Reykjavik Open Under Way, Six Lead After Round 4

Reykjavik Open Under Way, Six Lead After Round 4

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The annual Reykjavik Open is under way in the capital of Iceland. After four rounds, six players are tied for first place, including top seed GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

GM Pavel Eljanov, GM Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson, IM Jacek Stopa, GM Alexandr Fier and GM Gao Rui are the other players still left with a perfect score.

The Reykjavik Open has yet again reached a record number of participants: 274. A total of 94 titled players are playing, including 35 GMs and 30 IMs.

The tournament started on Tuesday. Two rounds were played on Wednesday. This report includes round 4 which was held on Thursday.

For the author of these lines (and for several grandmasters) it was quite a change, going from Jerusalem to Reykjavik in just two days. Crossing Europe, we travelled from summer right back to winter, as became clear as soon as we had landed.

A snow-covered Keflavík Airport.
Yes, this is definitely winter...!
Together with Lennart Ootes I started setting up our equipment for the live show on Monday. Only minutes before three on Tuesday we were ready, and so another tournament was covered by, 5300 km away, within 48 hours. Laughing

Don't miss our live coverage of the Reykjavik Open, with hosts FM Ingvar Johannesson and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni, during the rounds at!

A screenshot of the live show produced by

The tournament is a 10-round Swiss, paired within one big group. Therefore the rating differences in the first round were huge, and there were hardly any upsets. The biggest was GM Jon Ludvig Hammer's draw with Damia Benet Morant, rated 2044. White was even winning at some point.

On the second day the first real David vs Goliath scalps occurred. FM Daniel Bisby (2321) of England defeated not one, but two grandmasters on one day! First he won against GM Sergei Movsesian:

Naturally Bisby was invited to the studio after this excellent victory. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.

A few hours later Bisby did this to GM Axel Rombaldoni:

More than 270 players are playing in Reykjavik this year. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.

The second round started Wednesday morning at 10am, and not everyone was fully awake yet. One game was over after just eight moves, even though the white player isn't a bad player. Interestingly, you can find more than a dozen games with the final position in the database...

In round 3 one of Norway's big talents, 16-year-old FM Lars Oskar Hauge, defeated GM Allan Stig Rasmussen convincingly:

Some of the favorites in Reykjavik have travelled straight from Jerusalem, for instance GM Pavel Eljanov and GM David Navara. The latter won a nice game in the fourth round. Here's the game, and Navara's explanation:

2015 Reykjavik Open | Round 4 Standings (Top 20)

Rk. Title Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 Rp
12 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2727 4 11 6 11 3202
12 GM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2554 4 11 6 11 3105
34 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2756 4 10,5 5,5 10,5 3226
34 IM Stopa Jacek POL 2544 4 10,5 5,5 10,5 3094
5 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2601 4 10 5 10 3127
6 GM Gao Rui CHN 2533 4 9 5 9 3077
7 GM l'Ami Erwin NED 2605 3,5 11,5 6 9,75 2689
8 IM Gunnarsson Jon Viktor ISL 2443 3,5 11,5 5,5 9,75 2734
9 GM Navara David CZE 2736 3,5 11 5,5 9,25 2736
1011 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2625 3,5 10 5 8,75 3114
1011 GM Jussupow Artur GER 2573 3,5 10 5 8,75 3097
12 GM Libiszewski Fabien FRA 2514 3,5 9,5 4,5 8,25 2966
13 GM Naroditsky Daniel USA 2633 3,5 9 5 7,75 2637
14 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2564 3,5 9 4,5 7,75 3085
15 GM Colovic Aleksandar MKD 2482 3,5 9 4,5 7,5 2562
16 IM Georgiadis Nico SUI 2468 3,5 9 4,5 7,25 2594
1718 GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2676 3,5 8,5 4,5 7,25 2669
1718 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2603 3,5 8,5 4,5 7,25 2680
19 GM Brunello Sabino ITA 2540 3,5 8,5 4,5 7 2627
20 FM Hauge Lars Oskar NOR 2380 3 12 6 8 2493

(Full standings here)

This year the Reykjavik Open is held for the 30th time. It also celebrates the 80th birthday of Icelandic chess legend GM Fridrik Olafsson; the tournament is held in his honor.

Olafsson received some gifts at the opening ceremony. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
As always the tournament is held in te beautiful Harpa concert hall...
...which never ceases to amaze.
Coming straight from Jerusalem: GM Pavel Eljanov... | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
...GM David Navara... | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
...and also GM Nils Grandelius, amongst others. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
Chess legend Artur Jussupow is back in Iceland. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
For GM Julio Granda Zuniga it's the first time in Iceland. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
Magnus's father Henrik Carlsen is playing again this year... | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni. former tournament sponsor Johan Sigeman. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
Some of the chess couples in Reykjavik: WGM Julia Kochetkova/GM Sergei Movsesian & WGM Nino Maisuradze/GM Alexander Fier. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
And then it can happen that you meet at the board! (Alexander won, on his birthday!) | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
Top seed GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was joined by his sister WGM Zeinab Mamedjarova... | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.
...while IM Tania Sachdev came with her mother to Iceland this year. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.

In round 2 the youngest faced the oldest participant: Alexander Björnsson (8) vs Pall Jonsson (81), 1-0. | Photo Fiona Steil-Antoni.

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