Video clip: Gawain Jones

An interview with England’s 5th grandmaster Gawain Jones, who participated in the London Chess Classic in December and “learnt a lot”, then won the Hastings open and then finished his Reykjavik Open with the same score.

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Baseem joins the leaders

With some games still to be finished the final result of the tournament is clear. Pavel Eljanov and Wesley so finish on top with 8 points after their mutual draw but Amin Baseem managed to catch up with his last round victory. Therefore we have the 3 winners from 3 continents. Eljanov has the best…

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A quick draw secures joint winners

Wesley So didn’t feel like rocking the boat with the black pieces versus the super solid Pavel Eljanov and offered a quick draw. Eljanov accepted and all this transpired while some players hadn’t even begun their play, yet alone arrived at the board (Gawain Jones on the top boards among those) This secures them both…

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Round 9: Ritual sacrifices

About one and a half years ago it was discovered that ritual human sacrifice was practiced during paganism in Iceland. Archaeological research of pagan graves in the valley Þegjandadalur in Suður-Þingeyjasýsla county, in the northeast of Iceland, supported this theory. As Morgunblaðið reported, an L-shaped turf wall was discovered, which was believed to have been constructed before Icelanders…

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Video clip: Bassem Amin

An interview with Egypt’s number one chess player Bassem Amin, who beat the strong Czech grandmaster David Navara in round 9 of the Reykjavik Open. Amin is a doctor and will spend his next year between hospitals and tournament halls!

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Video clip: Irina Krush

An interview with IM Irina Krush (USA), who has been to Reykjavik many times already. After this tournament she will travel to Astana, Kazakhstan to play the Women’s World Teams Championship.

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Will Wesley say “SO?” tomorrow?

It’s clear that one of the winners of Reykjavik Open 2013 will be named Wesley So or Pavel Eljanov. If one of them wins, that same player is a clear winner. If they draw some people can catch up. So the question is, if Eljanov gives the early offer “I offer a draw” will Wesley reply…

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Playing football…..bad luck?

What do these results from the 8th round have in common? Alexander Ipatov – Ding Liren 0-1 Wei Yi – Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 Bartosz Socko – Hannes Stefansson 0-1 Hjörvar Grétarsson – Sopiko Guramishvili 0-1 Sebastien Mazé – Wang Jue 0-1 Cherednichenko – Aman Hambleton 1-0 Well, so what do the players in bold and losers…

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