Reykjavik Open 2013 1st round

Practically all GMs won the first round relatively easily or just easily. The only upset of the top 10 boards was top 5 seed GM Ding Liren (2709 ELO) who drew Mihajlov Sebastian (2059 ELO).

Results of top 10 boards

1 GM Giri Anish 2722 1 – 0 Christiansen Johan-Sebastian 2071
2 Mihajlov Svetoslav 2071 0 – 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2715
3 GM Navara David 2710 1 – 0 Marentini Marcel 2069
4 Knútsson Lárus 2072 0 – 1 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2709
5 GM Ding Liren 2709 ½ – ½ Mihajlov Sebastian 2059
6 Heerde Thomas 2053 0 – 1 GM Yu Yangyi 2688
7 GM So Wesley 2684 1 – 0 Palmqvist Fredrik 2050
8 Ragnarsson Johann 2046 0 – 1 GM Eljanov Pavel 2678
9 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2675 1 – 0 Doell Detlef 2044
10 WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug 2041 0 – 1 GM Gajewski Grzegorz 2644

Some of the top games

Top 10 pairings of the 2nd round

1 IM Arngrimsson Dagur 2375 – GM Giri Anish 2722
2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2715 – IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn IM 2386
3 WGM Mammadova Gulnar 2369 – GM Navara David 2710
4 GM Cheparinov Ivan 2709 – WGM Wang Jue 2375
5 GM Yu Yangyi 2688 – FM Handler Lukas 2369
6 IM Kislik Erik Andrew 2359 – GM So Wesley 2684
7 GM Eljanov Pavel 2678 – WGM L’ami Alina 2362
8 FM Bewersdorff Oliver 2335 – GM Bu Xiangzhi 2675
9 GM Gajewski Grzegorz 2644 – WGM Kashlinskaya Alina 2350
10 GM Socko Bartosz 2643 – FM Gislason Gudmundur 2329

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Books, lessons and time…

Despite having very many lessons every day I have managed to practically finish studying the “Open Spanish” by GM Mikhalevsky! The next goal after finishing the book is to check the “Play the French” book by IM John Watson for new ideas and plans since not only I play against the French but also many of my students play the French and against it!
I just wish there were more hours in the day! 😀

Reykjavik Open 2013

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A very strong open tournament starts in Reykjavik today. There are 228 participating and the top players include GMs Giri, Vachier-Lagrave , Navara, Cheparinov, etc. The first round will be played later today.

Top 10 pairs of the 1st round

1 GM Giri Anish 2722 – Christiansen Johan-Sebastian 2071
2 Mihajlov Svetoslav 2071 – GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2715
3 GM Navara David 2710 – Marentini Marcel 2069
4 Hoegener Claude 2059 – GM Cheparinov Ivan 2709
5 GM Ding Liren 2709 – Mihajlov Sebastian 2059
6 Heerde Thomas 2053 – GM Yu Yangyi 2688
7 GM So Wesley 2684 – Palmqvist Fredrik 2050
8 Ragnarsson Johann 2046 – GM Eljanov Pavel 2678
9 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2675 – Doell Detlef 2044
10 WFM Thorsteinsdottir Gudlaug 2041 – GM Gajewski Grzegorz 2644

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