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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Reykjavik Open Tournament

Fabiano Caruana7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Ivan Sokolov7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Yifan Hou7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
David Navara7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Sebastien Maze7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Boris Avrukh7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Gawain Jones7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Vasily Papin6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Hannes Stefansson6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Stelios Halkias6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Robert Lee Hess6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Hedinn Steingrimsson6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Yuri Kuzubov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Henrik Danielsen6/8(+5 -1 =2)[games]
Kore Akshayraj6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Simon Kim Williams6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Alexander Ipatov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Aloyzas Kveinys6/8(+4 -0 =4)[games]
Throstur Thorhallsson5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Irina Krush5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[games]
Einar Hjalti Jensson5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[games]
Vladimir Baklan5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[games]
Erwin L'Ami5.5/8(+4 -1 =3)[games]
Dagur Arngrimsson5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Adam Hunt5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Gudmundur Gislason5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Mass vs B Avrukh  0-1322012Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
2. J Fivelstad vs J Aguera Naredo  0-1332012Reykjavik OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. A Moen vs D Andersen  1-0292012Reykjavik OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
4. P Mozelius vs D Arngrimsson  0-1382012Reykjavik OpenA04 Reti Opening
5. A L'Ami vs M Karlsson  1-0432012Reykjavik OpenE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
6. M Helin vs T Thorhallsson  0-1552012Reykjavik OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. J Thomassen vs H Sjol 1-0222012Reykjavik OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Ziska vs T Trella  0-1642012Reykjavik OpenC01 French, Exchange
9. B Thorfinnsson vs J Mehringer  1-0362012Reykjavik OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. G Kjartansson vs S Ingason  1-0212012Reykjavik OpenA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
11. O Jonsson vs T Coleman  0-1522012Reykjavik OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. P Doggers vs T Michalczak  ½-½452012Reykjavik OpenC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. I Johannesson vs A Antonsson  1-0572012Reykjavik OpenE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
14. E De Winter vs H Mertens  0-1382012Reykjavik OpenA21 English
15. D Cummings vs D Ragnarsson  0-1432012Reykjavik OpenA14 English
16. A O Johansen vs G Gislason 0-1412012Reykjavik OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
17. S D Sigfusson vs J Johannsdottir  1-0472012Reykjavik OpenB27 Sicilian
18. G Gunnlaugsson vs A Vuilleumier  0-1472012Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
19. K F Kiewra vs P Ledent  1-0302012Reykjavik OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
20. B Thorfinnsson vs H R Thjomoe 1-0222012Reykjavik OpenC45 Scotch Game
21. P Guisset vs K Akshayraj  0-1242012Reykjavik OpenA15 English
22. S Williams vs O Kristinsson  1-0392012Reykjavik OpenD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. H Palsson vs A Kveinys  0-1272012Reykjavik OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. F Libiszewski vs E Bjornsson  1-0392012Reykjavik OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. J Rodriguez Fonseca vs Stefansson  0-1342012Reykjavik 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  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Draw! Only Sokolov and Avruhk have chances to catch Caruana now.
Mar-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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  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  waustad: They are on chessbomb, but the video seems to have been terminated.
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