Norms and norm chances

Quite a few competitors have already secured norms and plenty are still fighting for theirs! IM Jacek Stopa (2544) has already secured his GM norm. WGM Zhansaya Abdumalik (2379) has secured an IM norm and if she wins in the 9th round she will secure a GM norm! FM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen (2340) has a similar situation. He already has his IM norm from…

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Round 7 & Football

I’m not sure if it was the visit of World Champion Magnus Carlsen that inspired the players, but we had our most bloodthirsty round yesterday, as only 2 games out of the top 23 boards ended in draws!!   On the top board Erwin l’Ami shocked Shakhriyar Mamedyarov when he beat him in only 21…

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Round 6 report

The main news of yesterday’s 6th round was of course the visit of World Champion Magnus Carlsen. In case you missed his excellent intervention on the live show, you can either watch the replay or just read the highlights in the following piece by Peter Doggers: http://www.chess.com/news/magnus-carlsen-visits-reykjavik-where-mamedyarov-lami-and-fier-lead-8850   As for the actual tournament, we had a…

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Round 5 report

As the tournament reaches the halfway mark, we now have a sole leader on 5/5 and that is Shakhriyar Mamedyarov! He Azeri grandmaster took advantage of a couple of early inaccuracies by Gretarsson to post a quick and clean victory. You can watch Shakhriyar explain the game on the replay of yesterday’s show here: http://new.livestream.com/chess/reykjavikopen2015 Trailing…

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