With four rounds in the books, the only players with a full house after those rounds are Indian. One-time joint winner and one-time sole winner, Abhijeet Gupta seems to always bring his A-game in Reykjavik. This year doesn’t seem like an exception. The only player joining Gupta in the lead is fellow Indian GM V Pranav. They meet in the 5th round with Pranav commanding the white pieces.
With only four rounds in the books however, we can safely say that the double round day on Saturday is a true “moving day” as a lot will be determined about the shape of the tournament based on the results of these two rounds Last year the excitement lasted until the last round and it’s hard to imagine a different scenario this year.
With a bunch of players on 3,5 and some predators looking to capture wins on 3 points, anything can and will happen.
As always there were some upsets but the one catching the eye was Dina Belenkaya landing a massive upset when she defeated veteran GM Gajewski from Poland.
The action continues early on Saturday at 09:00 local time with the 2nd round of the day starting at 16:00 local time (GMT).
- Tournament on chess-results
- Photoalbum (Þorsteinn Magnússon)
- Photoalbum (Hallfríður Sigurðardóttir)
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