Video clip: Svetlana Cherednichenko

It’s Women’s Day in Iceland and so we decided to have a brief interview with Svetlana Cherednichenko, who also played last year and who came with her husband, Stelios Halkias. Next year she might bring her sister! [vsw id=”5R_tFs3umtU” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]

Round 6: What to do with those rooks?

“There was a man of the North, Ingólfr, who is truly said to be the first leave it for Iceland, in the time when Haraldr the Fair-Haired was sixteen winters of age (…), he settled south in Reykjavík.” This is taken from Íslendingabók, the Book of Icelanders, written in the 12th century by an Icelandic priest.…

Video clip: Simon Williams

Here’s an interview with English grandmaster Simon Williams, who won a spectacular game today in a Botvinnik Semi-Slav against the young Danish IM Simon Bekker-Jensen. This is how it finished: Bekker Jensen,S (2405) – Williams,Si (2498) 25…Nf4+ 26.Kg1 Nde2+ and resigned because of 27.Bxe2 Qg3+! and mate. [vsw id=”VGBy3fDcIAA” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]

Video clip: Wesley So

An interview with Philippine GM Wesley So, right after his interesting draw with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. So also talks about Webster University, where he’s a freshman. [vsw id=”qcDq9Dr4RFY” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]

Rounds 4-5: Chess tourists

As Oscar Wilde once quipped, the Icelanders are very smart people. “They discovered America and kept quiet about it!” This quote was one of many little stories that were told by our tour guide on Friday, when over fifty chess players went on the famous Golden Circle tour, which visits Iceland’s main touristic attractions. In…

Video clip: Anish Giri

Anish Giri and Alexander Ipatov played each other in round 5 of the Reykjavik Open. Before the game, instead of preparing for the game both of them joined the Golden Circle tour, between 08:30 in the morning and 15:30 in the afternoon. At the board, Giri won convincingly, finishing with an hour extra on the…

Video clip: Alexander Ipatov

A brief interview with Ukrainian grandmaster Alexander Ipatov, who plays for the Turkish Chess Federation and who is a big fan of Barcelona, and soccer in general. He’ll be in Camp Nou when Barca will try to come back from their 2-0 loss against AC Milan! [vsw id=”cwAx-ouwhfw” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]

Video clip: Pavel Eljanov

Pavel Eljanov is a strong Ukrainian grandmaster, but in Reykjavik he is “only” the 8th seeded player. That’s how strong the tournament is! In this brief interview he talks about his chances to win, and which players he’d like to face behind the board. [vsw id=”iCTl4b0ajKc” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]

Rounds 2-3: Harpacoustics

As you probably know, the Reykjavik Open is held – this year for the second time – in Harpa. Harpa is both a concert hall (it is the official home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera) and a conference centre, and it has quickly become a famous landmark, located next to Reykjavik’s harbour, from…

Video clip: David Navara

A brief interview with David Navara, one of the five 2700 players who are playing in the Reykjavik Open this year. In the third round the Czech grandmaster played against the legendary Fridrik Olafsson, Iceland’s first grandmaster. [vsw id=”db8ik5xmLBs” source=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ autoplay=”no”]