Harpa

by Ian Rogers Around a decade ago the Reykjavik Open moved to the impressive Reykjavik Town Hall, with views of icy waters shared by large numbers of ducks and swans. In those days Iceland was the rich uncle of Europe and the fine  playing conditions for the biennial Open were not surprising. Returning many years…

Links to coverage online

Chessdom has some coverage on US players: http://usa.chessdom.com/gm-yuri-shulman-among-leaders-in-reykjavik-open/ The Philippines are watching their man closely: http://philboxing.com/news/story-80618.html ChessVibes with link to all the interviews so far: http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/reykjavik-open-rounds-2-3-harpacoustics Chessdom: http://www.chessdom.com/the-real-action-begins-at-reykjavik/ Susan Polgar: http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/2013/02/tough-battles-begin-in-reykjavik.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter chess.com with lots of comments: http://www.chess.com/news/reykjavik-open-2013-7015

Rounds 2-3: Harpacoustics

As you probably know, the Reykjavik Open is held – this year for the second time – in Harpa. Harpa is both a concert hall (it is the official home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera) and a conference centre, and it has quickly become a famous landmark, located next to Reykjavik’s harbour, from…

Round 1: Inspiration, enthusiasm, passion

The earliest settlers in Iceland probably weren’t planning to visit the country at all. In fact they had never heard of it, it wasn’t a country yet and it certainly wasn’t called Iceland yet! We’re talking about the 9th century, and brave men listening to names such as Naddoddr (a sailor from Norway) and Gardar…

Median Bucholz Cut 1 for tiebreaks

As players can take a bye in round 2-7 it has been decided that Median Bucholz  Cut 1 will be used for tiebreaks. This means that the worst performing opponent will be cut for those playing all games and for those taking a bye of course that “opponent” is cut meaning the bye will not…

A legend joins: Fridrik Olafsson will play the Open

Today, Iceland’s first and oldest Grandmaster announced his participation in the Reykjavik Open. Yes, the legendary Fridrik Olafsson will play! Olafsson shouldn’t need to be introduced, especially not to local fans. He became Iceland’s first Grandmaster in 1958. He participated in the first edition of Reykjavik Open back in 1964 and he is a three…

Maxime in good form

We had a news piece earlier in the month when Maxime was one of the joint winners of the super strong Gibralter Open. Well….he warmed up for the Reykjavik Open by taking first place in the Paris Idf Blitz Championship 2013 which was held Sunday February 17th. Maxime scored an impressive 12 out of 13!…

Organisers working hard!

The organisers got handed over “the keys” to the Harpa music hall today.  Several people are working hard on setting up the playing hall for the tournament which starts tomorrow. Players are arriving and it looks like a record will be set for the number of participants which are well over 200 at the moment!Later…

China defeated Iceland

The rapid match between China and Iceland which was held in the headquarters of Arion Bank finished this weekend with a convincing 47,5-24,5 victory for the guests from China. China outrated Iceland this weekend and outclassed them taking charge early with a 5,5-0,5 victory in the 1st round. Iceland faired better in the 2nd round…