Only Chinese Player Li Chao Victorious in Reykjavik

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Li Chao won the Reykjavik Open on Wednesday. As the only player from China this year, Li started with a draw in the first round but scored an impressive 8 points in his final 9 games. He finished clear first with 8.5/10, half a point ahead of Robin van Kampen, Eric Hansen, Eduardas Rozentalis and Helgi Olafsson. 

Li Chao in between Fiona Steil-Antoni and Ingvar Johannesson | Photo Reykjavik Open

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Li Chao claims the trophy in Reykjavik Open 2014

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao was the sole winner of the N1 Reykjavik Open which took place on 4-12th March at the Harpa Music & Conference Hall.

Li Chao finished with 8,5 points from 10 rounds. The best placed Icelandic player was GM Helgi Ólafsson on 8 points, sharing the second place with Robin Van Kampen, Eric Hansen and Eduardas Rozentalis.

Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson visited the tournament on the last day to execute the first move in the game Hansen-Olafsson.

The organizers also honoured Trausti Björnsson, Friðrik Ólafsson and Jón Kristinsson, who all participated in the first Reykjavik Open 50 years ago in 1964.

Six players made international norms. The Egyptian Mohamed Ezat was the only one to get a Grandmaster norm. Five players made IM norms – the young Indian Chitambaram Vr. Aravindh, Tatev Abrahamyan, Daniel Cawdery, Brede Kvisvik and Lenka Ptácníková.

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Final standings:

1. GM Li Chao CHN 2700 – 8.5
2. GM Van Kampen Robin NED 2603 – 8
3. GM Hansen Eric CAN 2587 – 8
4. GM Rozentalis Eduardas LTU 2623 – 8
5. GM Olafsson Helgi ISL 2546 – 8
6. GM L’Ami Erwin NED 2646 – 7.5
7. GM Harika Dronavalli IND 2487 – 7.5
8. GM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2511 – 7.5
9. GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2541 – 7.5
10. IM Panjwani Raja CAN 2460 – 7.5
11. GM Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2706 – 7
12. GM Rapport Richard HUN 2681 – 7
13. GM Ramirez Alejandro USA 2599 – 7
14. GM Berkes Ferenc HUN 2687 – 7
15. GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2651 – 7
16. GM Browne Walter S. USA 2444 – 7
17. GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2501 – 7
18. GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2631 – 7
19. IM Hamitevici Vladimir MDA 2456 – 7
20. GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2600 – 7
21. WGM Abrahamyan Tatev USA 2376 – 7
22. GM Molner Mackenzie USA 2528 – 7
23. GM Colovic Aleksandar MKD 2493 – 7
24. GM Krush Irina USA 2490 – 7
25. GM Djurhuus Rune NOR 2447 – 7
26. GM Pavlovic Milos SRB 2506 – 7
27. GM Amin Bassem Dr. EGY 2657 – 6.5
28. IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2418 – 6.5
29. GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2646 – 6.5
30. FM Kvisvik Brede NOR 2257 – 6.5
31. IM Idani Pouya IRI 2496 – 6.5
32. IM Elsness Frode NOR 2479 – 6.5
33. FM Cawdery Daniel RSA 2362 – 6.5
34. GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2435 – 6.5
35. IM Gullaksen Eirik NOR 2359 – 6.5
36. IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2495 – 6.5
37. FM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2395 – 6.5
38. GM Galego Luis POR 2463 – 6.5
39. FM Antal Tibor Kende HUN 2325 – 6.5
40. IM Lie Espen NOR 2456 – 6.5
41. IM Prosviriakov Vladimir USA 2269 – 6.5
42. IM Karavade Eesha IND 2408 – 6.5
43. WGM L’Ami Alina ROU 2398 – 6.5
44. IM Soors Stef BEL 2394 – 6.5
45. GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2503 – 6.5
46. IM Shoker Samy EGY 2466 – 6.5
47. FM Gledura Benjamin HUN 2385 – 6.5
48. NM Kazmaier Daniel CAN 2187 – 6.5
49. FM Englert Fabian GER 2317 – 6.5
50. Bongartz Philipp GER 2143 – 6.5
51. IM Ezat Mohamed EGY 2439 – 6
52. WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2239 – 6
53. IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2382 – 6
54. IM Tania Sachdev IND 2423 – 6
55. IM Porper Edward CAN 2427 – 6
56. IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn ISL 2389 – 6
57. IM Norowitz Yaacov USA 2430 – 6
58. IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2441 – 6
59. FM Hauge Lars Oskar NOR 2308 – 6
60. FM Bagi Mate HUN 2385 – 6
61. IM Kernazhitsky Leonid Dr. UKR 2249 – 6
62. FM Constantinou Peter ENG 2270 – 6
63. FM Dubessay Bastien FRA 2362 – 6
64. Vaarala Eric SWE 2285 – 6
65. FM Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2314 – 6
66. Johannesson Oliver ISL 2115 – 6
67. IM Devereaux Maxim L NOR 2345 – 6
68. Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 2105 – 6
69. Kristinsson Jon ISL 2290 – 6
70. Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2209 – 6
71. Fehr Axel Dr. GER 2101 – 6
72. FM Bjornsson Sigurbjorn ISL 2360 – 6
73. WIM Sahl Sheila Barth NOR 2196 – 6
74. FM Stigar Petter NOR 2237 – 6
75. Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 2066 – 6
76. Hackner Oskar A ENG 2105 – 6
77. WGM Vojinovic Jovana SRB 2323 – 5.5
78. WGM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2294 – 5.5
79. FM Ekeberg Carl Fredrik NOR 2303 – 5.5
80. Grant Jonathan I M SCO 2255 – 5.5
81. Haldorsen Benjamin NOR 1994 – 5.5
82. FM Langer Michael USA 2248 – 5.5
83. Wunnink Michael NED 2251 – 5.5
84. Bjornsson Bjorn Freyr ISL 2158 – 5.5
85. Hellwig Tobias GER 2180 – 5.5
86. FM Liang Awonder USA 2237 – 5.5
87. Abrahams Daniel CAN 2055 – 5.5
88. Teh Eu Wen Aron MAS 2237 – 5.5
89. WGM Dolzhikova Olga NOR 2212 – 5.5
90. IM Klundt Klaus GER 2341 – 5.5
91. FM Bekker-Jensen David DEN 2299 – 5.5
92. WFM Beltz Franziska GER 2155 – 5.5
93. Michalowski Peter GER 1985 – 5.5
94. Thiry Jean-Christophe BEL 1996 – 5.5
95. Olafsson Thorvardur ISL 2254 – 5.5
96. Petursson Gudni ISL 2104 – 5.5
97. Karlsson Mikael Johann ISL 2051 – 5.5
98. FM Hoffmann Hendrik GER 2244 – 5.5
99. Barthel Ansgar GER 2229 – 5.5
100. Wengler Joerg GER 2080 – 5.5
101. Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur ISL 1967 – 5.5
102. Restuccia Francisco ARG 2093 – 5.5
103. Bergsson Stefan ISL 2099 – 5.5
104. WIM Van Weersel Arlette NED 2176 – 5.5
105. Bjornsson Sverrir Orn ISL 2126 – 5.5
106. FM Bjerke Richard NOR 2162 – 5
107. Steindorsson Sigurdur P. ISL 2215 – 5
108. Kenney Jason CAN 2124 – 5
109. FM Bisby Daniel L ENG 2314 – 5
110. Schou-Moldt Thomas DEN 2191 – 5
111. Zeier Klaus GER 2253 – 5
112. Thorgeirsson Jon Kristinn ISL 1883 – 5
113. IM Ponomarenko Alexandr UKR 2274 – 5
114. Stefansson Vignir Vatnar ISL 1844 – 5
115. Þorsteinsson Arnar ISL 2205 – 5
116. Teitsson Magnus ISL 2207 – 5
117. Hardarson Jon Trausti ISL 2033 – 5
118. Edvardsson Kristjan ISL 2233 – 5
119. Schaefer Reyk GER 2102 – 5
120. Sigeman Johan SWE 2123 – 5
121. Halldórsson Jón Árni ISL 2185 – 5
122. Rydstrom Tom SWE 2198 – 5
123. WFM Zhang Fan GER 2104 – 5
124. Djurhuus Eivind X NOR 1953 – 5
125. Gueler Sebastian GER 2208 – 5
126. Farine Jonathan CAN 1953 – 5
127. Runarsson Gunnar ISL 2048 – 5
128. Fridgeirsson Dagur Andri ISL 1803 – 5
129. Chernukhin Alexander RUS 2135 – 5
130. Hansen Lars-Henrik Bech DEN 2022 – 5
131. Jorgensen Line Jin NOR 1923 – 5
132. NM Derraugh Geordie CAN 2173 – 5
133. Szalontay Mihaly HUN 2066 – 5
134. Valtysson Thor ISL 1998 – 5
135. Knutsson Larus ISL 2044 – 5
136. Berg Runar ISL 2117 – 5
137. Johannsson Orn Leo ISL 1999 – 5
138. Sigurdsson Birkir Karl ISL 1738 – 5
139. Grove Michael SCO 2097 – 5
140. Carlsen Henrik NOR 2027 – 5
141. Murray Michael A. CAN 2004 – 5
142. Flodmark Tarras SWE 1922 – 5
143. Jonsson Pall G ISL 1802 – 5
144. Kristinardottir Elsa Maria ISL 1822 – 5
145. Kjartansson Dagur ISL 1662 – 5
146. Opasiak Dustin Tennessee GER 1812 – 5
147. FM Pajeken Wolfgang GER 2308 – 4.5
148. Pupols Viktors USA 2049 – 4.5
149. NM Frick Renato LIE 2038 – 4.5
150. Thorhallsson Gylfi ISL 2130 – 4.5
151. CM Zoldan Matteo Dr ITA 2209 – 4.5
152. Baldursson Haraldur ISL 2027 – 4.5
153. Mehringer Joerg GER 1927 – 4.5
154. Hauksson Hordur Aron ISL 1756 – 4.5
155. Andersen Niels Erik DEN 1940 – 4.5
156. Iclicki Willy MNC 1993 – 4.5
157. Carvalho Beserra Juan Pablo BRA 2005 – 4.5
158. Andersen Per O NOR 2042 – 4.5
159. WIM Van Der Merwe Cecile H. RSA 2026 – 4.5
160. Mare Eben RSA 1967 – 4.5
161. Traustason Ingi Tandri ISL 1854 – 4.5
162. Ontiveros John ISL 1710 – 4.5
163. Omtvedt Per NOR 2008 – 4.5
164. Raddatz Michael GER 2044 – 4.5
165. Pajeken Jakob Leon GER 1703 – 4.5
166. Sigurdsson Sverrir ISL 1980 – 4.5
167. Arvidsson Jonas SWE 1992 – 4.5
168. IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2101 – 4.5
169. Marentini Marcel SUI 2155 – 4.5
170. Jonsson Gauti Pall ISL 1618 – 4.5
171. Sigurdarson Emil ISL 1867 – 4.5
172. Kilthau Peter GER 1886 – 4.5
173. Aubert Carsten NOR 1997 – 4.5
174. Plater Ronald ENG 1938 – 4.5
175. CM Altman Joshua ENG 1650 – 4.5
176. Ferreira Alex CAN 1933 – 4
177. Baldvinsson Loftur ISL 2007 – 4
178. Longo Tyler CAN 1961 – 4
179. Forsa Elise NOR 1830 – 4
180. Petersson Baldur Teodor SWE 1624 – 4
181. Robson Paul E ENG 1915 – 4
182. Heimisson Hilmir Freyr ISL 1761 – 4
183. Thorhallsson Simon ISL 1636 – 4
184. Svensson Lars-Ake SWE 2007 – 4
185. Vanheirzeele Daniel BEL 2116 – 4
186. Leosson Atli Johann ISL 1759 – 4
187. Roets Marius H. RSA 1437 – 4
188. Klyszcz Michael GER 2011 – 4
189. Bjornsson Eirikur K. ISL 1958 – 4
190. Tijssens Rob NED 1782 – 4
191. Johannsdottir Johanna Bjorg ISL 1865 – 4
192. Szumniak Jedrzej SWE 1618 – 4
193. Sigurjonsson Siguringi ISL 1948 – 4
194. Johansen Arnt-Ole NOR 1829 – 4
195. WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug ISL 2056 – 4
196. Morkedal Oyvind NOR 1704 – 4
197. Hisnay Gregory USA 1705 – 4
198. Jonsson Olafur Gisli ISL 1890 – 4
199. Lurdalen Svein Erik NOR 0 – 4
200. Eliasson Kristjan Orn ISL 1875 – 4
201. WFM Stolberg-Rohr Thomine DEN 1964 – 4
202. Nordquelle Daniel NOR 1654 – 4
203. Birkisson Bardur Orn ISL 1475 – 4
204. Rache Ralf GER 1862 – 4
205. Meier Gerd GER 1901 – 4
206. Einarsson Oskar Long ISL 1599 – 4
207. Kolka Dawid ISL 1736 – 4
208. de Winter Eric NED 1804 – 4
209. Englert Fred GER 1845 – 4
210. Finnbogadottir Tinna Kristin ISL 1921 – 3.5
211. Sielicki Tomasz POL 2019 – 3.5
212. Thorarensen Adalsteinn ISL 1737 – 3.5
213. Gardarsson Halldor ISL 1895 – 3.5
214. Saraiva Alexandre Pacheco BRA 1963 – 3.5
215. Sjol Henrik NOR 1853 – 3.5
216. Schadd Jan NED 1893 – 3.5
217. Steingrimsson Karl Egill ISL 1663 – 3.5
218. Lee Gudmundur Kristinn ISL 1649 – 3.5
219. Haraldsson Oskar ISL 1897 – 3.5
220. Hansen Erle Andrea Marki NOR 1810 – 3.5
221. Kruglyak Mikhail USA 0 – 3.5
222. Halldorsson Haukur ISL 1669 – 3.5
223. Palmarsson Erlingur Atli ISL 0 – 3.5
224. Birkisson Bjorn Holm ISL 1598 – 3.5
225. Magnusdottir Veronika Steinun ISL 1595 – 3.5
226. Steinthorsson Felix ISL 1530 – 3.5
227. Davidsson Oskar Vikingur ISL 1404 – 3.5
228. Sigurthorsson Kristinn J ISL 0 – 3
229. Hauksdottir Hrund ISL 1668 – 3
230. Davidsdottir Nansy ISL 1510 – 3
231. Danielsson Sigurdur ISL 1953 – 3
232. Norlander Svante SWE 1754 – 3
233. Kravchuk Mykhaylo ISL 1470 – 3
234. Bragason Gudmundur Agnar ISL 1349 – 3
235. Jonasson Hordur ISL 1526 – 3
236. Maggason Oskar ISL 1882 – 3
237. Petersen Jakob Alexander ISL 1425 – 3
238. Eðvarðsson Dagbjartur Ágúst Taylor ISL 0 – 3
239. Sigurvaldason Hjalmar ISL 1512 – 3
240. Plantada Siurans Estanislau ESP 1557 – 3
241. Palsdottir Soley Lind ISL 1450 – 3
242. Gautason Kristofer ISL 1677 – 3
243. Sigurdarson Alec Elias ISL 1309 – 3
244. Holm Fridgeir K ISL 1729 – 2.5
245. Briem Héðinn Sveinn Baldursson ISL 0 – 2.5
246. Shaheen Sameh EGY 0 – 2.5
247. Kristbergsson Bjorgvin ISL 1175 – 2.5
248. Finnsson Johann Arnar ISL 1471 – 2.5
249. Magnusson Thorsteinn ISL 1234 – 2.5
250. Kristjansson Halldor Atli ISL 0 – 2
251. Luu Robert ISL 0 – 2
252. Unnsteinsson Oddur Þór ISL 0 – 2
253. Arnaldarson Bjarki ISL 0 – 1.5
254. Kristofersson Sindri Snaer ISL 0 – 1.5
255. Ragnarsson Heimir Pall ISL 1424 – 1

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Tension Rising at Reykjavik Open, Dutch Duo in the Lead

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The Reykjavik Open has reached its half-way point and the tension is rising. After 5 rounds the tournament, a 10-round Swiss, has two Dutch leaders: GMs Robin van Kampen and Erwin l’Ami. They will play on board one against each other on Saturday. Note that every day you can enjoy live commentary on this tournament on Chess.com/TV!

All photos © Fiona Steil-Antoni

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Reykjavik Open Starts Today – Live Commentary on Chess.com/TV

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Today the 29th Reykjavik Open will take off in Harpa, the concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. More than 250 players from over 40 different federations will play, with Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany) and Li Chao (China) as the top favorites. Live commentary from the playing hall will be available every round at Chess.com/TV.

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Reykjavik Chess Open 2014 LIVE!

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The traditional Reykjavik Open is back with the 2014 edition, that will take place 4th-12th of March. Top seeded is GM Arkadij Naiditsch, and his main competitors are GM Li Chao B, GM Ferenc Berkes, GM Richard Rapport, GM Amin Bassem, GM Erwin L’Ami, GM Gawain Jones, GM Mikhail Kobalia, GM Grzegorz Gajewski, GM Eduardas Rozentalis, GM Robin Van Kampen, GM Nils Grandelius, GM Alejandro Ramirez, GM Eric Hansen, GM Hannes Stefansson, etc.

Expect daily reports on the main pages of Chessdom.com and Chessdom.ru, as well as live games analysis via Chessdom Arena

More information: Official website / Live games / Fresh Chessdom shop products / Watch TCEC new season / Play free online chess

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Garry Kasparov at Reykjavik Open 2014

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Reykjavik Chess Open 2014The next edition of the Reykjavik Open will take place on 4-12th March, 2014. Once again the tournament will be held in the beautiful Harpa concert hall by the Reykjavik harbour.

The 2014 Reykjavik Open will celebrate a 50 year anniversary of the tournament. The organisers will do their best to make this 50 year anniversary edition a very memorable one.

There will be many side events, including a photo-op and book signing by former World Champion Garry Kasparov. Full schedule below.

The tournament will be played over 10-rounds of Swiss system. Top prizes are 5.000€ / 2.000€ / 1.250€ / 800€ / 600€ etc
There are also prizes for best women, juniors and elo categories.

Reykjavik Open 2013

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Side Events:

– Monday 3rd of March, Opening Party

For those coming on Monday it’s ideal to go to the opening party which will be held at the official bar of the tournament, Sky Lounge and Bar which is situated at Hotel Arnarhvoll which is straight across from Harpa and only about a minute walk away or so. The party will be held from 17:00 till 19:00.

– Thursday 6th of March, The Golden Circle (before the round)

Guided tour around some of the most spectacular sights in Southern Iceland, including the Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot spring and Bobby Fischer´s final resting place.
Also a stop at the Fischer centre in Selfoss: http://fischersetur.is/index.cfm?page=pages/start_en2&lang=en
Registration form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ERl7mffewsXa73rmUvA8PbMGLl2l8xRg849h59qoO5M/viewform

– Friday 7th of March, The World Famous Reykjavík Open Chess Pub-Quiz (after the round)

The really popular and entertaining chess pub quiz which is becoming a standard feature of the tournament will be here yet again. As usual there are 30 questions about chess and the history of the game, both recent and past. This will be a pair event. Registration on-site, just show up just before 22:00 at the official bar of the tournament Sky and Lounge Bar.

– Saturday 8th of March, The “Kids’n Blitz” Tournament

The finals of a blitz tournament for 13 year and younger children from the Reykjavík metropolitan area. Elimination format. Will be played in the morning, and finish just before the start of that days round.

“Even Steven” Blitz Tournament at 20:00
A nine round “5-minute” plus 1-second blitz tournament with time odds, where a total of 10-minute playing time is divided between opposing players, depending on the ELO ranking. For each 100-point difference in ELO ranking, there will be a two-minute difference in with a maximum difference of 8 minutes (1 minute and 9 minutes). So, for example, a 2200-rated player will thus have 8 minutes against a 2500-rated player, who will have 2 minutes, but each will enjoy the 1-second increment time per move. Entry fee is EUR10 (or the equivalent in ISK) and is due prior to the start of the first round. The tournament will be in HARPAN!
Minimum age: 18 years.

– Sunday 9th of March, Kobalia Lecture

At 11:00 on Sunday the very strong 2650 rated GM Mikhail Kobalia from Russia will give a lecture. Hopefully Kobalia can give us some insights or secrets since he one of the head trainers of the Russian youth teams traveling to junior events!

– Football – Iceland vs. Rest of the World

The 4th annual soccer match, open to all. To be played at 22:00 in the indoor hall: Fifan. Registration possible up to and including Saturday the 8th. Pickup will be from Harpan @21:30. The plan this year is 4 teams and played about 7-a-side on half a pitch.

– Monday 10th of March, Kasparov photo-op and book signing

Kasparov will be on site before the round on Monday and there will be a photo opportunity as well as book signing. Details later

– Wednesday 12th of March, Closing Ceremony at City Hall

Closing ceremony at Reykjavík City Hall commences at 18:30. Everybody welcome.

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50 years since first Reykjavik Open

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

On this day 50 years ago on January 14th, 1964, the inaugural Reykjavik Open started. To mark this anniversary date, a contract was signed to write a book covering the history of this prestigious tournament.

The author of the book will be GM Helgi Olafsson. Olafsson has followed or played in almost all of the Opens and has close to impeccable memory.

Perhaps no-one was better suited to a task of this magnitude. Olafsson has a few books to his name, the most notable perhaps his account of his meetings with Bobby Fischer in “Bobby Fischer Comes Home”.

Palmi Petursson, Helgi Olafsson and Gunnar Björnsson

Vice President Palmi Petursson, GM and author Helgi Olafsson and President Gunnar Björnsson

Going back in history, on January 14th, 1964, Mihail Tal played his first round game against local Master Jon Kristinsson.

Facing a repetition of moves after the opening, in true Tal fashion, Misha decided to take a huge risk and sacrifice his Queen!

After the game, Tal said: “I didn’t come all the way from Riga to Reykjavik to make a short draw in the first round!”

Tal might be the most celebrated name in the history of this tournament and he lived up to his reputation winning the inaugural Open with a magnificent 12,5 out of 13 points.

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Top 10 reasons to visit the Reykjavik Open

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Top 10 reasons to visit the Reykjavik Open

The 2014 Reykjavik Open is looking like it will be a great event with already well over 150 players registered. The Reykjavik Open is an annual tournament with 10 rounds (one day with double rounds) and the time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves and then another 30 minutes after move 40. There is a 30-second increment throughout. Byes are also available in rounds 2-7.

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