Playing football…..bad luck?

What do these results from the 8th round have in common? Alexander Ipatov – Ding Liren 0-1 Wei Yi – Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 Bartosz Socko – Hannes Stefansson 0-1 Hjörvar Grétarsson – Sopiko Guramishvili 0-1 Sebastien Mazé – Wang Jue 0-1 Cherednichenko – Aman Hambleton 1-0 Well, so what do the players in bold and losers…

New age preparation?

  With modern technology and internet, the question has become: Is it enough to look up your opponent in the chess databases? Going beyond that and googling/youtubing his opponent, IM Gretarsson would have found out that WGM Sopiko Guramishvili might have a thing for the Slav, well at least according to the above screenshot from…

Excitement in the last few rounds!

Six players are on 6,5 out of 8 with 2 rounds to play! Ding Liren has sneeked up on the leaders after some early mistakes. The new 2700-club member, Wesley So also has white versus Dziuba of Poland in the penultimate round and Gajewski has white vs the young Chinese sensation Wei Yi. None of…

Soccer…ermm…sorry Football Match!

The rusty winger Peter Doggers surely wouldn’t like me calling the beautiful game “soccer” so we’ll stick to football because it’s played with the feet (unlike American Football which has very little to do with feet). Well…basically more or less (The trademark Ivan Sokolov opening of a story) we played the 3rd annual Football match…

Dinner for two

by Ian Rogers At the Reykjavik Open, the conditions for the top players include coupons for some of Reykjavik’s best restaurants. The Grandmaster couple Erwin and Alina l’Ami have been enjoying their meals at a rather later time than most, given their propensity for marathon games. In the fourth round Alina found herself in a…

Some side-event news

There is almost no time to do nothing here in Reykjavik…..because of all the fun! When we are not playing the tournament or watching/following/commenting we are doing some fun side events. On Friday we had the 5th edition of the Pub Quiz. This year the questions were very hard and the winners were chess journalists…

Cinderella overslept!

So far, one of the surprises of the tournament has been the American Adarsh Jayakumar. Despite allowing a draw against a 1600 in the first round and then getting a 1610 rated player in the 2nd round, he was remarkably on course for an IM norm after 5 rounds! He followed his sub-par performance in…

Chess players socializing in hand&brain

One of the fun things about chess tournaments is of course socializing, meeting old friends and gaining new ones. One way to do that is to have a friendly chess game, perhaps over 1-2 beers or a glass of white wine. One fun way to play is teams, and one fun variant of that is…

A bit too creative

It’s a widely known phrase that “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result” is the definition of insanity. Well…I don’t know if the player with black in this game is insane but he certainly tried to be creative and not do the same thing over and over!! Thank you for…