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Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:42
Hannes Stefansson won the Icelandic Championship on Saturday in Reykjavik. It was the 12th national title for the Icelandic grandmaster in his last 13 attempts. Stefansson beat Bjorn Thorfinnsson in a rapid tiebreak after both had finished on 8/10. This year the Icelandic Championship was part of the Icelandic Open, with which the Reykjavik Chess...
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:55
For the first time the Viking Chess Club became Chess Club Champion of Iceland. After promoting in the last three previous years from the 4th to the 1st division, the Viking Chess Club exactly repeated the success achieved by the Hrokurinn chess club at the turn of the millennium.  The Viking Chess Club ended clear first, 3.5 points clear of the...
The first move for Anish Giri made by the Mayor of Reykjavik | All photos by Hrafn Jökulsson
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 9:55
The Reykjavik Open started on Tuesday with a brief but special opening ceremony, because for the first time the Prime Minister spoke to the participants. In the first round almost all stronger players beat their opponents, but there were some exceptions. And, what about a successful Muzio Gambit? How romantic is that? The first move for Anish Giri...
Reykjavik Open starts today; Caruana, Navara and Hou Yifan are playing and we're
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 12:12
Today the annual chess festival in Reykjavik, Iceland takes off. The open tournament is very strong, with 25 GMs and 20 IMs. Top seeds are Fabiano Caruana and David Navara, who could be found in Wijk aan Zee's top group earlier this year. Reigning World Women's Champion Hou Yifan is in Reykjavif k as well, and so are we! The tournament takes place...
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Monday, February 13, 2012 9:50
The diversity of registered players at the Reykjavik Open is quite amazing. There is close to an equal number of players in each “century” ELO bracket. For example, there are 10 players with 2600+, 14 players 2500-2600 and 16 players with 2400-2500. By Gunnar Björnsson, organizer of the Reykjavik Open 2012 There will be a record number of players...
The inaugural Chess Day in Iceland – a model for other countries?
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Friday, February 03, 2012 21:11
Iceland celebrated its first "Chess Day" on January 26th, the country's first GM and ex-FIDE president Fridrik Olafsson's birthday. GM Olafsson, who turned 77 that day, was honored at a reception at Bessastadir, the Presidential Residence. The day featured many events across all of Iceland, including simuls and blitzes in schools, shopping malls,...