Renjuplayers in the world - 5. Björn Wallgren
0.Your name, your nationality, your age, male or female.
Bjorn Wallgren, Sweden, born 1962, male.
1.When did you start to play renju and how did you learn it?
I started to play renju in 1990. I lived in the city of Linkoping,
and worked in the same place as Johan Ronngaard, who was an established
player. He showed the renju game and invited me to the Linkoping club,
where Bengt Nyberg became my coach.
2.Do you play in a club? In which clubs have you played?
As mentioned earlier I played in the Linkoping club from 1990.
In 1994 I moved to the city of Harnosand.
There I have practiced with some players during the years,
but they have all moved to other cities or quitted renju.
Best remembered is Joachim Gaulitz, who I met in 1994.
I tought him the renju rules and he was a quick learner.
Less then 5 years later he became Swedish Champion.
3.Which are your best results in national and international tournaments (Usual
tournaments and e-mail tournaments). Which is your international rating for
I have only won one tournament, the Swedish Correspondence Championship in
My best place in Swedish Renju Championship was 6th in 1997.
I was 8th in the European Championship of 1995 in Saint Petersburg.
I was 9th in the WC Open Tournament of 1995 in Tallinn.
My international rating now (10th of September 1999) is exactly 2100.
At the moment I am ranked as the 17th best player in Sweden.
4.Which is the best player you have met?
I have been beaten twice by Ando Meritee, very impressive.
5.Can you explain why you enjoy renju?
I think I can enjoy any mind game, but I have met so many nice people when
6.Which is your plans for the future as a player?
I have put down so much energy in administrative work for the Swedish
Renju Federation, so I have lost all playing ambitions, I am only playing because it is fun
7.Please, send me an image of you - if possible a jpg- or gif-file.
Difficult, maybe later.
8.If you have anything else interesting to tell that you think that I should
have asked for, please, do it as answer no 8.
As I mentioned earlier I have put down a lot of energy for the Swedish
But I am very impressed by the people who also push the Renju
International Federation forward.
Of the Swedish players I must especially thank Tommy Maltell, Peter
Jonsson and Stefan Karlsson for that.
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