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Reykjavik Open Tournament

Gudmundur Sigurjonsson2.5/7(+2 -4 =1)[games]
Erwin L'Ami8.5/10(+8 -1 =1)[games]
Pavel Eljanov8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Fabien Libiszewski8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Alexandr Hilario Takeda dos Santos Fier7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Daniel Naroditsky7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Hrant Melkumyan7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Eric Hansen7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Abhijeet Gupta7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Hannes Hlifar Stefansson7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Henrik Danielsen7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Artur Yusupov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Nils Grandelius7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Rui Gao7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Gawain Jones7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Sebastien Maze7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Yaacov Norowitz7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Sahaj Grover7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Pouya Idani7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Matthieu Cornette7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Jean-Pierre Le Roux7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Axel Rombaldoni7/10(+7 -3 =0)[games]
Sergei Movsesian7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Justin Sarkar7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
* (271 players total; 242 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Reykjavik Open (2015)

Played in Reykjavik, Iceland 10-18 March 2015. Crosstable:

Previous: Reykjavik Open (2014). Next: Reykjavik Open (2016).

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 926  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A S Wahedi vs Karl-Johan Rist  1-0372015Reykjavik OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
2. Thai Dai Van Nguyen vs M Kruglyak  1-0272015Reykjavik OpenB10 Caro-Kann
3. E De Winter vs D Cummings  ½-½632015Reykjavik OpenE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
4. D Ragnarsson vs D Opasiak  1-0422015Reykjavik OpenA35 English, Symmetrical
5. Ruddy T Sibiya vs A Vuilleumier  ½-½722015Reykjavik OpenA21 English
6. K Gulamali vs B Hojgaard  1-0352015Reykjavik OpenC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
7. L Roser vs J S Christiansen 0-1262015Reykjavik OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. G Welling vs Agnar T Moller  1-0282015Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
9. T Hansen vs S Khademalsharieh  0-1382015Reykjavik OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
10. Jonas Rosner vs B Sigurdsson 1-0322015Reykjavik OpenC18 French, Winawer
11. Tobias Lang Nilsen vs D Bisby  0-1332015Reykjavik OpenB32 Sicilian
12. G Gislason vs D Kjartansson  1-0712015Reykjavik OpenA36 English
13. E Fjallheim vs J Movsesian  0-1422015Reykjavik OpenB07 Pirc
14. S Tjomsland vs H Hauksdottir  1-0232015Reykjavik OpenD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
15. Bartosz Miszkielo vs N Maisuradze  0-1212015Reykjavik OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
16. Z Mamedjarova vs Maksymilian Bogut  1-0332015Reykjavik OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. F K Holm vs B Haldorsen  0-1322015Reykjavik OpenA05 Reti Opening
18. S Mihajlov vs Hans K Gaarder  1-0312015Reykjavik OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
19. W Olsen vs Shiqun Ni  0-1312015Reykjavik OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
20. Claude Burgisser vs T K Antal  0-1172015Reykjavik OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. D Arngrimsson vs J G Nicholson  1-0132015Reykjavik OpenD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. F Stuhr vs Z Abdumalik  0-1302015Reykjavik OpenC02 French, Advance
23. M Esserman vs G Meier  1-0292015Reykjavik OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Otto Milvang vs T Thorhallsson  0-1292015Reykjavik OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. B Thorfinnsson vs D Nordquelle  1-0252015Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 926  PGN Download
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  whiteshark: tournamnet page:

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Additional infos:
The 2015 edition of the traditional chess tournament Reykjavik Open is going to take place March 10-18 is Harpa Conference Hall in Iceland. A total of 285 players will participate including GM Mamedyarov, GM Navara, GM Eljanov, GM Melkumyan, GM Movsesian, GM Hammer, GM Granda, GM Gawain Jones, GM Naroditsky, GM Gupta, GM L’Ami, GM Grandelius, GM Fier, GM Cornette, GM Jussupow, GM Hansen, GM Maze, etc.

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  Sokrates: <SimonWebbsTiger> You're right! Thanks for the reference!
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  morfishine: If this is the 24th edition and first won by Tal in 1964, I guess the event wasn't held for some years for some reason
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  Robin01: Or someone cannot add!:)
Mar-12-15  haydn20: Off course--I say I like Bisby and he responds by playing like me! I always used to like the Nimzo because it gave reasonable middlegame prospects for either side...but no more! My hero plays the woeful 16. Qh4+ a patzer sees check patzer gives check if there ever was one (f3 was simple & necessary) and is losing. His opponent lets him of the hook by not playing Rxc1, but Brisby pursues the "attack" with 23. Nxf5? when the not so hard to see 23...Bf3! wins instantly. Sigh.
Mar-12-15  haydn20: PS who the heck is Alexandr... Fier?
Mar-12-15  jphamlore: Jussupow (Yusupov), 55 years old, wins again. His play could well have been straight from his chess textbooks. Hopefully my rooting for his success does not prove a curse like it has for previous players ...
Mar-12-15  Everett: Yusupov did not play in round 3?
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  PhilFeeley: <morphshine, Robin01> As it says on their own web page:

<The tournament was initially held every two years, but has since 2008 taken place every year. >

Mar-12-15  jphamlore: <Everett: Yusupov did not play in round 3?>

Yusupov took his bye that round. Two rounds were played in one day.

If I read the following table correctly, the game of round 5 might be Navara playing White versus Yusupov playing Black.

Mar-12-15  waustad: <Everett> Many people here are taking a 1/2 point bye somewhere in the tournament it seems.
Mar-12-15  waustad: Also, with a big Swiss, not all games are on DGT boards, so the games may not be available.
Mar-12-15  Baron Harkonnen: <haydn20: PS who the heck is Alexandr... Fier?>

Former Brazilian Champ, still one of the strongest there, alongside Leitao, Vescovi and others. a 2600+ player

Mar-13-15  jphamlore: <Baron Harkonnen: <haydn20: PS who the heck is Alexandr... Fier?>

Former Brazilian Champ, still one of the strongest there, alongside Leitao, Vescovi and others. a 2600+ player>

I have the impression from the interview below that Fier may be a full-time chess professional. In any case, he now lives in Georgia, the country, with his wife and son.

As Fier is only 27 he should actually be in the peak of his chess powers.

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  morfishine: <PhilFeeley> Thanks for the info! I had Googled 'Reykjavik Open Chess' but somehow skimmed right over the actual site
Mar-13-15  haydn20: Mamedyarov has just finished crushing Gretarsson. The others at 4-0 have so far equal games.
Mar-13-15  haydn20: Interesting double error in Elyanov-Stopa. Black thinks he can snatch a pawn with 31...Bxa2?? (Bxd5 is necessary) and White misses 32 Nxe7+! when Black can resign.
Mar-13-15  Boomie: Here is the standings after round 5:

Notice that CG can't record the half point byes. The standings here represent only the games in the DB.

Mar-13-15  goodevans: <haydn20: Interesting double error in Elyanov-Stopa. Black thinks he can snatch a pawn with 31...Bxa2?? (Bxd5 is necessary) and White misses 32 Nxe7+! when Black can resign.>

SF gives 32.Ne7+ Kf7 33.Qxa7 Qxe7 when 34.Rd7 is clearly winning, but what if <33...Qb8>?

Mar-14-15  stst: Somehow, some unknown emerged!
Keep up the surprise!!
Mar-14-15  haydn20: <goodevans> 33...Qb8 34 Qxa2+ Kxe7 35 Qa3+ Ke6 36 Qa5 Qc8 (forced I think) 37 Qa2+ Ke7 38 Qa7+ and White will gobble up all the pawns with an easy win.
Mar-14-15  goodevans: <haydn20> OK, <36...Qc8> is necessary to prevent <37.Qf5>. I can see that now but not at all obvious when white missed <32.Ne7+>.

What I find most curious is that by playing <32.f4> before <33.Ne7+> all white seemed to achieve was the loss of an important pawn that was controlling f5. I wonder what his thinking behind that was.

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  kingscrusher: I video annotated one of the major "upset" games here - FM Dan Bisby beating a 2660 GM

Mar-14-15  Boomie: I'm hoping that the duplicate game for Gao Rui vs Victor C Shen is the 64 move beauty (Gao Rui vs V C Shen, 2015), which ends in this perfectly charming position:

click for larger view

Notice that if 64...Kg8 65. Qh8+ BxQ 66. Nh6#

You don't get to mate with a knight move every day.

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  ketchuplover: impressive
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