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Thursday, October 10, 2013 17:12
The 2014 Reykjavik Open, from March 4th-12th, 2014 in the capital of Iceland, will be the 50th anniversary edition of one of the best open tournaments in the chess calendar. We've visited the tournament twice, and enjoyed it very much so we're happy to advertise the anniversary edition here at ChessVibes! Like in previous years, the tournament...
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...
Icelandic Open: you can still play!
Friday, May 17, 2013 18:33
With the first open Icelandic Championship two weeks away, registered players have already reached fifty. This is the first time in the 100 years history of the tournament that it's open to foreign players. The Championship, which starts on the 31st of May, already features GMs Hannes Stefansson and Stefan Kristjansson along with IM's Gudmundur...
Eljanov, So, Amin shared winners at the Reykjavik Open
Thursday, February 28, 2013 13:03
Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Wesley So (Philippines) and Bassem Amin (Egypt) tied for first place at the Reykjavik Open. All three GMs scored 8/10 and Eljanov got slightly more prize money (based on the Hort system) thanks to a better tie-break. Here's a report of the last three rounds. Round 8 In round 8 the top four boards all ended in draws. Yu...
Anish Giri during the Golden Circle tour on Friday
Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:21
No less than seven grandmaster are tied for first after this round: Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Yu Yangyi (China), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Wesley So (Philippines), Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria) and Grzegorz Gajewski (Poland). Here's a report of rounds 4 and 5. Anish Giri during the Golden Circle tour on Friday As Oscar...
Thursday, February 21, 2013 13:27
After three rounds, there are still fifteen players with a 100% score at the Reykjavik Open, including top seeds Anish Giri and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Wednesday was the day of the gruelling double rounds – Ivan Sokolov decided to play only one, but this wasn't a successful strategy. In round 3 Fridrik Olafsson was too friendly to his opponent. A...
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...
The Iceland-China rapid match: a warm-up for the Reykjavik Open
Monday, February 18, 2013 20:52
On Tuesday, at 16:30 local time (17:30 CET), the 28th Reykjavik Open starts in the capital of Iceland. Last weekend, as a warm-up, a rapid match between China and Iceland was played. The guests won expectedly: the score was 47.5-24.5. The 28th Reykjavik Open runs 19-27 February, again at the magnificent 28.000 m² Harpa concert hall. At the moment...
Coming up: the Reykjavik Open
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 19:41
The Reykjavik Open is now only in a few weeks time and is scheduled to take place 19th-27th February in Harpa, the glamorous glass hall along the Reykjavik Harbour, and probably the most spectacular playing hall any chess tournament has ever seen. (PRESS RELEASE) Last year, there was a record number of participants, when 198 players from 33...
Thursday, October 04, 2012 16:51
Harpa, Reykjavik's spectacular new music hall on the harbour, will again be the venue for the Reykjavik Open. The 28th edition of Iceland's annual chess tournament will be held earlier than usual: February 19th till 27th, 2013. Like last year the organizers sent out their first press release months in advance, to build up the excitement at an...