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Wesley So and Pavel Eljanov lead at Reykjavik before the last round

The penultimate round of the Reykjavik Open started with six players sharing the lead. Two of them - Pavel Eljanov and Wesley So – scored victories and go to the last round as the leaders.

Eljanov will have white tomorrow in their direct encounter.

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Today Eljanov played with black against Ding Liren. The game was highly tense from the beginning because both players decided to expand their pawns on the flanks, leaving their kings uncastled. The Ukrainian was the first one to break in the center with a knight sacrifice for two pawns. The Chinese needed to play precisely to avoid losing immediately, but was not able to do so. He resigned on move 22 when black was about to create a strong passed pawn on the queenside.

Pavel Eljanov

Wesley So, on the other hand, played with white against Marcin Dziuba. The Polish GM chose the Caro-Kann Defense and So demonstrated that he was very well prepared to face this opening. The game became exciting when the Filipino went for a queen sacrifice in exchange of a rook and bishop. The position was very sharp and Wesley claimed a winning advantage with an exchange sacrifice. A very nice final sequence finished in checkmate on move 41.

Pavel Eljanov will have the white pieces tomorrow in their direct encounter.

Wesley So

Still, there are six players that might catch the leaders if there is a draw on the first board tomorrow. Three of them have the same score on the two first tie-break criteria: Grzegorz GajewskiAnish Giri and Ivan Cheparinov. Coincidentally, none of them face each other and they all play with black tomorrow.

To get to this position, Anish Giri defeated fellow Dutchman Erwin L’Ami. The compatriots created a closed pawn structure and took the battle to the center of the board. L’Ami’s king was more active, but also more vulnerable, and this proved to be the decisive factor in the game. Giri played some accurate attacking moves and L’Ami had to resign on move 40.

Do not miss tomorrow’s coverage of the tournament on Chessdom. The games will be broadcast live with computer analysis and there will be minute by minute updates in the Chess bits section.

Ivan Cheparinov

Ivan Cheparinov

Standings after 9 rounds:

1 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 7.5
2 GM So Wesley PHI 2684 7.5
3 GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2644 7.0
4 GM Giri Anish NED 2722 7.0
5 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2709 7.0
6 IM Wei Yi CHN 2501 7.0
7 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2637 7.0
8 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2631 7.0
9 GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 6.5
10 GM Ding Liren CHN 2709 6.5
11 GM Dziuba Marcin POL 2602 6.5
12 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2496 6.5
13 NM Norowitz Yaacov USA 2432 6.5
14 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2622 6.5
15 GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2441 6.5
16 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2644 6.5
17 GM Xiu Deshun CHN 2530 6.5
18 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2473 6.5
19 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2715 6.0
20 GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2566 6.0
21 GM L’ami Erwin NED 2622 6.0
22 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2569 6.0
23 GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2531 6.0
24 IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2509 6.0
25 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2675 6.0
26 GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2609 6.0
27 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2566 6.0
28 GM Navara David CZE 2710 6.0
29 IM Li Wenliang CHN 2411 6.0
30 GM Shulman Yury USA 2563 6.0
31 WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2466 6.0
32 IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2414 6.0
33 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2533 6.0
34 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568 6.0
35 WGM Guo Qi CHN 2431 6.0
36 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2498 6.0
37 IM Lou Yiping CHN 2468 6.0
38 GM Esen Baris TUR 2565 6.0
39 GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2486 6.0
40 WGM Huang Qian CHN 2478 6.0
41 IM Bartholomew John USA 2435 6.0
42 IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2439 6.0
43 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2430 6.0
44 Tari Aryan NOR 2263 6.0
45 IM Zumsande Martin GER 2419 6.0
46 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2643 5.5
47 GM Solak Dragan TUR 2603 5.5
48 IM Muir Andrew J SCO 2313 5.5
49 WGM Wang Jue CHN 2375 5.5
50 IM Andersen Mads DEN 2462 5.5
51 Wang Yiye CHN 2226 5.5
52 GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2556 5.5
53 IM Smith Axel SWE 2485 5.5
54 WGM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2307 5.5
55 IM Krush Irina USA 2460 5.5
56 GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2507 5.5
57 GM Olafsson Fridrik ISL 2416 5.5
58 IM Diermair Andreas AUT 2407 5.5
59 FM Hambleton Aman CAN 2472 5.5
60 IM Prosviriakov Vladimir USA 2297 5.5
61 WGM L’ami Alina ROU 2362 5.5
62 IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2405 5.5
63 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 5.5
64 FM Bewersdorff Oliver GER 2335 5.5
65 Drill Frank GER 2124 5.5
66 Wahlbom Magnus SWE 2279 5.5
67 Bergthorsson Jon Thor ISL 2125 5.5
68 IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2375 5.0
69 FM Bjerke Richard NOR 2131 5.0
70 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2312 5.0
71 IM Hagen Andreas Skytte DEN 2411 5.0
72 IM Ris Robert NED 2407 5.0
73 IM Borsos Bogdan UKR 2260 5.0
74 WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2369 5.0
75 FM Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2329 5.0
76 Beeke Bob NED 2257 5.0
77 FM Handler Lukas AUT 2369 5.0
78 IM Mikkelsen Nikolaj DEN 2421 5.0
79 Omarsson Dadi ISL 2212 5.0
80 WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2350 5.0
81 Ragnarsson Johann ISL 2046 5.0
82 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn IM ISL 2386 5.0
83 Bird Andrew AUS 2223 5.0
84 FM Cubas Pons Juan Miguel ESP 2284 5.0
85 FM Ekeberg Carl Fredrik NOR 2274 5.0
86 FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2260 5.0
87 FM Kvisvik Brede NOR 2314 5.0
88 FM Andreasen Per Naesby DEN 2302 5.0
89 Schou-Moldt Thomas DEN 2236 5.0
90 Ornolfsson Magnus P. ISL 2169 5.0
91 WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug ISL 2041 5.0
92 Palmqvist Fredrik SWE 2050 5.0
93 Karason Askell O ISL 2235 5.0
94 Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur ISL 1960 5.0
95 Johansen Stian NOR 2090 5.0
96 Doell Detlef GER 2044 5.0
97 Pretterhofer Kiaras AUT 1997 5.0
98 Thorgeirsson Jon Kristinn ISL 1766 5.0
99 FM Jayakumar Adarsh USA 2271 4.5
100 IM Kislik Erik Andrew USA 2359 4.5
101 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2269 4.5
102 Finnbogadottir Tinna Kristin ISL 1871 4.5
103 Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 1961 4.5
104 Thorhallsson Gylfi ISL 2141 4.5
105 IM Miedema David NED 2364 4.5
106 WFM Newrkla Katharina AUT 2135 4.5
107 Johannsson Orn Leo ISL 1953 4.5
108 Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2071 4.5
109 Maack Kjartan ISL 2136 4.5
110 Steindorsson Sigurdur P. ISL 2235 4.5
WFM Frisk Ellinor SWE 2197 4.5
112 WCM Roberts Lynda WLS 1903 4.5
113 Karlsson Mikael Johann ISL 1990 4.5
114 Halldorsson Bragi ISL 2180 4.5
115 Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2059 4.5
116 WIM Van Weersel Arlette NED 2211 4.5
117 FM Malmdin Nils-Ake SWE 2281 4.5
118 Ofstad Sigurd NOR 1985 4.5
119 FM Valenti Giuseppe ITA 2204 4.5
120 Mihajlov Svetoslav NOR 2071 4.5
121 Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 1990 4.5
122 IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2133 4.5
123 Ingvason Johann ISL 2148 4.5
124 Bergsson Stefan ISL 2180 4.5
Karlsson Robin SWE 1980 4.5
126 Kuehnast Volker GER 1936 4.5
127 Andreasen Jakup A.R. FAI 1992 4.5
128 Vigfusson Vigfus ISL 1985 4.5
129 Fivelstad Jon Olav NOR 1888 4.5
130 Saemundsson Bjarni ISL 1935 4.5
131 Frick Renato LIE 2075 4.5
132 Johannesson Oliver ISL 1988 4.5
133 Merkesvik Sondre NOR 1903 4.5
134 Raddatz Michael GER 2075 4.5
135 Helin Mikael SWE 1910 4.0
136 Marentini Marcel SUI 2069 4.0
137 Isaksson Per SWE 2016 4.0
138 Schadd Jan NED 0 4.0
139 Kleinert Juergen GER 1991 4.0
140 Van Heirzeele Daniel BEL 2125 4.0
141 Halldorsson Jon Arni ISL 2222 4.0
142 Jonsson Olafur Gisli ISL 1870 4.0
143 Hardarson Jon Trausti ISL 1853 4.0
144 Leimeister Winfried GER 1909 4.0
145 Palsson Halldor ISL 2078 4.0
146 Egilsson Fridrik Orn ISL 0 4.0
147 Hyotyla Tapio SUI 1792 4.0
148 Haraldsson Leif SWE 2028 4.0
149 Murray Michael A. CAN 2017 4.0
150 Michel Steve NED 2008 4.0
151 Bjornes Leif NOR 1957 4.0
152 Knútsson Lárus ISL 2072 4.0
153 Johannsdottir Johanna Bjorg ISL 1872 4.0
154 Hojgaard Brandur FAI 1734 4.0
155 Masson Kjartan ISL 1856 4.0
156 Ingason Sigurdur ISL 1878 4.0
157 Hisnay Gregory USA 0 4.0
158 WCM Orlova Yelizaveta CAN 1978 4.0
159 Leosson Atli Johann ISL 1736 4.0
160 Ohlsson Mikael SWE 1811 4.0
161 Rodriguez Fonseca Jorge ESP 2009 3.5
162 Newrkla Alexander AUT 1969 3.5
163 Jensen Soren DEN 1909 3.5
164 Eliasson Kristjan Orn ISL 1873 3.5
165 CM Herbold Manfred GER 2125 3.5
166 Birgisson Ingvar Orn ISL 1953 3.5
167 Johansen Arnt-Ole NOR 1817 3.5
168 Ghaderi Arman K NOR 1827 3.5
169 Klug Christian GER 1894 3.5
170 Arntsen Frode NOR 1840 3.5
171 de Winter Eric NED 1823 3.5
172 Kjartansson Dagur ISL 1623 3.5
173 Hauksdottir Hrund ISL 1671 3.5
Davidsdottir Nansy ISL 1479 3.5
175 Evenson Kent USA 0 3.5
176 Stefansson Vignir Vatnar ISL 1652 3.5
177 Kristinardottir Elsa Maria ISL 1747 3.5
178 Meier Gerd GER 1949 3.5
179 Mehringer Joerg GER 1908 3.5
180 Sundsbo Sigve NOR 0 3.5
181 Traustason Ingi Tandri ISL 1840 3.5
182 Einarsson Oskar Long ISL 1613 3.5
183 Heerde Thomas GER 2053 3.0
184 Seim Fredrik NOR 1714 3.0
185 Birgisdottir Ingibjorg ISL 1783 3.0
186 Jablon Stephen USA 1896 3.0
187 Billot Daniel FRA 1731 3.0
188 Hilmarsson Andri Steinn ISL 0 3.0
189 Gjertsen Petter NOR 0 3.0
190 Kruglyak Mikhail USA 0 3.0
191 Jonsson Gauti Pall ISL 1519 3.0
192 Vignisson Ingvar Egill ISL 1542 3.0
193 Bjeglerud Jarle NOR 0 3.0
194 Pantzar Milton SWE 1693 3.0
195 Storesund Henrik NOR 1759 3.0
Kolka Dawid ISL 1646 3.0
197 Holm Fridgeir K ISL 1733 3.0
198 Heimisson Hilmir Freyr ISL 1693 3.0
199 Magnusdottir Veronika Steinun ISL 1557 3.0
200 Ragnarsson Heimir Pall ISL 1354 3.0
201 Petersen Jakob Alexander ISL 1370 3.0
202 Thorhallsson Simon ISL 1451 3.0
203 Bakkes Frits NED 1750 3.0
204 Jacobsen Trond NOR 1610 2.5
205 Maggason Oskar ISL 1903 2.5
206 Herda Christoph Dr. GER 1915 2.5
207 Gunnarsson Sigurdur Jon ISL 2000 2.5
208 Palsdottir Soley Lind ISL 1393 2.5
209 Petersson Baldur Teodor SWE 1575 2.5
210 Bauza Mercere Eduardo ARG 1809 2.5
211 Leifsson Thorsteinn ISL 1759 2.5
212 Ontiveros John ISL 1700 2.5
213 Bakkejord Odd Vidar NOR 0 2.5
214 Johannesson Petur ISL 0 2.5
215 Smith Chris P ENG 0 2.5
216 Ramtin Raman IRI 1661 2.0
217 Hrafnsson Hilmir ISL 1331 2.0
218 Steinthorsson Felix ISL 1449 2.0
219 Bragason Gudmundur Agnar ISL 0 2.0
220 Laitamaa Tore Johan Melker NOR 0 2.0
221 Sigurdarson Alec Elias ISL 0 2.0
222 Kolica Donika ISL 1251 2.0
223 Bue Gunnar NOR 1695 1.5
224 Kristbergsson Bjorgvin ISL 1197 1.5
225 Magnusson Thorsteinn ISL 0 1.5
226 Davidsson Oskar Vikingur ISL 0 1.0
227 Bodvarsson Bodvar ISL 0 1.0

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