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Pavel Eljanov sole leader of Reykjavik

The Reykjavik Open has its first sole leader. Ukrainian Pavel Eljanov won his game against Ivan Cheparinov and is the only player that stands at 5.5/6.

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The most important game of the day was also the most exciting. Pavel Eljanov came on top after a double-edged tactical struggle. Ivan Cheparinov was not afraid to advance his army forward, but this plan finally backfired as he compromised his king’s protection. Eljanov found precise moves to prove his advantage and got the victory after 31 moves.

There are seven players that are half a point behind the leader. Two of them arrived to this position after winning their games today: Gawain Jones and Stelios Halkias.

Pavel Eljanov

Gawain Jones achieved a 39-move victory with the black pieces over Hannes Stefansson. The Englishman won a pawn on the queenside and then converted his advantage to join the chasing pack. Tomorrow he has a difficult task as he plays against Chinese star Yu Yangyi.

Stelios Halkias, on the other hand, got a win by forfeit as his opponent failed to come to the board on time. The weekend rounds are starting earlier than usual, at 13:00 CET instead of the “regular” 16:30. FM Adarsh Jayakumar was obviously unaware of the schedule as he missed today’s game and lost this important game.

 

Yu Yangyi

The former US Champion GM Yuri Shulman bravely attacked the superstar Ding Liren. The Chinese conceded bishops’ pair to ruin white’s pawn structure but Shulman sacrificed an exchange and pushed the black pieces to the back rank. Ding Liren understood the danger and quickly returned the material to transpose into the opposite-colored bishop ending which was soon drawn.

GM Ivan Sokolov is a “professor” on the pawn structures as proven by the huge success of the books he wrote on the subject. He knew exactly what he was doing in the game against IM Irina Krush and “naively” allowed black to destroy his center with f5-f4 push. However, it turned out that black pawns were much weaker and Sokolov easily netted one extra to convert the game into a winning ending.

The famous Internet blitzer Yaacov Norowitz unleashed his trademarked Nf3, Bf4, e3 setup against the Polish GM Marcin Dziuba (2602). Norowitz got the initiative with two passers on the queenside. Dziuba defended persistently and eventually managed to salvage a draw by activating both his rook and king.

Ivan Sokolov

“Even Steven” Blitz Tournament

One of the side events of the Reykjavik open is the “Even Steven” blitz tourney, which has an interesting set of rules:

A nine round ”5-minute“ plus 1-second blitz tournament with time odds, where a total of 10-minute playing time is divided between opposing players, depending on the ELO ranking. For each 100-point difference in ELO ranking, there will are two-minute difference in with a maximum difference of 8 minutes (1 minute and 9 minutes).

So, for example, a 2200-rated player will thus have 8 minutes against a 2500-rated player, who will have 2 minutes, but each will enjoy the 1-second increment time per move.

Yaacov Norowitz obtained first place after scoring 6.5/9 points. Chessdom commentator Aman Hambleton from Canada came second with 6 points, after edging Egyptian Omar Salama on tie-breaks. Coincidentally, Norowitz and Hambleton face each other tomorrow in the main open.

Aman Hambleton

 Standings after 6 rounds – Main Open:

1 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 5.5
2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2715 5.0
3 GM Giri Anish NED 2722 5.0
4 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 5.0
5 GM So Wesley PHI 2684 5.0
6 GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2644 5.0
7 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2637 5.0
8 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2566 5.0
9 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2643 4.5
10 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2709 4.5
11 IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2509 4.5
12 GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2609 4.5
13 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2569 4.5
14 GM Shulman Yury USA 2563 4.5
15 IM Wei Yi CHN 2501 4.5
16 GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2531 4.5
17 GM Dziuba Marcin POL 2602 4.5
18 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2603 4.5
19 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2466 4.5
20 GM Navara David CZE 2710 4.5
21 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2566 4.5
22 GM Ding Liren CHN 2709 4.5
23 NM Norowitz Yaacov USA 2432 4.5
24 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2556 4.5
25 WGM Wang Jue CHN 2375 4.5
26 GM L’ami Erwin NED 2622 4.5
27 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2675 4.5
28 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2631 4.5
29 WGM Huang Qian CHN 2478 4.5
30 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2498 4.5
31 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2533 4.5
32 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2622 4.5
33 GM Xiu Deshun CHN 2530 4.5
34 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2507 4.5
35 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2644 4.5
36 IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2375 4.5
37 IM Li Wenliang CHN 2411 4.0
38 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2496 4.0
39 FM Jayakumar Adarsh USA 2271 4.0
40 IM Kislik Erik Andrew USA 2359 4.0
41 IM Lou Yiping CHN 2468 4.0
42 IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2439 4.0
43 IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2414 4.0
44 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568 4.0
45 IM Bartholomew John USA 2435 4.0
46 IM Diermair Andreas AUT 2407 4.0
47 GM Olafsson Fridrik ISL 2416 4.0
48 GM Esen Baris TUR 2565 4.0
49 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2312 4.0
50 FM Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2329 4.0
51 IM Zumsande Martin GER 2419 4.0
52 FM Bjerke Richard NOR 2131 4.0
53 FM Kvisvik Brede NOR 2314 4.0
54 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2350 4.0
55 FM Hambleton Aman CAN 2472 4.0
56 IM Muir Andrew J Mr SCO 2313 3.5
57 WGM Guo Qi CHN 2431 3.5
58 GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2441 3.5
59 IM Krush Irina USA 2460 3.5
60 IM Andersen Mads DEN 2462 3.5
61 GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2486 3.5
62 IM Smith Axel SWE 2485 3.5
63 WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2369 3.5
64 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2430 3.5
IM Mikkelsen Nikolaj DEN 2421 3.5
IM Hagen Andreas Skytte DEN 2411 3.5
67 IM Ris Robert NED 2407 3.5
68 WGM L’ami Alina ROU 2362 3.5
69 WGM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2307 3.5
Wang Yiye CHN 2226 3.5
71 IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2405 3.5
72 FM Handler Lukas AUT 2369 3.5
73 Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2071 3.5
74 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn IM ISL 2386 3.5
75 Omarsson Dadi ISL 2212 3.5
76 IM Prosviriakov Vladimir USA 2297 3.5
77 Karason Askell O ISL 2235 3.5
78 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 3.5
79 Schou-Moldt Thomas DEN 2236 3.5
80 WCM Roberts Lynda WLS 1903 3.5
81 WFM Frisk Ellinor SWE 2197 3.5
82 Thorhallsson Gylfi ISL 2141 3.5
83 FM Ekeberg Carl Fredrik NOR 2274 3.5
84 Palmqvist Fredrik SWE 2050 3.5
85 CM Herbold Manfred GER 2125 3.5
86 Drill Frank GER 2124 3.5
87 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2473 3.5
88 Steindorsson Sigurdur P. ISL 2235 3.5
89 Van Heirzeele Daniel BEL 2125 3.5
90 IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2133 3.5
91 FM Malmdin Nils-Ake SWE 2281 3.5
92 Bergsson Stefan ISL 2180 3.5
93 Halldorsson Jon Arni ISL 2222 3.5
94 Wahlbom Magnus SWE 2279 3.5
95 IM Miedema David - NED 2364 3.5
96 Helin Mikael SWE 1910 3.0
97 Beeke Bob NED 2257 3.0
98 Finnbogadottir Tinna Kristin ISL 1871 3.0
99 IM Borsos Bogdan UKR 2260 3.0
Bird Andrew AUS 2223 3.0
101 Tari Aryan NOR 2263 3.0
102 Doell Detlef GER 2044 3.0
103 WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug ISL 2041 3.0
104 Ragnarsson Johann ISL 2046 3.0
105 Marentini Marcel SUI 2069 3.0
106 FM Bewersdorff Oliver GER 2335 3.0
107 Ornolfsson Magnus P. ISL 2169 3.0
108 Maack Kjartan ISL 2136 3.0
109 FM Cubas Pons Juan Miguel ESP 2284 3.0
110 Rodriguez Fonseca Jorge ESP 2009 3.0
111 Karlsson Robin SWE 1980 3.0
112 Jonsson Olafur Gisli ISL 1870 3.0
113 Isaksson Per SWE 2016 3.0
114 Heerde Thomas GER 2053 3.0
115 Halldorsson Bragi ISL 2180 3.0
116 WFM Newrkla Katharina AUT 2135 3.0
117 Hardarson Jon Trausti ISL 1853 3.0
118 Mihajlov Svetoslav NOR 2071 3.0
119 Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 1961 3.0
120 Ofstad Sigurd NOR 1985 3.0
121 FM Andreasen Per Naesby DEN 2302 3.0
122 Karlsson Mikael Johann ISL 1990 3.0
123 Johannesson Oliver ISL 1988 3.0
124 Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur ISL 1960 3.0
125 FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2260 3.0
126 Pretterhofer Kiaras AUT 1997 3.0
127 Klug Christian GER 1894 3.0
128 Frick Renato LIE 2075 3.0
129 WIM Van Weersel Arlette NED 2211 3.0
Kleinert Juergen GER 1991 3.0
131 Ingvason Johann ISL 2148 3.0
132 Schadd Jan NED 0 3.0
133 Palsson Halldor ISL 2078 3.0
134 Bergthorsson Jon Thor ISL 2125 3.0
135 Egilsson Fridrik Orn ISL 0 3.0
136 Vigfusson Vigfus ISL 1985 3.0
137 Thorgeirsson Jon Kristinn ISL 1766 3.0
138 Hyotyla Tapio SUI 1792 3.0
139 Bjornes Leif NOR 1957 3.0
140 Hojgaard Brandur FAI 1734 3.0
141 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2269 2.5
142 FM Valenti Giuseppe ITA 2204 2.5
143 Newrkla Alexander AUT 1969 2.5
144 Gunnarsson Sigurdur Jon ISL 2000 2.5
145 Leimeister Winfried GER 1909 2.5
146 Eliasson Kristjan Orn ISL 1873 2.5
147 Maggason Oskar Mason ISL 1903 2.5
148 Jacobsen Trond NOR 1610 2.5
149 Johannsson Orn Leo ISL 1953 2.5
150 Andreasen Jakup A.R. FAI 1992 2.5
151 Birgisson Ingvar Orn ISL 1953 2.5
152 Johansen Arnt-Ole NOR 1817 2.5
153 Fivelstad Jon Olav NOR 1888 2.5
154 Herda Christoph Dr. GER 1915 2.5
155 Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 1990 2.5
156 Johansen Stian NOR 2090 2.5
157 Davidsdottir Nansy ISL 1479 2.5
158 Evenson Kent USA 0 2.5
159 Johannsdottir Johanna Bjorg ISL 1872 2.5
160 Kuehnast Volker GER 1936 2.5
161 Raddatz Michael GER 2075 2.5
162 Saemundsson Bjarni ISL 1935 2.5
163 Kristinardottir Elsa Maria ISL 1747 2.5
164 Bauza Mercere Eduardo ARG 1809 2.5
165 Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2059 2.0
166 Haraldsson Leif SWE 2028 2.0
Michel Steve NED 2008 2.0
168 Jensen Soren DEN 1909 2.0
169 Murray Michael A. CAN 2017 2.0
170 Knútsson Lárus ISL 2072 2.0
171 Billot Daniel FRA 1731 2.0
172 Merkesvik Sondre NOR 1903 2.0
173 Jablon Stephen USA 1896 2.0
174 Kjartansson Dagur ISL 1623 2.0
175 de Winter Eric NED 1823 2.0
176 Ingason Sigurdur ISL 1878 2.0
177 Kruglyak Mikhail USA 0 2.0
178 Ghaderi Arman K NOR 1827 2.0
Jonsson Gauti Pall ISL 1519 2.0
180 Vignisson Ingvar Egill ISL 1542 2.0
181 Masson Kjartan ISL 1856 2.0
182 Bjeglerud Jarle NOR 0 2.0
183 Sundsbo Sigve NOR 0 2.0
184 Seim Fredrik NOR 1714 2.0
185 Gjertsen Petter NOR 0 2.0
186 Hisnay Gregory USA 0 2.0
187 Arntsen Frode NOR 1840 2.0
188 Holm Fridgeir K ISL 1733 2.0
Petersen Jakob Alexander ISL 1370 2.0
190 Storesund Henrik NOR 1759 2.0
191 Leosson Atli Johann ISL 1736 2.0
192 Kolka Dawid ISL 1646 2.0
193 Hilmarsson Andri Steinn ISL 0 2.0
194 Petersson Baldur Teodor SWE 1575 2.0
195 Mehringer Joerg GER 1908 2.0
196 Bakkes Frits NED 1750 2.0
197 Meier Gerd GER 1949 2.0
198 Magnusdottir Veronika Steinun ISL 1557 2.0
199 Traustason Ingi Tandri ISL 1840 2.0
200 Hrafnsson Hilmir ISL 1331 2.0
201 Ragnarsson Heimir Pall ISL 1354 2.0
202 Birgisdottir Ingibjorg ISL 1783 1.5
203 Pantzar Milton SWE 1693 1.5
204 WCM Orlova Yelizaveta CAN 1978 1.5
205 Heimisson Hilmir Freyr ISL 1693 1.5
206 Bue Gunnar NOR 1695 1.5
207 Hauksdottir Hrund ISL 1671 1.5
208 Stefansson Vignir Vatnar ISL 1652 1.5
209 Ohlsson Mikael SWE 1811 1.5
210 Einarsson Oskar Long ISL 1613 1.5
211 Palsdottir Soley Lind ISL 1393 1.5
212 Thorhallsson Simon ISL 1451 1.5
213 Sigurdarson Alec Elias ISL 0 1.0
214 Ontiveros John ISL 1700 1.0
215 Steinthorsson Felix ISL 1449 1.0
216 Bragason Gudmundur Agnar ISL 0 1.0
217 Smith Chris P ENG 0 1.0
218 Ramtin Raman IRI 1661 1.0
Kolica Donika ISL 1251 1.0
220 Bakkejord Odd Vidar NOR 0 1.0
221 Kristbergsson Bjorgvin ISL 1197 1.0
222 Leifsson Thorsteinn ISL 1759 1.0
223 Laitamaa Tore Johan Melker NOR 0 1.0
224 Magnusson Thorsteinn ISL 0 1.0
225 Johannesson Petur ISL 0 0.5
226 Bodvarsson Bodvar ISL 0 0.5
227 Davidsson Oskar Vikingur ISL 0 0.0

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