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Reykjavik Open Tournament

Ivan Sokolov7/9(+7 -2 =0)[games]
Yuriy Kuzubov7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Abhijeet Gupta7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Hannes Stefansson7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Vladimir Baklan6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Jorge Cori6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Aleksey Dreev6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Jaan Ehlvest6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Yury Shulman6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Dronavalli Harika6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Henrik Danielsen6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Normunds Miezis6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Aleksandr Lenderman6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Mikhail M Ivanov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Aloyzas Kveinys6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Luis Galego6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Thorbjorn Bromann5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Illya Nyzhnyk5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Igor-Alexandre Nataf5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Drasko Boskovic5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Eesha Karavade5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Oleg Romanishin5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Irina Krush5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Jon Viktor Gunnarsson5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Nils Grandelius5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Bragi Thorfinnsson5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Sebastien Maze5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Gudmundur Kjartansson5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Arthur Kogan5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Tania Sachdev5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Heikki Westerinen5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Simon T Ansell5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
* (104 players total; 72 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Reykjavik Open (2010)

The 25th Reykjavik Open was a 104-player 9-round Swiss tournament held in the Reykjavik City Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland 24 February - 3 March 2010. Sponsored by MP Bank and others, it was organized by the Icelandic Chess Federation and the Reykjavik Chess Academy. Rounds 4 and 5 were both played on 27 February. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Players arriving later than 15 minutes after the start would lose the game. First prize: 5.000 USD, 2nd prize 3.000 USD, 3rd prize 1.800 USD. Tournament director and chief arbiter: Gunnar Bjornsson. Number of games played: 465.

Ivan Sokolov won on tiebreak ahead of Kuzubov, Gupta and Stefansson, all four with 7/9.

Official site:

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 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 465  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Baklan vs J Bick  1-0252010Reykjavik OpenC42 Petrov Defense
2. T Olafsson vs Dreev  0-1382010Reykjavik OpenB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
3. I Sokolov vs F Steil-Antoni 1-0272010Reykjavik OpenA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. G Halldorsson vs Kuzubov  0-1442010Reykjavik OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. Shulman vs J Halldorsson 1-0402010Reykjavik OpenA06 Reti Opening
6. S Thorgeirsson vs Ehlvest  0-1362010Reykjavik OpenC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
7. T Hillarp Persson vs S Bjarnason  1-0382010Reykjavik OpenC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
8. V Ni vs A Gupta  0-1312010Reykjavik OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. H Stefansson vs B Hjartarson  1-0492010Reykjavik OpenB33 Sicilian
10. M Ocantos vs Lenderman  0-1312010Reykjavik OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. S Maze vs E Player  ½-½632010Reykjavik OpenC01 French, Exchange
12. T Bjornsson vs A Kveinys 0-1652010Reykjavik OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
13. I Nataf vs J Ragnarsson  1-0352010Reykjavik OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. C Andersson vs N Miezis  ½-½702010Reykjavik OpenB44 Sicilian
15. A Kogan vs J Ingvason  1-0232010Reykjavik OpenC03 French, Tarrasch
16. D Omarsson vs N Grandelius  ½-½232010Reykjavik OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
17. Romanishin vs F de Andres Gonalons 1-0212010Reykjavik OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. E Thorsteinsson vs H Danielsen  0-1532010Reykjavik OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
19. I Nyzhnyk vs P Tozer 1-0342010Reykjavik OpenC11 French
20. S Bergsson vs L Galego 1-0472010Reykjavik OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Cori vs A Flaata  1-0362010Reykjavik OpenB01 Scandinavian
22. O Guttulsrud vs D Harika  0-1302010Reykjavik OpenC60 Ruy Lopez
23. M M Ivanov vs W Scholzen  1-0492010Reykjavik OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. E Vaarala vs I Krush 0-1342010Reykjavik OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
25. D Boskovic vs S Sigurdsson  1-0442010Reykjavik OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 465  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-03-10  Kazzak: Will a win get a 3rd GM-norm for Nyzhnyk?
Mar-03-10  PhilFeeley: Yes that works too. Missed it.
Mar-03-10  PhilFeeley: <Kazzak: Will a win get a 3rd GM-norm for Nyzhnyk?> It should. Here's hoping!
Mar-03-10  Kazzak: Nyzhnyk will be working on move order after yesterday's and today's game. Yesterday he lost when not finding the best continuation because he played it safe, and today he keeps letting the sand run out through his fingers by being too cautious.

Which is very different from the Nyzhnyk one regularly sees. That norm must be weighing heavily on his mind!

Mar-03-10  Kazzak: Too bad. Nyzhnyk gets flustered ... and blows up his position.

There was no need to panic, in spite of the time trouble. He made a mess of things after placing the King on h1, and then moving the rook to the second rank.

He'll have to find another win, now. If he makes time control. (The third win, mind you, having wasted two.)

Mar-03-10  Kazzak: Ngghh - Ehlvest presents Nyzhnyk with the gift of Rb3. They're past the time control, and Nyzhnyk has time to consider the continuation. Pushing the b-pawn would have been OK. But he puts his Queen on d4 ...
Mar-03-10  ROADDOG: I didnt realize that Illya Nyzhnyk is only 13 years old.
Mar-03-10  PhilFeeley: Yes, Nyzhnyk seems to be in a tight spot now.
Mar-03-10  Kazzak: Given the maturity of his playing, and his quite blood thirsty style, it's amazing that he's only 13. It's really worth it to play through his games at Groningen this year. Particularly Ernst, Pijper - and the draw against Rinderman.

Too bad about his last two games here - I suspect he may have begun thinking about the GM norm ... Not over yet, but he's really down on time.

Mar-03-10  Kazzak: Nyzhnyk had an early advantage and could have begun attacking queenside with 14. Nxc5.

He failed to pursue that, Ehlvest invaded Kingside, and Nyzhnyk then tucked his King into the corner, which gave the initiative to Ehlvest after the exchange of Bishops. Nyzhnyk was just responding for a while, but then gradually began getting an advantage, chiefly because Ehlvest's Queen was in a precarious place and his Bishop was just shooting about without purpose.

There's no excuse for Nyzhnyk not finding 41.b5 - he was out of time trouble, and could have spent time looking for something better than Qd4.

Mar-03-10  Kazzak: Nyzhnyk fell apart at the end, and Ehlvest gets the win.

I suspect that this is when being 13 and going for your final GM-norm is not fun. He knows he could have won yesterday, and he had Ehlvest today. One can wonder whether it's right for kids to be going through this kind of pain ...

But I look forward to seeing more from "Dril" Nyzhnyk.

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  Tabanus: Well well well well. Reykjavík Open 2010 final ranking crosstable:

Mar-03-10  Chessforeva: 3D games:
Mar-03-10  wolfmaster: Nyzhnyk might be the first Grandmaster without a vowel in his last name.
Mar-04-10  ajile: <wolfmaster: Nyzhnyk might be the first Grandmaster without a vowel in his last name.>

y is a vowel.

Mar-04-10  tino72: No it isn't!
Mar-04-10  Kazzak: I'm looking forward to this fight.

Y is a vowel in some languages, an approximant in others.

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  HeMateMe: Final standings?
Mar-04-10  paavoh: @HeMateMe:

Reykjavik Open (2010)

When you access the tournament page, just change the last number "2" into "1" and you'll see the standings.

Mar-04-10  kingfu: Why are not the standings here? Who won the !@##$%^%^&&* tournament? Ehlvest and Dreev were there.

Y is a vowel in the distinct lack of a , e , i , o and u.

We would not want The Scandinavian countries to feel bad about themselves because of being vowellically challenged.

Mar-04-10  ajile: <tino72: No it isn't!>

Dude I Googled it. Therefore it must be true.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: <just change the last number "2" into "1" and you'll see the standings.>

Here (at cg) you will only find the four 7/9 players in random (?) or automated order.

To see who actually won the tournament (Ivan Sokolov) it's often best to check the results service used by the organizer, which in this case was i. e.

The home page of Reykjavik Open 2010 had a (permanent) link to where one could follow the tournament day by day. Many organizers are using this service now.

Mar-10-10  Billy Vaughan: <We would not want The Scandinavian countries to feel bad about themselves because of being vowellically challenged.>

Hahaha, but I don't think Scandinavia's vowellically challenged. They have <extra> vowels! Å, Ä, Ö, and Ø.

May-05-10  The Famous Chess Cat: <tino72>

No, he's right. Y really is a vowel. It's also a consonant. It's unique in its ability to occilate between the two. So, the letters in the English alphabet are then: A,E,I,O,U, and sometimes Y. This is taught to most children in English speaking countries, so it's odd you don't know that, but it's definitely accurate.

May-18-10  PinnedPiece: Y a vowel? In the very popular American game show, Wheel of Fortune, Y is not a vowel.

<wolfmaster>'s original little joke was ok in at least that sense.

My problem is, when (in English anyway) does it NOT function exactly like any other vowel?


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