Reykjavik Open 2013. Eight Round. Crowded at the top.


The majority of the leaders drew their round eight games. There are only two rounds to go, and the number of pretenders to the main prizes has grown sharply.  

Ivan Cheparinov very much wanted to win, but his opponent Erwin L'Ami had his own opinion about this. 

Surrounded by the warmth and care of the organisers, Ding Liren is gradully getting "warmed up". This time to the dissatiisfaction of the world junior champion: 

Ipatov Ding Liren

24…Nf3+ 25. Kh1it was better to take the knight: 25.Bxf3 Rxc3 26.Bxc3 exf3 27.Qb2 g5 28.d5 Qd8 29.Nxh5 Nxh5 30.Bxg7 Nxg7 31.Qd4 Qe7 32.Rc1 Ne8 33.c5 Bd7 34.e4 dxc5 (Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64            Depth: 20 with 100.047 kN in 56s;,  25…Rb8 26.h4 c6 27.Bxf3 exf3 28.e4 Bh3 29.Re1 Bh6 30.Kg1 Bxf4 31.Bxf4 Bg2 – . White resigns (0:1).

But this still hasn't adapted to the Icelandic weather

Maxim was too eager to win after yesterday's loss, with the usual consequences. 

Yu Wei - Vachier-Lagrave

Where is the blakc king going to castle? 15.Qxb7 Rg8 16.Nd2 g4 17.fxg4 Rb8 18.Qxa6 Rxg4+ 19.Kh1 f5? – and this is too much. The Chinese master easily takes advantage..

20.exf5 Rxb2 21.Be2 Nf6 22.Nc4 Rxe2 23.Rxe2 Bxf5 24.f3 Rg6 25.Rg1 Kf7 26.Rxg6 hxg6 27.Bg5 Be7 28.Bxf6 Kxf6 29.Nxe5 Qb8 30.Ng4+ Kg5 31.Rxe7 Qb1+ 32.Kg2 Bd3 33.Qa7 Black resigns (1:0). Yet another grandmaster will soon be appearaing among the Snowdrops. There are thousands springing up in China…      

Grandmasters are also human! Do you want proof? With pleasure...:

Socko - Stefansson

43…f3 44.h4?? The variation: 44.Ng6+ Kd7 45.Ke4 Bxh2 46.d4 Rg2 47.Kxf3 Rg5 48.Ke2 Bd6 49.Nh4 Rg3 50.Rf5 Rxc3 51.dxc5 Rxc4 52.Rxh5 Rxc5 53.Rxc5 Bxc5  (Computerkibitz: Houdini 2.0c x64      Depth: 20 with 100.047 kN in 56s; was for some reason ignored...Not believing his eyes, Hannes Stafansson took the knight : 44…Bxe5 45.Re6+ Kf7 46.Rxe5 Re2 – the pawn promotes. White resigns (0:1).

The most unpleasant event of the day was the defeat of Fridrik Olafsson. I somehow had the impression that his opponent, Baris Essen was not too pleased. In Turkey, they respect their elders, but sport is sport...


Dinara Saudakasova will head home to Astana with a mass of impressions 


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 Text: Sergey Kim


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