Round 4

Round 4 of the Reykjavik Open was played yesterday and we saw many exciting and decisive games on the top boards. On board 1 we had a small upset as Canadian GM Eric Hansen outplayed third seed GM Ferenc Berkes in a very nice game. On board 2 Richard Rapport scored yet another victory (over…

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Rounds 2 & 3

Today was the double round here at Reykjavik Open and what an eventful day that was… This morning at around 11 o’clock, while most games were only just getting out of the opening phase, the fire alarm went off and the whole Harpa building had to be evacuated! Seeing around 300 people waiting just outside…

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Fire & Ice

After a totally grueling double round day we have 13 players on 3 out of 3. After a rather smooth first round for most of the higher rated players, rounds two and three presented some bigger challenges for the titled players in this tournament. In round 2 most of the top seeds won in clinical…

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Well that’s a first!!

Right now we actually have about 200 people outside the Harpa playing hall because the building had to be evacuated because of a fire alarm and probably a real small fire in the house. Most likely we will return soon but the house has to follow protocol and evacuate while the situation is being taken…

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Round 1

[wp_bannerize group=”toppur-forsida” random=”1″ limit=”1″] The 29th edition of Reykjavik Open got under way this afternoon at Harpa, Reykjavik’s spectacular concert hall. There are finally 255 players (a new record!) from 35 countries taking part and with as many as 91 titled players this promises to be an extremely exciting and hard-fought tournament! As expected, there…

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It starts today

The opening ceremony is in roughly 3 hours away and we will start the tournament and the live broadcast shortly after that. Registration is going well, most of the players showing up and looks like we will have 250+ players from 40+ countries. Let Peter tell you all about it in this news article on…

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Why not take a chess holiday?

An illustrated report from Arlette Van Weersel (the smaller pictures you can click to see a bigger version): Life as a chess player has always been very good. I had the opportunity to travel a lot, meet new people and play many interesting games. However, at some point in life, it’s time to get a…

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Tomorrow it is!

It’s safe to say that people are looking forward to the 2014 Reykjavik Open which will open its 50 year anniversary edition tomorrow! Today the organisers and some volunteers were busy setting up the tournament hall in the lovely playing hall of the Harpa playing venue. Players were showing up and this year we have…

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