Top players in Iceland

3/15/2004 – Reykjavik, the capital of the volcanic island of Iceland, has been host to many famous tournaments. Currently the XXI Reykjavik Open is being held there. When it ends the top four players join the likes of Kasparov, Short and Karpov in the Reykjavik Rapid 2004, which begins on Wednesday. Here are the details.

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The XXI Reykjavik Open 2004 has been running in the Reykjavik City Hall since March 7th. There are 76 players, all with a minimum rating of 2200, and after six rounds the leaders are as shown in the table on the left.

The official web site, in elegant text-only design, bring you schedules, results, games, and general information.

The tournament will end on Tuesday, March 16, with round nine. Then things become really interesting.

The four leading players, plus the top Icelandic participant qualify for the Reykjavik Rapid 2004. This will be held from March 17 to 21, 2004. The qualifiers from the Open are joined by the following illustrious set:

Garry Kasparov
RUS
2831
Nigel Short
ENG
2702
Anatoly Karpov
RUS
2682
Alexey Dreev
RUS
2682
Emil Sutovsky
ISR
2666
Johann Hjartarson
ISL
2640
Peter Heine Nielsen
DEN
2638
Hannes Stefansson
ISL
2572
Margeir Petursson
ISL
2540
Helgi Olafsson
ISL
2504
Magnus Carlsen
NOR
2484

Many of the games from the Reykjavik Rapid will be covered on the Playchess.com server. We will be reporting, hopefully with pictures, on the course of the tournament on these pages.


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