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Hannes Stefansson
Number of games in database: 900
Years covered: 1987 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2566 (2499 rapid, 2516 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2600

Overall record: +302 -192 =325 (56.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 81 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (91) 
    B42 B90 B47 B33 B32
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C95 C78 C67 C92 C84
 King's Indian (36) 
    E60 E67 E62 E63 E94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C95 C84 C92 C97 C99
 French Defense (22) 
    C11 C18 C14 C01 C03
 Grunfeld (21) 
    D85 D76 D78 D73 D79
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (97) 
    B47 B22 B43 B66 B42
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C78 C65 C67 C92 C69
 Queen's Indian (43) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Nimzo Indian (38) 
    E32 E21 E46 E53 E49
 Semi-Slav (32) 
    D43 D45 D47 D49 D46
 Sicilian Taimanov (20) 
    B47 B48 B49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Stefansson vs L Bruzon Batista, 2001 1-0
   Stefansson vs J Norqvist, 1998 1-0
   Stefansson vs J Herms Agullo, 2011 1-0
   Stefansson vs S Kasparov, 2001 1-0
   Adams vs Stefansson, 1987 0-1
   Stefansson vs J Rukavina, 2010 1-0
   Stefansson vs Degraeve, 1987 1-0
   Stefansson vs Z Franco Ocampos, 2002 1-0
   Stefansson vs Karpov, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Stefansson vs Hjartarson, 2005 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   European Individual Championship (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2001 Capablanca memorial (elite) by gauer

   Sarin Nihal vs Stefansson (Apr-27-17) 0-1
   Stefansson vs S Guramishvili (Apr-23-17) 0-1
   Jobava vs Stefansson (Apr-22-17) 1-0
   Stefansson vs Lance Henderson de La Fuente (Apr-21-17) 1-0
   O Johannsson vs Stefansson (Apr-20-17) 0-1

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(born Jul-18-1972, 44 years old) Iceland

[what is this?]
IM (1988); GM (1993); World U16 Champion (1987); Iceland Champion (1998, 1999, 2001-2008, 2013).


<Youth> Won the World U16 Championship in 1987 staged in Innsbruck in Austria.

<Junior> Runner up to Rune Djurhuus at the 1991 European Junior Championship staged in Arnhem, Netherlands.

<National> He is 11-times Iceland champion, most recently in 2013. (1)


He won Acropolis International (1993) in Athens and was =1st with Hedinn Steingrimsson, Yuriy Kryvoruchko and Mihail Marin in the Reykjavik Open (2009). Won the 2015 Teplice Open on tiebreak ahead of Evgeny Postny.

(1) Wikipedia article: Icelandic Chess Championship

Wikipedia article: Hannes Stefansson

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 900  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Adams vs Stefansson 0-1541987UB01 Scandinavian
2. Stefansson vs Degraeve  1-0381987Wch U18B33 Sicilian
3. Petursson vs Stefansson  1-0271987Ch Iceland IcelandA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
4. P Cramling vs Stefansson  1-0411987Gausdal IntD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Blatny vs Stefansson  1-0201987Baguio CityB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
6. Judit Polgar vs Stefansson 1-0341988EgilsstadirB01 Scandinavian
7. Stefansson vs Petursson  ½-½691988It Reykjavik (Iceland) (01)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Stefansson vs Polugaevsky  ½-½511988Reykjavik opA13 English
9. Stefansson vs J Magnusson  1-0291988StockholmB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. Dreev vs Stefansson  0-1391989Groningen (Netherlands)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Stefansson vs Topalov ½-½781989ArnhemC16 French, Winawer
12. Balashov vs Stefansson  1-0421989ReykjavikB06 Robatsch
13. Stefansson vs K Lerner  0-1711989Moscow GMA-OpenB89 Sicilian
14. Stefansson vs C Hansen  ½-½411989Moscow GMA-OpenB06 Robatsch
15. Stefansson vs Zsofia Polgar  ½-½391989It (open), New York (USA)B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. Gavrikov vs Stefansson  1-0901989Moscow GMA-OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
17. Stefansson vs Romanishin  1-0381989Moscow GMA-opE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
18. Vyzmanavin vs Stefansson  1-0461989Cup World (open)A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
19. E Lobron vs Stefansson  0-1331989Moscow GMA-OpenB01 Scandinavian
20. Stefansson vs B Jonsson  ½-½281989It (cat.9)C55 Two Knights Defense
21. Murey vs Stefansson  ½-½311989World Cup-opD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Stefansson vs P Popovic  ½-½281989Moscow GMA-OpenA15 English
23. Stefansson vs Csom  1-0391989Moscow GMA-OpenB57 Sicilian
24. Miles vs Stefansson  1-0261989New York opD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Van Wely vs Stefansson  0-1311989EU-chJ U20 ArnhemE20 Nimzo-Indian
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 900  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: Hey, it's Tom Hanks! ;-) Run, Forrest, run!
Oct-29-04  fasting: Isn't this Tom Hanks guy from Iceland?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ron: I thought he was from Krakozia :)
Oct-30-04  aw1988: Lol Sneaky is right... he does bear an interesting resemblance!
Oct-30-04  jcmoral: He looks like he's asleep.
Oct-30-04  aw1988: Maybe he's playing Vladimir Kramnik... that could be the reason.
Jul-30-05  WMD: There must be something noteworthy about the player of the day, aside from his looking nothing like Tom Hanks. Come on, people, think.
Jul-30-05  OJC: Somewhat noteworthy is that he drew the much higher rated Radjabov today, allowing Iceland to avoid a clean sweep at the European team championships.
Jul-18-06  BIDMONFA: Hannes Stefansson


Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: A very good description you find here:
Jul-18-07  rozumim: Yes, indeed, a terrific description. Very thorough and informative. Now, if I could just read Polish....
Jul-18-07  Waitaka: So this guy has been the player of the day twice?
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Hannes!
Jul-25-08  GeauxCool: Stefansson vs D Magalashvili, 2008

After 22...b4

White to move and win:

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Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Reykjavik Open ended today, with Stefansson in 4th place:

Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Not surprising, the Iceland champion 2010 is Hannes Stefansson:

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  ketchuplover: Born during the match! (or close to it)
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Still have a fairly good tournament. +1 is not bad. He also held David Navara to a draw.

Stefansson vs Navara, 2012

Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Stefansson!
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: GM Hannes Stefansson scored 2.5/9 in Selfoss 2003. According to GM Nick de Firmian, "Stefansson's bad result had a reason a number of chess players could respect. He gave up drinking alcohol three weeks before the tournament, which must drastically upset a player's toutine."
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  twinlark: Congratulation on winning the Iceland Championship for the 12th time!
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  twinlark: Make that 11 times...
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  Penguincw: Congrats to 5th seed GM Hannes Stefansson (2580) for winning the "Open Teplice 2015 International Chess Tournament". He finished with 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3), edging out Evgeny Posny on tiebreaks.
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 11-time Icelandic Chess Championship champ GM Stefansson!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Infohunter: Happy Birthday to Hannes Stefánsson! Not only eleven-time Icelandic chess champion but also born during the Fischer-Spassky World Championship Match in Reykjavík.
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