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Reykjavik Chess Festival 2012

March 6 to March 13, 2012 in a spectacular new venue in Reykjavik

The Icelandic Chess Federation, in co-operation with the Reykjavik Chess Academy, welcomes you to the Reykjavik Chess Festival on March 6 to March 13 2012.

* Total prizes of €15000

* World-class playing conditions

* Extraordinary depth and width of chess talent

* Many side events: sightseeing, Fischer-Spassky exhibit, soccer and pub quiz

An Even Better Playing Venue for the 27th Edition

The Reykjavik Open 2012 will be held for the 27th time from March 6 to March 13, 2012 in a spectacular new venue in Reykjavik, which will be announced in September. The 2012 tournament is expected to be very strong. In 2011, 166 players from 30 countries participated, including 27 grandmasters, 11 of which with a ELO rating of 2600 and higher. Total prizes in 2012 will be €15000, including many special prizes for various age and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women prize.

The 2011 Reykjavik Open saw six joint winners, Yuriy Kuzubov (2627), Vladimir Baklan (2602) and Illya Nyzhnyk (2563), all of Ukraine, Kamil Miton (2600) of Poland, Jon Ludwig Hammer (2606) of Norway and tournament regular Ivan Sokolov (2643) of Bosnia.

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Join the Legends and Be Part of Chess History

The City of Reykjavík has sponsored the tournament since its inception in 1964, when Mikhail Tal won it with a record 12½ points out of 13. The tournament was initially held every two years, but has since 2008 taken place every year. It was closed in its early years, but has been an open event since the 1980s.

Throughout its history the Reykjavik Open has featured many of the strongest chess players in the world at the time, including Mikhail Tal, Nona Gaprindashvili, David Bronstein, Vassily Smyslov, Bent Larsen, Friðrik Ólafsson, Mark Taimanov, Lev Polugaevsky, Ulf Andersson, Jan Timman, Victor Korchnoi, Samuel Reshevsky, Anthony Miles, Nigel Short, Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Grischuk.

Much More than a Chess Tournament

As in earlier years, several chess-related events will take place at the same time as the tournament, including the now famous the Reykjavík Open Chess Pub Quiz and the Golden Circle sightseeing tour that includes stops at Geysir and Bobby Fischer’s final resting place in the southern part of Iceland. And given the favorable exchange rate of the Icelandic króna, Iceland is one of the most attractive places in the world to visit and play in chess tournaments.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Fischer-Spassky “Match of the Century”

During the Reykjavik Open in 2012, there will be an exhibition in the National Museum of Iceland commemorating the 40th anniversary of “The Match of the Century” between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. The museum is within a 5-minute walking distance from the playing venue. The exhibition will feature, among others, the board and chess sets from the match, and of course much more.

Still Thinking About Your Next Move? This is What Last Year’s Participants Said

Ivan Sokolov (The Netherlands):

Reykjavik City Hall as an Open tournament venue, is probably one of the best venues of any Open tournament in the World. It has its advantages that go beyond regular good playing conditions.

During the game, players can relax watching over frozen small lake, swans and ducks swimming in the hot spots, adults and kids skating on the ice.

After the game, stepping out of the playing hall, either being happy with your win or annoyed/distressed with your blunder, you are in the middle of the renowned Reykjavik night life to be enjoyed.

This year organizer is moving from the City Hall, but is promising at least equaly good venue (and is still candid about it).

Reykjavik Open has also in recent years become more like a festival, with organizers taking care to invite young, old, boys, girls, different countries, strong GMs, keeping the mix tournament is already recognized for and creating a unique atmosphere.

Reykjavik Open is definitely an experience for itself, an event worth visiting and returning!

GM Luke McShane (England):

“Thanks again for a very enjoyable tournament in Reykjavik. Personally, I’m really glad I got another opportunity to visit Iceland after so many years, and it’s great to see the tournament getting tougher every year!”

IM Leon Piasetski (Canada):

“I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the tournament. Your group did a great job ! I liked the playing hall, the top board display and the site overlooking the pond.”

Alan Byron (England):

“I just wanted to thank you for an excellent event. I really enjoyed it and will definitely enter again next year.”

Website: www.chess.is

On behalf of Reykjavik Open 2012 tournament committee

Gunnar Bjornsson,

President of the Icelandic Chess Federation

The MP Reykjavík Open 2011 (Updated)

9th to 16th March in the City Hall in downtown Reykjavík, Iceland

The MP Reykjavík Open will be held from March 9 to March 16, 2011 in the City Hall in downtown Reykjavík. The 2011 edition is expected to field one of the strongest and largest group of chess players in years. Nearly thirty GMs have so far registered, including some of the world’s highest ranked players, the youngest GM in the world, some of the strongest women and legends of the game.

Already, the number of registered players exceeds the number of participants at last year’s event, but the MP Reykjavík Open is very popular with chess players due to the excellent playing venue and atmosphere, and many chess players return year after year. This year, the MP Reykjavík Open will also be the Nordic Chess Championship and the highest placed player from a Nordic country (Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) will be crowned the Nordic Chess Champion of 2011.

The highest ranked player is Evgenij Miroshnichenko (2670) of Ukraine, followed by Luke McShane (2664), Ivan Sokolov (2657), one of last year’s winners who also regularly features in international chess tournaments in Iceland, and German GM Jan Gustafsson (2652).

From Scandinavia, we have Magnus Carlsen’s contemporary, Jon Ludvig Hammer (2647) and Denmark’s Sune Berg Hansen (2603). Moreover, all active Icelandic GMs will take part, including Hannes Hlífar Stefánsson (2580), who has been among the winners in the last three tournaments, Héðinn Steingrímsson (2554), one of the 2009 winners, Henrik Danielsen (2519) and Þröstur Þórhallsson (2387).

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Africa’s highest ranked player, Ahmed Adly (2640), Latvian chess legend Evgeny Sveshnikov (2521), who is also joined at the tournament by his son Vladimir, are also registered.

As in previous years, many of the youngest and most promising chess players in the world are attending the MP Reykjavík Open, including the world’s youngest GM, the year 14-year old, Illya Nyzhnik (2530), 14-year old Bulgarian IM Kiprian Berbatov (2437), a nephew of Manchester United player Dimitar Berbatov, and 13-year old IM Suri Vaibhav (2421) of India.

Additionally, Harika Dronavalli (2520), one of the highest ranked women in the world, is attending, together with Tania Sachdev (2391), Sophie Millet (2375) of France and Anna Sharevich (2332), Belarus’ strongest female player and Lenka Ptácníková (2317).

The City of Reykjavík and MP Bank are the main sponsors of the tournament. MP Bank, which was founded by and bears the initials of Icelandic GM Margeir Pétursson, is the only bank that survived the Icelandic financial crisis that begun in 2008. The City of Reykjavík has sponsored the tournament since its inception in 1964, when Mikhail Tal won it with a record 12½ points out of 13. Now in its 26th edition, the tournament was held every other year until 2008, but has since been every year. It was closed in its early years, but has been an open event since the 1980s.

The MP Reykjavík Open has enjoyed such an enviable reputation that more than 120 GMs registered interest in participating this year. Unfortunately not everybody could be accommodated and all conditions have been allocated. Given its open format, however, places are still available for anyone interested in taking part in a strong and lively tournament.

As in earlier years, several chess-related events will take place at the same time as the tournament, including the now famous the Reykjavík Open Chess Pub Quiz and the Golden Circle sightseeing tour that includes stops at Geysir and Robert J. Fischer’s final resting place in the southern part of Iceland. And given the favorable exchange rate of the Icelandic króna, Iceland is one of the most attractive places in the world to visit and play in chess tournaments.

For more information, please check out the website of the tournament at www.chess.is, where all relevant information can be found, including list of players and a registration form.

We look forward to welcoming you to the MP Reykjavík Open.

On behalf of the Icelandic Chess Federation,

Gunnar Björnsson,

President of ICF

Participants:

1 GM McShane Luke J ENG 2683

2 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2670

3 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2647

4 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2643

5 GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2640

6 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2627

7 GM Hammer Jon Ludvig NOR 2606

8 GM Hansen Sune Berg DEN 2603

9 GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2602

10 GM Chatalbashev Boris BUL 2602

11 GM Miton Kamil POL 2600

12 GM Pelletier Yannick SUI 2593

13 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2586

14 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2580

15 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2579

16 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2578

17 GM Hess Robert L USA 2565

18 IM Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2563

19 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2557

20 GM Steingrimsson Hedinn ISL 2554

21 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2533

22 GM Friedel Josh USA 2529

23 GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag BRA 2529

24 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny LAT 2527

25 IM Harika Dronavalli IND 2524

26 GM Hillarp Persson Tiger SWE 2524

27 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2507

28 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2506

29 IM D Amore Carlo ITA 2505

30 IM Grover Sahaj IND 2495

31 IM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2483

32 IM Henrichs Thomas GER 2480

33 IM Sammalvuo Tapani FIN 2471

34 IM Berbatov Kiprian BUL 2454

35 Grétarsson Hjörvar Steinn ISL 2444

36 IM Ziska Helgi Dam FAI 2432

37 IM Gunnarsson Jon Viktor ISL 2428

38 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn ISL 2419

39 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi ISL 2417

40 IM Dearing Edward SCO 2412

41 FM Zelbel Patrick GER 2410

42 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2407

43 IM Debashis Das IND 2398

44 IM Thomassen Joachim NOR 2396

45 IM Tiller Bjorn NOR 2393

46 FM Ariel Donny USA 2389

47 GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2387

48 IM Devereaux Maxim L ENG 2385

49 FM Sveshnikov Vladimir LAT 2379

50 IM Milliet Sophie FRA 2369

51 FM Degtiarev Evgeny GER 2368

52 IM Arngrímsson Dagur ISL 2367

53 IM Sareen Vishal IND 2358

54 Sipila Vilka FIN 2347

55 FM Forså Espen NOR 2340

56 FM Johannesson Ingvar Thor ISL 2338

57 FM Sigfusson Sigurdur ISL 2336

58 FM Getz Nicolai NOR 2333

59 FM Carstensen Jacob DEN 2332

60 FM Michalczak Thomas GER 2332

61 IM Karavade Eesha IND 2330

62 FM Geske Julian GER 2329

63 FM Stigar Petter NOR 2328

64 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2327

65 FM Bergsson Snorri ISL 2323

66 WGM Sharevich Anna BLR 2323

67 FM Lagerman Robert ISL 2320

68 FM Kovachev Daniel Jakobsen NOR 2307

69 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2307

70 FM Bisby Daniel ENG 2306

71 IM Piasetski Leon CAN 2299

72 Gudmundur Gislason ISL 2291

73 Mack Wolfgang GER 2282

74 FM DAS SAYANTAN IND 2268

75 Kárason Áskell Örn ISL 2258

76 FM Reipsch Jens GER 2247

77 Holm Kristian Stuvik NOR 2240

78 Thorgeirsson Sverrir ISL 2233

79 Spaan Nathanael NED 2228

80 FM Einarsson Halldor Gretar ISL 2220

81 FM Thorsteinsson Thorsteinn ISL 2220

82 Omarsson Dadi ISL 2214

83 Primbetov Kazbek KAZ 2211

84 WIM Vovk Oksana DEN 2204

85 Gylfi Thorhallsson ISL 2200

86 Halldorsson Jon Arni ISL 2195

87 Byron Alan M ENG 2183

88 Locci Damiano ITA 2177

89 WIM Sahl Sheila Barth NOR 2173

90 Rothe Guido GER 2171

91 WIM Agrest Inna SWE 2170

92 Burrows Martin ENG 2168

93 Duchrow Oliver GER 2165

94 van der Plas Rob NED 2165

95 WIM Andersson Christin SWE 2163

96 Bergsson Stefán ISL 2158

97 FM Bjornsson Tomas ISL 2158

98 Maack Kjartan ISL 2157

99 HASAN HASIBUL NON BAN 2154

100 WFM Guindy Esmat DEN 2153

101 Sellitti Federico ITA 2142

102 IM Bjarnason Sævar ISL 2141

103 Ingvason Jóhann ISL 2135

104 Schaefer Reyk GER 2133

105 WIM Steil-Antoni Fiona LUX 2117

106 Thorsteinsson Erlingur ISL 2110

107 Braig Frank GER 2105

108 Kristinsson Ögmundur ISL 2099

109 Herms Agullo Jordi ESP 2098

110 Schwenke Markus GER 2098

111 Rehfeldt Frank GER 2091

112 Willis Bradley (Brad) n/a CAN 2090

113 Ragnarsson Jóhann H ISL 2089

114 Mihajlov S Etoslav NOR 2087

115 Klyszcz Michael GER 2064

116 Bjornsson Eirikur K ISL 2059

117 Salewski Bernd GER 2056

118 Will Matthias GER 2047

119 Jónsson Björn ISL 2039

120 Kristinsson Bjarni Jens ISL 2039

121 WFM Horn Emilia SWE 2031

122 Hajenius Willem BEL 2028

123 Magnússon Magnús ISL 2026

124 WFM Puuska Heini FIN 2014

125 Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur Helga ISL 2011

126 Brynjarsson Helgi ISL 2008

127 Keetbaas Herman NED 1991

128 Schelwokat Peter GER 1989

129 Andersen Daniel DEN 1983

130 Plug Arjan NED 1965

131 Reppen Ellisiv NOR 1963

132 Albano Reynaldo PHI 1961

133 Calder Dennis GER 1949

134 Knudsen Jes DEN 1945

135 Klein Gernot Dr. GER 1924

136 Sæmundsson Bjarni ISL 1923

137 Ingason Sigurður ISL 1918

138 Benediktsson Frimann ISL 1917

139 Masson Kjartan ISL 1916

140 Lee Kai Jie Edward SIN 1913

141 Rutten David NED 1880

142 Frijling Jeroen NED 1874

143 Mihajlov S Bastian NOR 1871

144 Jóhannsson Örn Leó ISL 1859

145 Fivelstad Jon Olav NOR 1854

146 Jonsson Olafur Gisli ISL 1842

147 Karlsson Mikael Jóhann ISL 1835

148 Antonsson Atli ISL 1830

149 Erikstad Olav NOR 1829

150 Van Dongen Leo NED 1828

151 Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 1824

152 Friðþjófsdóttir Sigurlaug Regína ISL 1808

153 Johannsdottir Johanna Bjorg ISL 1795

154 Finnbogadóttir Tinna Kristín ISL 1791

155 Helgadottir Sigridur Bjorg ISL 1712

156 Gates David A ENG 1698

157 Leósson Atli Jóhann ISL 1695

158 Sigurðarson Emil ISL 1694

159 Andrason Páll Snædal … ISL 1683

160 Muller Marcin POL 1661

161 Harðarson Jón ISL 1639

162 Brynjarsson Eiríkur Örn ISL 1626

163 Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 1616

164 Johannesson Oliver ISL 1554

165 Kjartansson Dagur ISL 1517

166 Hauksdóttir Hrund ISL 1515

167 Sigurðsson Birkir Karl ISL 1481

168 Johannesson Kristofer Joel ISL 1437

169 Andri Kristinn ISL 1285

170 Stefánsson Vignir Vatnar ISL 1220

171 Ragnarsson Heimir Páll ISL 1200

172 FM Huguet Sergio engineerin HON 0

173 kristínardóttir Elsa María ISL 0

174 Levon Terteryan KAZ 0

175 Nansý Davíðsdóttir ISL 0

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