Video clip: Alexander Ipatov

A brief interview with Ukrainian grandmaster Alexander Ipatov, who plays for the Turkish Chess Federation and who is a big fan of Barcelona, and soccer in general. He’ll be in Camp Nou when Barca will try to come back from their 2-0 loss against AC Milan! [vsw id=”cwAx-ouwhfw” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]

Video clip: Pavel Eljanov

Pavel Eljanov is a strong Ukrainian grandmaster, but in Reykjavik he is “only” the 8th seeded player. That’s how strong the tournament is! In this brief interview he talks about his chances to win, and which players he’d like to face behind the board. [vsw id=”iCTl4b0ajKc” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]

Links to coverage online

Chessdom has some coverage on US players: The Philippines are watching their man closely: ChessVibes with link to all the interviews so far: Chessdom: Susan Polgar: with lots of comments:

Rounds 2-3: Harpacoustics

As you probably know, the Reykjavik Open is held – this year for the second time – in Harpa. Harpa is both a concert hall (it is the official home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera) and a conference centre, and it has quickly become a famous landmark, located next to Reykjavik’s harbour, from…

Video clip: David Navara

A brief interview with David Navara, one of the five 2700 players who are playing in the Reykjavik Open this year. In the third round the Czech grandmaster played against the legendary Fridrik Olafsson, Iceland’s first grandmaster. [vsw id=”db8ik5xmLBs” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]

Video clip: Yuri Shulman

A brief interview with American grandmaster Yuri Shulman, who plays in the Reykjavik Open for the fourth time in the last five years. This year he came together with his father! [vsw id=”EEb8RWHT7CI” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]