The Reykjavik Open will once again continue it’s partnership with the popular Harpa music and conference center in the heart of downtown Reykjavik for the 2024 edition of the tournament. The dates are set, and the tournament will be played from the 15th of March until the 21st of March. Already we have almost 150 players registered and players being added more regularly right now.
We will play 9 rounds in 7 days! This format was used last year as well.
The total prize fund in the 2024 edition will be €16.000, including many special prizes for various age and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women’s prize.
The Reykjavik Open has in recent years always been voted one of the best open tournaments in the world by ACP.
The schedule can be found here.
The Reykjavik Open happily partnered with Chessable last year and they sponsored the tournament. Additionally to the prize fund mentioned above, there will be several prizes provided by Chessable, and winners of rating categories and top prizes for women can start looking forward to improving their chess even further with top-quality Chessable courses!
Much more than a chess tournament
As in earlier years, several chess-themed events will take place at the same time as the tournament, including the now famous Reykjavík Open Chess Pub Quiz and the Golden Circle sightseeing tour that includes stops at Geysir and Bobby Fischer’s final resting place in the southern part of Iceland. Iceland is one of the most attractive places in the world to visit and play in chess tournaments. The full 2024 side-event calendar will also include a blitz Tournament, and possibly some further special events.
Reykjavik Open 2024
Though it is still 2023 we are only just under 3 months away from the 2024 Reykjavik Open! We broke the record last year with just over 400 players and we expect similar numbers this year and most likely will cap the participation at around the 400 player mark.
Return of the streamers corner
Last year, the Reykjavik Open was a bit of a trailblazer in introducing fixed boards for several internationally recognized streamers Alexandra Botez, Simon Williams, Anna Cramling and Dina Belenkaya all streamed their games on their Twitch channels providing nice coverage of the tournament as well as doing recaps on their Youtube channels. We will re-introduce this “corner” in the playing hall and are currently looking into available streamers and possibly expanding the numbers from last year!
Join the legends and be part of chess history
Through its history, the Reykjavik Open has featured many of the strongest chess players in the world at the time. These include the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen as well the challenger for the title Fabiano Caruana, the 8th world champion Mikhail Tal, who won the first tournament in 1964 with a record 12½ points out of 13, as well as the 7th world champion Vasili Smyslov. It has also featured the strongest women in the world, including, Judit Polgar and world champions Hou Yifan and Nona Gaprindashvili, as well as challengers for the world title like Victor Korchnoi, David Bronstein, Nigel Short, and Jan Timman.
In recent years, the tournament has featured world class players – in addition to those mentioned earlier – like Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Alexei Shirov, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Wesley So, while earlier editions featured legends like Friðrik Ólafsson, Anthony Miles, Bent Larsen, Lev Polugaevsky, Mark Taimanov, and Samuel Reshevsky.
As in previous years, organizers’ goal is to invite many of the youngest and most promising chess players in the world, as well as strong women players.
Why not join? You can register!
Reykjavik Open – SO much more than just a chess tournament!