“In general, I’ve done pretty well playing in Iceland. I think this is thanks to a mixture of the friendliness of the people, the respect chess obviously gets here and the fresh air everywhere, all of which combines to make me feel at home here.”

GM Gawain Jones

“The Reykjavik Open is one of the strongest and most innovative open tournaments in the world, played in the magnificent Harpa building – think a black Sydney Opera House with plenty of side-events plus, of course, the chance to see amazing Iceland. Not surprisingly a steady stream of US players makes a February pilgrimage to Iceland – home to the famous 1972 world title match as well as Bobby Fischer’s home for his final years (and his final resting place).”

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GM Ian Rogers

“The Reykjavik Open survived the financial crisis and now has stable financial and, equally important, political backing for the next three years. This year the tournament moved to a world-class concert hall called Harpa, which was completed last Spring. It is surely one of the most spectacular venues for an open tournament anywhere. The tournament is being positioned as a showcase event in the nation’s capital, but part and parcel of a larger chess development initiative. Icelanders see their country as a bridge between the Americas and Europe, and Reykjavik with its relaxed cosmopolitan flair is at the centre. Just pack your boots, and keep an eye out for elves!”

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Macauley Peterson

I’m coming back and not alone:)-… I’ve played around the world and seen many places, but you really are in my Top 3 of all! The combination of nice people, venue, soccer (yes indeed!), good food and great chess culture, is simply a perfect reason to return!

Daniel Vanheirzeele

„And so an end has come to a wonderful tournament, or rather, festival, in “chess city” Reykjavik. The closing ceremony was organized in a way that one normally only sees at super tournaments: in the reception area of the town hall, with free champagne and hors-d’oeuvres. The organizers are ambitious: they are planning to grow further for the 49th and 50th edition which will also take place in Harpa and for which more private sponsorship has already been secured. Besides, for 2015 they hope to get the European Team Championship to Reykjavik. “

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Peter Doggers

„The tournament in Reykjavik is finished. I met so many great people here and spent the time really great. Iceland is an amazing country! I’m very grateful to Gunnar Bjornsson and all other people who took participation in the organization of this great festival “

GM Alexander Ipatov – 2012 Junior World Champion

“Thanks for a very enjoyable and professionally-run event! I will definitely be returning to Iceland.”

IM John Bartholomew

“Thanks again for the fantastic tournament. I plan on returning to Reykjavik many more times.”

GM Robert Hess

“A perfect tournament for amateurs too. It’s always a highlight if you beat a 250-points higher rated player at a playing venue with fantastic sea views. 2017 will be my 5th consecutive participation in Reykjavik. I already threatened the organizers not to stop visiting before my 50th visit. A secret info from my side. there is a restaurant where Bobby Fischer used to enjoy his dinner. The seat is easy to identify by a picture hanging at the wall. Which restaurant? Ask google or Gunnar. “

Joerg Mehringer – LONG TIME FOLLOWER

“One of the strongest opens. Brilliantly organized in a stunning country. I have played 4 times and still can’t get enough. The Reykjavik Open is a keeper!”

IM Tania Sachdev

“I can clearly state that Reykjavik Open is the best and the most fascinating Open tournament I have ever experienced. Reykjavik is probably the most attractive spot worldwide to play a chess open. The chosen location for this competition, HARPA, is outstanding and you can barely find a better place. The organization including side events is perfect. The international chess flair with world top-class players is just overwhelming. “

Gerd Meier – Long-time follower participating in international chess tournaments for more than 35 years

“Somehow Iceland became my favorite chess country. I have always enjoyed playing in the Reykjavik Open. It’s a strong tournament, the place is mind blowing, the people are warm.”

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GM Simen Agdestein

“Back home from an amazing trip to Iceland! Reconnected with old friends and made a few new ones. The organization of the tournament was fabulous; they do everything to make you feel right at home. And the food! Some of the best soups and freshly made fish I’ve had in years. Iceland’s simply one of the best places in the world. I can’t wait to return!”

GM Maurice Ashley

“I know I am not the first one to say it but Reykjavik Open is an event I would never like to miss, it’s glued to my calendar”

IM Alina l’Ami

“I have played in Reykjavik many times and it gets better every time. The playing conditions are superb and the organizers ensure that it’s a very competitive field. There is something for everyone while at Reykjavik, and I am sure I will be back there to defend my title next year.”

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Abhijeet Gupta – Winner of 2016

“Reykjavik Open has become my favorite tournament representing an excellent combination of serious chess, sightseeing, outdoor swimming pools, good food, and all the other fascinating possibilities that Iceland offers. Highly recommended!”

Henrik Carlsen

“In Reykjavik you feel the love and respect for our great game and with Harpa, the organizers secured an astonishing playing hall!”

GM Erwin L’ami – Winner of 2015

“This was my first time to Iceland, to take part in one of the world’s great traditional open tournaments, the Reykjavik Open. I really liked the playing venue. The view from the playing table was the ocean, which always puts me in a good mood!”

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GM Hou Yifan – Women’s World Champion

“Reykjavik Open is one of the strongest and best organized open tournaments in the world with the only sea view great playing hall Harpa, and the world’s most frendly people ICELANDIC”

Dr. Bassem Amin - Co-winner of 2014
Dr. Bassem Amin – Co-winner of 2014