Reykjavik Open 2017: For the love of chess

by Albert Silver
4/22/2017 – The Reykjavik Open is one of the highlights of the year's chess calendar with amazing scenery, top notch organization, and chess for all. It is now underway with hundreds of players, including names such as Anish Giri, Dmitry Andreikin, Jobava Baadur, as well as budding talents such as Liang Awonder, Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin. Enjoy this report with tactics to solve and gorgeous photos by Alina L'Ami.

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Reykjavik Open 2017: For the love of chess

All photos by Alina L'Ami (click on image for large size)

The Harpa concert hall and conference center is one of Reykjavik's most celebrated structures. Inaugurated in 2011, its beautiful and modern framework was designed to reflect the basalt landscape of Iceland. This is where the Reykjavik Open is being held.

The opening ceremony was held with musical performances with the players at their tables

The fight for the first move on board one where Anish Giri, the top seed was seated. After five rounds, he is one of the leaders with 4.5/5

Dmitry Andreikin (2734) is another top player, and second seed with 4.0/5

Andreikin - Carr

Alexei Shirov is a crowd favorite, and it is a sign of his contribution to chess lore that this photo by Alina was sent with the caption, "Fire on the board"

Vidit Gujrathi has been on the steady climb up, and is one of the hottest young Indian GMs on the circuit. He is in the group tied for first with 4.5/5.

Vidit Gujrathi recently released a two-part DVD series on the Caro-Kann, an opening he uses regularly and scored important wins at Qatar last year over Vachier-Lagrave, Jobava and Radjabov. Highly recommended.

Gupta Abhijeet is another fierce competitor from India, and like most of his compatriots: extremely friendly and accessible

Gupta - Bergsson

Jobava Baadur is always a fun player to watch, with his extremely imaginative, not to mention aggressive chess. He had an excellent start with 4.5/5.

Erwin L'Ami, who won the Reykjavik Open in 2015 outright, shows Sopiko and Anish this bookshop where Bobby Fischer used to enjoy reading. Erwin is a great openings expert, and also published a DVD on the Dutch Stonewall, an opening that has found its way into the repertoire of none other than Magnus Carlsen. His DVD is incredibly well organized and clear, and makes for fascinating instruction.

Zemlickova - L'Ami, E.

Gawain Jones is an old hand at these large strong opens, but not only. He won this year's Tata Steel Challengers and will play in the Masters group next year.

Jóhann Hjartarson once played in the Candidates matches in 1988 where he defeated Viktor Korchnoi in match, but lost to Karpov in the quarter finals

Hjartarson - Ristoja

Iceland is a chess crazy country with more grandmasters per capita than any other nation

Many young talents are there, such as 12-year-old Nihal Sarin who made headlines with his GM norm in Norway. He started with 3.5/5.

Liang Awonder from the US, who just turned 14, is on his way to a GM norm with a 2628 performance so far

Standings after five rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Pts  TB  Perf rtg+/-
1 1 GM Giri Anish NED 2771 4,5 11,5 2867 4,6
2 7 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2671 4,5 10,0 2800 6,4
3 14 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2607 4,5 12,0 2762 8,1
4 10 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2641 4,5 11,5 2791 7,7
5 4 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2696 4,5 10,5 2801 4,9
6 3 GM Jobava Baadur GEO 2712 4,5 10,0 2795 3,7
  8 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2670 4,5 10,0 2827 8,5
  9 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2668 4,5 10,0 2727 1,8
9 39 IM Hambleton Aman CAN 2434 4,5 8,5 2714 15,5
10 17 GM Can Emre TUR 2578 4,0 9,0 2516 -2,4
  47 IM Ahlander Bjorn SWE 2416 4,0 9,0 2471 4,5
  69 FM Kleinman Michael CAN 2289 4,0 9,0 2477 23,8
13 29 GM Panchanathan Magesh Chandran IND 2494 4,0 8,5 2551 4,6
  34 IM Esserman Marc USA 2458 4,0 8,5 2523 4,9
  40 IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2429 4,0 8,5 2496 5,0
16 79 WIM Vaishali R IND 2259 4,0 7,0 2423 21,8
17 16 GM Van Foreest Jorden NED 2584 4,0 10,5 2664 6,0
18 57 WGM Abrahamyan Tatev USA 2364 4,0 9,5 2502 19,4
19 26 IM Bailet Pierre FRA 2510 4,0 9,0 2551 3,7
20 27 GM Perelshteyn Eugene USA 2509 4,0 8,5 2568 4,7
21 24 GM Friedel Joshua E USA 2524 4,0 8,0 2579 4,4
22 6 GM Movsesian Sergei ARM 2677 4,0 11,0 2704 1,1
23 2 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2734 4,0 10,5 2705 -1,2
24 12 GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2614 4,0 10,0 2611 0,9
  13 GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2611 4,0 10,0 2656 1,5
  20 GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2554 4,0 10,0 2652 7,3
27 21 GM Ziska Helgi Dam FAI 2553 4,0 9,5 2624 2,8
28 30 GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2491 4,0 9,0 2447 -1,7
  35 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi ISL 2457 4,0 9,0 2402 -1,8
30 31 IM Liang Awonder USA 2483 4,0 8,5 2628 10,1

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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Pantomath Pantomath 4/23/2017 06:49
Quote by Larry David — 'You know who wears sunglasses inside? Blind people and a***oles.'
Leavenfish Leavenfish 4/23/2017 05:57
Time...I do wish Shirov had not let himself go physically...puffy, overweight...one generally has to be in decent physical shape to play the style of chess that made him a fan favorite...
Jarman Jarman 4/23/2017 12:14
I was a bit puzzled to see Andreikin pitted against an unrated guy, but Carr, Jay A is a US player rated 2086. Nice article, though!
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