Prize winners

The Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao (2700) was the sole winner of the  N1 Reykjavik Open which finished yesterday in Harpa Music&Conference hall. Li Chao finishd with 8,5 points over 10 rounds of play. Helgi Ólafsson (2546) was the leading Icelandic player in joint 2nd-5th with 8 points and joined by Robin Van Kampen, Eric Hansen and…

Even Steven blitz won by Vova

Yesterday the Even Steven blitz tournament was held. This is the 2nd year that we try this format for a blitz tournament and in general people seem to be happy with it. The format is a time handicap so that the stronger player in some cases has to play with 1 minute vs 9 minutes…

Colovic, Canadians & ChessVibes writing

More blogging from our Canadian visitors….please scroll down to see the latest blogging from them: http://annexchessclub.com/2014/03/toronto-players-in-reykjavik/ I also saw that Alex Colovic had a nice blog about his experience and his deja-vu Norweigan matchups: http://www.alexcolovic.com/ Both of these cover the Golden Circle trip which so many of our guests took. Finally I would like to point out…

Fire & Ice

After a totally grueling double round day we have 13 players on 3 out of 3. After a rather smooth first round for most of the higher rated players, rounds two and three presented some bigger challenges for the titled players in this tournament. In round 2 most of the top seeds won in clinical…

Well that’s a first!!

Right now we actually have about 200 people outside the Harpa playing hall because the building had to be evacuated because of a fire alarm and probably a real small fire in the house. Most likely we will return soon but the house has to follow protocol and evacuate while the situation is being taken…

It starts today

The opening ceremony is in roughly 3 hours away and we will start the tournament and the live broadcast shortly after that. Registration is going well, most of the players showing up and looks like we will have 250+ players from 40+ countries. Let Peter tell you all about it in this news article on…

Why not take a chess holiday?

An illustrated report from Arlette Van Weersel (the smaller pictures you can click to see a bigger version): Life as a chess player has always been very good. I had the opportunity to travel a lot, meet new people and play many interesting games. However, at some point in life, it’s time to get a…