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Reykjavik Open Tournament

Fabiano Caruana7.5/9(+6 -0 =3)[games]
Ivan Sokolov7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
David Navara7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Gawain Jones7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Boris Avrukh7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Yifan Hou7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Sebastien Maze7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Henrik Danielsen7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Robert Hess6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Erwin L'Ami6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Yuriy Kryvoruchko6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Hannes Stefansson6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Vasily Papin6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Vladimir Baklan6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Aloyzas Kveinys6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Hedinn Steingrimsson6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Stelios Halkias6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Kore Akshayraj6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Yuriy Kuzubov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Andreas G R Moen6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Alexander Ipatov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Alina L'Ami6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Simon Kim Williams6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Jens Kristiansen6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Irina Krush6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Fabien Libiszewski6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Helgi Dam Ziska6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sigurdur Dadi Sigfusson6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Marc Tyler Arnold6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Keaton F Kiewra6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
* (197 players total; 165 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Reykjavik Open (2012)

The 27th Reykjavik Open was a 197-player 9-round Swiss tournament held in the brand new and spectacular Harpa conference center in Reykjavik, Iceland, 6-13 March 2012. It was organized by the Icelandic Chess Federation and the Reykjavik Chess Academy. Rounds 6 and 7 were played on 11 March. 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 one. First prize: 5000 euros, 2nd prize 2000 euros, 3rd prize 1250 euros. Chief organizer: Gunnar Bjornsson. Chief arbiter: Rikhardur Sveinsson. Number of games played: 861.

Fabiano Caruana won with 7.5/9, ahead of seven players with 7/9. The best female player Yifan Hou was close to beating Caruana in the last round.

Official site:
Dylan McClain in The New York Times, 17 March 2012:

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 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 844  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Andersson vs Caruana 0-1442012Reykjavik OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
2. R Edvardsen vs L'Ami  0-1292012Reykjavik OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Baklan vs B Stam 1-0222012Reykjavik OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. P L Jonsson vs Kuzubov  0-1462012Reykjavik OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
5. G Jones vs D Doell  1-0362012Reykjavik OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. J Ragnarsson vs R Hess 0-1212012Reykjavik OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. O Myrstad vs I Sokolov  0-1422012Reykjavik OpenB06 Robatsch
8. I Cheparinov vs S Bjarnason 1-0312012Reykjavik OpenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
9. K Lee vs Kryvoruchko  0-1422012Reykjavik OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
10. Navara vs M Goodger 1-0362012Reykjavik OpenA81 Dutch
11. Y Hou vs G Thorsteinsdottir 1-0252012Reykjavik OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. E Mass vs Avrukh  0-1322012Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
13. S Halkias vs V Thorell  ½-½342012Reykjavik OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
14. H Haga vs S Maze  0-1772012Reykjavik OpenA02 Bird's Opening
15. V Papin vs T Miettinen  1-0252012Reykjavik OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. M Shepherd vs A Ipatov  0-1542012Reykjavik OpenA06 Reti Opening
17. H Steingrimsson vs M Murray  1-0362012Reykjavik OpenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. J Rodriguez Fonseca vs H Stefansson  0-1342012Reykjavik OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
19. F Libiszewski vs E Bjornsson  1-0392012Reykjavik OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. H Palsson vs A Kveinys  0-1272012Reykjavik OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. S Williams vs O Kristinsson  1-0392012Reykjavik OpenD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. M Arnold vs S Johansen  1-0412012Reykjavik OpenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
23. L Smith vs S Kristjansson  0-1322012Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
24. I Krush vs H Thorsteinsdottir  1-0342012Reykjavik OpenD85 Grunfeld
25. D Calder vs H S Gretarsson  0-1282012Reykjavik OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 844  PGN Download
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Mar-13-12  twinlark: Damn. I can't bear to watch this any further. Signing out.
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  Penguincw: Yifan-Caruana


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If 41...Kxf7 42.Rf3+ Kg8 43.Rxf2 wins back the piece.

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A draw would give him good chances of winning the tournament, if not already locked.

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  tamar: <jtd200: I'm still predicting draw. :)>

What are the odds? You defied them sir!

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  Penguincw: < twinlark: What a sad and horrible way to spoil an absolute masterpiece. >

Looks like that way too. The computer gave analysis of 1.63, then as soon as the knight took, it's down to 0.08.

Mar-13-12  jtd200: tamar: That's how I roll! (That, and Fabiano is playing too well lately to bet against him when there's still significant doubt...)
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  Penguincw: Hou Yifan is up a pawn, but I think it's still going to be drawn.


♔♖♘♙♙♙ vs. ♔♖♗♙♙

Superior (White): 51.4%
Draw: Happens 42.1%
Inferior (Black): 6.8%

Endgame Explorer: RNPPP vs RBPP

Won most of the time, but I think it's a draw for Caruana. He loses 1.8 (win is adding 3.2) but it's better than losing 6.8 for the loss.

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  Penguincw: Draw! Only Sokolov and Avruhk have chances to catch Caruana now.
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  Penguincw: Speaking of which, they are in a level ending.

49...Ne6+ (0.18)

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Discovered attack on the bishop, with check. With could see 50.Ke4.

Mar-13-12  waustad: Does anybody know what happened with the Simon Williams game? The arbiter seems to have messed up placing the kings and I don't know the result.
Mar-13-12  waustad: They are on chessbomb, but the video seems to have been terminated.
Mar-13-12  ptrckmackay: which is the link to the Caruana's live game?
Mar-13-12  ptrckmackay: Game is over it was a draw.
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  Penguincw: < ptrckmackay: which is the link to the Caruana's live game? >

The game is over now. But you can see the final position in two places that I know of.

You'll find it somewhere, hopefully. :)

Mar-13-12  ptrckmackay: Thank you for the chessbomb website, I have already placed it in my favorites.
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  Penguincw: Ok. Glad to help. :)

Note: This is the last round of the Reykjavik Open (2012). But that doesn't mean you can't use it for other tournaments. :)

As with the game.

53.♖e8 (0.00)

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Both players still not giving up. A shared of first prize (assuming there is shared) is nice.

Reykjavik Open: WINNER : Caruana [info] 15 LIVE BET 5:4 2.24 33 Mar-18-12

Mar-13-12  Strongest Force: Hou must have thought Fab was too cute to beat :)
Mar-13-12  kurtrichards: <Hou-Caruana> ... 17 minutes of deep thinking (so deep that it can be compared to the Marianas Trench) and taa...da... 41. Nxf7 ... several moves later and a truce was declared - 0.5:0.5 Alexander Kotov's discussions re: Blindspot and Dizziness Due To Success deserves to be read once more.

Another grandmaster said, "It's hard to find a win in a winning position".


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  Penguincw: The position is about to repeat.
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  Penguincw: Congratz to Caruana who won the Reykjavik Open (2012), half a point ahead of several players.
Mar-13-12  Billy Vaughan: According to Chessbase, Caruana was protected by guardian <angles>.

It doesn't kill to copyedit, does it?

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  tpstar: "Caruana was protected by guardian <angles>."

Maybe they meant <angle brackets>. :-)

Mar-13-12  Lupara: Maybe the guardian angels had an angle on how he would save a bad position after the first time control.
Mar-14-12  kurtrichards: Congratulations for winning the Reykjavik Open 2012, Fabiano!

May your winning ways continue. :)

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  Tabanus: It did, sort of :)
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