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…

Tomorrow it is!

It’s safe to say that people are looking forward to the 2014 Reykjavik Open which will open its 50 year anniversary edition tomorrow! Today the organisers and some volunteers were busy setting up the tournament hall in the lovely playing hall of the Harpa playing venue. Players were showing up and this year we have…

Some interesting new players

Today we got some late additions to the tournament.  In an older news piece on the actual 50 year anniversary day of the first Reykjavik Open we told you about a game Mikhail Tal played against a local master when instead of succumbing to a repetition he sacrificed his queen for two pieces! Well guess…

Tournament preview

With the first round of Reykjavik Open 2014 only 4 days away, it is time to take a look at some of the things that await you there. This year’s tournament marks the 50th anniversary of the tournament, which makes it even more special, if there was any need for that! As of today, there…

50 years since first Reykjavik Open

On this day 50 years ago on January 14th 1964 the inaugural Reykjavik Open started. To mark this anniversary date, a contract was signed to write a book covering the history of this prestigous tournament. The author of the book will be GM Helgi Olafsson. Olafsson has followed or played in almost all of the…