Thursday, March 17, 2011

2011 Reykjavik Chess Festival

I've been following this event for many years and it always attracts a strong contingent of female players.  This year, the Nordic Chess Championships (Open and Women) were held in conjunction with the big Reykjavic Open that attracts top talent from around the world.

The chess dudes took all the top spots in this year's Open.

Here are the results for the chess femmes (Open and Women's Nordic Championship):

You can find the complete lists of all special prizes and section winners here.

Overall, the best female finisher in the Open (166 players)  was IM Dronavalli Harika of India (2524)(, who finished in 24th place overall with 6.0, but her peformance rating was sub-par and she actually will lose 6.4 ELO points. WGM Anna Sharevich of Bulgaria (2323) finished a distant second in the women's ratings in 48th place with 5.0 but gained 24.8 ELO points, so an excellent result for Sharevich!  India IM Karavade Eesha (2330) finished in 54th place overall with 5.0. IM Sophie Milliet of France (2369) finished in 52nd place overall with 5.0.

The best finish by an American player was GM Josh Friedel who finished in 23rd place overall with 6.0; GM Robert Hess finished in 29th place overall with 5.5. 
Full final standings of the Open available at 

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