The Reykjavik Open 2016 will be held for the 31st time from March 8th to March 16th 2016 in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall. As usual the 2016 tournament is expected to be quite strong.

Last year the tournament celebrated the 80th birthday of legendary Icelandic Grandmaster and former FIDE president, Fridrik Olafsson. The winner was Erwin l’Ami with a performance for the ages.

In the last two years we have had players exceding 250 players from a variety of countries (over 30)usually including over 30 grandmasters as well. Prizes in 2016 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.


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 2016 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. 2016 promises to be big and diverse as previous editions!