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Reykjavik Open Tournament

Yuriy Kuzubov7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Ivan Sokolov7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Vladimir Baklan7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Kamil Miton7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Jon Ludvig Hammer7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Illya Nyzhnyk7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Luke McShane6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Sune Berg Hansen6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Gawain Jones6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Boris Chatalbashev6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Stelios Halkias6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Abhijeet Gupta6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Yannick Pelletier6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Aloyzas Kveinys6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ahmed Adly6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Alexandr Fier6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Hannes Stefansson6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Kiprian Berbatov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Tiger Hillarp Persson6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Evgenij Miroshnichenko6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Tapani Sammalvuo6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Jan Gustafsson6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Joshua E Friedel6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Dronavalli Harika6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Evgeny Sveshnikov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Bragi Thorfinnsson6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Gudmundur Gislason6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Robert Hess5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Simon Kim Williams5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Helgi Dam Ziska5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Jacob Carstensen5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
* (166 players total; 134 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Reykjavik Open (2011)

Dedicated to the memory of Ingi Randver Johannsson, the 26th Reykjavik Open was a 166-player 9-round Swiss tournament held in the Reykjavik City Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, 9-16 March 2011. It was organized by the Icelandic Chess Federation and the Reykjavik Chess Academy. Rounds 4 and 5 were both played on 12 March. Time control: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 more minutes to the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 1. Prize fund: 20.500 USD. 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: 741.

Yuriy Kuzubov won on tiebreak ahead of Sokolov and four other players with 7/9. The event also counted as the 53rd Nordic Championship, with Jon Ludvig Hammer as the winner.

Official site:

Previous: Reykjavik Open (2010). Next: Reykjavik Open (2012)

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 739  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. McShane vs S Barth Stanford  1-0722011Reykjavik OpenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
2. G Rothe vs Miroshnichenko  0-1342011Reykjavik OpenB56 Sicilian
3. J Gustafsson vs I Agrest  1-0282011Reykjavik OpenE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
4. M Burrows vs I Sokolov  0-1382011Reykjavik OpenC24 Bishop's Opening
5. A Adly vs O Duchrow 1-0252011Reykjavik OpenA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
6. R van der Plas vs Kuzubov 0-1252011Reykjavik OpenA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
7. J L Hammer vs C Andersson  1-0432011Reykjavik OpenA55 Old Indian, Main line
8. T Bjornsson vs S B Hansen  0-1392011Reykjavik OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. B Chatalbashev vs K Maack  1-0332011Reykjavik OpenA90 Dutch
10. E Guindy vs Baklan  0-1672011Reykjavik OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
11. K Miton vs F Sellitti  1-0312011Reykjavik OpenD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
12. S Huguet vs Pelletier 0-1352011Reykjavik OpenB07 Pirc
13. A Fier vs J Ingvason 1-0302011Reykjavik OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
14. R Schaefer vs A Gupta  0-1402011Reykjavik OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. S Halkias vs F Steil-Antoni 1-0492011Reykjavik OpenD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. E Thorsteinsson vs G Jones  0-1312011Reykjavik OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
17. R Hess vs F Braig  1-0472011Reykjavik OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
18. O Kristinsson vs I Nyzhnyk  0-1422011Reykjavik OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. H Stefansson vs J Herms Agullo 1-0102011Reykjavik OpenB01 Scandinavian
20. M Schwenke vs H Danielsen  0-1472011Reykjavik OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
21. J Friedel vs P Larusson  1-0262011Reykjavik OpenB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
22. F Rehfeldt vs K Mekhitarian  1-0722011Reykjavik OpenB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
23. Sveshnikov vs B Willis  1-0582011Reykjavik OpenC02 French, Advance
24. J Ragnarsson vs T Hillarp Persson  0-1252011Reykjavik OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
25. D Harika vs S Mihajlov  1-0612011Reykjavik OpenA15 English
 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 739  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: First! Go Luke McShane!
Mar-12-11  PhilFeeley: Can anyone explain the Nyzhnyk game today? Are the moves (from Chessbomb) wrong?

Tournament: Reykjavik 2011
Round: 05
White: GM Illya Nyzhnyk UKR 2563
Black: GM Yuriy Kuzubov UKR 2627
Date: Sat Mar 12 2011

1. d4 f5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bf4 e6 4. e3 Be7 5. Bd3 O-O 6. Nge2 d5 7. O-O c5 8. dxc5 Nc6 9. Na4 e5 10. Bg5 Be6 11. Bxf6 Rxf6 12. c3 Qe8 13. f4 Rd8 14. Bb5 Rh6 15. Bxc6 bxc6 16. fxe5 Bc8 17. Nf4 g5 18. Nd3 Rh4 19. Nf2 Bf8 20. g3 Rh6 21. Nd3 Bg7 22. b3 Bxe5 23. Nxe5 Qxe5 24. Qd4 Qe7 25. Qd3 Re6 26. Qxf5 Rxe3 27. Qf6 Qxf6 28. Rxf6 Bh3 29. Rf2 Rde8 30. Rd2 h5 31. Nb2 Rxc3 32. b4 Kg7 33. Nd3 Bf5 34. Nb2 Re4 35. a3 Kg6 36. Kf2 Re6 37. Nd1 Rb3 38. Re2 Rxe2+ 39. Kxe2 d4 40. Ra2 Kf6 41. Kd2 Ke5 42. Rb2 Rxb4 43. axb4 0-1

There appears to have been no time trouble on move 42, yet Rxb4 makes no sense.

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  Penguincw: It could be the touch-move rule.
Mar-12-11  PhilFeeley: <Penguincw> Chessbomb "corrected" their transmission somehow:

42. Rb2 Rxa3 43. b5 cxb5 44. Rxb5 Ra2+ 45. Nb2 a6 0-1

Makes more sense.

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  Penguincw: < PhilFeeley >


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  Penguincw: Wow.A lot of players are competing for 1st place.And here's something unique.There is a <5> way tie for 1st place after <5> rounds.
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  Troller: Best placed Nordic player will get the title of Nordic champion 2011. After rd 6 Hammer, Hansen, Hillarp Persson & Danielsen all have 4.5.
Mar-14-11  siamesedream: Young Ilya crushed Gustafsson!
Mar-15-11  notyetagm: Nice shot by Hammer in Round 7, 30 ♗b2xf6! , as the Black g7-pawn is <PINNED> to the g8-mating square by the doubled White g3-,g1-rooks on the half-open g-file.

Mar-15-11  notyetagm: 30 ?

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30 ♗b2xf6!

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30 ... g7x♗f6 31 ♕h4xf6+! <weak back rank>

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[Event "MP Open"]
[Site "Reykjavik ISL"]
[Date "2011.03.14"]
[Round "7.3"]
[White "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"]
[Black "Hess, Robert L"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2606"]
[BlackElo "2565"]
[ECO "E56"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2011.03.09"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ISL"]
[Source "Chess Today"]
[SourceDate "2011.03.14"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. Bd3 O-O 6. Nf3 d5 7. O-O Nc6 8. a3 Ba5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. dxc5 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Bg4 12. c4 Ne5 13. cxd5 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Qxd5 15. Be2 Qxc5 16. Bb2 Rfd8 17. Bd4 Qe7 18. Qc1 Nc6 19. Bb2 Rac8 20. Qe1 Nd7 21. Kh1 Nce5 22. Rg1 Nc5 23. Qb4 f6 24. Rg2 Rc7 25. Rag1 Qf8 26. Qh4 Kh8 27. f4 Nc6 28. Bc4 Rd6 29. Rg3 Ne6
Diagram #
30. Bxf6 Ncd4
(30... gxf6 31.
Qxf6+ $1)
31. exd4 Rxc4 32. Rxg7
(32. Rxg7 Nxg7 33. Bxg7+ Qxg7 34. Rxg7 Kxg7
35. Qe7+)


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  Penguincw: Well,Kuzubov takes an unshared lead.However there are nine players right behind him and 22 players are within a point of him.
Mar-15-11  siamesedream: Nyzhnyk did it again!
Mar-15-11  siamesedream: Kamil Mitoñ - Luke McShane 1-0!
Mar-15-11  zoren: Jan Gustafsson isn't having a big success by any means!
Mar-16-11  PhilFeeley: Nyzhnyk drew already!

Tournament: Reykjavik 2011
Round: 09
White: GM Illya Nyzhnyk UKR 2563
Black: GM Ivan Sokolov NED 2643
Date: Wed Mar 16 2011
Result: ½-½

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. e3 e6 7. Bxc4 Bb4 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Qe2 Bg4 10. Rd1 Qe7 11. e4 O-O 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. Bd3 Ne8 15. a5 a6 16. Ra4 f6 ½-½

The best line given by Stockfish has it ending with Sokolov's queen pinned to his king by Nyzhnyk's bishop and queen. The evaluation is only 1.33! I guess neither of them saw this:

17. Qc2 Bxc3 18. bxc3 c5 19. Qb3 Nd6 20. Bf4 Nb5 21. Raa1 Rfd8 22. Re1 Rac8 23. d5 e5 24. d6+ Qf7 25. Bc4 ...

Mar-16-11  siamesedream: Congratulations to GM Yuri Kuzubov for winning Reykjavik Open 2011 and to GM Jon Ludvig Hammer for winning Nordic Chess Championship 2011.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Wow.What a close tournament.There gonna be more rounds.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Reykjavik Open 9-16 March 2011, final ranking crosstable:

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  Penguincw: < Wow.What a close tournament.There gonna be more rounds.>

I meant there <gotta> be more rounds.

Mar-18-11  goodevans: <Penguincw: Wow.What a close tournament.There gotta be more rounds.>

The tournament finished a couple of days ago. Hopefully will add the 9th and final round soon.

Mar-18-11  goodevans: It is commonplace for the host country to include some of its own players in tournaments that they would otherwise not qualify for. This happened recently in Tata Steel and The London Chess Classic. Personally, I can't see anything wrong with giving the nation's players opportunities they might not otherwise get to compete at a higher level.

Once in the tournament, though, I would expect these players to be treated the same as the other competitors and without favour. For example, in a Swiss tournament such as Reykjavik it would not be appropriate to give the home players easier draws.

I was surprised to see that as late as round 7 one of the tournament leaders, Hannes Stefansson, was paired with a <2358> player, around 200 points weaker than any of the other tournament leaders' opponents. I looked back a round to see that his round 6 opponent was rated only <1923>!

Here's a little analysis I've done of the <average rating of the opponents they faced> for a selection of the Reykjavik players:

From the group with 6.5/9: Luke McShane (GB) <2500> / Stelios Halkias (Greece) <2482> / Hannes Stefansson (Iceland) <2274>

From the group with 6.0/9: Evgenij Miroshnichenko (Ukraine) <2450> / Bragi Thorfinnsson (Iceland) <2322> / Gudmundur Gislason (Iceland) <2290>

From the group with 5.5/9: Robert Hess (USA) <2463> / Simon Williams (UK) <2464> / Halldor Einarsson (Iceland) <2160>

Can anyone spot a trend here?

Mar-19-11  thickhead: A request to managers of When the tourney is going on people comment on the main page. Is it possible to shift these comments to corresponding games when the games are finally posted on This will help later viewers full opporunity to read all comments related to a game.Or is it too much to expect since some labour is involved in the same.Or is it possible that those who have commented themselves get opportunity to shift their comments in the above mentioned manner.
Mar-19-11  goodevans: Another request to

The tournament finished three days ago now. Please can you post the last round results. Thanks.

Mar-20-11  thickhead: I was counting March 9-16 So 8 rounds.It seems there were 2 rounds on 12th. hectic

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