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Reykjavik Open Tournament

Pavel Eljanov8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Wesley So8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Bassem Amin8/10(+7 -1 =2)[games]
Anish Giri7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Wei Yi7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Marcin Dziuba7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Ding Liren7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Yaacov Norowitz7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Gawain Jones7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Ivan Sokolov7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Yangyi Yu7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Grzegorz Gajewski7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander Ipatov7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Erwin L'Ami7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Mustafa Yilmaz7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Yury Shulman7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Vladimir Baklan7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
David Navara7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Deshun Xiu7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Nils Grandelius6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Li Wenliang6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Hannes Stefansson6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Mads Andersen6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Sopiko Guramishvili6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Stelios Halkias6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Xiangzhi Bu6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Yuriy Kuzubov6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Mikhailo Oleksienko6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Throstur Thorhallsson6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Baris Esen6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
* (227 players total; 195 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Reykjavik Open (2013)

The 28th Reykjavik Open was a 227-player 10-round Swiss held in the Harpa conference center near downtown Reykjavik, Iceland, 19-27 February 2013. Rounds 2 and 3 were both played on 20 February. 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. First prize: 5000 euros. Tournament director: Gunnar Bjornsson. Chief Arbiter: IA Rikhardur Sveinsson. Number of games played: 1094.

Pavel Eljanov won on tiebreak ahead of Wesley So and Bassem Amin, all three with 8.5/10. Guramishvili was the best female player. Wei Yi took his 3rd GM norm.

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 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 715  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Giri vs J Christiansen 1-0392013Reykjavik OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
2. S Mihajlov vs Vachier-Lagrave 0-1322013Reykjavik OpenD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
3. Navara vs M Marentini 1-0202013Reykjavik OpenD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. L Knutsson vs I Cheparinov  0-1392013Reykjavik OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. Ding Liren vs S Mihajlov ½-½642013Reykjavik OpenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. T Heerde vs Y Yu  0-1292013Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
7. So vs F Palmqvist 1-0362013Reykjavik OpenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
8. J Ragnarsson vs Eljanov  0-1252013Reykjavik OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
9. X Bu vs D Doell  1-0392013Reykjavik OpenE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. G Thorsteinsdottir vs G Gajewski  0-1372013Reykjavik OpenE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
11. I Sokolov vs L Haraldsson 1-0362013Reykjavik OpenA80 Dutch
12. M Murray vs B Socko 0-1142013Reykjavik OpenA15 English
13. G Jones vs P Isaksson 1-0312013Reykjavik OpenC10 French
14. O Jonsson vs F Olafsson 0-1402013Reykjavik OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
15. J Rodriguez Fonseca vs B Amin 0-1352013Reykjavik OpenC47 Four Knights
16. Kuzubov vs S Michel  1-0292013Reykjavik OpenA56 Benoni Defense
17. S J Gunnarsson vs L'Ami 0-1402013Reykjavik OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. Baklan vs K Pretterhofer  1-0252013Reykjavik OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
19. J Andreasen vs D Solak 0-1292013Reykjavik OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. M Dziuba vs J Kleinert 1-0242013Reykjavik OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
21. M Karlsson vs A Ipatov 0-1202013Reykjavik OpenA20 English
22. M Oleksienko vs N Sverrisson 1-0462013Reykjavik OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. O Johannesson vs N Grandelius  0-1352013Reykjavik OpenD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
24. Shulman vs R Karlsson  1-0292013Reykjavik OpenE92 King's Indian
25. Y Orlova vs S Maze  0-1272013Reykjavik OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 715  PGN Download
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Mar-01-13  Maatalkko: <FTP> Thanks. Nothing like a crotchety old man for reminding me that I really shouldn't be spending my time here today.
Mar-01-13  ChessEscudero: I think what happened speaks for our different desire in the tournament. As spectators, of course, we want to see quality games, regardless of who wins; As players like So and Eljanov, winning or securing a good finish in the tournament is all that matters (this coincides with Eljanov getting the money he might have badly needed this time, and Wesley breaking the 2700 after being stuck in 2650 for 3 years). If their 3-move draw made them achieve their goal, then it was rational. For the spectators who don't care who wins the tournament, it's disappointing. But a tournament is a tournament. If both of them were not in the top of the standings, it could have been different. It's all about objectives.
Mar-01-13  ChessEscudero: <Wesley So: Dear Chess Community,

This might not be the best site to post it, but I would like to take the opportunity to thank the real chess fans for following my games, and for the positive criticisms.

Thank you also to GM Susan Polgar and Paul Truong for their help in abundance, which I owe them so much.

And especially I would like to thank God Father, for letting me reach 2700 even once.

On to the next big thing!

Best regards,

WOW! Wesley's just kibitzed! Thank you for some enjoyable games Wesley. Keep up the good work and congratulations!

Mar-02-13  timbol: <Congratulations to Wesley So for both his victory and his promotion to pampered goldfish.>

Wesley has mutated from a great barracuda to an <un>pampered goldfish. The only one of its kind.

Mar-02-13  FadeThePublic: Yeah Timbol no one has ever gone from 2600 to 2700......well maybe not someone named "3Move" lol
Mar-02-13  timbol: At an average of 10 points to be earned per tournament, Wesley need only to be invited to 10 more tourneys to breach the 2800 mark. 10 more tourneys would take him to 2900. Then he rakes another 100 points to 3000...then to 3200...3300...and 3335 to past Houdini's all time score.

Other forces in the universe take notice and an interplanetary tournament will be arranged with the following participants:

1. ET

2. Terminator and Alien

3. Wesley So assisted by seconds Houdini and Magnus Larsen.


Mar-02-13  timbol: pass..carlsen
Mar-02-13  PhilFeeley: <The "rankings" of players with identical number of points in the crosstables here are random, and always have been:

< it would be great if the leaderboard was savvy to the particular tiebreak protocol used for the tournaments, but it's not. Keep in mind that the particulars of the tiebreak system varies from tournament to tournament, and often it is highly complex. Therefore it shows contestants with tied scores in essentially random order.> (M-Tel Masters (2008))>

This just isn't good enough. I have seen the tie-break system used in major tournaments well before the end, so there's no excuse for not knowing them. seems to get them right all the time. Why can't <>?

I'm only insisting because too often the final result table here gives the impression that the top player was the winner on tie-break, when that is often not the case.

Mar-02-13  goodevans: I'm sure Mr So, unlike many of the kibitzers here, was under no illusion that the draw somehow gave him "a share of first". I'm certain that he's smart enough to have known what the tie-break rules were and that the draw would place him second.

What I wasn't aware of was that the draw was just enough to put him into the 2700+ club and I'm sure that was his real motivation for proposing it. I cannot fault him for that and congratulate him on that achievement, just as I congratulate Eljanov for being the tournament victor.

Mar-02-13  Eyal: <I'm sure Mr So, unlike many of the kibitzers here, was under no illusion that the draw somehow gave him "a share of first". I'm certain that he's smart enough to have known what the tie-break rules were and that the draw would place him second.>

I'm certain that Mr So was also smart enough to know that the tie-break rules were only relevant for the distribution of the prize money, and that a draw would make him a joint winner of the event. [see, or how it was reported on other sites - ]

<PhilFeeley> I just wanted to make it clear that the "order" in which players that finished with the same number of points are listed in the crosstables of this site is completely random, and that people shouldn't read anything into it - it's not like they've calculated the tiebreaks wrong. If this thing really bothers you and you think that it's important will fix it, you should probably post about it in their forum (User:, where you have much greater chances of being noticed than here.

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  HeMateMe: <Chess players aren't a circus act, or your paid whores.>

Well, if it would raise prize money...let's not be hasty, here...

Mar-02-13  goodevans: <Eyal> Are you by any chance related to George Orwell?
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  HeMateMe: Are we all pawns, controlled by the state?
Mar-02-13  goodevans: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"
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  HeMateMe: Was Pink Floyd's Roger Waters an Orwellian songwriter?
Mar-02-13  Tiggler: <HeMateMe: Was Pink Floyd's Roger Waters an Orwellian songwriter?>

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  HeMateMe: The chocolate ration has been increased, from 4 grams to 6 grams!
Mar-03-13  Tiggler: <HeMateMe: The chocolate ration has been increased, from 4 grams to 6 grams!> That's great news. All thanks to the wisdom and leadership of Big Brother.
Mar-04-13  theodor: Congrats Wesley, and So on!
Mar-04-13  Rolfo: Congrats, and So long
Mar-07-13  DiscoJew: @rolfo
That's what she said...
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  HeMateMe: Hey, it's the return of <Disco Jew>! Been tripping the lights fantastic, of late?
Mar-07-13  Kanatahodets: < Maatalkko: as GM Sveshnikov has proposed. Evgeni has a legitimate beef, when you think about it; he earned at fat $0.00 for discovering what may well have been the last entirely new branch of sound opening theory.> He had paid well for playing the game and he has pension practically for hobby. It's a nice life. Now he is saying that the system has to be changed. That Russian chess players cannot earn a living! Well, this is the reality, live with that. I wonder how a chess player of the same level can survive in the USA or Europe? He cannot unless he is MC or FC.
Mar-07-13  notyetagm: What game is this?? It is annotated at but the database says that Wei Yi was Black against Baklan in Round 7, not White!

<[Event "2013 Reykjavik Open"] [Site "?"] [Date "2013.??.??"] [Round "7"] [White "Yi, Wei"] [Black "Qingnan, Liu"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B86"] [WhiteElo "2502"] [BlackElo "2500"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 Nbd7 8. f4 b5 9. f5 Nc5 10. Qf3 This line has fallen out of favor due to fairly dreadful results. Megabase 2013 says White only has a 27% win-rate. Bd7 11. Bg5 b4 ... ♗e7 has been the favored move but the two games in which ...b4 was played were ♗lack victories. 12. fxe6 fxe6 13. e5 $3 After this lightning bolt, 11...b4 will be locked up and the key thrown out. dxe5 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. Rd1 The most precise move, and most likely the result of well-tuned home preparation. exd4 ♗lack cannot find a way out of the mess, and many times the only way to refute a sacrifice is to accept it. (15... bxc3 loses immediately to 16. Qh5+ Ke7 17. Nf5+ $1 exf5 18. Qf7# Lovely.) (15... Bg7 16. Nxe6 Nxe6 17. Bxe6 is also fatal, since White is Δ both ♖xd7 and ♕h5 ♕f7 mate. ♗lack cannot defend against both.) 16. Qh5+ Ke7 17. Qxc5+ Kf7 18. Qh5+ Ke7 19. Ne4 Qb6 20. O-O The hunt for the black king is coming to an end. Bg7 21. Nc5 Δ ♘xd7 ♔xd7 ♕f7+. Be8 22. Qg4 Bh6 23. Nxe6 Be3+ 24. Kh1 Bg6 25. Nxd4 Bxd4 26. Rxd4 Rhd8 27. Re1+ Kf8 28. Qf4 $1 The rook on d4 is untouchable. Kg7 (28... Rxd4 29. Qh6#) 29. Re7+ Kh8 30. Qh6 1-0 >

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