Four-way tie at Reykjavik Open

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Four-way tie in ReykjavikThe 2010 Reykjavik Open ended in a four-way tie between Abhijeet Gupta, Yuriy Kuzubov, Ivan Sokolov and Hannes Stefansson. The four grandmasters all ended on 7/9; Dutchman Sokolov had the best tiebreak.

The Reykjavik Open took place February 24 - March 3 in the capital of Iceland. It was a 9-round Swiss with 104 players (20 GMs, 16 IMs). The rate of play was 1.5 hours for 40 moves plus 30 minutes to end te game, with an increment of 30 seconds starting from move 1. The main sponsor was MP Bank, the bank started by grandmaster Margeir P├ętursson and the only bank in Iceland that more or less managed to avoid the biggest damage in the crisis so far.

Reykjavik OpenAs always the Reykjavik open was quite a strong event, with 11 GMs rated higher than 2550 and six rated 2600 or higher. Besides the usual suspects (Baklan, Dreev...) there were the sometimes quite famous veterans (Westerinen, Ehlvest, Romanishin) and some of the biggest talents around (Nyzhnyk, Jorge and Deysi Cori).

In the end the first place was shared between Abhijeet Gupta (India), Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine), Ivan Sokolov (The Netherlands) and Hannes Stefansson (Iceland). Sokolov recovered well from his terrible result at his last open, the open in Cappelle-la-Grande. For local hero Stefansson it was the third time in a row that he ended (shared) first, and the fifth time in total.

Reykjavik Open 2010 | Final Standings (top 30)
Reykjavik Open 2010 | Final Standings


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Reykjavik Open 2010

Veterans meet: Alexey Dreev (Russia) vs Oleg Romanishin (Ukraine)



Reykjavik Open 2010

Newcomers meet: Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine) vs Ilya Nyzhnyk (Ukraine)



Reykjavik Open 2010

Peruvian rising star Jorge Cori vs Iceland's number two (on rating still behind the inactive Johann Hjartarson) Hannes Stefansson



Reykjavik Open 2010

Ivan Sokolov (The Netherlands) vs Irina Krush (USA)



Reykjavik Open 2010

A draw in the last round between Hannes Stefansson and Abhijeet Gupta



Reykjavik Open 2010

The fifth victory for Stefansson



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