Heading into the last round, Baskaran Adhiban had to face Mustafa Yilmaz with the black pieces in a decisive game for the title!
Yilmaz had the white pieces and opened with his usual 1.d4 and Adhiban went for a Stonewall setup. The game had some dynamics in the middlegame and white had chances of a small pull but Adhiban defended well until Yilmaz settled on a repetition which secured the title for Adhiban on the first try.
He said before the tournament that he hoped Fischer’s spirit was with him and the said after it that he though it was! It’s hard to argue and especially with the nice wins in rounds 7 and 8. Here is the last round game.
The draw secured 2nd place on tiebreak for Yilmaz whilte Maxime Lagarde sneaked into 3rd by being the only played on 6 out of 8 to win his last round game. He defeated Nihal Sarin who was perhaps “playing on a full stomach” after securing his GM norm the round before.
A bunch of players tied for 4th with 6.5 out of 9 and their prizes will be decided by the Hort System.
Reykjavik Open also got some good news when it was announced that the Reykjavik city will continue to sponsor the tournament!
Results of the last round
Interview with Adhiban:
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Last round broadcast: