Kvika Reykjavik Open 2022

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1/20/2022 – The Kvika Reykjavik Open will return to its normal setting in the Harpa music and conference center in 2022 – which has been billed as the best playing venue for an open tournament ever! The dates are from the 6th of April until the 12th of April, with nine rounds in seven days! Many world class players have taken part in then tournament in recent years. The total prize-fund in the 2022 edition will be €15.000, including many special prizes for various age and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women’s prize.

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Through its history the Reykjavik Open has featured many of the strongest chess players in the world at the time. These include the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen as well the challenger for the title Fabiano Caruana, the eighth world champion Mikhail Tal, who won the first tournament in 1964 with a record 12½ points out of 13, as well as the seventh world champion Vasili Smyslov. It has also featured the strongest women in the world, including, Judit Polgar and world champions Hou Yifan and Nona Gaprindashvili, as well as challengers for the world title like Victor Korchnoi, David Bronstein, Nigel Short, and Jan Timman. 

In recent years, the tournament has featured world class players like Ding Liren, Alexander Grischuk, Alexei Shirov, Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Wesley So, while earlier editions featured legends like Friðrik Ólafsson, Anthony Miles, Bent Larsen, Lev Polugaevsky, Mark Taimanov and Samuel Reshevsky.

In 2018 the current world no. 2 Alireza Firouzja played and ended in second place! 

The last time the Reykjavik Open was held in its usual form before the pandemic in 2019 the tournament featured 238 players from 32 countries and the field included 31 grandmasters, 12 of which had an Elo-rating of 2600 or higher.

In the 2019 tournament, 238 players from 32 countries participated, including 31 grandmasters, 12 of which had an Elo rating of 2600 or higher. The Reykjavik Open has in recent years always been voted one of the best open tournaments in the world by ACP.

The total prize-fund in the 2022 edition will be €15.000, including many special prizes for various age and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women’s prize. 

Spring tournament

The new April schedule is aimed at giving the players an even better chance of enjoying Iceland, with warmer temperatures when the island bursts into spring colours, allowing our guests to soak up the bright spring light and hopefully having that bit of extra energy to spend on the 64 squares. 

If you have valid certification of vaccination or previous infection, you can travel to Iceland without any problems. You only need a PCR-test which has been taken within 72 hours before departure on the first leg of the journey. Children born in 2005 and later are exempt from these rules. Others need five days quarantine in a quarantine hotel at their own cost. 

Kvika Reykjavik Open 2022

Though it is still more than two months before the tournament, the organisers already have 88 players on the list of players. Among them are the winners of 2016 and 2018 editions Baskaran Adhiban and Abhijeet Gupta, and the youngers grandmasters of all time, the US-prodigdy Abhimanyu Mishra. 

Praggnanandhaa with Fridrik Olafsson, former FIDE-president (1978-1982)

Tania Sadchev thinking about her next move in Harpa, Fabian Caruana was the winner of Reykjavik Open 2012. He made a draw with Hou Yifan in the final round to secure his victory.

The regular guest Tania Sachdev will of course be playing! As in previous years, the goal of organizers to is invite many of the youngest and most promising chess players in the world, as well as the strong women players.


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