|1||Hansen Eric||2587||3||1 - 0||3||Berkes Ferenc||2687|
|2||Rapport Richard||2681||3||1 - 0||3||Ramirez Alejandro||2599|
|3||Harika Dronavalli||2487||3||½ - ½||3||Amin Bassem Dr.||2657|
|4||L'Ami Erwin||2646||3||1 - 0||3||Panjwani Raja||2460|
|5||Browne Walter S.||2444||3||0 - 1||3||Van Kampen Robin||2603|
|6||Grandelius Nils||2600||3||1 - 0||3||Bisby Daniel L||2314|
|7||Ezat Mohamed||2439||3||½ - ½||2½||Rozentalis Eduardas||2623|
|8||Galego Luis||2463||2½||0 - 1||2½||Li Chao||2700|
|9||Jones Gawain C B||2651||2½||½ - ½||2½||Hamitevici Vladimir||2456|
|10||Gledura Benjamin||2385||2½||½ - ½||2½||Stefansson Hannes||2541|
|11||Dubessay Bastien||2362||2½||½ - ½||2½||Molner Mackenzie||2528|
|12||Bekker-Jensen Simon||2418||2½||1 - 0||2½||Olafsson Helgi *)||2546|
|13||Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn||2511||2½||1 - 0||2½||L'Ami Alina||2398|
|14||Gullaksen Eirik||2359||2½||1 - 0||2½||Pavlovic Milos||2506|
|15||Kristjansson Stefan||2503||2½||½ - ½||2½||Cawdery Daniel||2362|
Round four saw bloody battles in the top boards. A mistake by me against Rapport allowed him to seize the initiative and he won a very clean game from then on. Hansen beat Berkes who is exactly 100 points ahead of him in another good showing of chess. Harika held no Amin in a wild game while L'Ami, Van Kampen and Grandelius all won against players considerably lower rated than them.
My lucky hat didn't help me in round four
Grandelius had a tough time focusing on his game with the spectacular view
from the playing hall, but still managed to win
Amin Bassem (left) is a monster in open tournaments, always in the top boards
|1||Van Kampen Robin||2603||4||1 - 0||4||GM||Rapport Richard||2681|
|2||Grandelius Nils||2600||4||0 - 1||4||GM||L'Ami Erwin||2646|
|3||Amin Bassem Dr.||2657||3½||1 - 0||4||GM||Hansen Eric||2587|
|4||Li Chao||2700||3½||1 - 0||3½||GM||Harika Dronavalli||2487|
|5||Elsness Frode||2479||3½||0 - 1||3½||GM||Kobalia Mikhail||2646|
|6||Ezat Mohamed||2439||3½||½ - ½||3½||GM||Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn||2511|
|7||Idani Pouya||2496||3½||½ - ½||3½||IM||Bekker-Jensen Simon||2418|
|8||Urkedal Frode||2495||3½||½ - ½||3½||IM||Gullaksen Eirik||2359|
|9||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2395||3||0 - 1||3||GM||Naiditsch Arkadij||2706|
|10||Berkes Ferenc||2687||3||1 - 0||3||IM||Karavade Eesha||2408|
|11||Arngrimsson Dagur||2382||3||0 - 1||3||GM||Jones Gawain C B||2651|
|12||Olafsson Helgi *)||2546||2½||1 - 0||2½||Edvardsson Kristjan||2233|
|13||Gajewski Grzegorz||2631||3||1 - 0||3||IM||Thorfinnsson Bjorn||2389|
|14||Rozentalis Eduardas||2623||3||1 - 0||3||FM||Gledura Benjamin||2385|
|15||Ramirez Alejandro||2599||3||½ - ½||3||FM||Cawdery Daniel||2362|
Sunny Reykjavik! For the first time since the tournament started the weather can be described as something else than "stormy, windy, cold with snow if you're lucky and rain if you're unlucky". A pleasant sun showed itself and it allowed the players to go out and explore the city a little more than the couple of blocks surrounding Harpa, the playing hall, and the hotel which is basically next to the playing site.
The five minute walk to the two streets with plenty of restaurants is not bad, but the weather has lately been making it very miserable. With the sun, though, we were reminded momentarily why Reykjavik is a pretty tourist destination.
This is the view just before entering the playing hall
The city (which feels more like a town) is very colorful
and the architecture has been described as "cartoony" by a player or two
The view from the hotel. When the sun is out, at least.
Chesswise two leaders emerged from the pack as Van Kampen beat Rapport in a crazy game while L'Ami beat Grandelius in an endgame that should very likely have been a draw. The Swedish player decided to give himself many pawn islands, the contrary of what you are supposed to do, and all his pawns dropped like flies.
After the round there was a very fun pub quiz at the "official bar" of the tournament: the Skybar. Many players showed up in pairs to answer thirty questions about chess history and chess trivia. The winning team was composed of two legendary people in chess: Helgi Olafsson, an Icelandic grandmaster playing the event, and New In Chess editor Dirk jan ten Geuzendam.
|1||L'Ami Erwin||2646||5||½ - ½||5||Van Kampen Robin||2603|
|2||Kobalia Mikhail||2646||4½||½ - ½||4½||Li Chao||2700|
|3||Berkes Ferenc||2687||4||0 - 1||4½||Amin Bassem Dr.||2657|
|4||Naiditsch Arkadij||2706||4||1 - 0||4||Danielsen Henrik||2501|
|5||Rapport Richard||2681||4||1 - 0||4||Idani Pouya||2496|
|6||Jones Gawain C B||2651||4||1 - 0||4||Urkedal Frode||2495|
|7||Krush Irina||2490||4||½ - ½||4||Gajewski Grzegorz||2631|
|8||Rozentalis Eduardas||2623||4||1 - 0||4||Hamitevici Vladimir||2456|
|9||Browne Walter S.||2444||4||1 - 0||4||Grandelius Nils||2600|
|10||Hansen Eric||2587||4||½ - ½||4||Ezat Mohamed||2439|
|11||Tania Sachdev||2423||4||½ - ½||4||Stefansson Hannes||2541|
|12||Gislason Gudmundur||2314||3½||0 - 1||3½||Olafsson Helgi *)||2546|
|13||Gullaksen Eirik||2359||4||½ - ½||4||Molner Mackenzie||2528|
|14||Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn||2511||4||½ - ½||4||Thorhallsson Throstur||2435|
|15||Kristjansson Stefan||2503||4||0 - 1||4||Bekker-Jensen Simon||2418|
The leaders drew a long game in which L'Ami obtained chances to win from a drawish endgame. However no repeat of round five occurred and Van Kampen was able to salvage the half point. Li Chao seemed to be simply down a pawn against Kobalia but the Russian player was nice enough to return it and they agreed to a draw in an endgame.
Walter Browne won an important game by upsetting Nils Grandelius
Carlsen is playing the event! Henrik Carlsen, Magnus' father.
Li Chao bounced back from his first round draw and is back in the leaderboard
Kobalia will be giving a lecture to amateur players tomorrow morning
Berkes suffered his second defeat of the tournament
Lamb! It's a traditional dish here in Iceland.
Pictures by Alin l'Ami
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