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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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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