Reykjavik Open 2013 – four players lead

2/22/2013 – This popular nine-round Swiss event is being held in the Icelandic capital for the 28th time – from February 19 to 27, in the concert hall and conference centre Harpa. 227 players from different countries are particpating. After four rounds there are four leaders (Yu Yangyi, Eljanov, Gajewski, Vachier-Lagrave) with perfect scores. Report with pictorial impressions by WGM Alina L'Ami.

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The 28th Reykjavik Open 2013 is being held from February 19 to 27, 2012 in Harpa, the spectacular 28,000 sqm. music hall on the harbour, just five minutes walk to downtown Reykjavik, Iceland.

Panorama view of the harbour front of Reykjavik – pan to the right to see the playing venue...

The event is a nine-round Swiss with a rate of play of 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds increment from move one. Total prizes are €15.000, including many special prizes for various ages and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women prize.


The opening ceremony before the start of round one and the event


Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir welcomes the players

In the first round the pairings saw high-rated facing amateurs, with the top half of the draw "tending to murder the bottom half in cold blood," as John Saunders puts it. But there was one notable and thoroughly sensational exception: Soren Jensen rated 1909 beat Norwegian IM Frode Urkedal 2473 in just 21 moves, using the Muzio in the King’s Gambit! "Now that’s kicking it oldschool!" comments the official web site gleefully. Here is the game:

[Event "Reykjavik Open 2013"] [Site "Reykjavik ISL"] [Date "2013.02.19"] [Round "1"] [White "Jensen, So3"] [Black "Urkedal, F."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C37"] [WhiteElo "1909"] [BlackElo "2473"] [PlyCount "41"] [EventDate "2013.02.19"] 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 g4 5. O-O {The super-aggressive Muzio Gambit, where White sacrifices the knight but brings three pieces to bear down on f7.} gxf3 6. Qxf3 Qf6 7. e5 Qxe5 8. Bxf7+ Kxf7 9. d4 Qxd4+ 10. Be3 Qf6 11. Bxf4 Bc5+ 12. Kh1 {The ChessBase online database has six games with this position, with a 5-1 score for White (2-0 in master games)} Bd6 $146 {A terrible novelty (Deep Fritz gives it +10, Houdini +13 for White)} (12... Ne7 13. Qh5+ Qg6 14. Qxc5 d6 15. Bxd6+ Nf5 16. Qxc7+ Bd7 17. Nd2 Rc8 18. Qxb7 Qxd6 19. Rxf5+ Kg6 20. Rg5+ Kxg5 21. Ne4+ Kh5 22. Nxd6 Rxc2 23. Qf3+ Kg5 24. h4+ Kxh4 25. Qe4+ {1-0 (25) Yoos,J (2373)-Barron,M (2171) Toronto 2011}) 13. Qh5+ Qg6 (13... Ke7 14. Bg5 {also loses instantly.}) (13... Ke6 14. Nc3 {leads to a forced mate.}) (13... Kg7 14. Bh6+ {and Black loses outright.}) 14. Bxd6+ {and it's mate in nine.} Nf6 15. Qd5+ {Good enough.} ({The forced line is} 15. Rxf6+ Kg7 (15... Kxf6 16. Qe5+ Kf7 17. Qe7+ Kg8 18. Qf8#) 16. Rxg6+ hxg6 17. Qe5+ Kg8 18. Qe8+ Kh7 19. Qe7+ Kh6 20. Bf4+ g5 21. Qxg5+ Kh7 22. Be5 Nc6 23. Qg7#) 15... Kg7 16. Rxf6 Qxf6 17. Be5 Rf8 18. Bxf6+ Rxf6 19. Qg5+ Kf7 20. Nc3 d6 (20... Rg6 21. Rf1+ {mates}) 21. Nd5 {and the Norwegian IM resigned.} 1-0

In round two Chinese GM Yu Yangyi showed his class with a game that had the spectators enthralled:

[Event "Reykjavik Open 2013"] [Site "Reykjavik ISL"] [Date "2013.02.20"] [Round "2"] [White "Yu Yangyi"] [Black "Handler, L."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C84"] [WhiteElo "2688"] [BlackElo "2369"] [PlyCount "57"] [EventDate "2013.02.19"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 d6 7. c4 O-O 8. h3 Bd7 9. Be3 Re8 10. Nc3 Bf8 11. Rc1 h6 12. Nd5 $146 Nb8 13. b4 Nxd5 14. cxd5 c6 15. Bb3 a5 16. dxc6 Bxc6 17. b5 Bd7 18. Bd5 Bc8 19. Qb3 Re7 {Watch the game from this position on!} 20. Bb6 $1 Qxb6 21. Rxc8 a4 22. Qc4 g6 23. Qc1 Kg7 24. Rxf8 $1 Kxf8 25. Qxh6+ Ke8 26. Qh8+ Kd7 27. Rc1 Qd8 28. Qf6 Ke8 29. Ng5 (29. Ng5 Kd7 30. Nxf7 {threatening 31.Qxd6+ and 32.Qxd8 mate} Qb6 31. Qxg6 { threatening 32.Qf5+ and mate} Nc6 32. bxc6+ bxc6 33. Rxc6 {and Black loses everything.}) 1-0

After three rounds fifteen players led with perfect scores, but in round four many of them dropped half or even full points. Here are the rankings after four rounds of play:

Rk.
Title
Name
FED
RtgI
Pts.
Rp
+/–
1
GM
Yu Yangyi
CHN
2688
4.0
3163
7.6
2
GM
Eljanov Pavel
UKR
2678
4.0
3152
7.5
3
GM
Gajewski Grzegorz
POL
2644
4.0
3086
5.9
4
GM
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime
FRA
2715
4.0
3194
7.9
5
GM
Cheparinov Ivan
BUL
2709
3.5
2720
2.7
GM
So Wesley
PHI
2684
3.5
2681
0.0
7
GM
Giri Anish
NED
2722
3.5
2730
2.8
8
GM
Socko Bartosz
POL
2643
3.5
2712
5.6
GM
Baklan Vladimir
UKR
2609
3.5
2693
6.2
10
GM
Jones Gawain C B
ENG
2637
3.5
2637
2.0
11
GM
Kristjansson Stefan
ISL
2486
3.5
2532
3.3
12
GM
Ipatov Alexander
TUR
2569
3.5
2610
3.2
13
IM
Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn
ISL
2509
3.5
2616
6.6
14
WGM
Guo Qi
CHN
2431
3.5
2652
12.3
15
IM
Wei Yi
CHN
2501
3.5
2587
6.1
16
IM
Muir Andrew J Mr
SCO
2313
3.0
2588
16.3
17
GM
Shulman Yury
USA
2563
3.0
2530
2.0
18
GM
L'ami Erwin
NED
2622
3.0
2554
0.9
19
IM
Li Wenliang
CHN
2411
3.0
2460
6.2
20
WGM
Huang Qian
CHN
2478
3.0
2469
2.8
21
WGM
Tan Zhongyi
CHN
2466
3.0
2436
2.0
IM
Schreiner Peter
AUT
2439
3.0
2411
1.8
23
GM
Kveinys Aloyzas
LTU
2533
3.0
2487
1.2
24
GM
Halkias Stelios
GRE
2566
3.0
2472
-0.3
25
GM
Grandelius Nils
SWE
2566
3.0
2460
-2.0
GM
Stefansson Hannes
ISL
2496
3.0
2570
5.3
27
IM
Diermair Andreas
AUT
2407
3.0
2413
5.8
28
GM
Ding Liren
CHN
2709
3.0
2393
-4.9
29
FM
Handler Lukas
AUT
2369
3.0
2315
2.4
30
GM
Navara David
CZE
2710
3.0
2508
-5.1
31
IM
Krush Irina
USA
2460
3.0
2389
0.3
32
GM
Bu Xiangzhi
CHN
2675
3.0
2522
-3.2
GM
Dziuba Marcin
POL
2602
3.0
2497
-1.4
34
GM
Yilmaz Mustafa
TUR
2531
3.0
2438
-0.6
35
GM
Esen Baris
TUR
2565
3.0
2424
-3.4
36
GM
Amin Bassem
EGY
2631
3.0
2374
-5.6
37
IM
Bartholomew John
USA
2435
3.0
2404
1.8
38
IM
Smith Axel
SWE
2485
3.0
2467
2.6
IM
Andersen Mads
DEN
2462
3.0
2430
1.9
IM
Mikkelsen Nikolaj
DEN
2421
3.0
2369
1.0
41
IM
Kislik Erik Andrew
USA
2359
3.0
2323
1.3
42
WGM
Wang Jue
CHN
2375
3.0
2352
3.3
43
IM
Kjartansson Gudmundur
ISL
2430
3.0
2383
1.3
FM
Jayakumar Adarsh
USA
2271
3.0
2321
13.6
45
GM
Solak Dragan
TUR
2603
3.0
2480
-2.3
46
GM
Maze Sebastien
FRA
2556
3.0
2399
-4.1
47
Helin Mikael
SWE
1910
3.0
2334
25.6
48
GM
Oleksienko Mikhailo
UKR
2568
3.0
2422
-3.6
49
GM
Danielsen Henrik
ISL
2507
3.0
2338
-4.0
50
GM
Xiu Deshun
CHN
2530
3.0
2344
-4.5
51
IM
Urkedal Frode
NOR
2473
3.0
2209
-5.3
IM
Zumsande Martin
GER
2419
3.0
2151
-5.2
53
IM
Bekker-Jensen Simon
DEN
2405
3.0
2268
0.3
54
NM
Norowitz Yaacov
USA
2432
3.0
2253
0.0
IM
Miedema David -
NED
2364
3.0
2122
-5.6

Impressions from Reykjavik

By Alina L'Ami


Arriving in Iceland, Reykjavik from the air


The city with the Icelandic volcanic landscape as a backdrop


A view of the city and the harbour from elevated ground


A ship in the dry dock in the harbour


Harpa - the famous Reykjavík concert hall and conference centre


Explore in Google maps – Click for a larger map


In place one: GM Yu Yangyi, CHN, 2688, with 4.0/4 points [photo by Hrafn Jökulsson]


French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 4.0/4 points


Philippine GM Wesley So, 2684, with 3.5/4 points


Top seed Anish Giri, 2722, Holland, with 3.5/4 points


IM Irina Krush, USA, 2460, with 3.0/4 points


Young chess fans in Reykjavik


Dusk falls over the city, and soon, if you are lucky, you will see...


...the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles
from the sun with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere, directed by the earth's magnetosphere


These last two pictures are by a family friend, Richard Stuivenvolt, and were taken a week ago.
I would love to see the Aurora, but I am always unlucky with the weather in Iceland

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