Round 8 report

With only 2 rounds to go, the action is reaching a climax here at Reykjavik Open!   Yesterday’s 8th round saw Erwin l’Ami further increase his lead as he profited from a time trouble blunder by Granda Zuniga to decide the game in his favour. On board 2 Naroditsky managed to hold Eljanov to a…

Norms and norm chances

Quite a few competitors have already secured norms and plenty are still fighting for theirs! IM Jacek Stopa (2544) has already secured his GM norm. WGM Zhansaya Abdumalik (2379) has secured an IM norm and if she wins in the 9th round she will secure a GM norm! FM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen (2340) has a similar situation. He already has his IM norm from…

Category prizes – Standings after Round 7

Reykjavik Open 2015 – Category prizes Ranking Crosstable after Round 7 Best juniors Rank SNo. Name Rtg Type Pts BH. 25 67 FM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen 2351 U16 5 31 30 61 FM Lars Oskar Hauge 2380 U16 5 30½ 32 62 WGM Zhansaya Abdumalik F 2379 U14 5 29½ 34 73 FM Thai Dai Van…

Round 7 & Football

I’m not sure if it was the visit of World Champion Magnus Carlsen that inspired the players, but we had our most bloodthirsty round yesterday, as only 2 games out of the top 23 boards ended in draws!!   On the top board Erwin l’Ami shocked Shakhriyar Mamedyarov when he beat him in only 21…

Round 6 report

The main news of yesterday’s 6th round was of course the visit of World Champion Magnus Carlsen. In case you missed his excellent intervention on the live show, you can either watch the replay or just read the highlights in the following piece by Peter Doggers: http://www.chess.com/news/magnus-carlsen-visits-reykjavik-where-mamedyarov-lami-and-fier-lead-8850   As for the actual tournament, we had a…