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20-02-2013, 11:46 PM
The Icelandic Chess Federation holds there annual Reykjavik Open and our very own Andrew Bird is playing in the event. Seeded 91st in the tournament out of 227 players.

Andrew won his first round and lost his second to 37th seed, WGM Qian Huang from China.

The schedule is as follows:

February 20th Wednesday 9:30 2nd round
16.30 3rd round
February 21st Thursday 16:30 4th round
February 22nd Friday 16:30 5th round
February 23th Saturday 13:00 6th round
February 24th Sunday 13:00 7th round
February 25th Monday 16:30 8th round
February 26th Tuesday 16:30 9th round
February 27th Wednesday 12:00 10th round
Closing Ceremony 18.00

All times are local time. Iceland is 11 hours behind Australia.

All results can be found at the following link:


20-02-2013, 11:54 PM
All times are local time. Iceland is 11 hours behind Australia.

For people outside of NSW/Vic/Tas, Reykjavik local timezone is GMT+0, which is 10.5 hours behind Adelaide, 10 hours behind Brisbane, 9.5 hours behind Darwin and 8 hours behind Perth. (And 13 hours behind New Zealand unless you're somewhere weird like the Chatham Islands).

25-02-2013, 12:25 PM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 25th February 2013.

The Prime Minister of Iceland Johanna Siguroardottir in her opening speech at the 28th Reykjavik tournament stressed the importance of chess for the country which is a national sport in Iceland.

GM Pavel Eljanov (29) from Kharkov, Ukraine rated 2678 has taken the sole lead with 5.5/6 in the 227 player open event which includes 46 grandmasters.

Former NSW Champion Andrew Bird of Sydney seeded 91 and rated 2223 has scored 3/6 consisting of 3/3 against players rated below 2435 and 0/3 from opponents rated above 2435.

04-03-2013, 10:25 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 4th March 2013.

Wei Yi Grandmaster at Thirteen
Peter Parr

International Master Wei Yi of China has become the youngest grandmaster in the world at the age of 13 years, 8 months. He is the fourth youngest grandmaster in history. Sergey Karjakin UKR in 2002 was the youngest ever at 12 years, 7 months ; Parimarjan Negi IND in 2006 and Magnus Carlsen NOR in 2004 were both 13 year and 4 months.

Wei Yi won the world youth under 12 in 2010 (Australian Open Champion Bobby Cheng of Melbourne won the event in 2009) and scored his first two grandmaster norms in the World Junior in Greece and at an open tournament in Indonesia. Wei Yi was born in Jiang zhou and now lives in Beijing. Wei Yi scored his third and final grandmaster norm after defeating super-GM M. Vachier-Lagrave who himself had become a GM at the age of 14 in 2005.

Wei,Yi (2501) - Vachier-Lagrave,Maxime (2715) [B51]
Reykjavik Open 2013 (8)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.00 Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6 7.Bf1 Bg4 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 e5 10.d5 Nd4 11.Be3 Nxf3+ 12.gxf3 Bd7 13.a4 Nh5 14.Qb3 g5? 15.Qxb7! Rg8 16.Nd2 g4 17.fxg4 Rb8 18.Qxa6 Rxg4+ 19.Kh1 f5? 20.exf5 Rxb2 21.Be2 Nf6 22.Nc4 Rxe2 23.Rxe2 Bxf5 24.f3 Rg6 25.Rg1 Kf7 26.Rxg6 hxg6 27.Bg5 Be7 28.Bxf6 Kxf6 29.Nxe5! Qb8 30.Ng4+ Kg5 31.Rxe7 Qb1+ 32.Kg2 Bd3 33.Qa7 10

Final scores of the Reykjavik Open (227 players including 46 grandmasters from 37 federations, 10 rounds):- P.Eljanov (UKR 2678),W.So (PHI 2684) and B.Amin (EGY 2631) 8. Wei Yi scored 7.5 (2661 performance). Andrew Bird of Sydney ( 2005 NSW Champion) scored five out of ten defeating all five opponents rated below 2385 with the black pieces but losing to 3 grandmasters and 2 IMs all rated above 2385 with the white pieces.