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Reykjavik’s second round brings a few upsets

The Reykjavik Open has added one more round to its usual nine this year, and two will be played today. The players had to wake up early for a 9:30 session and will have to recover fast for the next round that starts at 16:30.

There will be minute by minute updates in the Chess bits section during this tournament.

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The pairings for the second round were still unbalanced, but it was harder for the favorites to overcome their very motivated rivals. Even though there were big ratings differences, the top seeds faced titled players that have some experience in these situations.

The first upset of the day came very early. Scottish IM Andrew Muir (2313) defeated Egyptian GM Bassem Amin(2631) after just 19 moves. Amin blundered on move 17, when he sacrificed a knight with the idea of gaining the opponent’s queen a couple of moves later. However, he did not notice the knight fork Nf3 at the end of the line

David Navara

David Navara

Another surprise came when the third seeded player, Czech GM David Navara, drew his game against Azerbaijani WGM Gulnar Mammadova, whose rating is 300+ points lower.

The game started with a Sicilian Defense where Navara, playing Black, chose to avoid the very main lines in order to try to outplay his opponent slowly in a positional struggle. However, Mammadova demonstrated that she was well prepared and played actively. The Azerbaijani had a slight advantage throughout the game, but Navara proved to be a good defender and simplified the position to a drawn 4 v 3 rook endgame.

WGM Dinara Saduakassova got an important draw

The lower rated players had another winner in Ukrainian IM Bogdan Borsos (226o), who defeated Chinese GM Xiu Deshun (2530).  The 46 year-old Ukrainian profited from a blunder made by the Chinese on move 30.

Kazakh WGM Dinara Saduakassova keeps the good form she showed in the recent Moscow Open. Today she signed a draw against GM Yuriy Kuzubov without any problems. The young Kazakh demonstrated her excellent opening preparation in the Grunfeld Defense and achieved a well deserved half point.

Round 3 will see the first GM clashes. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will play against Simon Williams and the Chinese Bu Xiangzhi will face Icelandic National Champion Throstur Thorhallsson.

This day is especially interesting as the Icelandic Music awards will be handed out tonight during the 3rd round and those not using earplugs might be a bit distracted. This will be the only two rounds allowing such excuses.

GM Throstur Thorhallsson

GM Throstur Thorhallsson

 Standings after 2 rounds:

1 GM Giri Anish NED 2722 2.0
GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2715 2.0
GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 2.0
GM So Wesley PHI 2684 2.0
GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 2.0
GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2675 2.0
GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2644 2.0
GM Socko Bartosz POL 2643 2.0
GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2637 2.0
GM L’ami Erwin NED 2622 2.0
GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2609 2.0
GM Dziuba Marcin POL 2602 2.0
GM Grandelius Nils SWE 2566 2.0
GM Esen Baris TUR 2565 2.0
GM Shulman Yury USA 2563 2.0
GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2556 2.0
GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2533 2.0
IM Wei Yi CHN 2501 2.0
IM Smith Axel SWE 2485 2.0
WGM Huang Qian CHN 2478 2.0
WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2466 2.0
IM Andersen Mads DEN 2462 2.0
GM Thorhallsson Throstur ISL 2441 2.0
IM Schreiner Peter AUT 2439 2.0
IM Bartholomew John USA 2435 2.0
IM Kjartansson Gudmundur ISL 2430 2.0
IM Mikkelsen Nikolaj DEN 2421 2.0
IM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2414 2.0
IM Hagen Andreas Skytte DEN 2411 2.0
IM Li Wenliang CHN 2411 2.0
31 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2709 2.0
GM Solak Dragan TUR 2603 2.0
IM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2509 2.0
GM Williams Simon K ENG 2498 2.0
WGM Guo Qi CHN 2431 2.0
IM Ris Robert NED 2407 2.0
37 GM Ipatov Alexander TUR 2569 2.0
IM Lou Yiping CHN 2468 2.0
IM Diermair Andreas AUT 2407 2.0
IM Bekker-Jensen Simon DEN 2405 2.0
IM Muir Andrew J Mr SCO 2313 2.0
IM Borsos Bogdan UKR 2260 2.0
Beeke Bob NED 2257 2.0
FM Bjerke Richard NOR 2131 2.0
45 GM Navara David CZE 2710 1.5
GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2644 1.5
GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2622 1.5
IM Krush Irina USA 2460 1.5
GM Olafsson Fridrik ISL 2416 1.5
Omarsson Dadi ISL 2212 1.5
51 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo UKR 2568 1.5
GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2566 1.5
GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2496 1.5
FM Hambleton Aman CAN 2472 1.5
WGM Cherednichenko Svetlana UKR 2307 1.5
Bergsson Stefan ISL 2180 1.5
57 GM Kristjansson Stefan ISL 2486 1.5
WGM Mammadova Gulnar AZE 2369 1.5
WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2312 1.5
WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2280 1.5
Wang Yiye CHN 2226 1.5
FM Valenti Giuseppe ITA 2204 1.5
Thorhallsson Gylfi ISL 2141 1.5
Maack Kjartan ISL 2136 1.5
65 GM Ding Liren CHN 2709 1.5
GM Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2531 1.5
67 IM Zumsande Martin GER 2419 1.5
FM Jayakumar Adarsh USA 2271 1.5
69 GM Xiu Deshun CHN 2530 1.0
GM Danielsen Henrik ISL 2507 1.0
NM Norowitz Yaacov USA 2432 1.0
IM Prosviriakov Vladimir USA 2297 1.0
WFM Frisk Ellinor SWE 2197 1.0
Raddatz Michael GER 2075 1.0
Jensen Soren DEN 1909 1.0
Birgisdottir Ingibjorg ISL 1783 1.0
77 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2631 1.0
FM Handler Lukas AUT 2369 1.0
FM Ekeberg Carl Fredrik NOR 2274 1.0
WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2269 1.0
FM Thompson Ian D ENG 2260 1.0
Bird Andrew AUS 2223 1.0
Halldorsson Jon Arni ISL 2222 1.0
Van Heirzeele Daniel BEL 2125 1.0
Palsson Halldor ISL 2078 1.0
Egilsson Fridrik Orn ISL 0 1.0
87 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn IM ISL 2386 1.0
IM Arngrimsson Dagur ISL 2375 1.0
WGM Wang Jue CHN 2375 1.0
WGM L’ami Alina ROU 2362 1.0
IM Kislik Erik Andrew USA 2359 1.0
WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2350 1.0
FM Bewersdorff Oliver GER 2335 1.0
FM Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2329 1.0
FM Kvisvik Brede NOR 2314 1.0
FM Andreasen Per Naesby DEN 2302 1.0
FM Cubas Pons Juan Miguel ESP 2284 1.0
FM Malmdin Nils-Ake SWE 2281 1.0
Wahlbom Magnus SWE 2279 1.0
Tari Aryan NOR 2263 1.0
Schou-Moldt Thomas DEN 2236 1.0
Karason Askell O ISL 2235 1.0
WIM Van Weersel Arlette NED 2211 1.0
Halldorsson Bragi ISL 2180 1.0
Ornolfsson Magnus P. ISL 2169 1.0
Ingvason Johann ISL 2148 1.0
WFM Newrkla Katharina AUT 2135 1.0
IM Bjarnason Saevar ISL 2133 1.0
CM Herbold Manfred GER 2125 1.0
Bergthorsson Jon Thor ISL 2125 1.0
Drill Frank GER 2124 1.0
Johansen Stian NOR 2090 1.0
Frick Renato LIE 2075 1.0
Christiansen Johan-Sebastian NOR 2071 1.0
Mihajlov Svetoslav NOR 2071 1.0
Heerde Thomas GER 2053 1.0
Palmqvist Fredrik SWE 2050 1.0
Ragnarsson Johann ISL 2046 1.0
Doell Detlef GER 2044 1.0
WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug ISL 2041 1.0
Murray Michael A. CAN 2017 1.0
Isaksson Per SWE 2016 1.0
Gunnarsson Sigurdur Jon ISL 2000 1.0
Pretterhofer Kiaras AUT 1997 1.0
Kleinert Juergen GER 1991 1.0
Johannesson Oliver ISL 1988 1.0
Vigfusson Vigfus ISL 1985 1.0
Karlsson Robin SWE 1980 1.0
WCM Orlova Yelizaveta CAN 1978 1.0
Newrkla Alexander AUT 1969 1.0
Johannsson Orn Leo ISL 1953 1.0
Herda Christoph Dr. GER 1915 1.0
Helin Mikael SWE 1910 1.0
WCM Roberts Lynda WLS 1903 1.0
Maggason Oskar Mason ISL 1903 1.0
Schadd Jan NED 0 1.0
Jablon Stephen USA 1896 1.0
Klug Christian GER 1894 1.0
Ingason Sigurdur ISL 1878 1.0
Eliasson Kristjan Orn ISL 1873 1.0
Johannsdottir Johanna Bjorg ISL 1872 1.0
Masson Kjartan ISL 1856 1.0
Hardarson Jon Trausti ISL 1853 1.0
144 Mihajlov Sebastian NOR 2059 1.0
Ragnarsson Dagur ISL 1961 1.0
146 Marentini Marcel SUI 2069 1.0
Haraldsson Leif SWE 2028 1.0
Michel Steve NED 2008 1.0
Merkesvik Sondre NOR 1903 1.0
Jonsson Olafur Gisli ISL 1870 1.0
Jonsson Gauti Pall ISL 1519 1.0
152 Sigurdarson Alec Elias ISL 0 1.0
153 IM Urkedal Frode NOR 2473 1.0
IM Miedema David – NED 2364 1.0
Thorsteinsdottir Hallgerdur ISL 1960 1.0
Birgisson Ingvar Orn ISL 1953 1.0
Fivelstad Jon Olav NOR 1888 1.0
BILLOT Daniel FRA 1731 1.0
Davidsdottir Nansy ISL 1479 1.0
160 Knútsson Lárus ISL 2072 0.5
Andreasen Jakup A.R. FAI 1992 0.5
Bjornes Leif NOR 1957 0.5
Meier Gerd GER 1949 0.5
Traustason Ingi Tandri ISL 1840 0.5
165 Finnbogadottir Tinna Kristin ISL 1871 0.5
Pantzar Milton SWE 1693 0.5
167 Steindorsson Sigurdur P. ISL 2235 0.5
Sverrisson Nokkvi ISL 1990 0.5
Ofstad Sigurd NOR 1985 0.5
Kuehnast Volker GER 1936 0.5
Leimeister Winfried GER 1909 0.5
Hojgaard Brandur FAI 1734 0.5
Jacobsen Trond NOR 1610 0.5
Gjertsen Petter NOR 0 0.5
175 Rodriguez Fonseca Jorge ESP 2009 0.5
Hyotyla Tapio SUI 1792 0.5
Heimisson Hilmir Freyr ISL 1693 0.5
Hauksdottir Hrund ISL 1671 0.5
Kolka Dawid ISL 1646 0.5
Magnusdottir Veronika Steinun ISL 1557 0.5
Vignisson Ingvar Egill ISL 1542 0.5
Johannesson Petur ISL 0 0.5
183 Karlsson Mikael Johann ISL 1990 0.0
Mehringer Joerg GER 1908 0.0
Arntsen Frode NOR 1840 0.0
Ghaderi Arman K NOR 1827 0.0
Kristinardottir Elsa Maria ISL 1747 0.0
Stefansson Vignir Vatnar ISL 1652 0.0
Kruglyak Mikhail USA 0 0.0
Bakkejord Odd Vidar NOR 0 0.0
191 Saemundsson Bjarni ISL 1935 0.0
Bauza Mercere Eduardo ARG 1809 0.0
Leosson Atli Johann ISL 1736 0.0
Ontiveros John ISL 1700 0.0
Petersson Baldur Teodor SWE 1575 0.0
Hilmarsson Andri Steinn ISL 0 0.0
Böðvarsson Böðvar ISL 0 0.0
Palsdottir Soley Lind ISL 1393 0.0
Petersen Jakob Alexander ISL 1370 0.0
Laitamaa Tore Johan Melker NOR 0 0.0
201 de Winter Eric NED 1823 0.0
Johansen Arnt-Ole NOR 1817 0.0
Ohlsson Mikael SWE 1811 0.0
Hisnay Gregory USA 0 0.0
Bjeglerud Jarle NOR 0 0.0
Thorgeirsson Jon Kristinn ISL 1766 0.0
Leifsson Thorsteinn ISL 1759 0.0
Storesund Henrik NOR 1759 0.0
Bakkes Frits NED 1750 0.0
Holm Fridgeir K ISL 1733 0.0
Seim Fredrik NOR 1714 0.0
Evenson Kent USA 0 0.0
Bue Gunnar NOR 1695 0.0
Ramtin Raman IRI 1661 0.0
Kjartansson Dagur ISL 1623 0.0
Einarsson Oskar Long ISL 1613 0.0
Smith Chris P ENG 0 0.0
Thorhallsson Simon ISL 1451 0.0
Steinthorsson Felix ISL 1449 0.0
Sundsbo Sigve NOR 0 0.0
Ragnarsson Heimir Pall ISL 1354 0.0
Hrafnsson Hilmir ISL 1331 0.0
Kolica Donika ISL 1251 0.0
Kristbergsson Bjorgvin ISL 1197 0.0
Bragason Gudmundur Agnar ISL 0 0.0
Davidsson Oskar Vikingur ISL 0 0.0
Magnusson Thorsteinn ISL 0 0.0

 

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