Reports | March 13, 2012 19:36

Caruana wins Reykjavik Open - full report with video

Caruana wins Reykjavik Open - full report with video

Fabiano Caruana finished sole first at the Reykjavik Open with a score of 7.5/9. The Italian grandmaster, who was the top seed in the Icelandic capital, remained unbeaten and finished half a point ahead of Ivan Sokolov, David Navara, Gawain Jones, Boris Avrukh, Hou Yifan, Sebastien Maze and Henrik Danielsen.

The Blue Lagoon, one of the most famous touristic attractions in Iceland

Event Reykjavik Open | PGN via TWIC | Details at Chess-Results
Dates March 6th-13th, 2012
Location Reykjavik, Iceland
System 9-round Swiss
Players
Top players include Fabiano Caruana, David Navara, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Ivan Cheparinov, Ivan Sokolov, Hou Yifan, Robert Hess, Gawain Jones, Yuriy Kuzubov Yuriy, Vladimir Baklan, Erwin l'Ami, Yuri Shulman and Boris Avrukh
Rate of play 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 1
Prizes fund 1st € 5000, 2nd € 2000, 3rd € 1250, etc. - see here

In our previous report we mentioned the unpredictable weather conditions in Iceland. In the last few days it actually calmed down and there was hardly any snowfall. In the playing hall, things heated up with many great fights on top and lower boards. Eventually top seeded Fabiano Caruana won the tournament, but it could have ended very differently. But let's start with some video impressions!

After round four Fabiano Caruana, David Navara, Ivan Sokolov, Ivan Cheparinov, Gawain Jones and Robert Hess were still on 100%. On Friday night one of the many side events was held in the cafe area of the Harpa building: a pub quiz. It was one of those things that made the tournament a very social gathering. There were questions like "Who is older, Benkö or Taimanov", "Who was Botvinnik referring to when he said: 'the boy doesn't have a clue about chess, and there's no future at all for him in this profession'" and "Which famous player did a thesis on the Chinese prison system at the Sorbonne University in Paris".

In the fifth round on Saturday Gawain Jones and Fabiano Caruana drew quickly on board 1. Ivan Sokolov, who played a good Aeroflot Open last month, made clear that he kept his good form by beating David Navara with Black:

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GM Ivan Sokolov has a wide black repertoire against 1.e4

Ivan Cheparinov seems to be enjoying chess once again. Now that Veselin Topalov isn't playing much chess anymore, Cheparinov is planning to play more himself, more than in 2011. He won against Robert Hess:

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Ivan Cheparinov of Bulgaria will be playing more chess again

American GM Yuri Shulman was having a horrible first part of the tournament. In the second round he lost to Svetlana Cherednichenko, rated 2279, and in round five he went down against Johan Henriksson, with exactly the same rating.

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In this fifth round I played a nice game myself. My level is not up to the standards of what I tend to show on this site, but everyone is capable of playing one nice move every now and then, right?

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Taking the walk from the hotel to the venue, along the waterfront to the East of the old harbour, we passed the striking Sólfar or Sun Voyager every day. It was created by artist Jón Gunnar Árnason and unvieled in 1971. It is intended to be an abstract representation of a viking ship.

A Sunday is usually a quiet day, for those with regular jobs (and for those who believe that it is actually meant to be a rest day). The organizers thought differently, and planned two rounds on this day! Of course this is very tough, but even more so for the participants who indulged in the infamous night life of Reykjavik on Saturday night. It probably says enough that the most popular pizza place Divinos opens "from 10 to 8" on Saturdays, meaning from 10 a.m. till 8 a.m.! 

One of those regular nightlife explorers is Ivan Sokolov, and so his quick draw with Ivan Cheparinov on the early Sunday morning wasn't a surprise. Except for Caruana's win over Bragi Thorfinsson, many other top games also ended in draws. In the afternoon, Caruana grabbed sole lead thanks to a black win against Cheparinov:

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Fabiano Caruana grabbed the lead in round 7 and kept it till the end

Gawain Jones had a disastrous game against Boris Avrukh.

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Boris Avrukh, the author of several opening books published by Quality Chess, was lucky against Gawain Jones

In the penultimate round, Sokolov used one of his many Ruy Lopez lines to draw with Caruana.

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After the game, the Yugoslav-born Dutch GM referred to his acclaimed The Ruy Lopez Revisited:

He didn't read my book! I guess he will read it now!

Hou Yifan impressively ground down Vladimir Baklan with the black pieces.

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After Gibraltar, Hou Yifan played another excellent open tournament

Against Robert Hess, David Navara won an ending which might have been drawn - at least the players thought so during the post-mortem. (This game also features in the video above.)

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David Navara from the Czech Republic

Fabiano Caruana was still leading by half a point before the last round, and also after the last round as ther top four boards ended in draws. Hou Yifan missed a good chance to win the tournament instead:

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Drawing his last round game against Hou Yifan, Fabiano Caruana finished sole first in Reykjavik

There was a small incident in the last round, when local IM Bragi Thorfinsson didn't show up for his game. The reason was, no doubt, the fact that he was paired against a 2255 player while he needed a slightly stronger opponent to be able to score a GM norm. One of the organizers told us that Thorfinsson will be given the "hairdryer treatment", referring to Sir Alex Ferguson famously shouting to underperforming players!

"Daily briefings"

And so an end has come to a wonderful tournament, or rather, festival, in "chess city" Reykjavik. The closing ceremony was organized in a way that one normally only sees at super tournaments: in the reception area of the town hall, with free champagne and hors-d'oevres. Afterwards we joined the organizers at a tapas place, and in a number of speeches everyone thanked each other for their part of the success. The organizers are ambitious: they are planning to grow further for the 49th and 50th edition which will also take place in Harpa and for which more private sponsorship has already been secured. Besides, for 2015 they hope to get the European Team Championship to Reykjavik.

 

A must-see (or rather, must-do) in Iceland: the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa. The steamy waters are part of a lava formation. "Bláa lónið" is situated approximately 13 km (8 miles) from the Keflavík International Airport and many tourists in fact visit it on their way to the airport, and so did a large group of American participants of the tournament before flying to New York.

Reykjavik Open 2012 | Final standings

Rk. Title Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 Rp w-we rtg+/-
1 GM Caruana Fabiano ITA 2767 7,5 56 44 45,5 2777 0,55 5,5
2 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2653 7 56 43,5 42,25 2744 1,36 13,6
3 GM Navara David CZE 2700 7 55,5 44 42 2709 0,48 4,8
4 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2635 7 53 41 39 2697 1,03 10,3
5 GM Avrukh Boris ISR 2591 7 51,5 42 37,75 2667 1,23 12,3
6 GM Hou Yifan CHN 2639 7 51,5 40 39,75 2677 0,71 7,1
7 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2577 7 50 39,5 38,5 2569 0,22 2,2
8 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2504 7 48,5 38 38 2574 1,21 12,1
9 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2664 6,5 56 44,5 38 2695 0,8 8
10 GM Hess Robert L USA 2635 6,5 53,5 42 36,5 2638 0,45 4,5
11 GM L'ami Erwin NED 2611 6,5 52 40 36 2543 -0,29 -2,9
12 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2666 6,5 51,5 40 36,25 2594 -0,38 -3,8
13 GM Papin Vasily RUS 2575 6,5 49,5 39,5 35 2489 -0,55 -5,5
14 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2531 6,5 49,5 38,5 33,75 2541 0,47 4,7
15 GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2612 6,5 49,5 38 34 2578 0,06 0,6
16 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2512 6,5 49 38,5 34,5 2474 -0,09 -0,9
17 GM Steingrimsson Hedinn ISL 2556 6,5 48,5 37,5 33,75 2497 -0,2 -2
18 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2588 6,5 48,5 37,5 33,5 2494 -0,29 -2,9
19 IM Akshayraj Kore IND 2422 6 52,5 42,5 32 2563 1,9 19
20 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2615 6 52 41 33,5 2543 -0,48 -4,8
21 FM Moen Andreas NOR 2360 6 49,5 39 29,75 2431 1,07 16
22 IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2460 6 49 38,5 29,25 2513 0,93 9,3
23 WGM L'ami Alina ROU 2372 6 49 37,5 30 2414 0,71 10,6
24 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2561 6 48,5 39 29,75 2484 -0,5 -5
25 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2506 6 47,5 36,5 28,25 2462 -0,15 -1,5
26 IM Kristiansen Jens DEN 2432 6 47 36,5 30 2403 -0,01 -0,1
27 IM Krush Irina USA 2461 6 47 35,5 28,5 2457 0,21 2,1
28 GM Libiszewski Fabien FRA 2523 6 46,5 36,5 30 2406 -0,99 -9,9
29 IM Ziska Helgi Dam FAI 2456 6 46,5 35,5 29 2431 0 0
30 FM Sigfusson Sigurdur ISL 2346 6 46 34,5 27,75 2378 0,44 6,6
31 IM Arnold Marc T USA 2502 6 45,5 35 29 2414 -0,63 -6,3
32 FM Kiewra Keaton F USA 2355 6 44,5 34,5 28,25 2353 0,43 6,4
33 GM Shulman Yuri USA 2594 6 43,5 34,5 27,25 2317 -2 -20
34 FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2255 6 41,5 32 23,5 2273 0,42 6,3
35 IM Hunt Adam C ENG 2454 5,5 52,5 40,5 30,25 2455 0,39 3,9
36 GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2398 5,5 52 40,5 29 2421 0,59 5,9
37 FM Aguera Naredo Javier ESP 2358 5,5 51 40 28,75 2442 1,24 12,4
38 IM Bartholomew John USA 2440 5,5 50,5 40 28 2455 0,44 4,4
39 FM Coleman Teddy USA 2356 5,5 49 39 28 2444 1,24 18,6
40 WGM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2279 5,5 49 38,5 27,75 2317 1,2 18
41   Jensson Einar Hjalti ISL 2245 5,5 48,5 39,5 27,25 2415 2,24 33,6
42 FM Trella Thomas GER 2410 5,5 48 37,5 28 2389 0,07 0,7
43   Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2346 5,5 47 36,5 24,75 2350 0,39 5,8
44 GM Ashley Maurice USA 2452 5,5 45,5 35 25,75 2314 -0,88 -8,8
45 IM Zumsande Martin Dr. GER 2439 5,5 45,5 34,5 25,75 2315 -1,1 -11
46 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2289 5,5 44 34 25,25 2243 0,27 4,1
47 IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2361 5,5 43,5 34,5 23,5 2300 -0,43 -4,3
48 FM Lagerman Robert ISL 2315 5,5 43,5 33,5 21,75 2256 -0,34 -5,1
49 FM Henriksson Johan SWE 2279 5,5 43 33,5 24 2267 0,29 4,3
50 IM Gunnarsson Jon Viktor ISL 2424 5,5 43 33 24,25 2294 -1,17 -11,7
51 FM Johannesson Ingvar Thor ISL 2331 5,5 43 33 23,75 2270 -0,43 -6,4
52   Karlsson Bjorn-Ivar ISL 2250 5,5 43 33 21,5 2177 -0,28 -4,2
53   Olafsson Thorvardur ISL 2147 5,5 42 34 22,75 2210 1,48 22,2
54 IM Vuilleumier Alexandre SUI 2350 5,5 41,5 32 23,75 2292 -0,24 -2,4
55   Doggers Peter NED 2265 5,5 39 30 22,75 2213 -0,37 -5,6
56 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi ISL 2421 5 51,5 41,5 25,75 2549 1,51 15,1
57 GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2500 5 49 39 24 2392 -0,87 -8,7
58 FM Larsen Karsten DEN 2321 5 49 39 22,5 2360 0,64 9,6
59 FM Michalczak Thomas GER 2326 5 48 38 23,75 2366 0,46 6,9
60   Haarr Jon Kristian NOR 2226 5 47,5 37 24,75 2337 1,43 21,5
61 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2357 5 46,5 36 23 2364 0,3 3
62   Myrstad Odd Magnus NOR 2091 5 45,5 35 23,5 2167 0,59 8,9
63 IM Thomassen Joachim NOR 2400 5 45,5 35 23 2278 -1,1 -11
64   Vaarala Eric SWE 2241 5 45 35,5 20 2265 0,53 7,9
65   Friedrichs Klaus GER 2283 5 45 35 22,5 2305 0,58 8,7
66 IM Dukaczewski Piotr POL 2310 5 44,5 34 22 2221 -0,7 -10,5
67   Perez Flavio FRA 2269 5 44 34 21 2281 0,18 2,7
68   Edvardsson Kristjan ISL 2217 5 43,5 34 22 2221 0,44 6,6
69 CM Dunn Andrew ENG 2205 5 43 34 21,75 2251 0,92 13,8
70   Mertens Heiko GER 2336 5 43 33 21,25 2224 -0,87 -13,1
71   Lemeaux David FRA 2287 5 43 33 20,5 2225 -0,46 -6,9
72   Ornolfsson Magnus P ISL 2175 5 42 33,5 20,25 2170 0,35 5,3
73   Gikas Andreas Basilius GER 2219 5 41 31,5 18,5 2138 -0,62 -9,3
74 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn ISL 2416 5 41 31 20,75 2241 -1,7 -17
75 FM Dougherty Michael CAN 2195 5 40,5 31,5 19,5 2166 0,02 0,3
76 IM Cummings David H CAN 2341 5 40,5 30,5 20,5 2191 -1,29 -12,9
77   Bjornsson Bjorn Freyr ISL 2183 5 40 32 19,25 2163 0,06 0,9
78   Van Heirzeele Daniel BEL 2161 5 40 31,5 20,25 2080 -0,32 -4,8
79   Loftsson Hrafn ISL 2202 5 40 31 19,5 2095 -0,76 -11,4
80   Ingvason Johann ISL 2132 5 39,5 31,5 18 2029 -0,63 -9,4
81   Halldorsson Bragi ISL 2178 5 39,5 30 19 2093 -0,86 -12,9
82 FM Langer Michael USA 2217 5 38,5 29 19,5 2054 -0,51 -7,7
83   Helin Mikael SWE 1884 5 37 29 17,5 1979 0,9 13,5
84   Sigurjonsson Siguringi ISL 1944 5 37 29 17,25 2011 1,15 17,3
85 WIM Andersson Christin SWE 2102 5 36,5 26,5 17,5 1947 -1,86 -27,9
86   Holm Kristian Stuvik NOR 2290 4,5 46,5 36 19,5 2227 -0,46 -6,9
87   Hobber Anders NOR 2224 4,5 45 35,5 20 2255 0,64 9,6
88 FM Lasinskas Povilas LTU 2170 4,5 44,5 36 19,75 2244 1,23 18,5
89 CM Arjun Bharat IND 2210 4,5 44,5 35,5 18 2239 0,63 9,4
90 NM Marzano Carlo ITA 2164 4,5 44 35 19,5 2155 0,41 6,2
91   Palsson Halldor ISL 2000 4,5 44 34,5 19 2202 2,09 31,4
92 FM Einarsson Halldor Gretar ISL 2239 4,5 42,5 33 18,25 2155 -0,66 -9,9
93   Goodger Martyn ENG 2098 4,5 42 31,5 16,5 2112 -0,5 -7,5
94   Lee Kai Jie Edward SIN 2093 4,5 41,5 32,5 16,25 2072 -0,65 -9,8
95   Murray Mike CAN 2007 4,5 41 32 17,75 2067 0,79 23,7
96   Thorell Viktor SWE 2034 4,5 41 31,5 18,25 2055 -0,05 -0,8
97   Ragnarsson Johann ISL 2082 4,5 41 31,5 17 2129 0,15 2,3
98   Karlsson Mikael Johann ISL 1884 4,5 39,5 31,5 16,25 2082 2,12 31,8
99   Edvardsen Ragnar NOR 2045 4,5 39 30 15,25 2056 -0,14 -2,1
100   Hardarson Jon Trausti ISL 1688 4,5 38,5 31 18,5 2101 3,59 53,8
101   Skoien Havard NOR 2121 4,5 38,5 31 15,25 1975 -0,72 -10,8
102   Doell Detlef GER 2067 4,5 37,5 27 17,25 1871 -2,05 -30,8
103   Hansen Erle Andrea Marki NOR 1793 4,5 36,5 29 15,75 2101 3,08 46,2
104   Jonsson Pall Leo ISL 2057 4,5 36,5 27,5 15,75 1936 -1,23 -18,5
105   Bergsson Stefan ISL 2171 4,5 36 28 16 1947 -0,96 -14,4
106   Stam Bart NED 2048 4,5 36 26 16,75 1876 -2,04 -30,6
107   Sigurjonsson Stefan Th ISL 2117 4,5 35,5 29 12,75 1914 -1,12 -16,8
108   Sigurdarson Emil ISL 1769 4,5 35,5 27,5 14,5 1925 1,58 23,7
109 CM Huizer Mark NED 2122 4,5 35 28 13,75 1788 -2,23 -33,5
110   Vrban Damir AUT 2152 4,5 34 27 14,75 1853 -2,52 -37,8
111   Bjornsson Sverrir Orn ISL 2153 4 46 37,5 18,25 2183 0,75 11,3
112   Johansen Stian NOR 1961 4 45 36 18,25 2171 1,98 29,7
113   Ziska Andrias FAI 1900 4 42,5 33,5 16,75 2005 0,85 12,8
114 IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2092 4 41,5 32 14,75 2109 -0,11 -1,1
115   Bharat Vijay IND 1941 4 41,5 31,5 15,75 1945 -0,5 -7,5
116   Thorsteinsson Erlingur ISL 2129 4 41 32,5 15,5 1929 -1,44 -21,6
117   Kjartansson Dagur ISL 1528 4 40 32 16,25 2149 3,44 51,6
118   Rodriguez Fonseca Jorge ESP 2003 4 39,5 30 13,75 1990 -0,32 -4,8
119   Mikalsen Erlend Rm NOR 2045 4 39 30 14 2018 -1 0
120   Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur ISL 1959 4 39 29,5 15,25 1916 -0,03 -0,4
121   Haga Halvor NOR 2032 4 39 29,5 13,5 1906 -0,73 -10,9
122   Birgisson Ingvar Orn ISL 0 4 38,5 30,5 15 1981    
123   Arnljotsson Jon ISL 0 4 38,5 30,5 14,25 2000    
124   Johannsson Orn Leo ISL 1939 4 38,5 30,5 14 1927 -0,26 -3,9
125   Ghaderi Arman K IRI 1772 4 38,5 30 15,75 1923 1,51 45,3
126   Miettinen Teemu FIN 2012 4 38,5 29 14,25 1915 -0,5 -7,5
127 WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug ISL 2085 4 38,5 28,5 13,5 1960 -1,73 -26
128   Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 1928 4 37,5 29,5 14,75 1940 -0,17 -2,5
129   Bjornsson Eirikur K ISL 2000 4 37,5 29 13,5 1992 0,08 1,2
130   Saemundsson Bjarni ISL 1947 4 36,5 28,5 13 1841 -1,53 -23
131   Ingason Sigurdur ISL 1878 4 36 28,5 12,25 1836 0,05 0,8
132   Zachariassen John DEN 1939 4 36 27,5 12,5 1847 -0,94 -14,1
133 WFM Dave Dhyani IND 2205 4 35,5 27,5 11,75 1949 -2,31 -34,7
134   Scholzen Wolfgang GER 2127 4 35 26,5 11,5 1870 -0,8 -12
135   Fivelstad Jon Olav NOR 1879 4 34,5 27,5 11,25 1885 0,29 4,3
136   Johannesson Oliver ISL 1677 4 34 27 13,75 1906 2,04 30,6
137   Heimisson Hilmir Freyr ISL 1602 4 33,5 26 12,75 1921 2,86 85,8
138   Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 1858 3,5 49 38 18,75 2187 2,44 36,6
139   Jonsson Hrannar ISL 0 3,5 44 34,5 15,25 2097    
140   Eriksen Magnus NOR 2108 3,5 40 32 13,25 1974 -1,24 -18,6
141   Antonsson Atli ISL 1849 3,5 39 31,5 12,75 1993 1,16 17,4
142   Forsa Elise NOR 1789 3,5 38 30,5 13,75 1966 1,37 20,5
143 FM Andersen Daniel DEN 1879 3,5 37,5 29,5 11,5 1819 -0,54 -8,1
144   Hynna Kevin FIN 1936 3,5 37 29 10,75 1875 -0,72 -10,8
145   Finnbogadottir Tinna Kristin ISL 1810 3,5 36,5 29,5 11 1907 0,8 12
146   Knudsen Jes West DEN 1913 3,5 36,5 29 12 1842 -0,86 -12,9
147   Sjol Henrik NOR 1892 3,5 36 28,5 11,25 1828 -0,8 -12
148   Johannsdottir Johanna Bjorg ISL 1864 3,5 35,5 28 11,25 1862 0,04 0,6
149   de Winter Eric NED 1852 3,5 35,5 28 11,25 1868 0,06 1,8
150   Kristinardottir Elsa Maria ISL 1734 3,5 35 27 12,5 1762 0,25 3,8

 

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Comments

Daniel's picture

Well done Fabiano!

Daniel's picture

Well done Fabiano!

Al's picture

awesome result Gawain too, didn't realise he was this good!

sligunner's picture

He IS this good, which is why it was such a disgrace he didn't get an invitation to the London tournament in December.

RuralRob's picture

Poor Hou is going to be getting an earful from the Chinese Ministry of Total World Chess Domination when she returns home.

Zeblakob's picture

Gota see him im ze next WCC iv any.

Anonymous's picture

good result but not that special. caruanas result is expected. id like to see whether he scores a good result against kramnik carlsen aronian anannd etc

Parkov's picture

tied 2nd in Wijk isn't good enough?

mathijs's picture

dont be so naive, incidental results are not necessarily reflective of true potential

Thomas's picture

Recently, you rather have to search hard for an incidental bad result by Caruana: the last one would be Biel in July 2011. Thereafter he did pretty well whenever he played - be it round robins (also Reggio Emilia and Poikovsky), team events or opens (also Aeroflot).

Remco G's picture

That's why the rating list exists, to track _all_ his results. And #6 at 2772 is nothing to sneeze at.

nathan's picture

The way the prize fund is distributed Caruana walks away with 5000 euros. The remaining 7 tied half a point behind Caruana get only around 800 euros each!

Another fantastic result for Hou by the way, as she gains even more points; who knows if she hadnt met Caruana in the last round, she might have even finished tied first.

Parkov's picture

Well if they have a problem with that why didn't they finish on 7.5 points too?

Harish Srinivasan's picture

May be you missed it, Hou Yifan had a completely winning position against Caruana in the last round but spoiled it. Had she won it, she would have been clear first.

Thomas's picture

Another take on Hou Yifan-Caruana would be: the game was mostly balanced, then the players made one mistake each and these cancelled out, hence the draw was a 'correct' result? What does "completely winning" mean, as opposed to incompletely winning? "Any Russian schoolboy" would win such a position? Did you see the win (on your own, without engine assistance)? I admit that I expected 41.Nxf7? while watching live ... .

@nathan: It's odd to suggest that Hou Yifan was 'unlucky' to face Caruana in the final round. First, this was her best chance for shared first (no need for help from someone else). Second, due to an early draw against German FM Trella and another one against IM Hunt she had relatively weak opponents compared to Caruana, Sokolov or even Cheparinov: Hou Yifan faced only four GMs (the others had five or six) and only two top10 seeds (the others had four). And regarding prize money, I guess the top-seeded GMs also got an appearance fee or at least a free trip to Iceland. Else they wouldn't travel to such a remote place even if it is a fascinating tourist destination (I have been there myself three times)?

Harish Srinivasan's picture

I did watch it live and due to my oversight 41.Nxf7 came actually as a surprise to me. I was more or less calculating lines only where the pawn was trying to queen especially since Hou had just played 40.d6 one move before. I did not see Nac4, but then I stick with my usage of "completely winning" after having looked at the analysis here as well as on chessbase. It means the opponent does not have any way to defend as against "possibly winning" when the position looks winning but there might be some unseen resources that the opponent has.

Thomas's picture

I had joined the live transmission exactly at this moment (after 40.-Bb7) so I didn't fully realize that Hou Yifan had just played 40.d6 - which might have been a quick move, last one before the time control, without yet knowing the follow-up.

BTW there are more detailed analyses also on the middlegame @ http://chessbase.de/nachrichten.asp?newsid=12733 (guess you checked the English site?) and http://www.thechessmind.net/storage/chess-posts/hou_caruana_reykjavik201... .

One remaining question: Is the position after 49.Nxd8 in the analysis (or if black gives the rook in a different way) really "completely winning"? Various sources somewhat disagree: Peter Doggers writes "should be winning", chessbase.de gives ± (rather than +-) "Is it won?", chessbase.com and Dennis Monokroussos seem to be surer that white can really win. In any case, I guess Caruana wouldn't have yet resigned - certainly given the tournament situation - so Hou Yifan had to face a lengthy technical task.
Interestingly, the ending in Navara-Hess was somewhat similar - same pawn structure, same material advantage for white but rooks rather than (more) knights - and both players thought it might have been drawn. What's the difference? Rooks are more mobile and annoying (many checks, harder to create a zugzwang)? Or subtle differences in the pawn structure?

Harish Srinivasan's picture

In Hou's game I don't why it should be difficult to exchange off one pair of knights and hence winning. In Navara's game, it is somewhat more difficult to exchange the rooks since as you say its more mobile.

Janis Nisii's picture

In chess, and in sports in general, the final result it all that matters.
I didn't see that game yet, but it's not important. If she had a winning position, it's probably because Fabiano blundered, so we could say that hadn't he blundered she wouldn't have had a winning position.

JeroenKK's picture

whats with fabio? he found a new boyfriend? he is doing so well lately

Juan Castillo's picture

Haters gonna hate...

stevefraser's picture

Please don't degrade a great up and coming chess player by suggesting that they are homosexual. Thank you.

Sander's picture

You think suggesting that someone homosexual is degrading? Ask yourself, who is really degrading who?

Remco G's picture

Although I agree that JeroenKK probably meant it that way, I don't think it actually is degrading.

Niima's picture

Boyfriend or not, he plays great chess. I find reviewing his games both fun and instructive.

Stephen Gordon's picture

Hey JeroenKK

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Why would you make a comment like that?

Bob's picture

Amazing how mean-spirited some posters on this site can be. "Anonymous" - would it kill you to say something positive for a change?

Very well done FC!

bragi64's picture

Caruana blundered with Hou and was completely lost. Nd3, albeit in time pressure, was a move you dont expect from a player of that class. Then Hou blundered without any time pressure, returning the favour. I get the impression that I. Sokolov played the best chess there. But, as usual, the credit goes to the winner...

Anonymous's picture

It appears that Hou Yi Fan was (to use a tennis analogy) serving for the match - perhaps nerves got the best of her? If she can make a player like Caruana sweat then I hope she gets more invites to high rated round-robins (as a wild card). Polgar said (in answer to a question) that Hou will likely crack 2700.

ganesh.d's picture

fabulous fab

Roberto's picture

Fab Fab played 52 rated games in the last 105 days, almost without short draws. He is the greater fighter amongst the top-ten and also has a full agenda before the Tal Memorial (June). Meanwhile the others are resting and... studying his openings.

kevg's picture

I understand that the original comment was probably meant as an insult, and the response was an honest attempt at defense, but being homosexual does not 'degrade' someone.

noahses's picture

Thank you for the report and showing a fragment of one of your games.
I'm especially glad that Hou did so well once again, and I'm also very happy for Caruana. What a remarkable period of growth these two supertalents are going through. It's truly a pleasure to watch.
About some of the comments here: it makes me sad. People please just don't respond to trolling. One or two inflammatory remarks can easily be ignored, but if everyone feels a duty to respond, the troll wins, and this discussion forum, that Peter so generously provides for us,turns into another one of those dark places on the internet which i'd prefer not to frequent.

columbo's picture

thanks peter for the report, for showing us one of your game and for the very fresh video ! Congrats to Caruana and to chessvibes on this one :)

Mike Hunt's picture

I didnt think trannies played chess.

Mike Hunt's picture

Naka and Tootsie should get together. They would be the strongest chess couple around!

Pal G.'s picture

Anyone else notice this?

55 Doggers Peter NED 2265 5,5 39 30 22,75 2213 -0,37 -5,6

Congrats.

Pal G.'s picture

Oops.. saw Peter's game fragment and comments. Great!

Eric's picture

I think Hou Yifan has a great sense of fashion. The way she dresses strikes me every time: varied, original and tasteful. Maybe she could be the first chessplayer to have her own clothing line!

Anonymous's picture

There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points in Features also. Keep working ,great job!

Anonymous's picture

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