With his victory in the 4th round, Yu Yangyi became a member of the 2700+ club. After the draw in the 5th round his is still 2701 according to www.2700chess.com
Anish Giri and Alexander Ipatov played each other in round 5 of the Reykjavik Open. Before the game, instead of preparing for the game both of them joined the Golden Circle tour, between 08:30 in the morning and 15:30 in the afternoon. At the board, Giri won convincingly, finishing with an hour extra on the…Details
It’s a widely known phrase that “doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result” is the definition of insanity. Well…I don’t know if the player with black in this game is insane but he certainly tried to be creative and not do the same thing over and over!! Thank you for…Details
Ivan Sokolov has the answer. Ivan has been having some bad luck lately in life and chess. He suffered a setback early in the tournament and now his computer has broken down because of this crap they call Windows 8!! So what can you do with no preparation vs a solid WGM? White: Lenka Ptacnikova…Details
by Ian Rogers Around a decade ago the Reykjavik Open moved to the impressive Reykjavik Town Hall, with views of icy waters shared by large numbers of ducks and swans. In those days Iceland was the rich uncle of Europe and the fine playing conditions for the biennial Open were not surprising. Returning many years…Details
A brief interview with Ukrainian grandmaster Alexander Ipatov, who plays for the Turkish Chess Federation and who is a big fan of Barcelona, and soccer in general. He’ll be in Camp Nou when Barca will try to come back from their 2-0 loss against AC Milan!
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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