My New York City and Reykjavik Experience!


Couple of months ago I decided to play in Reykjavik Open, especially because this tournament was during my break in College! I’d like to share my experiences I had at this event with all of you. This tournament was my first international open tournament ever and I am amazed at how much I liked it! I have played many tournaments where I represent Canada, but have never been to one where I went just for myself. Of course  I can’t be pleased with my result at this tournament but the experiences I had were amazing, this includes: visiting a new country, meeting new people/seeing old, and just a new tournament experience! I have to admit though, before this tournament, I had 3-4 very well played tournaments and for this tournament, I ended up not earning my expectations. Instead of gaining fide elo, I actually went into the opposite direction (losing 35). Anyways, this event showed me that I must work on my chess and stop focusing on different things in life during a tournament!

http://www.reykjavikopen.com/

Here is the final standings of the tournament: I included only top 20 on my page. If you’d like to see the rest please go to this link.

Sorry about the format of the table, I know it goes into the sidebar, but I do not know how to eliminate this problem.

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk. Name Typ sex FED RtgI RtgN Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3 Rp n w we w-we K rtg+/-
1 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 0 8.0 63.0 55.0 53.25 2799 10 8 6.10 1.90 10 19.0
2 GM So Wesley U20 PHI 2684 0 8.0 61.0 53.0 52.50 2753 10 8 6.77 1.23 0 0.0
3 GM Amin Bassem EGY 2631 0 8.0 56.5 49.0 49.00 2658 10 8 6.99 1.01 10 10.1
4 GM Giri Anish U18 NED 2722 0 7.5 62.0 54.0 48.25 2733 10 7.5 6.91 0.59 10 5.9
5 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2709 0 7.5 61.0 53.0 47.25 2685 10 7.5 7.37 0.13 10 1.3
6 IM Wei Yi U14 CHN 2501 0 7.5 60.5 52.5 46.00 2661 10 7.5 5.01 2.49 10 24.9
7 GM Dziuba Marcin POL 2602 0 7.5 60.0 52.0 46.00 2619 10 7.5 6.87 0.63 10 6.3
8 GM Ding Liren U20 CHN 2709 0 7.5 58.0 50.0 44.50 2601 10 7.5 7.75 -0.25 10 -2.5
9 NM Norowitz Yaacov USA 2432 0 7.5 57.5 50.0 46.00 2547 10 7.5 5.56 1.94 0 0.0
10 GM Jones Gawain C B ENG 2637 0 7.5 57.5 50.0 45.50 2664 10 7.5 6.71 0.79 10 7.9
11 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2644 0 7.5 53.0 45.5 42.25 2547 9 7 7.09 -0.09 10 -0.9
12 GM Yu Yangyi U18 CHN 2688 0 7.0 62.5 54.5 44.75 2666 10 7 6.79 0.21 10 2.1
13 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime FRA 2715 0 7.0 62.0 54.0 44.00 2647 10 7 7.32 -0.32 10 -3.2
14 GM Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2644 0 7.0 60.5 52.5 43.25 2649 10 7 6.41 0.59 10 5.9
15 GM Ipatov Alexander U20 TUR 2569 0 7.0 58.5 51.0 42.50 2565 10 7 6.65 0.35 10 3.5
16 GM L’ami Erwin NED 2622 0 7.0 58.5 51.0 41.00 2618 10 7 6.53 0.47 10 4.7
17 GM Yilmaz Mustafa U20 TUR 2531 0 7.0 58.0 50.5 42.75 2565 10 7 6.08 0.92 10 9.2
18 GM Shulman Yury USA 2563 0 7.0 58.0 50.5 41.25 2580 10 7 6.31 0.69 10 6.9
19 GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2609 0 7.0 57.0 49.5 42.00 2584 10 7 6.85 0.15 10 1.5
20 GM Navara David CZE 2710 0 Mahrla Praha 7.0 56.5 48.5 41.25 2588 10 7 7.95 -0.95 10 -9.5

And here is my result:

CAN

Name Orlova Yelizaveta
Title WCM
Starting rank 139
Rating national 0
Rating international 1978
Ratingperformance 1764
FIDE rtg +/- -35.8
Points 4.5
Rank 159
Federation CAN
Ident-Number 0
Fide-ID 2601826
Rd. Bo. SNo Name RtgI RtgN FED Club/City Pts. Res. we w-we K rtg+/-
1 27 26 GM Maze Sebastien 2556 0 FRA 6.0 w 0 0.08 -0.08 15 -1.20
2 81 196 Ramtin Raman 1661 1661 IRI 2.0 s 1 0.87 0.13 15 1.95
3 50 70 FM Kvisvik Brede 2314 2314 NOR Kristiansund 5.5 w 0 0.12 -0.12 15 -1.80
4 86 202 Jacobsen Trond 1610 1381 NOR SK1911 2.5 s ½ 0.90 -0.40 15 -6.00
5 82 209 Davidsdottir Nansy 1479 0 ISL Fjölnir 3.5 w 0 0.92 -0.92 15 -13.80
6 88 175 Bauza Mercere Eduardo 1809 0 ARG 3.5 s 0 0.72 -0.72 15 -10.80
7 98 218 Hrafnsson Hilmir 1331 1235 ISL Fjölnir 3.0 s 1 0.92 0.08 15 1.20
8 84 185 Leosson Atli Johann 1736 1826 ISL KR 4.5 w ½ 0.80 -0.30 15 -4.50
9 83 189 Seim Fredrik 1714 0 NOR 4.0 s 1 0.82 0.18 15 2.70
10 78 176 Hyotyla Tapio 1792 1834 SUI 4.5 w ½ 0.74 -0.24 15 -3.60

I’d also like to show my most favorite game in this tournament which I played — before I started blundering pieces in the rest of my games.

Round 3: WCM Yelizaveta Orlova (1978) – FM Brede Kvisvik (2314) 

The real reason I am proud of myself for this game is because I am probably the worst chess player ever in time trouble…and managed to not lose by time before move 40 🙂 (I began to have time trouble at move 17, I had less than 10 minutes on the clock and still had 23 more moves to get the next time control!)

1. Nf3 g6 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bg7 6. e3 Qb6 7. c3 Nf6 8. O-O
O-O 9. Nd2 d5 10. Qb3 Qc5 11. Qb5 Qd6 12. N2b3 e5 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Qc5 Qe6 15.
Na5 Bd7 16. c4 Rfc8 17. Qa3 Bf8 18. c5 Qe7 19. b4 Bf5 20. Bb2 Rab8 21. Rfd1 Bg7
22. Bc3 Ne4 23. Be1 Ng5 24. h4 Ne4 25. f3 Nf6 26. g4 Be6 27. Rac1 e4 28. g5 Nh5
29. f4 Bg4 30. Rd2 d4 31. Nc4 dxe3 32. Nxe3 Bf3 33. Bxf3 exf3 34. f5 Be5 35.
Bf2 Nf4 36. Re1 Qc7 37. Kf1 Nh3 38. Ng4 Re8 39. Qxf3 Nxf2 40. Nxe5 Rxe5 41.
Rxe5 Qxe5 42. Rxf2 gxf5 43. Qxf5 Qxf5 44. Rxf5 Rxb4 45. Rf6 Rxh4 46. Rxc6 Ra4
47. Rc8+ Kg7 48. c6 Rxa2 49. c7 Rc2 50. Ke1 a5 51. Kd1 Rc6 52. Kd2 a4 53. Kd3
a3 54. Kd4 a2 55. Ra8 Rxc7 56. Rxa2 Re7 57. Kd5 Re1 58. Rg2 Re6 59. Rg1 Kg6 60.
Rg2 Ra6 61. Ke5 Ra5+ 62. Kf4 Rf5+ 0-1

After this game, I was quite upset that I did not beat or at least draw this FM. The rest of the tournament ended up being horrible. This tournament showed me that one loss can really affect someone’s future games, but it doesn’t mean you have to allow this to happen to you. I was not in a fighting mood after this game, which shows in the rest of my results.

New York City, USA – Feb 17, 2013 

Arrived to New York City for my flight. Had a lot of time in between so was with family in Manhattan for couple of hours!

Rekjavik, Iceland – Feb 18, 2013 – Feb 28, 2013

Photos from my whole trip. Including the Golden Circle Tour which was offered for chess player–I got to see Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot spring and Bobby Fischer´s final resting place!

Side Events: 

Lunch Lecture with GM Alexander Ipatov, , “Even Steven” Blitz Tournament, & Soccer Match: Iceland VS Rest of the World.

http://www.reykjavikopen.com/side-events-calendar/

Interviews for Beauty and Chess Geek Youtube Channel!

http://www.youtube.com/BeautyandChessGeek – Don’t forget! Share, Like, and Subscribe!!!

GM Alexander Ipatov – Current World Junior Chess Champion

http://youtu.be/HQOvc3UqKdk

Also, you can check out Alexander’s Facebook Page & Website

IM Hjörvar Steinn Grétarsson – Strong Icelandic Chess Player

http://youtu.be/kyx6Ir1vyHw

Also, there was a blog post written on the Reykjavik Open 2013 Website about this interview, click here to see it.

WIM Arlette Van Weersel – Strong Women Netherland Player

http://youtu.be/JjcZ6L9L9Ak

Please rate/like the interviews 🙂 & don’t forget to share them with your friends!

Feb 28, 2013 – March 3, 2013 – New York City, USA

On the way back from my Icelandic trip, I decided to stay with family for couple of more days before going back to Toronto, Canada!

Thank you for reading this long post! 🙂

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