XXIII Reykjavik Open 2008

3-12 March in Reykjavik, Iceland

The 23rd Reykjavik Open, organized by Bjorn Thorfinnsson and with sponsorship from Glitnir, has started yesterday in Reykjavik Chess Center, Faxafen 12. The tournament is open for foreign players above 2200 FIDE and Icelandic players above 2000 FIDE, rate of play is 90 min/40 moves + 15 minutes + 30 sec. increment for every move.

Prizes: 1st USD 8.000, 2nd USD 5.000, 3rd USD 3.000, 4th USD 1.500, 5th-8th USD 1.000, 9-10th USD 750, the best female player, best player under 2400 and 2200 will receive USD 750.

It started of with a couple of shocking results in the first round, most notably Iceland’s FM Bjorn Thorfinnsson beating highest rated in the event and FIDE Grand Prix participant Wang Yue of China. More local players performed in high class to earn draws against Grandmasters:

FM Bergsson Snorri 2333 ½ – ½ GM Meier Georg 2570

GM Stefansson Hannes 2564 ½ – ½ FM Kjartansson Gudmundur 2307

GM Hillarp Persson Tiger 2535 ½ – ½ Edvardsson Kristjan 2261

Thorsteinsson Arnar 2255 ½ – ½ GM Galego Luis 2529

GM Carlsson Pontus 2501 ½ – ½ FM Narayanan Srinath 2210

WIM Andersson Christin 2194 ½ – ½ GM Malisauskas Vidmantas 2489

** Bjorn-Yue

FM Bjorn Thorfinnsson – GM Wang Yue 1-0

** Bergsson-Meier

FM Snorri Bergsson – GM Georg Meier draw

** Kveinys

GM Aloyzas Kveinys and Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson, born 1993, ELO 2247

(Thank you Brendan McGowan for the information)

Chessdom’s own IM Miodrag Perunovic sat on the plane to play in this distinguished tournament. That is why you don’t see him anymore commenting on Morelia Linares :) Fabiano Caruana is also playing after the successful campaign in Russia. After the second round, there are 11 players with the perfect score: GM Caruana Fabiano 2598 ITA, GM Halkias Stelios 2580 GRE, GM Lie Kjetil A 2556 NOR, GM Kveinys Aloyzas 2521 LTU, IM Kristjansson Stefan 2476 ISL, IM Hermansson Emil 2472 SWE, IM Lie Espen 2428 NOR, IM Gaponenko Inna 2422 UKR, IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2420 GER, IM Tania Sachdev 2417 IND, FM Grandelius Nils 2371 SWE.

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