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China – Iceland rapid chess match

China vs Iceland at Reykjavik Open

The rapid match between China and Iceland which was held in the headquarters of Arion Bank finished this weekend with a convincing 47,5-24,5 victory for the guests from China. China outrated Iceland this weekend and outclassed them taking charge early with a 5,5-0,5 victory in the 1st round. Iceland faired better in the 2nd round but another 5,5-0,5 thrashing in the 3rd round set the tone for a smooth sailing for the Chinese.

Reykjavik Open 2013 : Official website / Participants / Live games

The match was held to commemorate the 60 year anniversary of the Chinese-Icelandic Cultural Society which in conjunction with the Icelandic Chess Federation organised the event with the sponsorship og Arion Bank, CCP, Promens, Icelandic and Elkem.

Given the timecontrol some upsets were to be expected. Lenka Ptacnikova managed to beat the super GM Bu Xiangzhi and Mikael Johann Karlsson managed an upset vs Wang Yiye.

Even though the match was one sided it had exciting invidiual matches and several people showed up over the weekend to watch the action in the Arion Bank headquarters near the seaside.

For the Chinese, the young super GM Yu Yangyi showed great fighting spirit and quality and finished with a very impressive 11,5 out of 12. For the Icelanders the top scorer vs GM Hjörvar Grétarsson with 5,5 out of 12.

Name Rating Points Games Win%
Helgi Ólafsson

2547

4

9

44%

Hjörvar Steinn Grétarsson

2509

5,5

12

46%

Hannes Hlífar Stefánsson

2496

3

6

50%

Þröstur Þórhallsson

2441

4,5

12

38%

Guðmundur Kjartansson

2430

2,5

10

25%

Jón Viktor Gunnarsson

2413

         1

3

33%

Sigurbjörn Björnsson

2391

0,5

2

25%

Lenka Ptácníková

2269

2,5

12

21%

Mikael Jóhann Karlsson

1990

1

2

50%

Oliver Aron Jóhannesson

1988

0

2

0%

Dagur Ragnarsson

1961

0

1

0%

Jón Trausti Harðarson

1853

0

1

0%

24,5

72

34%

Bu Xiangzhi

2675

8

12

67%

Yu Yangyi

2688

11,5

12

96%

Huang Qian

2478

7,5

12

63%

Tan Zhongyi

2466

5,5

12

46%

Wei Yi

2501

10

12

83%

Wang Yiye

2226

5

12

42%

47,5

72

66%

 

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