Alexander Ipatov happy with his 2nd visit

World Junior Champion Alexander Ipatov has written an article about his Reykjavik Open 2013. He also played in 2012 so he can make some comparisons. He was very happy with his time here and praises the organisation and gives credit to some of the people working really hard on the tournament, ICF President Gunnar Bjornsson…

Eljanov and others on Eljanov vs So

When Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So became joint winners of the Reykjavik Open (with Amin Baseem later joining them) five minutes or so into the last round they were immediately given a hard time about their quick draw on board one. For instance in the above picture we see the response of Silvio Danailov. Later…

Players perspective!

It’s always nice to read what players are thinking about so it’s a pleasure to point you to these two excellent articles on the experience of two different but closely related players. First we offer Gawain Jones’s article. Gawain has now played the Reykjavik Open three times and two seasons in the Icelandic league so…

Lisa Orlova interviews IM Gretarsson

gretarssonLisa Orlova was one of many competitors in they 2013 Reykjavik Open. She has a chess channel on YouTube and did some interviews while she was in Reykjavik. Here is her interview with local IM Hjörvar Steinn Grétarsson who missed a chance at a GM norm in the last round.

Prize winners of the N1 Reykjavik Open 2013

Yesterday we had the closing ceremony of the N1 Reykjavik Open. Óttarr Proppé of the city council welcomed guests to the ceremony and said the city was delighted with the tournament proceedings. Agreeing with him was minister of Education and Culture, Katrín Jakobsdóttir who gave away the prizes along with the members of the Icelandic…

Baseem joins the leaders

With some games still to be finished the final result of the tournament is clear. Pavel Eljanov and Wesley so finish on top with 8 points after their mutual draw but Amin Baseem managed to catch up with his last round victory. Therefore we have the 3 winners from 3 continents. Eljanov has the best…

A quick draw secures joint winners

Wesley So didn’t feel like rocking the boat with the black pieces versus the super solid Pavel Eljanov and offered a quick draw. Eljanov accepted and all this transpired while some players hadn’t even begun their play, yet alone arrived at the board (Gawain Jones on the top boards among those) This secures them both…

What and who to watch in the last round

It’s February 27th, the last round of the Reykjavik Open 2013. Here is your guide to what you should be watching for and who! The total prize package is €15.000 so we can expect some jockeying for position in the last round. This year the rules have been changed so that prizes aren’t distributed evenly for…

Will Wesley say “SO?” tomorrow?

It’s clear that one of the winners of Reykjavik Open 2013 will be named Wesley So or Pavel Eljanov. If one of them wins, that same player is a clear winner. If they draw some people can catch up. So the question is, if Eljanov gives the early offer “I offer a draw” will Wesley reply…