Organiser beats top star in Reykjavik Open

3/6/2008 – Is it politically correct? In round one FM Bjorn Thorfinnsson, rated 2364, was paired against the top seed, Chinese GM Wang Yue, rated close to 2700. Undiplomatically Thorfinnsson won that game. A total of 24 GMs and 18 IMs are taking part in the XXIII Reykjavik Open. After three rounds three players have a perfect score, and three girls are amongst the top five. 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.


The venue of the XXIII Reykjavik Open

Participants (rated 2400 or higher)

No. Ti. Name FED Rtg
1 GM Wang Yue CHN 2698
2 GM Wang Hao CHN 2665
3 GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2632
4 GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2600
5 GM Caruana Fabiano ITA 2598
6 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2580
7 GM Meier Georg GER 2570
8 GM Al-Modiahki Mohamad QAT 2569
9 GM Dizdar Goran CRO 2564
10 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2564
11 GM Lie Kjetil A NOR 2556
12 GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2553
13 GM Nataf Igor-Alexandre FRA 2552
14 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2551
15 GM Jankovic Alojzije CRO 2541
16 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2535
17 GM Galego Luis POR 2529
18 IM Bojkov Dejan BUL 2523
19 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2521
 
20 GM Moradiabadi Elshan IRI 2506
21 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2506
22 GM Carlsson Pontus SWE 2501
23 GM Malisauskas Vidmantas LTU 2489
24 IM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2476
25 IM Hermansson Emil SWE 2472
26 IM Vavrak Peter SVK 2472
27 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2464
28 IM Simutowe Amon ZAM 2457
29 IM Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan SCO 2457
30 IM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2441
31 IM Perunovic Miodrag SRB 2440
32 IM Gunnarsson Jon Viktor ISL 2429
33 IM Lie Espen NOR 2428
34 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2422
35 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2420
36 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2417
37 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi ISL 2406
38 IM Popovic Milos T SRB 2405
39 FM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2405

We counted 24 GMs and 18 IMs in the field. The top seed is Chinese GM Wang Yue, rated very close to 2700. He was unexpectedly beaten by the organiser of the tournament, FM Bjorn Thorfinnsson, rated 2364, in round one.


Organiser vs star, FM Bjorn Thorfinnsson vs GM Wang Yue. Result: 1-0

Thorfinnsson,Bjorn (2364) - Wang,Yue (2698) [A00]
Reykjavik Open 2008 Reykjavik (1.1), 03.03.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 Nfd7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Be3 a6 9.Qd2 e5 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Bg5 Qc8 12.Nd5 Nc6 13.Nd4 exd4 14.Bxg4 f5 15.exf5 gxf5 16.Bh5 Kh8 17.Ne7 Qb8 18.Nxc6 bxc6 19.Be7 Ne5 20.Bxf8 Qxf8 21.b3 f4 22.Bf3 Qf5 23.Rae1 Rd8 24.Be4 Qf6 25.f3 c5 26.Bb1 Bf8 27.Re4 Bd6 28.Qxf4 Qxf4 29.Rxf4 Nxc4 30.Rh4 Ne3 31.Bxh7 Nxf1 32.Bd3+ Kg7 33.Kxf1 a5 34.a4 Re8 35.Re4 Rh8 36.h4 Kh6 37.Kf2 Kh5 38.Bb5 Rf8 39.g3 Rg8 40.f4 Rb8 41.Re8 Rb6 42.Kf3 Kg6 43.g4 Kf7 44.Re2 Rb8 45.g5 d3 46.Rd2 Rf8 47.Kg4 Ke6 48.f5+ Ke5 49.f6 1-0.

Bjorn Thorfinnsson called this game and result "insane" – he hadn't beaten many grandmasters in the past, certainly none over 2600, so this was quite a leap. Bjorn joked that he was a little bit worried about claims of match-fixing – the organizer beating the top rated player doesnt look so good! Now his main task was simple; "not to humiliate myself and Wang Yue by playing like the patzer I truly am." He drew in round two against Iranian GM Elshan Moradiabadi, rated 2506, then lost to GM Luis Galego of Portugal, rated 2529 in round three. Meanwhile Wang Hao drew former women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova in round two, then drew to FM Nils Grandelius, 2371, in round three. He is currently languishing on place 15.


Top seed Wang Yue of China, rated 2698

Standings after three rounds

Rk. Ti. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 GM Caruana Fabiano ITA 2598 3.0
GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2580 3.0
3 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2422 3.0
4 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2420 2.5
IM Tania Sachdev IND 2417 2.5
6 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2521 2.5
7 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2551 2.5
IM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2441 2.5
FM Grandelius Nils SWE 2371 2.5
10 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2564 2.5
GM Galego Luis POR 2529 2.5
12 IM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2476 2.5
13 GM Lie Kjetil A NOR 2556 2.0
IM Lie Espen NOR 2428 2.0
15 GM Wang Hao CHN 2665 2.0
GM Dizdar Goran CRO 2564 2.0
FM Robson Ray USA 2389 2.0
18 GM Mikhalevski Victor ISR 2632 2.0
GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2600 2.0
GM Carlsson Pontus SWE 2501 2.0
IM Vavrak Peter SVK 2472 2.0
GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2464 2.0
FM Narayanan Srinath IND 2210 2.0

In place one with a perfect score and the best performance so far (3100+) is our friend Fabiano Caruana, fifteen years old. Very pleasant to see three women in the top five bracket: IM Gaponenko Inna Gaponenko of Ukraine, rated 2422, IM Elisabeth Paehtz of Germany, 2420 and glamour girl IM Sachdev Tania of India, rated 2417.


IM Anna Zozulia 2344 of Belgium faces GM Fabiano Caruana of Italy, 2598, in round
one. The two are playing in front of a Fischer-Spassky portrait. Fabiano won.


German IM Elisabeth Pähtz (pronounced pay-ts)


Indian IM Tania Sachdev


FM Illya Nyzhnyk of Ukraine, rated 2405, just eleven years old

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