Akureyri is the principial town of Northern Iceland with approximately 20.000 inhabitants. It‘s chessclub, Skákfélag Akureyrar, which for a long time has been the strongest and most active club outside the capital region, is currently celebrating it‘s 100th anniversary.

In the spring of 2019 the club will be hosting the Icelandic Open – Akureyri Centennial Chess tournament. The venue is the Hof Cultural Center in the center of the town, overlooking the fjord and the magnificient mountains which surround the urban area.  For the players,  conditions will be near-to-perfect. For the traveller,  the visit to Akureyri and Northern Iceland is an unforgettable experience. The town is only 60 km south of the Arctic Circle, yet has a mild climate for it‘s latitude, sitting at the end of Icelands longest fjord and sheltered by mountains reaching 1000-1500 m. With luck you can experience summer temperatures already in the beginning of June. As the summer solstice is coming closer, the nights are getting lighter, and it is only dark for 2-3 hours at this time of the year.

Akureyri is the centre of trade and services in northern Iceland. Whith a vibrant university it is also a town of culture and education. The town offers a wide range of activities and interesting places e.g. notable museums, the world’s most northerly botanic garden, one of Iceland’s most popular swimming facilities, a 18-hole golf course, good hiking trails and a free city bus. Akureyri is also a good base for many of Iceland’s most beautiful natural wonders as waterfalls, volcanic areas and canyons as well as exciting activities as river rafting, hiking, fishing, whale watching and horse riding.

So – for professionals and enthusiastic amateurs alike, the Icelandic Open in Akureyri offers unique possibilities for a real adventure!


Entry fees

  • GM/WGM/IM/WIM – Free
  • FM/WFM €60
  • Under 16 €60
  • Others €120



1 € 3.000
2 € 1.700
3 € 1200
4 € 800
5 € 500

6 € 400

Open total € 7.600

Special prizes for women

1 € 800
2 € 500
3 € 300

Total € 1.600

Special prizes for U22

1 € 800
2 € 500
3 € 300

Total € 1.600

Special prizes for Icelandic Champions

Champion Open IKR 60.000

Champion Women IKR 60.000

Champion U-22 IKR 40.000

Total approx. € 1.200


All prizes total € 12.000

General prizes (open, women and U22) will be split according to the Hort-system between players with equal number of points. Prizes for Icelandic Champions will not be split.

All prizes will be paid by electronic wire transfer.


A player can be eligible for more than one prize, (a woman player under 22 can win a prize in all three categories). The same goes for Icelandic Champions.

Below is the results from the 2018 Icleandic Open. A link to the 2019 registration will be provided when opened!

Registered Players

The organizer reserve the right to make minor changes to the schedule, if necessary. Dates will not be changed.

Round                                  Date                     Start

Registration                         25 May               12-14:30

1st          Saturday              25 May                15:00

2nd        Sunday                 26 May                10:00

3rd         Sunday                 26 May                17:00

4th         Monday               27 May                15:00

5th         Tuesday               28 May                15:00

6th         Wednesday       29 May                15:00

7th         Thursday             30 May                15:00

8th         Friday                   31 May                15:00

9th         Saturday              1 June                  11:00

Closing Ceremony           Saturday             18:00

  • 9 rounds Swiss: Swiss system by Swiss Manager
  • Rate of play is 90 mins for 40 moves + 30 minutes after move 40. 30 second increment for each move throughout the game. Open for all players. FIDE norms possible.
  • Players who wish to take two half-point bye in rounds 1-7 may do so, provided they give adequate notice.
  • The default time is 30 minutes. Any player who arrives at the chessboard after the default time – 30 minutes – shall lose the game unless the arbiter decides otherwise.
  • There is no draw restriction rule in effect. Players can offer or agree to a draw at any time during the game.
  • Electronic devices/mobile phones are not allowed. During a game, a player is forbidden to have a mobile phone, electronic means of communication, or any device capable of suggesting chess moves on their person in the playing venue. However, such devices can be stored in a player´s bag, as long as the device is completely switched off. A player is forbidden to carry a bag holding such a device, without permission of the arbiter. If it is evident that a player has such a device on their person in the playing venue, the player shall lose the game. The opponent shall win.


Tie-break system

If there is a tie for the title of Icelandic Champion, (open, women or U-22) the title shall be decided by the Fide recommended Tie-Break System, as follows:

Buchholz Cut 1



Direct encounter

The greater number of wins including forfeits

The greater number of wins with Black pieces




Prizes will be divided by Hort-system among equally ranked players.


Tournement director: IM Áskell Örn Kárason

Chief Arbiter: IA Kristjan Orn Eliasson

Arbiter: IM Áskell Örn Kárason

The Appeals Committee

The Icelandic Chess Federation’s appeal comitte (Dómstóll Sí).