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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
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  jtd200: Predicting a draw, now. Hou had winning chances, but without perfect play, I think Caruana draws.
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: She chose <36. Qb1>, this is exhausting watching this game. There follows 36... Qxb1 37.Nxb1 Bb5:


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the only real winning move here is 38. Nba3

Mar-13-12
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  twinlark: This is not time to snatch a pawn with 38. Nxe5.
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Awesome. She found 38. Nba3 Ba6, now 39. Nxe5 wins
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: 39. Nxe5 it is. Hou should win this as long as she doesn't blunder on the last move of the time control....39...Re8 40. d6! She made it! She should be able to wrap this up with GM technique now.
Mar-13-12  jtd200: I'm still predicting draw. :)
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: This has been perfectly played by Hou so far, and she has completely outplayed Caruana. She just needs to steady her nerves, and settle down for a good solid think:

Position after 40...Bb7:


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41. Nd7, 41. Nac4 and 41. Rf3 all win.

Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: jtd200: Hope you're wrong as this can only happen if Hou blunders. The game has been absolutely exemplary by her, and if she can stay on top of her nerves, this should be a straightforward endgame win for her.
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: She's certainly not rushing into her next move. It seems 41. Nd7 should win a piece:


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Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  DIO: Amazing ... If Hou wins this, she is most likely to win the tournament if I am reading this correctly, as Sokolov-Avrukh has a draw eval at move 44!
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: That would be awesome to see. Yifan has only to avoid 41. d7 in this position. 41. Nd7 seems to win a piece in all variations. 41. Nac4 seems to also.

Still a lot of tactics in this endgame.

Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: A lot of games are finished. I bet many of the players are clustered around this board right now.
Mar-13-12  jtd200: There goes the win... Draw on move... I'm going to say 56.
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Aagh!!! She blew it with 41. Nxf7? This will be a draw.
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: What a sad and horrible way to spoil an absolute masterpiece.
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Damn. I can't bear to watch this any further. Signing out.
Mar-13-12  Penguincw: Yifan-Caruana

41.♘xf7


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If 41...Kxf7 42.Rf3+ Kg8 43.Rxf2 wins back the piece.


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A draw would give him good chances of winning the tournament, if not already locked.

Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <jtd200: I'm still predicting draw. :)>

What are the odds? You defied them sir!

Mar-13-12  Penguincw: < twinlark: What a sad and horrible way to spoil an absolute masterpiece. >

Looks like that way too. The computer gave analysis of 1.63, then as soon as the knight took, it's down to 0.08.

Mar-13-12  jtd200: tamar: That's how I roll! (That, and Fabiano is playing too well lately to bet against him when there's still significant doubt...)
Mar-13-12  Penguincw: Hou Yifan is up a pawn, but I think it's still going to be drawn.

ENDGAME STATS

♔♖♘♙♙♙ vs. ♔♖♗♙♙

Superior (White): 51.4%
Draw: Happens 42.1%
Inferior (Black): 6.8%

Endgame Explorer: RNPPP vs RBPP

Won most of the time, but I think it's a draw for Caruana. He loses 1.8 (win is adding 3.2) but it's better than losing 6.8 for the loss.

Mar-13-12  Penguincw: Draw! Only Sokolov and Avruhk have chances to catch Caruana now.
Mar-13-12  Penguincw: Speaking of which, they are in a level ending.

Sokolov-Avrukh
0:21:46-0:14:36
49...Ne6+ (0.18)


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Discovered attack on the bishop, with check. With could see 50.Ke4.

Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Does anybody know what happened with the Simon Williams game? The arbiter seems to have messed up placing the kings and I don't know the result.
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: They are on chessbomb, but the video seems to have been terminated.
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