Rasmus Svane from Germany, GM Yuri Solodovnichenko from Ukraine and GM Berg Emanuelfrom Sweden shared third place after the whole group finished the event with 6 points.
Visma IM-Group A Tournament was convincingly topped by Swedish player FM Philip Lindgren who scored 7 points out of 9 games to earn the IM norm.
Ukrainian player IM Petr Golubka was also convincing in Visma IM-Group B. He won the event with 7,5/9 points, leaving the runner-up, FM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen from Norway, 1,5 points behind. The latter, however, fulfilled his IM norm, playing at Elo performance of 2451.
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Visma GM final standings:
1 GM Rusev Krasimir BUL 2541 6,5
2 IM Fernandez Daniel Howard ENG 2447 6,5
3 IM Svane Rasmus GER 2520 6
4 GM Solodovnichenko Yuri UKR 2587 6
5 GM Berg Emanuel SWE 2558 6
6 IM Westerberg Jonathan SWE 2443 4
7 IM Smith Axel SWE 2452 3,5
8 FM Ochsner Bjørn Møller DEN 2413 2,5
9 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2521 2
10 IM Johansson Linus SWE 2391 2
Visma IM-Group A final standings:
1 FM Lindgren Philip SWE 2374 7
2 IM Shkuran Daniil UKR 2389 5,5
3 FM Rydström Tom SWE 2282 5,5
4 FM Livner Anders SWE 2347 5
5 IM Milchev Nikolay BUL 2395 4,5
6 FM Pettersson Anders SWE 2310 4,5
7 IM Carstensen Jacob DEN 2358 4
8 FM Kvisvik Brede Alexander NOR 2293 4
9 FM Cederstam Barsk Carl SWE 2336 2,5
10 WIM Frisk Ellinor SWE 2249 2,5
Visma IM-Group B final standings:
1 IM Golubka Petr UKR 2383 7,5
2 FM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2397 6
3 FM Von Bahr Oskar SWE 2381 5
4 FM Pohjala Henri FIN 2404 5
5 Olofsson-Dolk Mattis SWE 2238 4
6 GM Bellon Lopez Juan Manuel ESP 2374 4
7 FM Andersson Tommy SWE 2400 4
8 IM Fries-Nielsen Jens Ove DEN 2442 4
9 Rahul Kumar Pune IND 2138 3
10 Drugge Patrick SWE 2175 2,5
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