Reykjavik Open 2016 round 8 report

The last three rounds of any tournament are what’s known as the business end, the time when the top players know they have to win to keep the possibility of winning the event alive and losing usually means that even if they have played well for the majority of the event it can all fall…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 7 report

Sometimes you have games between good players that fluctuate in the objective assessment virtually from move to move. Like watching an open football game that ends up 4-3 where defense is not the priority. As the tournament gets into the later rounds you have players becoming more tired, some are coming off disappointing losses which…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 6 report

The 31st edition of the Reykjavik open has entered its second half and the leading grandmasters feel they have to establish some superiority going into the final rounds. At the current time there is a large pack of players on five points all chasing the sole leader from Armenia Sergei Movsesian. Sometimes when the two leaders…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 5 report

Sometimes you have a round where the play is cagey, sophisticated but not that appealing to the naked eye. Other times you wander around the top boards and you wonder what the players have been having for lunch! In the fifth round of the 31st edition of the Reykjavik open there were interesting and enough…

Pub Quiz – Who will succeed Carlsen?

You might not be able to succeed Carlsen as the World Champion but if you are playing in the Reykjavik Open and you have decent knowledge of chess history, positions and anything to do with chess you might be able to succeed him as Reykjavik Open Pub Quiz Champion! Tonight at 21:30 in Hotel Plaza…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 4 report

The fourth round of the 31st edition of the Reykjavik Open saw its first grandmaster versus grandmaster clashes and there was plenty of fighting spirit shown as the top seeds wished to put forward their case to be crowned as champion in 2016.  On board one Alexander Shabalov may be entering his “twilight” years as a…

Reykjavik Open 2016 Round 3 report

A strange set of parings on the top boards would have been the first thing chess fans would have noticed about the third round for the 31st edition of the Reykjavik open. The two top seeds Shakh Mamedyarov and Dmitry Andreikin were not only missing from the top boards but also from the entire list.…

Reykjavik Open 2016 – round 2 report

The top seeds continued to escape more or less unscatched from the opening rounds of the Reykjavik Open after the conclusion of the 2nd round. In the morning round of the dreaded double-round day, only Danyyil Dvirnyy became a GM casualty joining Nils Grandelius from the opening round. Local 21 year old Orn Leo Johannsson…

Reykjavik Open 2016 round 1 report

The 31st edition of the Reykjavik Open chess tournament started today in the beautiful surroundings of the Harpa concert hall and convention centre situated in the heart of the city overlooking on one side the North Atlantic ocean and the surrounding mountains of Iceland receding in the distance on the other. There were twenty four…

Special offer from Smurstodin Resturant (inside Harpa) during Reykjavik Open:

DISH OF THE DAY 11:30 – 20:00 á 2.500 ISK. Miðvikudagur 9.Mars Smurbrauðstvenna: Graflax með sterku hvannarrótarsinnepi og kalkúnasalat með sveppum og rauðkáli Two open faced sandwiches: Graflax with angelica root mustard and turkey salad with mushrooms and red cabbage Fimmtudagur 10.mars Rauðspretta með remúlaði, kryddjurtarsalati, hafþyrniberjum og brenndri sítrónu Plaice with remoulade, herb sald, sea…