Top 10 reasons for our US chessfriends to visit

The 2014 Reykjavik Open is looking like it will be a great event with already well over 150 players registered.  The Reykjavik Open is an annual tournament with 10 rounds (one day with double-rounds) and the timecontrol is 90 minutes for 40 moves and then extra 30 minutes after move 40. There is a 30…

2014 Participants: GM Richard Rapport

One of the most talented young chessplayers in the world, the Hungarian GM Richard Rapport will be playing in the 2014 Reykjavik Open. Rapport who is born in March in 1996 can be considered a chess prodigy and he became the fifth youngest Grandmaster in chess history and the youngest for his country breaking the…

Kasparov is coming!

If you needed any further encouragement to attend the 50 year anniversary edition of the Reykjavik Open, now you got it! The man himself, the 13th World Champion, Garry Kasparov will visit Iceland and the tournament on the 4th-6th of March 2014. The tournament will start on the 4th of March so we can expect…

Reykjavik Open 2014 – Dates

The 2014 edition of the Reykjavik Open will take place March 4th-March 12th. Once again the tournament will be held in the beautiful Harpa concert hall by the Reykjavik harbour. The 2014 Reykjavik Open will celebrate a 50 year anniversary of the tournament. The organisers will do their best to make this 50 year anniversary…

Tournament of the Year 2012

ACP, the association of chess professionals is now conducting members vote for tournaments of the year for 2012. The Reykjavik Open is one of the candidates for “Best Open Tournament” and we of course encourage you to give us your vote if you played in 2012 and like it. The voting is open to members…

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

Lisa 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.