Pub Quiz – Who will succeed Carlsen?

You might not be able to succeed Carlsen as the World Champion but if you are playing in the Reykjavik Open and you have decent knowledge of chess history, positions and anything to do with chess you might be able to succeed him as Reykjavik Open Pub Quiz Champion! Tonight at 21:30 in Hotel Plaza…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 4 report

The fourth round of the 31st edition of the Reykjavik Open saw its first grandmaster versus grandmaster clashes and there was plenty of fighting spirit shown as the top seeds wished to put forward their case to be crowned as champion in 2016.  On board one Alexander Shabalov may be entering his “twilight” years as a…

Reykjavik Open 2016 Round 3 report

A strange set of parings on the top boards would have been the first thing chess fans would have noticed about the third round for the 31st edition of the Reykjavik open. The two top seeds Shakh Mamedyarov and Dmitry Andreikin were not only missing from the top boards but also from the entire list.…

Reykjavik Open 2016 – round 2 report

The top seeds continued to escape more or less unscatched from the opening rounds of the Reykjavik Open after the conclusion of the 2nd round. In the morning round of the dreaded double-round day, only Danyyil Dvirnyy became a GM casualty joining Nils Grandelius from the opening round. Local 21 year old Orn Leo Johannsson…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 1 report

The 31st edition of the Reykjavik Open chess tournament started today in the beautiful surroundings of the Harpa concert hall and convention centre situated in the heart of the city overlooking on one side the North Atlantic ocean and the surrounding mountains of Iceland receding in the distance on the other. There were twenty four…

Special offer from Smurstodin Resturant (inside Harpa) during Reykjavik Open:

DISH OF THE DAY 11:30 – 20:00 á 2.500 ISK. Miðvikudagur 9.Mars Smurbrauðstvenna: Graflax með sterku hvannarrótarsinnepi og kalkúnasalat með sveppum og rauðkáli Two open faced sandwiches: Graflax with angelica root mustard and turkey salad with mushrooms and red cabbage Fimmtudagur 10.mars Rauðspretta með remúlaði, kryddjurtarsalati, hafþyrniberjum og brenndri sítrónu Plaice with remoulade, herb sald, sea…

Football!

A new recent tradition has been built up in recent Reykjavik Opens. A soccer match is played between the Icelandic chessplayers and a team of foreign guests. The plan is to keep this new tradition this year. Last year we had many players participate, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen! Last year we formed a four…

Backgammon tournament on the 14th

MONDAY 14TH OF MARCH Reykjavik International Backgammon Tournament On monday evening the 14th of March, the Icelandic Backgammon Federation will organize a special backgammon-tournament for chess players. The system of play will be single elimination, matches to 7 points. For the players who lose their first match, there will be a second chance tournament, for 25% of the tournament budget.…

Shakh is back!

The Reykjavik Open is very pleased to welcome back Shakhriyar Mamedyarov to the Reykjavik Open. Shakh needs virtually no introduction as he has been in and around the elite tournaments for a long long time now despite the relatively young age of 30. Mamedyarov is the current Azeri #1 and has many tournament victories under…