Reykjavik Open Blitz Tournament Tonight!

The annual blitz tournament will be held tonight at 21:30 in the main playing hall in Harpa. The tournament will played with a 3+2 timecontrol i.e. 3 minutes for the game and a 2 second increment for each move. There will be 9 rounds and is open for everybody 18+.  Minors will have to be…

GAMMA Reykjavik Open – 16 players leading

After three rounds we still have sixteen players with a full house on 3 out of 3. Top seed Anish Giri is among them after beating Eugene Perelshteyn with the black pieces. Joining the group are 2nd seed Dmitry Andreikin and 4th seed Zoltan Almasi while 3rd seed Baadur Jobava half a point when his opponent…

Reykjavik Open 2nd round – Lack of upsets

The 2nd round was surpringly low on upsets. The first upset was all the way on board 21 where the Dutch FM Dimitry van Leent won against the current Swedish champion, GM Eric Blomqvist. The Dutch GM Jorden van Foreest was perhaps closest to disaster of the other GM’s, facing this clear pawn down position…

Early first round update

Things are underway here at the Reykjavik Open.  As always with a close to a 300 player open there will be some no shows. Most of them got filtered out but Gata Kamsky was a recipent of a no-show from Nigeria who had already payed the entry fee so naturally he was paired up in…

Today’s activities – 18th of March 2017

Most of the competitors of the Reykjavik Open are arriving today and tomorrow. We already had plenty of players and staff arrive in the last few days. On monday we had a mild storm with rain but today the Reykjavik Open is being welcomed with some nice weather.   Today at 13:00 Anish Giri will…

Dmitry Andreikin latest addition to Reykjavik Open!

The Reykjavik Open keeps getting more interesting and we keep rolling out a new #1 seed! At the time of writing our latest addition just today sealed a draw against the current World Chess Champion! We are talking of course about Russia’s #6 and current World #24, the 2736 rated Dmitry Andreikin!   Andreikin was…

Jobava to play in the 2017 Reykjavik Open!

  The organisation of the Reykjavik Open is very pleased to announce a new #1 seed at the 2017 Reykjavik Open. It’s none other than the Georgian Baadur Jobava. Jobava is well known for his creative and highly entertaining chess. The Georgian is currently in the 2700-club where he belongs with a rating of 2701.…

Fire on board in April at the Reykjavik Open

We are still over 4 months away from the 32nd edition of the Reykjavik Open but the players list is already starting to shape up nicely with some very interesting early edition. The current top seed (that might change with later entries) is the very well known Latvian Grandmaster Alexei Shirov. Shirov needs very little…