diagonal: Li Chao is part of Chess history at REYKJAVIK:
From 1964 when Mikhail Tal won it at its inauguration edition with a record 12½ points out of 13 (round robin all-play-all) to Li Chao, clear first in the Open (swiss system) 2014.
This traditional tournament was initially held every two years, but has since 2008 taken place every year. From its inception until 1980 (and again in 1992) it was a closed invitation tournament, since 1982 it is played as an Open.
Throughout its history the Reykjavik Tournament and Open has featured many of the chess leading players in the world, including Mikhail Tal, Svetozar Gligoric, Nona Gaprindashvili, David Bronstein, Vasily Smyslov, Bent Larsen, Friðrik Ólafsson, Vlastimil Hort, Mark Taimanov, Victor Korchnoi, Efim Geller, Lev Polugaevsky, Lev Alburt (winning the first Open at Reykjavik in 1982), Samuel Reshevsky (co-winner at age of 72.5 years in the Open 1984 ahead of many grandmaster fellows), Walter Browne, Jan Timman, Predrag Nikolic, Anthony Miles, Nigel Short, Florin Gheorghiu, Nick DeFirmian, Yasser Seirawan, Larry Christiansen, Pia Cramling, Helgi Olafsson, Margeir Petursson, Johann Hjartarson, Hannes Stefansson, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Epishin, Alexei Shirov, Yuriy Kuzubov, Emil Sutovsky, Judit Polgar, Alexander Grischuk, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, and Hou Yifan.
The Reykjavík Open enjoys good reputation, more than 200 chess masters registered interest in participating in recent years.
The 2012 Reykjavik Open Edition was voted the 3rd best open tournament in the world by ACP. Only Gibraltar and Aeroflot Open Moscow was higher on the list.
On January 14th, 1964, the inaugural Reykjavik event started. The Reykjavik Open 2014 was held for the 29th time, from March 4th to March 12th 2014 in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall.
Li Chao finished with 8,5 points from 10 rounds. The best placed icelandic player was GM Helgi Ólafsson on 8 points, sharing the second place with Robin Van Kampen, Eric Hansen and Eduardas Rozentalis, other players included Arkadij Naiditsch, Ferenc Berkes, Richard Rapport, Nils Grandelius, Erwin L’Ami, Hannes Stefansson, and Walter Browne.
50 years since first Reykjavik Chess Festival: Congratulations to Li Chao for his win of the jubilee event 2014!