Reykjavik Open 2013 : Three for the gold

3/1/2013 –  The 2013 Reykjavik Open will be remembered for helping to establish as the youngest GM in the world Wei Yi, who will no longer be able to hide from the limelight. The tournament ended with a bang and a whimper as the top board saw a handshake between Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So after just three moves, allowing Egyptian GM Bassem Amin to join them. David Navara ended with a bang.

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The 28th Reykjavik Open 2013 is being held from February 19 to 27, 2012 in Harpa, the spectacular 28,000 sqm. music hall on the harbour, just five minutes walk to downtown Reykjavik, Iceland. The event is a ten-round Swiss with a rate of play of 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds increment from move one. Total prizes are €15.000, including many special prizes for various ages and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women prize.

Three for the gold

It is a dream scenario for any organizer: to have two leaders facing each other in the final round and fight out, in a direct confrontation, who will be the winner and get the trophy.  The two gladiators were Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So. They sat down at board one, played three moves and then… shook hands. (Maybe they decided that the Grünfeld is a draw after all?)

[Event "Reykjavik Open 2013"] [Site "Reykjavik ISL"] [Date "2013.02.27"] [Round "10.1"] [White "Eljanov, Pavel"] [Black "So, Wesley"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D80"] [WhiteElo "2678"] [BlackElo "2684"] [PlyCount "6"] [EventDate "2013.02.19"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 1/2-1/2

The game ended so quickly that some players hadn’t even entered the playing hall yet, like for instance board 2 player Gawain Jones. This way his opponent Anish Giri could follow the top game “live”, and like anyone else, the tournament’s top seed was disappointed that the players didn’t play “at least a few more moves”. Pavel Eljanov said he was planning to “play a little”, but when his opponent offered the draw, he saw no reason to decline.

This meant that six players had a chance to catch Eljanov and So in the standings. They were all paired against each other: Jones-Giri, Wei Yi-Cheparinov and Amin-Gajewski.

Only one of them managed to win his game: Bassem Amin. Amin explained that he had graduated a day before the tournament, and so he got himself a nice prize to celebrate! Eljanov, So and Amin shared 8250 Euros according to the Hort system (Eljanov had the best Buchholz and therefore received slightly more prize money).

Wei Yi and Cheparinov played a very spectacular draw. Unfortunately most of their moves were all theory!


Wei Yi showed he did not just have a deep voice indicating his maturity, but the wisdom
to neutralize an opponent who had hoped to capitalize on youthful impetuosity. Wei Yi
came in sixth on tiebreak.

Local hero Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson still had a chance to gain his third and final GM norm, but for that he needed to beat 2700 grandmaster David Navara. The Icelander didn’t come close. No, in fact he got crushed by an unexpected tactic!

[Event "Reykjavik Open 2013"] [Site "Reykjavik ISL"] [Date "2013.02.27"] [Round "10.12"] [White "Gretarsson, Hjorvar Steinn"] [Black "Navara, David"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E60"] [WhiteElo "2509"] [BlackElo "2710"] [PlyCount "46"] [EventDate "2013.02.19"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. f3 Nc6 4. d5 Ne5 5. e4 d6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. f4 Ned7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. Be2 Nc5 10. Qc2 c6 11. dxc6 bxc6 12. Be3 Ng4 13. Bg1 Rb8 14. Nd4 Bd7 15. h3 Nf6 16. Be3 Nh5 {White completely misses the tactical point defending the knight and plays} 17. Bxh5 $2 {Navara punishes this immediately with the spectacular} Rxb2 $3 18. Qd1 {The only move.} ({Taking with} 18. Qxb2 $2 {runs into} Nd3+) 18... Qa5 19. Rc1 Nxe4 {It is now clear the knight on c3 cannot be defended.} 20. O-O Nxc3 21. Qe1 Qxh5 22. Qxc3 {Navara finishes in style with} Rxg2+ 23. Kxg2 Bxh3+ (23... Bxh3+ 24. Kf2 Bxf1 25. Rxf1 c5) 0-1


The winners: Bassem Amin (Egypt), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Wesley So (Philippines)

Final standings

Rk
Tit
Name
Fed
Rtg
Pts
Perf
Rtg+/-
1
GM
Eljanov Pavel
UKR
2678
8.0
2799
19.0
2
GM
So Wesley
PHI
2684
8.0
2753
0.0
3
GM
Amin Bassem
EGY
2631
8.0
2658
10.1
4
GM
Giri Anish
NED
2722
7.5
2733
5.9
5
GM
Cheparinov Ivan
BUL
2709
7.5
2685
1.3
6
IM
Wei Yi
CHN
2501
7.5
2661
24.9
7
GM
Dziuba Marcin
POL
2602
7.5
2619
6.3
8
GM
Ding Liren
CHN
2709
7.5
2601
-2.5
9
NM
Norowitz Yaacov
USA
2432
7.5
2547
0.0
10
GM
Jones Gawain C B
ENG
2637
7.5
2664
7.9
11
GM
Sokolov Ivan
NED
2644
7.5
2547
-0.9
12
GM
Yu Yangyi
CHN
2688
7.0
2666
2.1
13
GM
Vachier-Lagrave Maxime
FRA
2715
7.0
2647
-3.2
14
GM
Gajewski Grzegorz
POL
2644
7.0
2649
5.9
15
GM
Ipatov Alexander
TUR
2569
7.0
2565
3.5
16
GM
L'ami Erwin
NED
2622
7.0
2618
4.7
17
GM
Yilmaz Mustafa
TUR
2531
7.0
2565
9.2
18
GM
Shulman Yury
USA
2563
7.0
2580
6.9
19
GM
Baklan Vladimir
UKR
2609
7.0
2584
1.5
20
GM
Navara David
CZE
2710
7.0
2588
-9.5
21
GM
Xiu Deshun
CHN
2530
7.0
2513
3.8

Report by Peter Doggers

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