The 28th Reykjavík Open starts today and will run through February 27 in concert and conference center Harpa. A total of 230 contestants are registered, 170 of whom are visiting chess players from 40 different countries.
A tough competition for the various prizes available, of a total value of EUR 15,000 (ISK 2.6 million, USD 20,000), is expected.
Among participants is Iceland’s first grandmaster Friðrik Ólafsson. At 78 he is the oldest participant while the youngest is Óskar Víkingur Davíðsson, who is seven, visir.is reports.
To warm up for the Reykjavík Open and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Chinese-Icelandic Cultural Society, a rapid match between China and Iceland was held last weekend, with China winning convincingly 47.5-24.5.
The Reykjavík Open was initially held biannually, but has since 2008 taken place every year. It was closed in its early years, but has been an open event since the 1980s.
As in previous years, the goal of organizers to is invite many of the youngest and most promising chess players in the world, as well as the world’s strongest women players. The number of contestants has never been higher than this year.
For further information, go to reykjavikopen.com.