Two leaders in Reykjavik

by Johannes Fischer
3/14/2016 – With more than 230 participants and many top grandmasters the Reykjavik Open can boast of a strong field. The Harpa Hall, where the tournament is played, is another attraction. After seven of ten rounds Abhijeet Gupta and Sergei Movsesian share the lead with 6.0/7 each. Half a point behind follow ten players, among them chess legend Alexander Beliavsky.

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Harpa Hall

This year the Reykjavik Open is a bit overshadowed by the Candidates tournament in Moscow and the Women's World Championship in Lviv. But traditionally the Open in Reykjavik has a lot to offer and this year this is no different. The Harpa hall is one of the world's most splendid venue, Iceland is a place many people want to visit once in their lives, and the field of the tournament is again very strong.

After seven rounds former World Junior Champion Abijheet Gupta from India and Sergey Movsesian lead the field with 6.0/7 each.

Abhijeeht Gupta

Sergey Movsesian

Half a point behind follows a group of eleven players with 5.5/7 each. Among is Tania Sachdev from India, currently the best women in the field. Another player in this group is chess legend and former World Championship Candidate Alexander Beliavsky (born in 1953), who in the 80s was one of the world's best players.

In round five Beliavsky won an interesting and energetic game against German IM Jonas Lampert (born in 1997):

 

Alexander Beliavsky

Tania Sachdev

Elisabeth Pähtz

Dmitry Andreikin

Standings after seven rounds

Rk. SNo   Name Typ FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  Rp
1 10 GM Gupta Abhijeet   IND 2634 6,0 33,5 24,5 28,00 2764
2 7 GM Movsesian Sergei   ARM 2653 6,0 33,0 24,0 28,75 2867
3 5 GM Cheparinov Ivan   BUL 2684 5,5 34,5 25,0 26,00 2705
4 9 GM Jones Gawain C B   ENG 2645 5,5 33,5 24,5 25,00 2703
5 1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar   AZE 2747 5,5 33,5 24,0 26,50 2745
6 3 GM Rapport Richard U18 HUN 2720 5,5 33,0 23,0 24,75 2695
7 15 GM Grigoriants Sergey   RUS 2587 5,5 31,5 22,5 24,25 2565
8 11 GM Beliavsky Alexander G S60 SLO 2630 5,5 29,5 22,0 22,75 2595
9 49 IM Tania Sachdev   IND 2370 5,5 29,0 21,5 22,00 2598
10 31 IM Petrov Nikita U18 RUS 2464 5,5 29,0 20,0 20,25 2567
11 22 GM Bromberger Stefan   GER 2532 5,5 28,5 20,0 21,75 2553
12 35 IM Sarkar Justin   USA 2426 5,5 27,0 18,5 19,75 2526
13 8 GM Grandelius Nils   SWE 2646 5,5 26,5 19,5 20,25 2537
14 6 GM Melkumyan Hrant   ARM 2653 5,0 31,5 23,5 21,75 2562
15 17 GM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn   ISL 2572 5,0 31,5 23,0 21,00 2586
16 4 GM Sargissian Gabriel   ARM 2702 5,0 31,5 22,5 21,75 2605
17 23 GM Shabalov Alexander   USA 2520 5,0 31,0 22,5 20,00 2582
18 43 IM Liang Awonder U12 USA 2405 5,0 31,0 21,5 20,00 2395
19 27 IM Andersen Mads U20 DEN 2479 5,0 30,5 22,5 21,00 2514
20 21 GM Rambaldi Francesco U16 ITA 2541 5,0 30,5 22,5 20,75 2532
21 39 IM Holm Kristian Stuvik U16 NOR 2414 5,0 30,5 22,0 21,00 2433
22 29 IM Paehtz Elisabeth   GER 2474 5,0 30,5 22,0 19,75 2520
  34 IM Tan Justin U18 AUS 2441 5,0 30,5 22,0 19,75 2508
24 18 GM Brunello Sabino   ITA 2567 5,0 30,0 22,0 20,25 2544
25 2 GM Andreikin Dmitry   RUS 2732 5,0 30,0 21,5 21,00 2625
26 24 IM Di Berardino Diego Rafael   BRA 2511 5,0 29,5 21,0 19,75 2488
27 20 IM Tari Aryan U16 NOR 2553 5,0 29,5 20,5 19,75 2424
28 28 GM Kristjansson Stefan   ISL 2478 5,0 29,5 20,5 19,50 2522
29 36 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi   ISL 2419 5,0 29,0 21,5 18,50 2486
30 14 GM Marin Mihail   ROU 2597 5,0 29,0 21,0 20,25 2502
31 42 FM Antal Tibor Kende U16 HUN 2406 5,0 29,0 21,0 19,00 2452
32 51 IM Vuilleumier Alexandre   SUI 2366 5,0 28,0 20,0 19,00 2346
33 44 IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian U16 NOR 2401 5,0 27,5 19,0 19,00 2311
34 99   Lindsoe Fredrik Aunan   NOR 2112 5,0 26,5 19,5 17,00 2365
35 48 IM Braun Christian   GER 2386 5,0 26,0 18,5 18,00 2313
36 38 IM Koop Thorben U18 GER 2416 5,0 24,5 17,5 17,00 2282
37 37 IM Lehner Oliver   AUT 2418 5,0 24,0 18,0 17,75 2286

... 233 players

Tatev Abrahamyan

Jovanka Houska

Photos: Lennart Ootes (Tournament page)


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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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mylife4iron mylife4iron 3/15/2016 04:33
Once again, if you have to use the word "strong," it just makes it that much more obvious that the field isn't strong at all. Especially if a weak GM like Beliavsky is leading with 6/7. This reminds me of the baseball euphemism, "So and so pitched six strong innings." Translation: mediocre day, gave up 3 runs, won because the other pitcher was worse. Come on, writers. Quit insulting our intelligence.
Nisarg Nisarg 3/15/2016 11:13
Andreikin took two byes - in the 3rd and 4th round - that explains his 5/7 score.
oputu oputu 3/15/2016 06:51
Andrekin? Playing a 'GM open'? Now that is new
Hawkman Hawkman 3/14/2016 11:45
Tania Sachdev is playing 228 points above her rating.
fightingchess fightingchess 3/14/2016 09:56
the field is very strong. mamedyarov, rapport, sargissia are other +2700 players in the tournament. only andrekin caught your eyes?
Leonilo Leonilo 3/14/2016 09:00
It's a big surprise seeing Andreikin playing in a tournament whose ELO average is much lower than his. It's even a bigger surprise not seeing him as the current leader.
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