REYKJAVIK OPEN 2015
The Reykjavik Open 2015 will be held for the 30th time from March 10th to March 18th 2015 in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall. The 2015 tournament is expected to be very strong and will double as celebration of the 80th birthday of legendary Icelandic Grandmaster and former FIDE president, Fridrik Olafsson.
Last year on the 50 year anniversary, Li Chao prevailed over a strong an diverse field.
In 2014 edition 255 players from 35 countries participated, including 38 grandmasters. Prizes in 2015 will include many special prizes for various ages and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women prize and main tournament prizes.
The 2014 Edition was voted the 2nd best open tournament in the world by ACP. Only Gibraltar was higher on the list.
JOIN THE LEGENDS AND BE PART OF CHESS HISTORY
The City of Reykjavík has sponsored the tournament since its inception in 1964, when Mikhail Tal won it with a record 12½ points out of 13. 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 Reykjavík Open has enjoyed such an enviable reputation that more than 200 chess masters registered interest in participating last year and we expect be a similar number of GMs in the 2015 tournament. As in previous years, the goal of organizers to is invite many of the youngest and most promising chess players in the world, as well as the strong women players. 2015 promises to be big and diverse as previous editions!
In recent years, the profile of the game has increased, as well as the diversity, due to a surprising correlation with the gambling world, specifically poker. Many chess players have become professional poker players throughout the years, and can excel at making money playing poker on online betting sites such as Betway and we have players like Ylon Schwartz. Throughout the history the Reykjavik Open has featured many chess players who have also been professional Poker players.