*** REGISTRATION: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXDsSoyu2nqtd3zsl5sFefQlczcByKcv7cJCZ1rkrhP8EpWg/viewfor *** Of course there will be the traditional football match between Iceland (the chess players and
Of course there will be the traditional football match between Iceland (the chess players and the organizers) and Rest of the World (the international chess players). It is a fun and relaxing activity after a hard fought game of chess.
The Rest of the World team has both featured special guests like World Champion Magnus Carlsen and tournament players like GM Vachier Lagrave, GM Evgeny Tomashevskiy, GM Loek van Wely, GM Emre Can, GM Alexander Ipatov, GM Jon Ludvig Hammer, IM Nicolai Getz, GM Danyyil Dvirnyy, FM Marina Brunello, GM Sabino Brunello, GM Robert Hess, GM Vasily Papin, FM Peter Doggers, GM Bartosz Socko, GM Mateusz Bartel, WIM Josefine Heinemann, GM Sebastian Maze, GM Etienne Bacrot, GM Laurent Fressinet, GM Fabian Libiszewski, and GM Matthieu Cornette. If they can play, so can you!
On the Icelandic side GM Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson and IM Ingvar Thor Johannesson have featured prominently. Other Icelandic players have been “secret weapons”. In fact Iceland – with the home court advantages – has usually done well, but with the increased popularity of the tournament among international players, the Rest of the World team is expected to do better.
The football match for 2017 will be on Sunday the 23th of April and between 22:00-23:00 in the indoor Football hall Fífan. Everybody will get a chance to play. We may split the group into four teams of roughly seven players each, on either one-half or one-quarter of a pitch. We play on artificial grass and the temperature inside the football-hall is about 15°C.
If you play football you should bring your football equipment with you to Reykjavik! This is a fun and a very popular event!
The Reykjavík Open Organizing Committeereykjavikopen2017@gmail.com