Northern Lights Open: IM Nihal Sarin finishes joint second

Ever since Magnus Carlsen emerged as World Champion. His home country, Norway, is rapidly steering passion towards the game. Recently crowned World Junior Champion Aryan Tari, also hails from Norway. Tournaments in Nordic regions are becoming popular around the world—Reykjavik Open is a famous example.

The second edition of Northern Lights Open organized by Icelandic Chess Federation attracted a fair number of titled players, thus making it a strong event. It ran through November 10 to 15.  Chinese Grandmaster Xu Yinglun took home the winner’s prize of 1000 Euros.

13-year-old IM Nihal Sarin missed his second GM norm by a whisker. Nevertheless, he joined the 2500 rating club after this tournament.

Xu Yinglun (2518) showcased a solid performance and grabbed the pole position. He held Nihal Sarin to a draw in the 9th and last round . The half point gain was enough for GM Xu to clinch the victory in the tournament!

GM Simon Williams (2437) played a thriller against GM Aloyzas Kveinys (2545) on board 2 in the final round.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3 Rp w we w-we K rtg+/-
1 3 GM Yinglun Xu CHN 2518 6,5 48,0 37,5 33,50 2611 6,5 5,37 1,13 10 11,3
2 4 GM Stefansson Hannes ISL 2514 6,0 46,0 36,5 29,00 2551 6 5,48 0,52 10 5,2
3 9 GM Williams Simon K ENG 2437 6,0 45,0 35,5 28,75 2545 6 4,66 1,34 10 13,4
4 5 IM Sarin Nihal IND 2487 6,0 43,0 34,0 27,75 2575 6 4,94 1,06 10 10,6
5 2 GM Kveinys Aloyzas LTU 2545 5,5 49,0 38,5 28,50 2541 5,5 5,51 -0,01 10 -0,1
6 6 IM Yi Xu CHN 2465 5,5 48,5 38,5 29,00 2542 5,5 4,52 0,98 10 9,8
7 1 GM Gretarsson Hjorvar Steinn ISL 2571 5,5 41,0 32,5 22,75 2442 5,5 6,51 -1,01 10 -10,1
8 11 IM Thorfinnsson Bjorn ISL 2395 5,0 44,5 35,5 21,75 2426 5 4,52 0,48 10 4,8
9 10 GM Hansen Torbjorn Ringdal NOR 2406 5,0 44,0 34,5 21,50 2421 5 4,82 0,18 10 1,8
10 7 GM Hebden Mark L ENG 2460 4,5 45,5 35,5 19,50 2397 4,5 5,22 -0,72 10 -7,2
11 14 FM Stefansson Vignir Vatnar ISL 2294 4,5 40,0 30,5 17,75 2358 4,5 3,74 0,76 10 7,6
12 21 FM Jaksland Tim DEN 2168 4,5 38,0 29,5 15,50 2360 4,5 2,45 2,05 20 41,0
13 13 FM Gislason Gudmundur ISL 2318 4,5 35,5 27,0 15,25 2294 4,5 4,75 -0,25 20 -5,0
14 8 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi ISL 2443 4,0 42,0 33,0 15,25 2282 4 5,67 -1,67 10 -16,7
15 12 IM Jensson Einar Hjalti ISL 2372 4,0 41,5 32,0 18,00 2305 4 4,78 -0,78 20 -15,6
16 17 WGM Ptacnikova Lenka ISL 2232 4,0 32,0 24,0 13,00 2177 3 3,68 -0,68 20 -13,6
17 19 CM Heimisson Hilmir Freyr ISL 2190 4,0 31,0 24,0 12,75 2154 3 3,48 -0,48 40 -19,2
18 20 Ingvason Johann ISL 2172 3,5 33,5 25,0 10,75 2119 2,5 3,07 -0,57 20 -11,4
19 18 CM Birkisson Bardur Orn ISL 2198 3,5 33,0 26,0 12,00 2162 3,5 3,99 -0,49 40 -19,6
20 16 IM Kaufman Raymond USA 2266 2,5 39,0 30,0 11,00 2137 2,5 4,12 -1,62 20 -32,4
21 22 Birkisson Bjorn Holm ISL 2002 2,5 36,5 28,0 8,25 2187 2,5 1,26 1,24 40 49,6
22 15 FM Kumar Nikhil USA 2274 1,0 32,5 24,5 3,00 2038 1 2,46 -1,46 10 -14,6

Photos Courtesy: Gunnar Björnsson

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