Why not take a chess holiday?

An illustrated report from Arlette Van Weersel (the smaller pictures you can click to see a bigger version): Life as a chess player has always been very good. I had the opportunity to travel a lot, meet new people and play many interesting games. However, at some point in life, it’s time to get a…

Tournament preview

With the first round of Reykjavik Open 2014 only 4 days away, it is time to take a look at some of the things that await you there. This year’s tournament marks the 50th anniversary of the tournament, which makes it even more special, if there was any need for that! As of today, there…

50 years since first Reykjavik Open

On this day 50 years ago on January 14th 1964 the inaugural Reykjavik Open started. To mark this anniversary date, a contract was signed to write a book covering the history of this prestigous tournament. The author of the book will be GM Helgi Olafsson. Olafsson has followed or played in almost all of the…

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…

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…

Prize winners of the N1 Reykjavik Open 2013

Yesterday we had the closing ceremony of the N1 Reykjavik Open. Óttarr Proppé of the city council welcomed guests to the ceremony and said the city was delighted with the tournament proceedings. Agreeing with him was minister of Education and Culture, Katrín Jakobsdóttir who gave away the prizes along with the members of the Icelandic…