The GAMMA Reykjavík Open 2018 will be a very special event. This time the tournament will be dedicated to the CHESS – KING Bobby Fischer.

An Icelandic citizen in his last years, Robert James Fischer was born on March 9th 1943. That means he would have turned 75 years old during GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2018.

His contributions to chess history will be celebrated during the tournament. Instead of the normal 10 rounds there will be nine rounds this year and a “free day” on March 9th. Then a special event will be organized – a Fischer Random championship with excellent prices. We also promise that all the strongest players in the field will participate and every player in GAMMA Reykjavik Open is invited!

The tournament will dedicate other events to Fischer´s chess life in many different ways. There will be lectures, exhibitions and you will get the opportunity to visit the playing hall from 1972, his grave and his favorite restaurant!

The tournament will be held in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall and conference center. A truly unique tournament hall – probably the best in the world!

Reykjavik Open has always a very strong field and there will no difference in 2018. Anish Giri was the winner of the 2017 edition but the field included for example Alexei Shirov, Gata Kamsky and Baadur Jobava. In recent years you can find names like Magnus Carlsen, Hou Yifan Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagreave, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Ding Liren and Judit Polgar in the list of players.

And of course – we promise a strong field in this Bobby Fischer Memorial!

Why not join?

Reykjavik Open – much more than a chess tournament!

 

Special Fischer Memorial Events

mon5mar1:00 pmSimultaneous Fischer Random exhibition by Nihal SarinInvitational event1:00 pm GAMMA headquarters, Garðastræti 37, Reykjavik

fri9mar1:00 pmEuropean Fischer Random Cup 2018 (Free day)REYKJAVIK FISCHER RANDOM 20181:00 pm Harpa - Concert- and conference centre, Austurbakki 2, Reykjavik

sun11mar11:30 amLunch Lecture: Match of the Century by Guðmundur G. Þórarinsson11:30 am Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarður 8

mon12mar9:00 amFischer Memorial Tour I9:00 am

tue13mar9:00 amFischer Memorial Tour II9:00 am

tue13mar11:30 amLunch Lecture: Bobby Fischer comes homeby GM Helgi Ólafsson11:30 am Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarður 8

Still Thinking About Your Next Move?

„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

“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