Reykjavík Open 2018 01-04: IM Nihal Sarin in joint lead

Photos: Gerd Densing

The GAMMA Reykjavík Open 2018 – Bobby Fischer Memorial is a 9-round Swiss open taking place in Reykjavik, Iceland from 06-14 March 2018. The total prize fund is €15,000, with €5,000 for first place in the Main category. Players receive 90 min for 40 moves + 30 minutes after move 40. And increment of 30 sec. for every move starting from move one. The event began on Tuesday with 248 participants, out of which 11 are Indians.

The Venue

IM Nihal Sarin is in top form. He caused an upset on board 5 where he won with the white pieces against Egyptian Grandmaster Adly Ahmed. This win pushed him to join the tournament leaders.

Nihal created an upset in the earlier round by holding top-seed Hungarian GM Richard Rapport to a draw.

GM Adhiban Baskaran is trailing behind the leaders with 3.0/4 points. In the third round, he was paired against compatriot GM Sundararajan Kidambi. The game ended in a draw.

GM Vaibhav Suri began his campaign with three wins a row. But his winning streak came to a halt after he lost to GM Yilmaz Mustafa of Turkey on board one.

Talented IM Praggnanandhaa R had a smooth sailing in his game with against higher rated GM Cornette Matthieu of U.S.A.  Cornette had nothing in the position and a draw was soon agreed.

The tournament organizer Gunnar Bjornsson (center) sharing a light moment with chief guest GM Susan Polgar (right).

Pairings of the 5th round for IND

Rd. Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
5 3 19 GM Moradiabadi Elshan 2535 IM Sarin Nihal 2534 20
5 4 35 IM Haria Ravi 2424 3 GM Adhiban B. 2650 4
5 12 47 FM Shah Fenil 2346 3 3 GM Friedel Joshua 2562 16
5 13 48 WIM Unuk Laura 2346 3 3 GM Vaibhav Suri 2544 17
5 20 27 IM Praggnanandhaa R 2507 FM Dravid Shailesh 2246 70
5 22 33 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 2427 Johannsson Orn Leo 2206 78
5 46 65 Das Soham 2275 2 2 Jonsson Gauti Pall 2104 105
5 47 107 CM Petersson Baldur Teodor 2073 2 2 Navalgund Niranjan 2275 66
5 48 67 IM Mohota Nisha 2272 2 2 Ebner Johann 2070 108
5 71 131 WFM Mohota Swati 1991 2 2 Halldorsson Hjorleifur 1792 178