Jóhann Hjartarson to play in the 2017 Reykjavik Open!

  We are delighted to introduce the latest entry to the already impressive catalog of participants, playing in the 32nd edition of the Reykjavik Open. The former World Championship candidate, six-time Icelandic Champion and two-time winner of the Reykjavik Open, the legendary GM Johann Hjartarson has joined the roster! This will be his first Reykjavik…

Dmitry Andreikin latest addition to Reykjavik Open!

The Reykjavik Open keeps getting more interesting and we keep rolling out a new #1 seed! At the time of writing our latest addition just today sealed a draw against the current World Chess Champion! We are talking of course about Russia’s #6 and current World #24, the 2736 rated Dmitry Andreikin!   Andreikin was…

Jobava to play in the 2017 Reykjavik Open!

  The organisation of the Reykjavik Open is very pleased to announce a new #1 seed at the 2017 Reykjavik Open. It’s none other than the Georgian Baadur Jobava. Jobava is well known for his creative and highly entertaining chess. The Georgian is currently in the 2700-club where he belongs with a rating of 2701.…

Fire on board in April at the Reykjavik Open

We are still over 4 months away from the 32nd edition of the Reykjavik Open but the players list is already starting to shape up nicely with some very interesting early edition. The current top seed (that might change with later entries) is the very well known Latvian Grandmaster Alexei Shirov. Shirov needs very little…

The 2016 Reykjavik Open Pub Quiz

The Reykjavik Open Pub Quiz has become a mainstay and one of the main events of the side-events calendar of the Reykjavik Open. This year it was held at the Plaza Hotel and well over 20 teams were formed to compete for the coveted title of Pub Quiz champion which was previously won in 2015…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 10 express report

Before the large final report we wish to extend our congratulations to the winner of the 31st Reykjavik Open 2016 Abhijeet Gupta! The affable 26 year old was never in real danger of losing in any game and played the most consistent high level chess of the event, a very deserved winner!   To check…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 9 report

The penultimate round of any chess tournament can often include more drama then the actual last round as chessplayers try desperately to give themselves the best chance of winning the tournament or ensuring a healthy placing and prize money. The front runners believes that by winning they can guarantee himself at least a share of…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 8 report

The last three rounds of any tournament are what’s known as the business end, the time when the top players know they have to win to keep the possibility of winning the event alive and losing usually means that even if they have played well for the majority of the event it can all fall…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 7 report

Sometimes you have games between good players that fluctuate in the objective assessment virtually from move to move. Like watching an open football game that ends up 4-3 where defense is not the priority. As the tournament gets into the later rounds you have players becoming more tired, some are coming off disappointing losses which…