Can she do it or will she mess it up? Mating with B+N is the benchpress of chess 😉
Pavel Eljanov is a strong Ukrainian grandmaster, but in Reykjavik he is “only” the 8th seeded player. That’s how strong the tournament is! In this brief interview he talks about his chances to win, and which players he’d like to face behind the board.
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Chessdom has some coverage on US players: http://usa.chessdom.com/gm-yuri-shulman-among-leaders-in-reykjavik-open/
The Philippines are watching their man closely: http://philboxing.com/news/story-80618.html
ChessVibes with link to all the interviews so far: http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/reykjavik-open-rounds-2-3-harpacoustics
chess.com with lots of comments: http://www.chess.com/news/reykjavik-open-2013-7015
As you probably know, the Reykjavik Open is held – this year for the second time – in Harpa. Harpa is both a concert hall (it is the official home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera) and a conference centre, and it has quickly become a famous landmark, located next to Reykjavik’s harbour, from…Details
A brief interview with David Navara, one of the five 2700 players who are playing in the Reykjavik Open this year. In the third round the Czech grandmaster played against the legendary Fridrik Olafsson, Iceland’s first grandmaster.
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A brief interview with American grandmaster Yuri Shulman, who plays in the Reykjavik Open for the fourth time in the last five years. This year he came together with his father!
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A brief interview with Ding Liren, the reigning champion of China and one of many players from his country participating in the tournament this year. He had to settle for a draw in the first round against a much lower rated opponent, and we think a jetlag might have been the main reason… [vsw id=”n93qykca0nc”…Details
Here’s a brief interview with GM Ivan Cheparinov of Bulgaria, who returned to Reykjavik after playing the open last year:
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Three Icelanders have joined the foreign guns at the top of the table with 2 out of 2 after the first round of the day, they are Throstur Thorhallsson, Hjörvar Steinn Grétarsson and Guðmundur Kjartansson. Today is the dreaded double-round day and many players used the opportunity to take the one bye that is allowed…Details