The 2014 Pub Quiz

The special events have become more and more important with each year as we keep trying to improve the Reykjavik Open and the overall experience for our guests. The Golden Circle has been a mainstay now for many years and this year we had several events that we have had before like the blitz tournament,…

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Prize winners

The Chinese Grandmaster Li Chao (2700) was the sole winner of the  N1 Reykjavik Open which finished yesterday in Harpa Music&Conference hall. Li Chao finishd with 8,5 points over 10 rounds of play. Helgi Ólafsson (2546) was the leading Icelandic player in joint 2nd-5th with 8 points and joined by Robin Van Kampen, Eric Hansen and…

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Round 9 – Chao L(eads)i

At the start of today’s round 9 I predicted a lot of decisive on the top boards, but what happened exceeded even my expectations… There was not a single draw on the first 9 boards!! On board 1 Li Chao lined up a 3rd consecutive win, this time against Richard Rapport. This game was a…

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Round 7 & Football

Round 7 was another very interesting affair yesterday, as all 3 top boards were decisive. On board 1 Bassem Amin scored another very convincing win against Erwin l’Ami, taking his total to an impressive 6.5/7! On board 2 Robin van Kampen avoided early simplifications, but was later outplayed by Arkadij Naiditsch. On board 3 finally…

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Even Steven blitz won by Vova

Yesterday the Even Steven blitz tournament was held. This is the 2nd year that we try this format for a blitz tournament and in general people seem to be happy with it. The format is a time handicap so that the stronger player in some cases has to play with 1 minute vs 9 minutes…

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Rounds 5 & 6

We saw another round of extremely interesting and fighting chess at Harpa yesterday as all of the top 5 boards were decisive. On board 1 Robin van Kampen beat Richard Rapport in what was probably one of the most exciting games of the day. In yet another Pirc (the amounts of Pircs we have seen…

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Colovic, Canadians & ChessVibes writing

More blogging from our Canadian visitors….please scroll down to see the latest blogging from them: http://annexchessclub.com/2014/03/toronto-players-in-reykjavik/ I also saw that Alex Colovic had a nice blog about his experience and his deja-vu Norweigan matchups: http://www.alexcolovic.com/ Both of these cover the Golden Circle trip which so many of our guests took. Finally I would like to point out…

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