What and who to watch in the last round

It’s February 27th, the last round of the Reykjavik Open 2013. Here is your guide to what you should be watching for and who! The total prize package is €15.000 so we can expect some jockeying for position in the last round. This year the rules have been changed so that prizes aren’t distributed evenly for…

Round 8: The Chinese are coming

There’s something special about this year’s Reykjavik Open. Not only do we have a record number of 227 participants from no less than 37 federations, but there’s an especially big delegation from China: GM Ding Liren (2709), GM Yu Yangyi (2688), GM Bu Xiangzhi (2675), GM Xiu Deshun (2530), IM Wei Yi (2501), WGM Huang Qian (2478), IM Lou Yiping (2468), WGM Tan…

Excitement in the last few rounds!

Six players are on 6,5 out of 8 with 2 rounds to play! Ding Liren has sneeked up on the leaders after some early mistakes. The new 2700-club member, Wesley So also has white versus Dziuba of Poland in the penultimate round and Gajewski has white vs the young Chinese sensation Wei Yi. None of…

Soccer…ermm…sorry Football Match!

The rusty winger Peter Doggers surely wouldn’t like me calling the beautiful game “soccer” so we’ll stick to football because it’s played with the feet (unlike American Football which has very little to do with feet). Well…basically more or less (The trademark Ivan Sokolov opening of a story) we played the 3rd annual Football match…

Dinner for two

by Ian Rogers At the Reykjavik Open, the conditions for the top players include coupons for some of Reykjavik’s best restaurants. The Grandmaster couple Erwin and Alina l’Ami have been enjoying their meals at a rather later time than most, given their propensity for marathon games. In the fourth round Alina found herself in a…

Round 7: Not exactly chess

The Reykjavik Open is more than just a tournament; it should be called a chess festival. In the last few days there have been quite a lot of side events, such as a pub quiz, a blitz tournament and a soccer football match! It’s not easy to be modest and at the same time write about something you…

Some side-event news

There is almost no time to do nothing here in Reykjavik…..because of all the fun! When we are not playing the tournament or watching/following/commenting we are doing some fun side events. On Friday we had the 5th edition of the Pub Quiz. This year the questions were very hard and the winners were chess journalists…

Round 6: What to do with those rooks?

“There was a man of the North, Ingólfr, who is truly said to be the first leave it for Iceland, in the time when Haraldr the Fair-Haired was sixteen winters of age (…), he settled south in Reykjavík.” This is taken from Íslendingabók, the Book of Icelanders, written in the 12th century by an Icelandic priest.…

Rounds 4-5: Chess tourists

As Oscar Wilde once quipped, the Icelanders are very smart people. “They discovered America and kept quiet about it!” This quote was one of many little stories that were told by our tour guide on Friday, when over fifty chess players went on the famous Golden Circle tour, which visits Iceland’s main touristic attractions. In…