Everything is set for the 2017 Icelandic Chess Championship. The championship will take place in Hafnarfjordur between the 10th of May and the 20th of May.
This year there are 3 GM’s, headlined by multiple Icelandic Champion Hannes Stefansson. Last years winner Johann Hjartarson is not playing this year leaving the door open for others.
Other former champions in the field include: GM Hedinn Steingrimsson (3x), IM Gudmundur Kjartansson (1x) and GM Throstur Thorhallsson (1x).
This year some young players get a chance to make their mark as 13 year old Vignir Vatnar Stefansson (2334) faces a tough task and he is joined by two more juniors, FM Dagur Ragnarsson (2320) and Bardur Orn Birkisson (2162).
Rounding out the field are tournament veterans IM Bjorn Thorfinnsson and FM’s Gudmundur Gislason and local (Hafnarfjordur) FM Sigurbjorn Bjornsson.
We look forward to some interesting chess starting next week!