The 2016 tournament is expected to be very strong.
The 2015 tournament fell on the same year as the 80th birthday of arguably the most legendary chessplayer in Icelandic Chess history, GM Fridrik Olafsson. This year tournament will therefore be held in his honor. Fridrik played and beat many of the legends of the game such as Karpov, Fischer, Tal, Larsen and several other legends. Later Fridrik became president of FIDE before retiring from the game.
Hopefully this will help trigger a further growth of the Reykjavik Open which has grown each year, culminating in 255 record participants last year from 35 countries. Last year we had 28 GM’s and several other titled players.
The Reykjavik Open welcomes both top players and chess tourists alike. If you always wanted to visit Iceland, why not play in the 2nd best Open Tournament in the World? (As voted by ACP poll!) Last year, some first time visitors got the chance to play on demonstration boards against a Grandmaster.
As always the list of participants will be diverse with various strength, nationalities and titles. The participation list has already begun to take shape. Already registered are chess legend Arthur Yusupov, the always interesting and talented Julio Granda Zuniga, Reykjavik regular Gawain Jones, Czech #1 David Navara and the lovely and talented tournament regular Tanya Sachdev.
The 2013 edition included for example Anish Giri, Wesley So and Pavel Eljanov the winner of the tournament and the youngster from China, Wei Yi who became the youngest grandmaster in the world with a great performance in Reykjavik.
The 2012 edition featured the Womens World Champion, Hou Yifan, and then world no. 7 , Fabiano Caruana, who won the tournament ahead of a strong field.
In 2013 edition 227 players from 37 countries participated, including 35 grandmasters, 19 of which had a ELO rating of 2600 and higher. Total prizes in 2013 were €15.000, including many special prizes for various ages and rating categories, in addition to the traditional top women prize.
The 2012 Edition was voted the 3rd best open tournament in the world by ACP. Only Gibraltar and Aeroflot Open was higher on the list.
For more information visit: http://www.reykjavikopen.com/