The Reykjavik Opencame to an end. Pavel Eljanovand Wesley So arrived to the last round as leaders and did not take long to sign a draw – it took them just 3 moves. All we can say about the game is that So had prepared the Grunfeld against 1.d4.
The players decided to go for a share of the first prize instead of risking losing it all. Out of the six players that were in position to catch up with them, Egyptian GM Amin Bassem was the one who joined them at the top.
Ivan Cheparinov played against the youngest GM in the world, Wei Yi. The Bulgarian was a rook down, but had two pawns and the initiative for it. At move 37, he went for a perpetual check to save the draw.
Anish Giri was an exchange down against Gawain Jones, and the Englishman even had the initiative, but the first seed was able to equalize and finish the tournament with a very respectable score of 7.5/10.
Polish GM Grzegorz Gajewski had a very good tournament before the last round, but was not able to hold Amin Bassem in today’s round. The Egyptian played with white and the players went into an interesting line arising from the Sicilian Defense. Amin won a pawn, but it did not seem enough to get the full point. Gajewski made some inaccuracies in the rook endgame and the Egyptian eventually won the game after 52 moves.
The winners of last year’s World Junior Championships for men and women faced each other at the last round of the Reykjavik Open.
Turkish GM Alexander Ipatov defeated Women’s Junior World Champion WGM Guo Qi in 50 moves. The Chinese played a Queen’s Gambit Declined and Ipatov decided to give up the bishop pair in exchange of the initiative. The rooks endgame was slightly complicated and the Turkish star demonstrated that he is very well prepared in this part of the game.
With this result, Alexander Ipatov finished on 7/10, winning a few rating points. Guo Qi stayed on 6/10, but also got some extra rating points. She had two remarkable games in this tournament: she drew with GM Gawain Jones and defeated GM Yuriy Kuzubov.
Final Standings (t0p finishers):
|10||GM||Jones Gawain C B||ENG||2637||7.5|
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