Wang Hao leads in Reykjavik

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In Reykjavik, where Fischer would have celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday, the Chinese chess player Wang Hao is leading the field after seven rounds of the Reykjavik Open.

The 23rd Reykjavik Open takes place 3-11 March in the Reykjavik Chess Center. The tournament is a Swiss group for players rated above 2200 (above 2000 for Icelandic players). The rate of play is 90 minutes for 40 moves and then 15 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment for every move.

The tournament had started with a big upset, because first seed GM Wang Yue (2698) lost to local hero FM Bjorn Thorfinsson (2364).



This player went on with an excellent draw against GM Elshan Moradiabadi (2506) but then lost two games in a row.

The fiftee-year-old Italian champion and winner of this year's Corus "C", Fabiano Caruana, had a great start with 4.5 out of 5 (a 2832 performance).



A new fairy tale tournament was possible, but Fabiano's ascent was (at least temporarily) put to a halt by the inexorable Wang Hao. His desire to win becomes clear from his sixth-round win against GM Lie:



With two more rounds to go, the tournament is going into its decisive phase. Top pairings for round 8 include Wang Yue-Wang Hao, Mikhalevski-Stefansson, Lie-Malakhatko and Caruan-Hillarp Persson. Current standings (top 20):

Place Title Name Fed Rtg Pts Rp rtg+/-
1 GM Wang Hao CHN 2665 6,0 2772 7,3
2 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2564 5,5 2634 11,3
3 GM Wang Yue CHN 2698 5,5 2649 -0,8
4 GM Caruana Fabiano ITA 2598 5,0 2666 6,7
5 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2521 5,0 2632 10,9
6 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2580 5,0 2648 6,9
7 GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2632 5,0 2616 -0,8
8 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2535 5,0 2545 2,3
9 GM Lie Kjetil A NOR 2556 5,0 2590 3,6
10 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2600 5,0 2610 1,5
11 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi ISL 2406 5,0 2502 11,7
12 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2569 5,0 2533 -2,4
13 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2422 4,5 2608 18,3
14 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2464 4,5 2507 7,2
15 GM Meier Georg GER 2570 4,5 2507 -4,7
16 GM Carlsson Pontus SWE 2501 4,5 2522 2,9
17 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2420 4,5 2563 14,6
18 IM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2457 4,5 2461 6,6
19 GM Dizdar Goran CRO 2564 4,5 2507 -4,4
20 FM Thorfinnsson Bjorn ISL 2364 4,5 2505 20,0




Organisers putting the poster up, in the Icelandic snow



The tournament hall before the first round



Anna Zozulia - Fabiano Caruana, with a painting of?Ǭ† that famous match in the background



GM Stelios Halkias - GM Ahmed Adly



IM Elisabeth P?ɬ§htz - GM Hannes Stefansson

GM Tiger Hillarp Persson - GM Wang Hao



GM Antoaneta Stefanova



GM Wang Yue

Look who's visiting. From left to right: the legendary GM Pal Benk?ɬ?, the 10th world champion Boris Spassky with his wife and the president of the Icelandic Chess Federation Gudfridur Lilja Gretarsdottir

Photos thanks to the Icelandic Chess Federation

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