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Reykjavik Open Tournament

Fabiano Caruana7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[view games]
Ivan Sokolov7/9(+5 -0 =4)[view games]
Yifan Hou7/9(+5 -0 =4)[view games]
Sebastien Maze7/9(+6 -1 =2)[view games]
Boris Avrukh7/9(+6 -1 =2)[view games]
David Navara7/9(+6 -1 =2)[view games]
Gawain Jones7/9(+6 -1 =2)[view games]
Stelios Halkias6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[view games]
Ivan Cheparinov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Robert Lee Hess6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[view games]
Vasily Papin6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[view games]
Hannes Stefansson6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Hedinn Steingrimsson6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[view games]
Yuri Kuzubov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[view games]
Alexander Ipatov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Aloyzas Kveinys6/8(+4 -0 =4)[view games]
Henrik Danielsen6/8(+5 -1 =2)[view games]
Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Simon Kim Williams6/9(+5 -2 =2)[view games]
Kore Akshayraj6/9(+6 -3 =0)[view games]
Einar Hjalti Jensson5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[view games]
Irina Krush5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[view games]
Andreas Moen5.5/8(+5 -2 =1)[view games]
Maurice Ashley5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[view games]
Erwin L'Ami5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[view games]
Adam Hunt5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[view games]
Dagur Arngrimsson5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[view games]
Throstur Thorhallsson5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[view games]
(197 players total; 169 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 779  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Mass vs B Avrukh  0-132 2012 Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
2. J Fivelstad vs J Aguera Naredo  0-133 2012 Reykjavik OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. A Moen vs D Andersen  1-029 2012 Reykjavik OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
4. P Mozelius vs D Arngrimsson  0-138 2012 Reykjavik OpenA04 Reti Opening
5. A L'Ami vs M Karlsson  1-043 2012 Reykjavik OpenE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
6. M Helin vs T Thorhallsson  0-155 2012 Reykjavik OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. J Thomassen vs H Sjol 1-022 2012 Reykjavik OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Ziska vs T Trella  0-164 2012 Reykjavik OpenC01 French, Exchange
9. B Thorfinnsson vs J Mehringer  1-036 2012 Reykjavik OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. G Kjartansson vs S Ingason  1-021 2012 Reykjavik OpenA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
11. O Jonsson vs T Coleman  0-152 2012 Reykjavik OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. P Doggers vs T Michalczak  ½-½45 2012 Reykjavik OpenC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. I Johannesson vs A Antonsson  1-057 2012 Reykjavik OpenE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
14. E De Winter vs H Mertens  0-138 2012 Reykjavik OpenA21 English
15. D Cummings vs D Ragnarsson  0-143 2012 Reykjavik OpenA14 English
16. A O Johansen vs G Gislason 0-141 2012 Reykjavik OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
17. S D Sigfusson vs J Johannsdottir  1-047 2012 Reykjavik OpenB27 Sicilian
18. G Gunnlaugsson vs A Vuilleumier  0-147 2012 Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
19. K F Kiewra vs P Ledent  1-030 2012 Reykjavik OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
20. B Thorfinnsson vs H R Thjomoe 1-022 2012 Reykjavik OpenC45 Scotch Game
21. P Guisset vs K Akshayraj  0-124 2012 Reykjavik OpenA15 English
22. S Williams vs O Kristinsson  1-039 2012 Reykjavik OpenD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. H Palsson vs A Kveinys  0-127 2012 Reykjavik OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. F Libiszewski vs E Bjornsson  1-039 2012 Reykjavik OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. J Rodriguez Fonseca vs Stefansson  0-134 2012 Reykjavik OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 779  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-13-12
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  Jim Bartle: This is the first Open tournament where I've looked at many games where highly-ranked players play lower-ranked players in the early rounds.

I expected to see the better players win quickly, winning a piece or a couple of pawns early on. But what I've seen over and over is that the better player exchanges down to what to me looks like a fairly equal ending, but then almost always wins that ending.

They really do seem just to have much deeper understanding.

Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: <25. Qb4> it is! The engine has been looking at this move for a while and is getting to like it more and more:


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Caruana must now choose between <25...Nc6>, or <25...Nxc4> and the third option seems to be to sac the Knight on a4 with <25...Nxg2> (White wouldn't take the Knight on g2), which looks really dangerous if White isn't really careful.

Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: All hell could break out at any moment...
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: Navara and Cheparinov have agreed to a draw.
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: <Jim>

<what I've seen over and over is that the better player exchanges down to what to me looks like a fairly equal ending, but then almost always wins that ending.

They really do seem just to have much deeper understanding.>

Right on. One thing weaker players hate more than anything else is playing "equal" endgames against GMs...

Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: Caruana is down to 12 minutes (Hou 36 mins) and still hasn't decided.
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: Heh...the games server is overloading.
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: Wow...<25...Nxc4> it is: <26. Rxa8 Qxa8 27. Nxc4 Qa1+>:


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Engine prefers an intervention on e1 here to a king move for reasons I'm not sure I understand.

Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: Ahh...<28. Kh2 Qf1> and Black is winning.
Mar-13-12  Labgrunt: Could IM Krush be in the running for a GM norm here?
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: Even the engine is finding it hard to decide which intervention is the better between 28. Re1 and 28. Ne1.

Yifan chose <28. Re1> to which Caruana plays <28...Qa2>:


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If now <29. Qxd6 then 29...Bxh3> as the f2 pawn is weak. Best seems <29...Nfd2> covering up.

Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: <Labgrunt> Doesn't look like it.
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: <29. Nfd2> it is.


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<29...f5> at long last?

Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: No. He plays <29...Rc8>. The tension is palpable, Caruana has 6 minutes, Yifan 18.
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: She plays it safe with <30. Re3>:


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probably protecting h3 and maybe even f2.

Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: But Caruana has a riposte here with <30...Qc2>. White has only one move that works: <31. Kh2>. everything else loses!
Mar-13-12
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  brankat: A smart move, I think. She is not in a hurry. Caruana should be. Plus Yifan Hou still has a somewhat better position.
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: <31. Kh2> it is. Now Black has only one move, namely: <31...Qd1>, as everything else loses!
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: What an awesome battle of the wits so far! Caruana has only a couple of minutes left.
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: Caruana cracks under time pressure with <31...Nd3>. He only had about 30 seconds left. This loses with both <32. Qb7> or <32. Qxd6>. Can Yifan find one of these moves?
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: Even <32. Qa5> wins.
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: She's taking her time thinking this one through. She has about 6 minutes left to Caruana's 46 seconds.
Mar-13-12  nok: Caruana has to have miscalculated something with 25...Nxc4 as he had the simple 25...Nc6
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: Caruana is virtually playing blitz. Yifan finds <32. Qb7>.
Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: OMG this is a tactical nightmare to work through in time pressure. <32. Qb7 Nc5 33. Qb6 Nd3 34. Qxd6 Rf8 35. N6c4 Nxf2 >:


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With seconds left, Yifan's moves are either 36. Qb7 or 36. Qb3 or even 36. Qb1

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