From March 10 to 18 2015, the traditional chess tournament Reykjavik Open was staged for the 51st time by the Icelandic capital.
Among the 274 participants from 37 countries were 35 international grandmasters, elevating the event to world-class level.
93 of these participants originated from Iceland, 36 came from Norway, 15 were Germany, each 13 from the United States and Denmark, and another 10 from Canada and France travelled to Iceland to make sure that their countries were well-represented at the tournament.
The upper thirty ranks of the worldwide standings were embodied only by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, David Navara, and Pavel Eljanov.
Dutchman Erwin L’ami who was not considered a favorite player with an ELO of 2605 points, delivered and excellent performance. Even the last critics were convinced in Round 7 when he defeated Mamedyarov (ELO 3756). He managed to remain completely undefeated until the final round – only then he lost to Eljanov. Nevertheless, he won the overall tournament: with 8.5 out of 10 points, he secured first rank which was absolutely deserved after an ELO-performance of incredible 2826 points.
Brazilian player Alexandr Fier surprised as well, ranking 4th after beating Navara in Round 8. The Frenchman and bronze-medal-winner Fabien Libiszewski performed high above his usual gaming level with an extra 200 ELO points.
The first ten ranks were rewarded with prize money ranging from €350 (10th) to €5.000 (1st).
Final Results Top 30
|9||GM||Hammer Jon Ludvig||NOR||7,5|
|16||GM||Granda Zuniga Julio E||PER||7|
|17||GM||Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn||ISL||7|
|18||GM||Jones Gawain C B||ENG||7|
|25||GM||Le Roux Jean-Pierre||FRA||7|
|29||FM||Antal Tibor Kende||HUN||7|
The ELO-rating is only a guideline and has only limited validity in determining a player’s strength – which the Reykjavik Open proved yet again.
While David Navara with an ELO of 2736 points didn’t even make it to the Top 30, other players like Johaneson (ELO 2212), Antal (ELO 2317), Khadermalsharieh (ELO 2357), or Sarkar (ELO 2376) surpassed him in means of playing performance.
The youngest participant was American Hans Niemann who came off 80th at an incredibly young age of eleven.
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written by Sarah, translated by Birthe