Early first round update

Things are underway here at the Reykjavik Open.  As always with a close to a 300 player open there will be some no shows. Most of them got filtered out but Gata Kamsky was a recipent of a no-show from Nigeria who had already payed the entry fee so naturally he was paired up in…

Today’s activities – 18th of March 2017

Most of the competitors of the Reykjavik Open are arriving today and tomorrow. We already had plenty of players and staff arrive in the last few days. On monday we had a mild storm with rain but today the Reykjavik Open is being welcomed with some nice weather.   Today at 13:00 Anish Giri will…

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…

Pub Quiz – Who will succeed Carlsen?

You might not be able to succeed Carlsen as the World Champion but if you are playing in the Reykjavik Open and you have decent knowledge of chess history, positions and anything to do with chess you might be able to succeed him as Reykjavik Open Pub Quiz Champion! Tonight at 21:30 in Hotel Plaza…

Reykjavik Open 2016 – round 2 report

The top seeds continued to escape more or less unscatched from the opening rounds of the Reykjavik Open after the conclusion of the 2nd round. In the morning round of the dreaded double-round day, only Danyyil Dvirnyy became a GM casualty joining Nils Grandelius from the opening round. Local 21 year old Orn Leo Johannsson…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 1 report

The 31st edition of the Reykjavik Open chess tournament started today in the beautiful surroundings of the Harpa concert hall and convention centre situated in the heart of the city overlooking on one side the North Atlantic ocean and the surrounding mountains of Iceland receding in the distance on the other. There were twenty four…