Reykjavik Open 2014 – Participants

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

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.

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

Tournament website

Participants:

1. GM Rapport Richard HUN 2680
2. GM Kobalia Mikhail RUS 2649
3. GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2648
4. GM L Ami Erwin NED 2648
5. GM Van Kampen Robin NED 2618
6. GM Ramirez Alejandro USA 2597
7. GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2539
8. IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2511
9. GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2502
10. GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2491
11. IM Kjartansson Guðmundur ISL 2455
12. IM Porper Edward CAN 2446
13. GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2445
14. IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2397
15. IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn ISL 2387
16. WGM L Ami Alina ROU 2361
17. FM Jensson Einar Hjalti ISL 2350
18. IM Klundt Klaus GER 2340
19. WGM Abrahamyan Tatev USA 2335
20. FM Sigfusson Sigurdur ISL 2328
21. FM Hoffmann Hendrik GER 2251
22. Halldórsson Halldór Brynjar ISL 2245
23. WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2238
24. Teitsson Magnús ISL 2220
25. NM Kazmaier Daniel CAN 2204
26. Hellwig Tobias GER 2184
27. Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2180
28. Schou-Moldt Thomas DEN 2179
29. Eriksson Christian Altenburg DEN 2158
30. Johnsen Gunnar NOR 2156
31. Thorvaldsson Jon ISL 2156
32. MK Molle Eugene USA 2150
33. Bergsson Stefán ISL 2124
34. Arnarsson Hrannar ISL 2111
35. Björnsson Sverrir Örn ISL 2111
36. Van Heirzeele Daniel BEL 2110
37. Mihajlov Svetoslav NOR 2105
38. Schaefer Reyk GER 2101
39. IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2100
40. Johannesson Oliver Aron ISL 2077
41. Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 2073
42. Hansen Lars-Henrik Bech DEN 2060
43. Ragnarsson Johann H. ISL 2046
44. Raddatz Michael GER 2044
45. NM FRICK Renato LIE 2038
46. Klyszcz Michael GER 2012
47. Michalowski Peter GER 1985
48. Manfred Grosse AUT 1983
49. Mare Eben RSA 1967
50. Plater Ronald ENG 1966
51. Mehringer Joerg GER 1960
52. Robson Paul ENG 1910
53. Meier Gerd GER 1901
54. Schadd Jan NED 1898
55. Kilthau Peter GER 1886
56. Þorgeirsson Jón Kristinn ISL 1844
57. Antonsson Atli ISL 1842
58. Clayton Tristan ENG 1840
59. Tijssens Rob NED 1818
60. Heimisson Hilmir Freyr ISL 1761
61. Holm Fridgeir ISL 1697
62. Thorhallsson Simon ISL 1606
63. Jónsson Gauti Páll ISL 1589
64. Ragnarsson Heimir Pall ISL 1438
65. Bakkejord Odd Vidar NOR 1279
66. Magnússon Þorsteinn ISL 1235

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Play in the 50th anniversary Reykjavik Open

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

The 2014 Reykjavik Open 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 will be held in Harpa, Reykjavik’s spectacular new music hall and conference centre by the harbour. It’s only a five-minute walk to downtown Reykjavik, a must for any chess player to visit at least once in his life!

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Sergey Fedorchuk winner in Reykjavik

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

The Reykjavik Chess Club International took place from 1st to 8th October at the Reykjavik Chess Club on Iceland.

The tournament format was ten-player round robin. It is the Club’s hope that the event will be held every year.

Guests from Ukraine, Grandmasters Sergey Fedorchuk and Mikhailo Oleksienko, dominated the field to convincingly take the top two spots leaving the nearest followers full two points behind.

The winner was decided only in the last round when Oleksienko couldn’t break the resistance of IM Gudmundur Kjartansson. Meanwhile, Fedorchuk won to take a clear first place with 8,0/9 points.

Sergei Fedorchuk

GM Sergey Fedorchuk

Final standings:

1. GM Fedorchuk Sergey A. UKR 2667 – 8
2. GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2608 – 7.5
3-4. IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2434 and GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2501 – 5.5
5. IM Ziska Helgi Dam FAI 2485 – 5
6. IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2420 – 4.5
7. FM Bjornsson Sigurbjorn ISL 2395 – 4
8. IM Thorfinnsson Bragi ISL 2483 – 3
9. Olafsson Thorvardur ISL 2266 – 2
10. IM Gunnarsson Arnar ISL 2441 – 0

The Reykjavik Chess Club (Taflfélag Reykjavíkur) was established on 6th October 1900.

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Reykjavik Open 2014 – Dates Announced

Posted by on Oct 5, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

Reykjavik Chess Open 2014The Reykjavik Open 2014 will be held from March 4th to March 12th, 2014, in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm concert hall. The tournament is expected to be very strong.

The event is celebrating 50 years anniversary since its inception in 1964, when Mikhail Tal won it with a record 12½ points out of 13. Throughout the years, Reykjavik Open grew to become one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.

The 2013 edition featured Anish Giri, Wesley So and Pavel Eljanov, the winner of the tournament, as well as Wei Yi, youngster from China who became the youngest Grandmaster in the world with a great performance in Reykjavik. 227 players from 37 countries participated, including 35 Grandmasters, 19 of them rated 2600 and higher.

The 2012 edition saw the Women’s World Champion, Hou Yifan, and then the world no. 7, Fabiano Caruana, who won the tournament.

The City of Reykjavik has sponsored the tournament since its inception in 1964. The tournament was initially held every two years, but has since 2008 taken place every year. It was closed in its early years, but has been an open event since the 1980s.

Throughout its history the Reykjavik Open has featured many of the strongest chess players in the world at the time, including Mikhail Tal, Nona Gaprindashvili, David Bronstein, Vasili Smyslov, Bent Larsen, Friðrik Ólafsson, Mark Taimanov, Lev Polugaevsky, Jan Timman, Victor Korchnoi, Samuel Reshevsky, Anthony Miles, Nigel Short, Hikaru Nakamura, Judit Polgar, Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Grischuk, Fabiano Caruana and Hou Yifan.

The tournament will be held in Harpa, Reykjavik’s spectacular new music hall and conference centre by the harbour, only 5 minutes walk from downtown Reykjavik. Harpa features several restaurants and concerts during evenings and weekends.

The tournament will be played over 10-rounds of Swiss system. Rate of play is 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min + 30 sec increment.

FIDE norms possible. FIDE rules apply, but article 6.6a will be enforced in following manner: Any player who arrives at the chessboard later than 30 minutes after the start of the session shall lose the game.

Top prizes are 5.000€ / 2.000€ / 1.250€ / 800€ / 600€ etc
There are also prizes for best women, juniors and elo categories.

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Reykjavik Chess Club International

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

The Reykjavik Chess Club will host one of the strongest round-robin tournaments in recent years in Iceland.

From October 1st through October 8th Reykjavik Chess Club (Taflfélag Reykjavíkur) is holding an invitational ten-player international tournament. It is the Club’s hope that the tournament will become an annual event.

Participants:
1. GM Sergey Fedorchuk (UKR 2667)
2. GM Mikhailo Oleksienko (UKR 2596)
3. GM Henrik Danielsen (ISL 2500)
4. IM Helgi Dam Ziska (FAI 2468)
5. IM Simon Bekker-Jensen (DEN 2414)
6. IM Arnar Erwin Gunnarsson (ISL 2441)
7. IM Guðmundur Kjartansson (ISL 2434)
8. IM Bragi Þorfinnsson (ISL 2493)
9. FM Sigurbjörn Björnsson (ISL 2395)
10. Þorvarður Fannar Ólafsson (ISL 2266)

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Reykjavik Open 2014

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

Reykjavik Chess Open 2014The 2014 edition of the Reykjavik Open will take place March 4th-March 12th. 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.

The tournament will be played over 10-rounds of Swiss system. Rate of play is 90 min for 40 moves + 30 min + 30 sec increment.

FIDE norms possible. FIDE rules apply, but article 6.6a will be enforced in following manner: Any player who arrives at the chessboard later than 30 minutes after the start of the session shall lose the game.

Top prizes are 5.000€ / 2.000€ / 1.250€ / 800€ / 600€ etc
There are also prizes for best women, juniors and elo categories.

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Eljanov, Wesley So and Amin Bassem share the first place at Reykjavik

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

The Reykjavik Opencame to an end. Pavel Eljanovand Wesley So arrived to the last round as leaders and it took them just 3 moves to sign a draw. The players decided to go for a share of the first prize instead of risking losing it all. Out of the six players that were in position to catch up with them, Egyptian GM Amin Bassem was the one who joined them at the top.

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Ivan Cheparinov played against the youngest GM in the world, Wei Yi. The Bulgarian was a rook down, but had two pawns  and the initiative for it. At move 37, he went for a perpetual check to save the draw.

Eljanov – So

Anish Giri was an exchange down against Gawain Jones, and the Englishman even had the initiative, but the first seed was able to equalize and finish the tournament with a very respectable score of 7.5/10.

Polish GM Grzegorz Gajewski had a very good tournament before the last round, but was not able to hold Amin Bassem in today’s round. The Egyptian played with white and the players went into an interesting line arising from the Sicilian Defense. Amin Bassem won a pawn, but it did not seem enough to get the full point. Gajewski made some inaccuracies in the rook endgame and the Egyptian eventually won the game after 52 moves.

The winners

The winners of last year’s World Junior Championships for men and women faced each other at the last round of the Reykjavik Open. Turkish GM Alexander Ipatov defeated Women’s Junior World Champion WGM Guo Qi in 50 moves. The Chinese played a Queen’s Gambit Declined and Ipatov decided to give up the bishop pair in exchange of the initiative. The rooks endgame was slightly complicated and the Turkish star demonstrated that he is very well prepared in this part of the game.

With this result, Alexander Ipatov finished on 7/10, winning a few rating points. Guo Qi stayed on 6/10, but also got some extra rating points. She had two remarkable games in this tournament: drawing with GM Gawain Jones and defeating GM Yuriy Kuzubov.

Final Standings:

1 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 8.0
2 GM So Wesley PHI 2684 8.0
3 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2631 8.0
4 GM Giri Anish NED 2722 7.5
5 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2709 7.5
6 IM Wei Yi CHN 2501 7.5
7 GM Dziuba Marcin POL 2602 7.5
8 GM Ding Liren CHN 2709 7.5
9 NM Norowitz Yaacov USA 2432 7.5
10 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2637 7.5
11 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2644 7.5
12 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 7.0
13 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2715 7.0
14 GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2644 7.0
15 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2569 7.0
16 GM L’ami Erwin NED 2622 7.0
17 GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2531 7.0
18 GM Shulman Yury USA 2563 7.0
19 GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2609 7.0
20 GM Navara David CZE 2710 7.0
21 GM Xiu Deshun CHN 2530 7.0
22 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2566 6.5
23 IM Li Wenliang CHN 2411 6.5
24 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2496 6.5
25 IM Andersen Mads DEN 2462 6.5
26 IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2414 6.5
27 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2566 6.5
28 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2675 6.5
29 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2622 6.5
30 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568 6.5
31 GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2441 6.5
32 GM Esen Baris TUR 2565 6.5
33 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2498 6.5
34 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2533 6.5
35 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2603 6.5
36 IM Lou Yiping CHN 2468 6.5
37 IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2439 6.5
38 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2507 6.5
39 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2430 6.5
40 FM Hambleton Aman CAN 2472 6.5
41 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2473 6.5
42 WGM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2307 6.5
43 IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2405 6.5
44 Tari Aryan NOR 2263 6.5
45 Wahlbom Magnus SWE 2279 6.5
46 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2643 6.0
47 IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2509 6.0
48 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2466 6.0
49 WGM Huang Qian CHN 2478 6.0
50 IM Bartholomew John USA 2435 6.0
51 IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2375 6.0
52 WGM Guo Qi CHN 2431 6.0
53 GM Olafsson Fridrik ISL 2416 6.0
54 IM Ris Robert NED 2407 6.0
55 GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2486 6.0
56 FM Bjerke Richard NOR 2131 6.0
57 FM Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2329 6.0
58 IM Mikkelsen Nikolaj DEN 2421 6.0
59 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2312 6.0
60 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2556 6.0
61 IM Diermair Andreas AUT 2407 6.0
62 IM Zumsande Martin GER 2419 6.0
63 WGM L’ami Alina ROU 2362 6.0
64 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn IM ISL 2386 6.0
65 Omarsson Dadi ISL 2212 6.0
66 FM Cubas Pons Juan Miguel ESP 2284 6.0
67 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 6.0
FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2260 6.0
69 Bergthorsson Jon Thor ISL 2125 6.0
70 Thorgeirsson Jon Kristinn ISL 1766 6.0
71 IM Muir Andrew J SCO 2313 5.5
72 WGM Wang Jue CHN 2375 5.5
73 FM Jayakumar Adarsh USA 2271 5.5
74 IM Krush Irina USA 2460 5.5
75 Wang Yiye CHN 2226 5.5
76 IM Hagen Andreas Skytte DEN 2411 5.5
77 IM Smith Axel SWE 2485 5.5
78 IM Kislik Erik Andrew USA 2359 5.5
79 IM Prosviriakov Vladimir USA 2297 5.5
80 Beeke Bob NED 2257 5.5
81 FM Handler Lukas AUT 2369 5.5
82 FM Kvisvik Brede NOR 2314 5.5
83 Palmqvist Fredrik SWE 2050 5.5
84 FM Bewersdorff Oliver GER 2335 5.5
85 Drill Frank GER 2124 5.5
86 FM Ekeberg Carl Fredrik NOR 2274 5.5
87 FM Andreasen Per Naesby DEN 2302 5.5
88 IM Miedema David NED 2364 5.5
89 Steindorsson Sigurdur P. ISL 2235 5.5
90 Ornolfsson Magnus P. ISL 2169 5.5
91 Pretterhofer Kiaras AUT 1997 5.5
92 Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 1990 5.5
93 Maack Kjartan ISL 2136 5.5
94 Karlsson Mikael Johann ISL 1990 5.5
95 Thorhallsson Gylfi ISL 2141 5.5
Ofstad Sigurd NOR 1985 5.5
97 WFM Frisk Ellinor SWE 2197 5.5
98 Doell Detlef GER 2044 5.5
99 Halldorsson Bragi ISL 2180 5.5
100 Bergsson Stefan ISL 2180 5.5
101 IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2133 5.5
102 Ingvason Johann ISL 2148 5.5
103 WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2369 5.0
104 IM Borsos Bogdan UKR 2260 5.0
105 Ragnarsson Johann ISL 2046 5.0
106 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2350 5.0
107 Bird Andrew AUS 2223 5.0
108 Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 1961 5.0
109 Schou-Moldt Thomas DEN 2236 5.0
110 Helin Mikael SWE 1910 5.0
111 Karason Askell O ISL 2235 5.0
112 WFM Newrkla Katharina AUT 2135 5.0
113 WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug ISL 2041 5.0
114 WIM Van Weersel Arlette NED 2211 5.0
115 Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur ISL 1960 5.0
116 Fivelstad Jon Olav NOR 1888 5.0
117 Johansen Stian NOR 2090 5.0
118 Halldorsson Jon Arni ISL 2222 5.0
119 Van Heirzeele Daniel BEL 2125 5.0
120 Saemundsson Bjarni ISL 1935 5.0
121 Knútsson Lárus ISL 2072 5.0
122 Murray Michael A. CAN 2017 5.0
123 Raddatz Michael GER 2075 5.0
Johannesson Oliver ISL 1988 5.0
125 Frick Renato LIE 2075 5.0
126 Michel Steve NED 2008 5.0
127 Ohlsson Mikael SWE 1811 5.0
128 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2269 4.5
129 Rodriguez Fonseca Jorge ESP 2009 4.5
130 Finnbogadottir Tinna Kristin ISL 1871 4.5
131 Johannsson Orn Leo ISL 1953 4.5
132 WCM Roberts Lynda WLS 1903 4.5
133 Isaksson Per SWE 2016 4.5
134 FM Valenti Giuseppe ITA 2204 4.5
135 Marentini Marcel SUI 2069 4.5
136 Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2059 4.5
137 Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2071 4.5
138 Andreasen Jakup A.R. FAI 1992 4.5
139 Hardarson Jon Trausti ISL 1853 4.5
140 Karlsson Robin SWE 1980 4.5
141 Birgisson Ingvar Orn ISL 1953 4.5
142 Kuehnast Volker GER 1936 4.5
143 Jonsson Olafur Gisli ISL 1870 4.5
144 FM Malmdin Nils-Ake SWE 2281 4.5
145 Vigfusson Vigfus ISL 1985 4.5
146 Newrkla Alexander AUT 1969 4.5
147 Mihajlov Svetoslav NOR 2071 4.5
148 Eliasson Kristjan Orn ISL 1873 4.5
149 Hyotyla Tapio SUI 1792 4.5
150 Jensen Soren DEN 1909 4.5
151 Palsson Halldor ISL 2078 4.5
152 Egilsson Fridrik Orn ISL 0 4.5
153 Haraldsson Leif SWE 2028 4.5
154 Johansen Arnt-Ole NOR 1817 4.5
155 Merkesvik Sondre NOR 1903 4.5
156 Johannsdottir Johanna Bjorg ISL 1872 4.5
157 Bjornes Leif NOR 1957 4.5
158 Evenson Kent USA 0 4.5
159 WCM Orlova Yelizaveta CAN 1978 4.5
160 Leosson Atli Johann ISL 1736 4.5
161 Traustason Ingi Tandri ISL 1840 4.5
162 Kristinardottir Elsa Maria ISL 1747 4.5
163 Mehringer Joerg GER 1908 4.5
164 Leimeister Winfried GER 1909 4.0
165 Schadd Jan NED 0 4.0
166 Heerde Thomas GER 2053 4.0
167 Kleinert Juergen GER 1991 4.0
168 Hojgaard Brandur FAI 1734 4.0
169 Masson Kjartan ISL 1856 4.0
170 Seim Fredrik NOR 1714 4.0
171 Jablon Stephen USA 1896 4.0
172 Hisnay Gregory USA 0 4.0
173 Ingason Sigurdur ISL 1878 4.0
174 Storesund Henrik NOR 1759 4.0
175 Bjeglerud Jarle NOR 0 4.0
176 Jonsson Gauti Pall ISL 1519 4.0
177 Vignisson Ingvar Egill ISL 1542 4.0
178 Thorhallsson Simon ISL 1451 4.0
179 Magnusdottir Veronika Steinun ISL 1557 4.0
180 CM Herbold Manfred GER 2125 3.5
181 Klug Christian GER 1894 3.5
182 de Winter Eric NED 1823 3.5
183 Ghaderi Arman K NOR 1827 3.5
184 Davidsdottir Nansy ISL 1479 3.5
185 Heimisson Hilmir Freyr ISL 1693 3.5
186 Kjartansson Dagur ISL 1623 3.5
187 Gjertsen Petter NOR 0 3.5
188 Hauksdottir Hrund ISL 1671 3.5
Petersson Baldur Teodor SWE 1575 3.5
190 Stefansson Vignir Vatnar ISL 1652 3.5
191 Pantzar Milton SWE 1693 3.5
192 Meier Gerd GER 1949 3.5
193 Arntsen Frode NOR 1840 3.5
194 Sundsbo Sigve NOR 0 3.5
195 Ragnarsson Heimir Pall ISL 1354 3.5
196 Bauza Mercere Eduardo ARG 1809 3.5
197 Einarsson Oskar Long ISL 1613 3.5
198 Ontiveros John ISL 1700 3.5
199 Birgisdottir Ingibjorg ISL 1783 3.0
200 Kruglyak Mikhail USA 0 3.0
201 Hilmarsson Andri Steinn ISL 0 3.0
202 Billot Daniel FRA 1731 3.0
203 Palsdottir Soley Lind ISL 1393 3.0
204 Kolka Dawid ISL 1646 3.0
205 Holm Fridgeir K ISL 1733 3.0
206 Bakkes Frits NED 1750 3.0
207 Steinthorsson Felix ISL 1449 3.0
208 Petersen Jakob Alexander ISL 1370 3.0
209 Hrafnsson Hilmir ISL 1331 3.0
210 Sigurdarson Alec Elias ISL 0 3.0
211 Leifsson Thorsteinn ISL 1759 3.0
212 Gunnarsson Sigurdur Jon ISL 2000 2.5
213 Jacobsen Trond NOR 1610 2.5
214 Herda Christoph Dr. GER 1915 2.5
215 Maggason Oskar ISL 1903 2.5
216 Johannesson Petur ISL 0 2.5
217 Bakkejord Odd Vidar NOR 0 2.5
218 Smith Chris P ENG 0 2.5
219 Ramtin Raman IRI 1661 2.0
220 Bragason Gudmundur Agnar ISL 0 2.0
221 Laitamaa Tore Johan Melker NOR 0 2.0
222 Kolica Donika ISL 1251 2.0
223 Davidsson Oskar Vikingur ISL 0 2.0
224 Magnusson Thorsteinn ISL 0 2.0
225 Bue Gunnar NOR 1695 1.5
226 Kristbergsson Bjorgvin ISL 1197 1.5
227 Bodvarsson Bodvar ISL 0 1.5

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Wesley So and Pavel Eljanov lead at Reykjavik before the last round

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Chess News & Events |

The penultimate round of the Reykjavik Open started with six players sharing the lead. Two of them – Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So – scored victories and go to the last round as the leaders.

Eljanov will have white tomorrow in their direct encounter.

Participants / Live games

Today Eljanov played with black against Ding Liren. The game was highly tense from the beginning because both players decided to expand their pawns on the flanks, leaving their kings uncastled. The Ukrainian was the first one to break in the center with a knight sacrifice for two pawns. The Chinese needed to play precisely to avoid losing immediately, but was not able to do so. He resigned on move 22 when black was about to create a strong passed pawn on the queenside.

Pavel Eljanov

Wesley So, on the other hand, played with white against Marcin Dziuba. The Polish GM chose the Caro-Kann Defense and So demonstrated that he was very well prepared to face this opening. The game became exciting when the Filipino went for a queen sacrifice in exchange of a rook and bishop. The position was very sharp and Wesley claimed a winning advantage with an exchange sacrifice. A very nice final sequence finished in checkmate on move 41.

Pavel Eljanov will have the white pieces tomorrow in their direct encounter.

Wesley So

Still, there are six players that might catch the leaders if there is a draw on the first board tomorrow. Three of them have the same score on the two first tie-break criteria: Grzegorz GajewskiAnish Giri and Ivan Cheparinov. Coincidentally, none of them face each other and they all play with black tomorrow.

To get to this position, Anish Giri defeated fellow Dutchman Erwin L’Ami. The compatriots created a closed pawn structure and took the battle to the center of the board. L’Ami’s king was more active, but also more vulnerable, and this proved to be the decisive factor in the game. Giri played some accurate attacking moves and L’Ami had to resign on move 40.

Do not miss tomorrow’s coverage of the tournament on Chessdom. The games will be broadcast live with computer analysis and there will be minute by minute updates in the Chess bits section.

Ivan Cheparinov

Ivan Cheparinov

Standings after 9 rounds:

1 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 7.5
2 GM So Wesley PHI 2684 7.5
3 GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2644 7.0
4 GM Giri Anish NED 2722 7.0
5 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2709 7.0
6 IM Wei Yi CHN 2501 7.0
7 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2637 7.0
8 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2631 7.0
9 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 6.5
10 GM Ding Liren CHN 2709 6.5
11 GM Dziuba Marcin POL 2602 6.5
12 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2496 6.5
13 NM Norowitz Yaacov USA 2432 6.5
14 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2622 6.5
15 GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2441 6.5
16 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2644 6.5
17 GM Xiu Deshun CHN 2530 6.5
18 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2473 6.5
19 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2715 6.0
20 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2566 6.0
21 GM L’ami Erwin NED 2622 6.0
22 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2569 6.0
23 GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2531 6.0
24 IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2509 6.0
25 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2675 6.0
26 GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2609 6.0
27 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2566 6.0
28 GM Navara David CZE 2710 6.0
29 IM Li Wenliang CHN 2411 6.0
30 GM Shulman Yury USA 2563 6.0
31 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2466 6.0
32 IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2414 6.0
33 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2533 6.0
34 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568 6.0
35 WGM Guo Qi CHN 2431 6.0
36 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2498 6.0
37 IM Lou Yiping CHN 2468 6.0
38 GM Esen Baris TUR 2565 6.0
39 GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2486 6.0
40 WGM Huang Qian CHN 2478 6.0
41 IM Bartholomew John USA 2435 6.0
42 IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2439 6.0
43 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2430 6.0
44 Tari Aryan NOR 2263 6.0
45 IM Zumsande Martin GER 2419 6.0
46 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2643 5.5
47 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2603 5.5
48 IM Muir Andrew J SCO 2313 5.5
49 WGM Wang Jue CHN 2375 5.5
50 IM Andersen Mads DEN 2462 5.5
51 Wang Yiye CHN 2226 5.5
52 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2556 5.5
53 IM Smith Axel SWE 2485 5.5
54 WGM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2307 5.5
55 IM Krush Irina USA 2460 5.5
56 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2507 5.5
57 GM Olafsson Fridrik ISL 2416 5.5
58 IM Diermair Andreas AUT 2407 5.5
59 FM Hambleton Aman CAN 2472 5.5
60 IM Prosviriakov Vladimir USA 2297 5.5
61 WGM L’ami Alina ROU 2362 5.5
62 IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2405 5.5
63 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 5.5
64 FM Bewersdorff Oliver GER 2335 5.5
65 Drill Frank GER 2124 5.5
66 Wahlbom Magnus SWE 2279 5.5
67 Bergthorsson Jon Thor ISL 2125 5.5
68 IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2375 5.0
69 FM Bjerke Richard NOR 2131 5.0
70 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2312 5.0
71 IM Hagen Andreas Skytte DEN 2411 5.0
72 IM Ris Robert NED 2407 5.0
73 IM Borsos Bogdan UKR 2260 5.0
74 WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2369 5.0
75 FM Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2329 5.0
76 Beeke Bob NED 2257 5.0
77 FM Handler Lukas AUT 2369 5.0
78 IM Mikkelsen Nikolaj DEN 2421 5.0
79 Omarsson Dadi ISL 2212 5.0
80 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2350 5.0
81 Ragnarsson Johann ISL 2046 5.0
82 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn IM ISL 2386 5.0
83 Bird Andrew AUS 2223 5.0
84 FM Cubas Pons Juan Miguel ESP 2284 5.0
85 FM Ekeberg Carl Fredrik NOR 2274 5.0
86 FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2260 5.0
87 FM Kvisvik Brede NOR 2314 5.0
88 FM Andreasen Per Naesby DEN 2302 5.0
89 Schou-Moldt Thomas DEN 2236 5.0
90 Ornolfsson Magnus P. ISL 2169 5.0
91 WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug ISL 2041 5.0
92 Palmqvist Fredrik SWE 2050 5.0
93 Karason Askell O ISL 2235 5.0
94 Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur ISL 1960 5.0
95 Johansen Stian NOR 2090 5.0
96 Doell Detlef GER 2044 5.0
97 Pretterhofer Kiaras AUT 1997 5.0
98 Thorgeirsson Jon Kristinn ISL 1766 5.0
99 FM Jayakumar Adarsh USA 2271 4.5
100 IM Kislik Erik Andrew USA 2359 4.5
101 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2269 4.5
102 Finnbogadottir Tinna Kristin ISL 1871 4.5
103 Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 1961 4.5
104 Thorhallsson Gylfi ISL 2141 4.5
105 IM Miedema David NED 2364 4.5
106 WFM Newrkla Katharina AUT 2135 4.5
107 Johannsson Orn Leo ISL 1953 4.5
108 Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2071 4.5
109 Maack Kjartan ISL 2136 4.5
110 Steindorsson Sigurdur P. ISL 2235 4.5
WFM Frisk Ellinor SWE 2197 4.5
112 WCM Roberts Lynda WLS 1903 4.5
113 Karlsson Mikael Johann ISL 1990 4.5
114 Halldorsson Bragi ISL 2180 4.5
115 Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2059 4.5
116 WIM Van Weersel Arlette NED 2211 4.5
117 FM Malmdin Nils-Ake SWE 2281 4.5
118 Ofstad Sigurd NOR 1985 4.5
119 FM Valenti Giuseppe ITA 2204 4.5
120 Mihajlov Svetoslav NOR 2071 4.5
121 Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 1990 4.5
122 IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2133 4.5
123 Ingvason Johann ISL 2148 4.5
124 Bergsson Stefan ISL 2180 4.5
Karlsson Robin SWE 1980 4.5
126 Kuehnast Volker GER 1936 4.5
127 Andreasen Jakup A.R. FAI 1992 4.5
128 Vigfusson Vigfus ISL 1985 4.5
129 Fivelstad Jon Olav NOR 1888 4.5
130 Saemundsson Bjarni ISL 1935 4.5
131 Frick Renato LIE 2075 4.5
132 Johannesson Oliver ISL 1988 4.5
133 Merkesvik Sondre NOR 1903 4.5
134 Raddatz Michael GER 2075 4.5
135 Helin Mikael SWE 1910 4.0
136 Marentini Marcel SUI 2069 4.0
137 Isaksson Per SWE 2016 4.0
138 Schadd Jan NED 0 4.0
139 Kleinert Juergen GER 1991 4.0
140 Van Heirzeele Daniel BEL 2125 4.0
141 Halldorsson Jon Arni ISL 2222 4.0
142 Jonsson Olafur Gisli ISL 1870 4.0
143 Hardarson Jon Trausti ISL 1853 4.0
144 Leimeister Winfried GER 1909 4.0
145 Palsson Halldor ISL 2078 4.0
146 Egilsson Fridrik Orn ISL 0 4.0
147 Hyotyla Tapio SUI 1792 4.0
148 Haraldsson Leif SWE 2028 4.0
149 Murray Michael A. CAN 2017 4.0
150 Michel Steve NED 2008 4.0
151 Bjornes Leif NOR 1957 4.0
152 Knútsson Lárus ISL 2072 4.0
153 Johannsdottir Johanna Bjorg ISL 1872 4.0
154 Hojgaard Brandur FAI 1734 4.0
155 Masson Kjartan ISL 1856 4.0
156 Ingason Sigurdur ISL 1878 4.0
157 Hisnay Gregory USA 0 4.0
158 WCM Orlova Yelizaveta CAN 1978 4.0
159 Leosson Atli Johann ISL 1736 4.0
160 Ohlsson Mikael SWE 1811 4.0
161 Rodriguez Fonseca Jorge ESP 2009 3.5
162 Newrkla Alexander AUT 1969 3.5
163 Jensen Soren DEN 1909 3.5
164 Eliasson Kristjan Orn ISL 1873 3.5
165 CM Herbold Manfred GER 2125 3.5
166 Birgisson Ingvar Orn ISL 1953 3.5
167 Johansen Arnt-Ole NOR 1817 3.5
168 Ghaderi Arman K NOR 1827 3.5
169 Klug Christian GER 1894 3.5
170 Arntsen Frode NOR 1840 3.5
171 de Winter Eric NED 1823 3.5
172 Kjartansson Dagur ISL 1623 3.5
173 Hauksdottir Hrund ISL 1671 3.5
Davidsdottir Nansy ISL 1479 3.5
175 Evenson Kent USA 0 3.5
176 Stefansson Vignir Vatnar ISL 1652 3.5
177 Kristinardottir Elsa Maria ISL 1747 3.5
178 Meier Gerd GER 1949 3.5
179 Mehringer Joerg GER 1908 3.5
180 Sundsbo Sigve NOR 0 3.5
181 Traustason Ingi Tandri ISL 1840 3.5
182 Einarsson Oskar Long ISL 1613 3.5
183 Heerde Thomas GER 2053 3.0
184 Seim Fredrik NOR 1714 3.0
185 Birgisdottir Ingibjorg ISL 1783 3.0
186 Jablon Stephen USA 1896 3.0
187 Billot Daniel FRA 1731 3.0
188 Hilmarsson Andri Steinn ISL 0 3.0
189 Gjertsen Petter NOR 0 3.0
190 Kruglyak Mikhail USA 0 3.0
191 Jonsson Gauti Pall ISL 1519 3.0
192 Vignisson Ingvar Egill ISL 1542 3.0
193 Bjeglerud Jarle NOR 0 3.0
194 Pantzar Milton SWE 1693 3.0
195 Storesund Henrik NOR 1759 3.0
Kolka Dawid ISL 1646 3.0
197 Holm Fridgeir K ISL 1733 3.0
198 Heimisson Hilmir Freyr ISL 1693 3.0
199 Magnusdottir Veronika Steinun ISL 1557 3.0
200 Ragnarsson Heimir Pall ISL 1354 3.0
201 Petersen Jakob Alexander ISL 1370 3.0
202 Thorhallsson Simon ISL 1451 3.0
203 Bakkes Frits NED 1750 3.0
204 Jacobsen Trond NOR 1610 2.5
205 Maggason Oskar ISL 1903 2.5
206 Herda Christoph Dr. GER 1915 2.5
207 Gunnarsson Sigurdur Jon ISL 2000 2.5
208 Palsdottir Soley Lind ISL 1393 2.5
209 Petersson Baldur Teodor SWE 1575 2.5
210 Bauza Mercere Eduardo ARG 1809 2.5
211 Leifsson Thorsteinn ISL 1759 2.5
212 Ontiveros John ISL 1700 2.5
213 Bakkejord Odd Vidar NOR 0 2.5
214 Johannesson Petur ISL 0 2.5
215 Smith Chris P ENG 0 2.5
216 Ramtin Raman IRI 1661 2.0
217 Hrafnsson Hilmir ISL 1331 2.0
218 Steinthorsson Felix ISL 1449 2.0
219 Bragason Gudmundur Agnar ISL 0 2.0
220 Laitamaa Tore Johan Melker NOR 0 2.0
221 Sigurdarson Alec Elias ISL 0 2.0
222 Kolica Donika ISL 1251 2.0
223 Bue Gunnar NOR 1695 1.5
224 Kristbergsson Bjorgvin ISL 1197 1.5
225 Magnusson Thorsteinn ISL 0 1.5
226 Davidsson Oskar Vikingur ISL 0 1.0
227 Bodvarsson Bodvar ISL 0 1.0

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