Announcing GAMMA Reykjavik 2018

10/31/2017 – The organisers of the annual Reykjavik Open have recently announced information on the March, 2018 edition, which will be extra special, as it will commemorate Bobby Fischer himself. Fischer would have turned 75 years old during the event, if not for his untimely death in 2008. They have sent us the key details.

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No other World Champion was more infamous both inside and outside the chess world than Bobby Fischer. On this DVD, a team of experts shows you the winning techniques and strategies employed by the 11th World Champion.

Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco delves into Fischer’s openings, and retraces the development of his repertoire. What variations did Fischer play, and what sources did he use to arm himself against the best Soviet players? Mihail Marin explains Fischer’s particular style and his special strategic talent in annotated games against Spassky, Taimanov and other greats. Karsten Müller is not just a leading international endgame expert, but also a true Fischer connoisseur.

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Bobby Fischer Memorial March 6th-14th 2018

The GAMMA Reykjavík Open 2018 will be a very special event. This time the tournament will be dedicated to the chess king Bobby Fischer.

Match of the Century: Boris Spassky vs Bobby Fischer, Reykjavik 1972

An Icelandic citizen in his last years, Robert James Fischer was born on March 9th 1943. That means he would have turned 75 years old during GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2018. His contributions to chess history will be celebrated during the tournament.

Instead of the normal ten rounds there will be nine rounds this year and a “free day” on March 9th. Then a special event will be organized — a Fischer Random championship with excellent prizes. The organisers expect that all the strongest players in the field will participate and every player in GAMMA Reykjavik Open is invited!

The tournament will dedicate other events to Fischer´s chess life in many different ways. There will be lectures, exhibitions and you will get the opportunity to visit the playing hall from 1972, his grave, his favorite restaurant and of course the original chess board, which is usually kept in the Icelandic National Museum!

 

The tournament will be held in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall and conference center. A truly unique tournament hall – probably the best in the world! | Photo: Alina l'Ami

Reykjavik Open has always a very strong field and there will no difference in 2018 | Photo: Alina l'Ami

Anish Giri, above with wife IM Sopiko Guramishvili, was the winner of the 2017 edition. The field included for example Alexei Shirov, Gata Kamsky and Baadur Jobava. | Photo: Alina l'Ami

In recent years you can find names like Magnus Carlsen, Hou Yifan, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagreave, Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Ding Liren and Judit Polgar in the list of players. And of course the organisers promise a strong field in this Bobby Fischer Memorial!

Why not join? If you register and pay the fee before 1st January you will get a special discount of the entrance fee.

Schedule 2018

March 5th Monday  16-20 Registration
March 6th Tuesday 11-12 15:00 Registration 1st round
March 7th Wednesday 09:00 17:00 2nd round 3rd round
March 8th Thursday 17:00 4th round
March 9th Friday   Free day – Fischer random tournament
 March 10th Saturday 15:00 5th round
March 11th Sunday 15:00 6th round
March 12th Monday 15:00  7th round
March 13th Tuesday 15:00 8th round
March 14th Wednesday 11:00 17:30 9th round Closing ceremony
March 15th Thursday   Departure of participants

The organizer reserves the right to make minor changes to the schedule, if deemed necessary by the Organizing Committee. Dates will not be changed.


Master Class Vol.1: Bobby Fischer

No other World Champion was more infamous both inside and outside the chess world than Bobby Fischer. On this DVD, a team of experts shows you the winning techniques and strategies employed by the 11th World Champion.

Grandmaster Dorian Rogozenco delves into Fischer’s openings, and retraces the development of his repertoire. What variations did Fischer play, and what sources did he use to arm himself against the best Soviet players? Mihail Marin explains Fischer’s particular style and his special strategic talent in annotated games against Spassky, Taimanov and other greats. Karsten Müller is not just a leading international endgame expert, but also a true Fischer connoisseur.

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