The Reykjavik Open 2014 will be held for the 29th time from March 4th to March 12th 2014 in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall. The 2014 tournament is expected to be very strong.

The 2013 edition included for example Anish Giri, Wesley So and Pavel Eljanov the winner of the tournament and the youngster from China, Wei Yi who became the youngest grandmaster in the world with a great performance in Reykjavik.

The 2012 edition featured the Womens World Champion, Hou Yifan, and then world no. 7 , Fabiano Caruana, who won the tournament ahead of a strong field.

In 2013 edition 227 players from 37 countries participated, including 35 grandmasters, 19 of which had a ELO rating of 2600 and higher. Total prizes in 2013 will be €15.000, including many special prizes for various ages and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women prize.

The 2012 Edition was voted the 3rd best open tournament in the world by ACP. Only Gibraltar and Aeroflot Open 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 2013 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 strongest women players around.