History of the Reykjavik Open

Following the 50 year anniversary of the Reykjavik Open last year GM Helgi Olafsson took on the massive assignment of documenting the history of this prestigious tournament. Before the start of this years open the first volume of two will be published in Iceland. Although the book is in Icelandic, we know that many book…

Solar eclipse on the 20th of March

If you need another reason to visit Iceland and the Reykjavik Open, look no forther than the solar eclipse which is scheduled to happen on the 20th of March, just after the tournament. This solar eclipse is supposed to be the greatest one in 60 years. The moon is set to cover about 99% of…

GAMMA is new sponsor of Reykjavik Open

Today a new sponsorship contract was signed with the investment firm GAMMA which will be the main sponsor of the Reykjavik Open for the next four years. The signature on the contract was very fittingly done on the national chess day in Iceland and of course it’s no coincidence that today is also the 80th…

The 2014 Pub Quiz

The special events have become more and more important with each year as we keep trying to improve the Reykjavik Open and the overall experience for our guests. The Golden Circle has been a mainstay now for many years and this year we had several events that we have had before like the blitz tournament,…

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…