Fabulous Fabiano leads in Iceland

3/8/2008 – He is fifteen and already 2598 Elo points tall. After five rounds of the Reykjavik Open Fabiano Caruana has conceded a single draw and is performing at a 2832 level. Born of Italian parents "Fab Fab" has lived and trained in the US, Spain and Hungary. He shares the lead with Icelandic GM Hannes Stefansson. Top seed Wang Hao of China, rated 2665, is in fifth place. Illustrated report.

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The XXIII Reykjavik Open 2008 is taking place from March 3rd-11th, 2008. The tournament is open for foreign players above 2200 FIDE and Icelandic players above 2000 FIDE. Rate of play: 90 min. / 40 moves + 15 minutes after 40 moves. 30 sec. increment for every move.

In the lead is still Fabiano Caruana, fifteen years old GM from Italy – and the US, and Spain, and Hungary, countries where he has lived and trained. Fabulous Fab is performing at a 2832 level and conceded just one draw, in round five against Greek GM Halkias Stelios, so far. He shares the lead with Icelandic GM Hannes Stefansson, rated 2564.


1st: GM Fabiano Caruana, ITA, 2598, 4.5 points, 2832 performance

Standings after five rounds

Rk. Ti. Name FED Rtg Pts. Rp
1 GM Caruana Fabiano ITA 2598 4.5 2832
2 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2564 4.5 2673
3 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2551 4.0 2656
4 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2580 4.0 2711
5 GM Wang Hao CHN 2665 4.0 2662
6 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2521 4.0 2661
7 GM Wang Yue CHN 2698 4.0 2604
8 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2535 4.0 2555
9 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2422 3.5 2630
10 IM Vavrak Peter SVK 2472 3.5 2645
11 FM Robson Ray USA 2389 3.5 2555
12 GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2632 3.5 2590
13 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2600 3.5 2599
GM Meier Georg GER 2570 3.5 2538
15 GM Lie Kjetil A NOR 2556 3.5 2547
16 IM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2457 3.5 2439
17 GM Galego Luis POR 2529 3.5 2536
18 IM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2476 3.5 2448
19 FM Bjornsson Sigurbjorn ISL 2286 3.5 2508
20 IM Lie Espen NOR 2428 3.0 2569
21 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2420 3.0 2522
22 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2417 3.0 2508
23 IM Simutowe Amon ZAM 2457 3.0 2467
24 FM Grandelius Nils SWE 2371 3.0 2489
25 Kristjansson Atli Freyr ISL 2019 3.0 2500
26 IM Hermansson Emil SWE 2472 3.0 2393
27 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2464 3.0 2521
28 IM Gunnarsson Jon Viktor ISL 2429 3.0 2477
29 GM Carlsson Pontus SWE 2501 3.0 2501
IM Thorfinnsson Bragi ISL 2406 3.0 2333
31 GM Nataf Igor-Alexandre FRA 2552 3.0 2350
GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2506 3.0 2385
33 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2569 3.0 2442
34 GM Malisauskas Vidmantas LTU 2489 3.0 2432
IM Perunovic Miodrag SRB 2440 3.0 2427
36 GM Dizdar Goran CRO 2564 3.0 2467
37 GM Jankovic Alojzije CRO 2541 3.0 2401
GM Moradiabadi Elshan IRI 2506 3.0 2430
39 FM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2405 3.0 2304
40 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2553 3.0 2429
GM Westerinen Heikki M J FIN 2362 3.0 2307
42 IM Popovic Milos T SRB 2405 3.0 2249
43 FM Lagerman Robert ISL 2348 3.0 2324

Picture Gallery


First draw: Italian GM Fabiano Caruana, 2598, vs Greek GM Stelios Halkias, 2580


Kveinys won this game against Hammer in round four


The Portugese GM won this round four game against the Indian women's champion


The German IM and former world junior champion lost to the Islandic GM


7th: GM Wang Yue, CHN, 2698, 4.0 points, 2604 performance


27th: GM Antoaneta Stefanova, BUL, 2464, 3.0 points, 2521 performance


39th: FM Illya Nyzhnyk, 11 years old, UKR, 2405, 3.0 points, 2304 performance


21st: IM Elisabeth Pähtz, GER, 2420, 3.0 points, 2522 performance


22nd: IM Tania Sachdev, IND, 2417, 3.0 points, 2508 performance


33rd: GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki, QAT, 2569, 3.0 points, 2442 performance

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