On July 28, 1922 Malmö Labour Chess Club was started and shortly afterwords it was renamed to Malmö Public Chess Club, or simply Malmö AS Chess Club. Back then the club had 27 members. The initiative for the club was taken by Simon Krenzisky, a legendary person in Skåne’s and Swedish chess life, master-class player and chess puzzle constructor.
Before the club finally found its home at Alhmansgatan, there were other playing venues such as the Youth House and Star Café at Porslinsgatan.
The club’s most famous players have been Inge Johansson, Anton Fridh and GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson.
Inge won 6 club championships, 13 Malmö championship and one Swedish Championships title. Anton won 10 club championships and 12 Malmö championship. Although playing for the Swedish championships title three times, Anton never managed to with this title.
A person who is not so well-known today among chess players is Viktor Sjöberg. He won the club title four times and also became the Nordic Champion in the 1920’s, an achievement that is only shared by GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson who also won the title in 1999.
Bernt Lundgren won the Swedish Master Class in 1958. In a competition in Gothenburg he got the chance to challenge the brand-new chess world champion Max Euwe. The game ended as expected but the world champion had to face hard resistance before he could seal the victory.
During the last couple of years, Malmö AS has raised two grand masters, namely GM Daniel Semcesen and GM Tiger Hillarp-Persson. This year Tiger chose to return to Malmö AS as a result of the club’s return to the Premium League. Tiger has piled up numerous titles through the years, including the Swedish Championships title twice in 2008-2009, Nordic Champion 1999 and many wins in international tournaments.