Kvika Reykjavik Open 2022 – No Covid-restrictions

by ChessBase
3/5/2022 – With the start of the 2022 Reykjavik Open just over a month away, it’s time to take a little stock and remind chess players about the upcoming event. Perhaps some people are hesitant to make a decision on participating in a chess tournament due to the current Covid situation. We can however give you some fantastic news. Since last Friday, there are no, i.e. ZERO, Covid restrictions in Iceland. Everything is open “as normal” and there are no longer any restrictions on the border. Press release of the Kvika Reykjavik Open 2022 – Icelandic Chess Federation

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Kvika Reykjavik Open 2022 – April 6th-12th 2022

Harpa - Probably the best playing venue in an open tournament ever!

No Covid-restrictions in Iceland!

With the start of the 2022 Reykjavik Open just over a month away it’s time to take a little stock and remind chess players about the upcoming event. Perhaps some people are hesitant to make a decision on participating in a chess tournament many months in advance due to the ongoing Covid situation.

We can however give you some fantastic news. Since last Friday, there are no, i.e. ZERO, Covid restrictions in Iceland. Everything is open “as normal” and there are no longer any restrictions on the border. 

Now already there are 242 players registrated.

Many world-class players have taken part in the Kvika Reykjavik Open in recent years, including Shakhriyar MamedyarovAnish GiriBaadur JobavaRichard RapportPavel Eljanov, Wesley SoAlexei Shirov, the Indian prodigies Nihal Sarin and Praggananandhaa and their fellow countryman Baskaran Adihiban, who was the winner of the 2018 event and Constantin Lupulescu winner of 2019 edition, and the current world no. 2 Alireza Firouzja which ended in 2nd place! 

The total prize-fund in the 2022 edition will be €16.250, including many special prizes for various age and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women’s prize.

The Reykjavik Open has in recent years always been voted one of the best open tournaments in the world by ACP. FIDE is among the sponsors with its FIDE Aid Package.

The schedule can be found here

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 have that bit of extra energy to spend on the 64 squares.

Special deals for accommodation 

On our website you can find special deals for all kinds of different accommodation!  See here.

Covid-19

Up to date information about Covid-rules can always be found here: 

https://www.covid.is/sub-categories/travel-to-and-within-iceland

Current rules:

No restrictions!!

Much more than a chess tournament

As in earlier years, several chess-themed events will take place at the same time as the tournament, including the now famous Reykjavík Open Chess Pub Quiz and the Golden Circle sightseeing tour that includes stops at Geysir and Bobby Fischer’s final resting place in the southern part of Iceland. Iceland is one of the most attractive places in the world to visit and play in chess tournaments. The full 2022 side-event calendar will also include a Fischer random tournament (Chess960), Iceland vs. Rest-of-the-World Football Match, a backgammon tournament, the popular opening party and more.

Side event calendar can be found at the website. 

Join the legends and be part of chess history

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 8th world champion Mikhail Tal, who won the first tournament in 1964 with a record 12½ points out of 13, as well as the 7th 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 KorchnoiDavid Bronstein, Nigel Short,  and Jan Timman

In recent years, the tournament has featured world class players – in addition to those mentioned earlier – like Ding LirenAlexander GrischukAlexei ShirovHikaru NakamuraMaxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Wesley So, while earlier editions featured legends like Friðrik ÓlafssonAnthony Miles, Bent LarsenLev Polugaevsky, Mark Taimanov and Samuel Reshevsky.

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.

Why not join? You can register

Reykjavik Open – SO much more than just a chess tournament!

Harpa the tournament hall

Harpa - the playing hall!

Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer. From the match of the century 50 years ago!

Alireza Firouzja did play in Reykjavik Open 2019

Alireza Firouzja ended in 2nd place in Reykjavik Open 2019.

 

Fabian Caruana was the winner of Reykjavik Open 2012. He made a draw with Hou Yifan in the final round to secure his victory.

Tania Sadschev at Harpa

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