Reykjavik Open

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The Reykjavik Open is an annual chess tournament that takes place in the capital city of Iceland. It was held every two years up to 2008, currently it runs annually. The first edition was held in 1964 and was won by Mikhail Tal with a score of 12.5 points out of 13.[1] The tournament is currently played with the Swiss system, while from 1964 to 1980 and in 1992 it was a round-robin tournament.

The 2013 edition was voted the second best open tournament of the year in the world by the Association of Chess Professionals, behind Gibraltar Chess Festival.[2]


All players finishing equal first are listed; the winner after tiebreaks is listed first.

blue : Round-robin tournament
# Year Winner(s)
1 1964  Mikhail Tal (Soviet Union)
2 1966  Friðrik Ólafsson (Iceland)
3 1968  Evgeny Vasiukov (Soviet Union),  Mark Taimanov (Soviet Union)
4 1970  Guðmundur Sigurjónsson (Iceland)
5 1972  Friðrik Ólafsson (Iceland),  Florin Gheorghiu (Romania),  Vlastimil Hort (Czechoslovakia)
6 1974  Vassily Smyslov (Soviet Union)
7 1976  Friðrik Ólafsson (Iceland),  Jan Timman (Netherlands)
8 1978  Walter Browne (United States)
9 1980  Viktor Kupreichik (Soviet Union)
10 1982  Lev Alburt (United States)
11 1984  Jóhann Hjartarson (Iceland),  Helgi Ólafsson (Iceland),  Samuel Reshevsky (United States)
12 1986  Predrag Nikolić (Yugoslavia)
13 1988  Jón Árnason (Iceland)
14 1990  Helgi Ólafsson (Iceland),  Jón Árnason (Iceland),  Sergey Dolmatov (Soviet Union),
 Lev Polugaevsky (Soviet Union),  Rafael Vaganian (Soviet Union),  Yasser Seirawan (United States),
 Nick de Firmian (United States),  Yuri Razuvaev (Soviet Union),  Erling Mortensen (Norway)
15 1992  Jóhann Hjartarson (Iceland),  Alexei Shirov (Latvia)
16 1994  Hannes Stefánsson (Iceland),  Vadim Zvjaginsev (Russia),  Evgeny Pigusov (Russia)
17 1996  Simen Agdestein (Norway),  Predrag Nikolić (Bosnia and Herzegovina),  Jonathan Tisdall (Norway)
18 1998  Larry Christiansen (United States)
19 2000  Hannes Stefánsson (Iceland)
20 2002  Jaan Ehlvest (Estonia),  Oleg Korneev (Russia)
21 2004  Alexei Dreev (Russia),  Vladimir Epishin (Russia),  Emil Sutovsky (Israel) ,
 Jan Timman (Netherlands),  Levon Aronian (Germany),[3]  Igor-Alexandre Nataf (France),
 Jaan Ehlvest (Estonia),  Robert Markuš (Serbia and Montenegro)
22 2006  Gabriel Sargissian (Armenia),  Ahmed Adly (Egypt),  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan),
 Igor-Alexandre Nataf (France),  Pentala Harikrishna (India)
23 2008  Wang Hao (China),  Hannes Stefánsson (Iceland),  Wang Yue (China)
24 2009  Héðinn Steingrímsson (Iceland),  Yuriy Kryvoruchko (Ukraine),  Hannes Stefánsson (Iceland)
25 2010  Ivan Sokolov (Bosnia and Herzegovina),  Yuri Kuzubov (Ukraine),  Abhijeet Gupta (India),
 Hannes Stefánsson (Iceland)
26 2011  Yuri Kuzubov (Ukraine),  Ivan Sokolov (Netherlands),  Vladimir Baklan (Ukraine),
 Kamil Miton (Poland),  Jon Ludvig Hammer (Norway),  Illia Nyzhnyk (Ukraine)
27 2012  Fabiano Caruana (Italy)
28 2013  Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine),  Wesley So (Philippines),  Bassem Amin (Egypt)
29 2014  Li Chao (China)
30 2015  Erwin l'Ami (Netherlands)
31 2016  Abhijeet Gupta (India)
32 2017  Anish Giri (Netherlands)
33 2018  Baskaran Adhiban (India)
34 2019  Constantin Lupulescu (Romania)
35 2020 The 2020 event was cancelled due to the coronavirus epidemic.[4]
37 2022  Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (India)[5]
38 2023  Nils Grandelius (Sweden)[6]


  1. ^ "50 years since first Reykjavik Open". 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  2. ^ "London Candidates Tournament of the Year 2013". ACP. 2014-05-02. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Reykjavik Open 2004 July 2004 Iceland FIDE Chess Tournament report".
  4. ^ Cancellation of the 2020 Reykjavik Open
  5. ^ "Indian GM Praggnanandhaa wins Reykjavik Open chess". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 2022-04-14.
  6. ^ Olafsson, Helgi (2023-04-05). "Grandelius sigurvegari í elleftu tilraun". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic).

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