Round 8 – Visit of Kasparov

Round 8 was an especially exciting day yesterday at Harpa as the tournament saw the visit of the great Garry Kasparov. Before the round there was a book signing session and the number of people who queued up for this was simply incredible! Kasparov also held a short speech before the start of the round…

Round 7 & Football

Round 7 was another very interesting affair yesterday, as all 3 top boards were decisive. On board 1 Bassem Amin scored another very convincing win against Erwin l’Ami, taking his total to an impressive 6.5/7! On board 2 Robin van Kampen avoided early simplifications, but was later outplayed by Arkadij Naiditsch. On board 3 finally…

Rounds 5 & 6

We saw another round of extremely interesting and fighting chess at Harpa yesterday as all of the top 5 boards were decisive. On board 1 Robin van Kampen beat Richard Rapport in what was probably one of the most exciting games of the day. In yet another Pirc (the amounts of Pircs we have seen…

Round 4

Round 4 of the Reykjavik Open was played yesterday and we saw many exciting and decisive games on the top boards. On board 1 we had a small upset as Canadian GM Eric Hansen outplayed third seed GM Ferenc Berkes in a very nice game. On board 2 Richard Rapport scored yet another victory (over…

Rounds 2 & 3

Today was the double round here at Reykjavik Open and what an eventful day that was… This morning at around 11 o’clock, while most games were only just getting out of the opening phase, the fire alarm went off and the whole Harpa building had to be evacuated! Seeing around 300 people waiting just outside…

Round 1

[wp_bannerize group=”toppur-forsida” random=”1″ limit=”1″] The 29th edition of Reykjavik Open got under way this afternoon at Harpa, Reykjavik’s spectacular concert hall. There are finally 255 players (a new record!) from 35 countries taking part and with as many as 91 titled players this promises to be an extremely exciting and hard-fought tournament! As expected, there…

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…