GMs Pavel Eljanov, Wesley So and Bassem Amin Wins Reykjavik 2013

by:  joeyj   :   28  February 2013
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Bassem Amin (Egypt), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Wesley So (Philippines)

A 3-way tie for first place ensued at the Reykjavik Open 2013 when GM Pavel Eljanov and GM Wesley So, leaders the previous round, agreed to draw their final game (R10) at Board1 in just 3-moves to finish on top with 8.0/10 points.  But GM Bassem Amin, not to be left behind, scored a big win against the #10 seed GM Gajewski Grzegorz(POL)2644 at Board4 in the last round to join as one of the 3-winners.

 The Reykjavik Open 2013 held for the 28th time from 19-27 February, 2013 in Harpa, Reykjavik-Iceland’s spectacular 28,000 sqm. new music concert hall & conference centre was a very strong tournament participated by 227 players from 37 countries, including 35 grandmasters [ 5-hyper-GMs (2700+),  14-super-GMs (2600+)].

The event is a 10-round FIDE rated ‘Standard’ Swiss system with the top 3-winners sharing the 8250 Euros (total for 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes) and GM Eljanov getting slightly higher share based on the Hort system with the best Bucholz.

The 29-year-old GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR)2678, formerly the nr.1 rated grandmaster of Ukraine with a peak rating of 2761 (Sep 2010) making him then #6 in the world, scored 8.0/10  from  his 6Wins-4Draws-noLoss record and a performance rating of 2799. He  was  seeded #8 in this tournament.

The 19-year-old GM Wesley So (PHI)2684,  Philippines nr.1 rated grandmaster also scored 8.0/10  from  his 6Wins-4Draws-noLoss record and a performance rating of 2753. He was seeded #7.  GM Wesley So ‘LIVE Rating’ after R10 had soared to 2701.3 that breached the 2700 rating mark and now listed nr.51 in the 2700chess.com live ratings of the top chess players in the world..  According to his coach GM Susan Polgar @ Webster University, “Wesley So has become the 1st Filipino and American collegiate player to break the 2700 mark. It is a double achievement for Wesley!”

The 24-year-old GM Bassem Amin (EGY)2631  is Egypt nr.1 rated grandmaster scored 8.0/10 from his 7Wins-2Draws-1Loss record and a performance rating of 2658. He was seeded  #14.

Round 10 Game Results of the Top 10 Boards are as follows:

Top 16 Final Ranking after 10 Rounds:

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