Icelandic Chess Grandmaster teams up with Karpov and Kasparov (Photos)

Jóhann Hjartarson, Icelandic chess grandmaster, is running for the board of the European Chess Union (ECU), together with for other European grandmasters.

The group supports former World champion Anatoly Karpov, who is running for presidency of FIDE, the world chess federation. Karpov is also supported by his long time foe, Gary Kasparov. The two played five times for the world title. Karpov followed Bobby Fischer as world champion in 1975 (Fischer did not defend his title) and was virtually unbeatable until Kasparov came along.

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One Marriage Law for All in Iceland, Gays Married in Churches

Althingi parliament passed a bill of laws yesterday stating that all citizens are to have access to the same marriage laws, regardless of their sexual preference. In all, 49 MPs voted for the laws but 14 MPs were absent.

Instead of the words “man and woman,” the law now reads “two individuals”. This means that gay people can now get married in churches and in civil ceremonies.

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Fear of Floods from Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Persist in Iceland

Authorities closed down Thórsmörk valley to traffic because of the danger of flash flooding down the Gígjökull glacier.

A lot of water seems to be sitting in the crater of Eyjafjallajökull glacier and this water is bound to burst down the Gígjökull glacier sooner or later. These waters will surge into the Markarfljót river which runs down Thórsmörk valley.

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Waiting List for Rolex Watches

The market for luxury watches and expensive flat screen TVs is growing in Iceland, according to shop owners who sell luxury items.

Frank Michelsen, the agent for Rolex watches in Iceland, says there is a waiting list for the Rolex Submarine watch and he predicts a fight over the watches when they arrive.

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