Team GrandEllen win the Pub Quiz

The 2017 Reykjavik Open Pub Quiz was won by team GrandEllen comprising of Nils Grandlius and Ellen Kakulidis. Well over 20 teams were registered and the atmosphere was casual and fun as it should be. Nils and Ellen managed 25 correct questions in a tight race with the 2nd place teams getting 24 correct and…

Still nine leaders after five rounds

With draws on the three top boards, the top of the table got tighter again with nine players now on 4,5 out of 5. Vidit Santosh Gujrati repeated moves early with the white pieces against Anish Giri so they drew.  Incidentally Vidit is Anish’s second so perhaps there is both mututal respect and knowledge of…

The popular Pub Quiz tonight

The popular Reykjavik Open Pub Quiz will be held tonight in Centerhotel Plaza (info on where it is here). The Quiz will start around 21:30 and everybody is welcome to join. There are teams of two but if you don’t have a team we will pair people up on-site. The Quiz will be hosted by…

Yilmaz winner of Reykjavik Open Blitz

The Turkish Grandmaster Mustafa Ylimaz proved to be a class above the field at the annual Reykjavik Open Blitz.. All in all a total of 68 players showed up for the 9 rounds 3+2 blitz tournament. After some early computer problems and a slight delay, the tournament ran smoothly after the first two rounds and…

Reykjavik Open Blitz Tournament Tonight!

The annual blitz tournament will be held tonight at 21:30 in the main playing hall in Harpa. The tournament will played with a 3+2 timecontrol i.e. 3 minutes for the game and a 2 second increment for each move. There will be 9 rounds and is open for everybody 18+.  Minors will have to be…

GAMMA Reykjavik Open – 16 players leading

After three rounds we still have sixteen players with a full house on 3 out of 3. Top seed Anish Giri is among them after beating Eugene Perelshteyn with the black pieces. Joining the group are 2nd seed Dmitry Andreikin and 4th seed Zoltan Almasi while 3rd seed Baadur Jobava half a point when his opponent…

Reykjavik Open 2nd round – Lack of upsets

The 2nd round was surpringly low on upsets. The first upset was all the way on board 21 where the Dutch FM Dimitry van Leent won against the current Swedish champion, GM Eric Blomqvist. The Dutch GM Jorden van Foreest was perhaps closest to disaster of the other GM’s, facing this clear pawn down position…

Early first round update

Things are underway here at the Reykjavik Open.  As always with a close to a 300 player open there will be some no shows. Most of them got filtered out but Gata Kamsky was a recipent of a no-show from Nigeria who had already payed the entry fee so naturally he was paired up in…