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Hannes Stefansson
Number of games in database: 894
Years covered: 1987 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2570 (2499 rapid, 2535 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2600

Overall record: +298 -190 =325 (56.6%)*
   * 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 (90) 
    B90 B42 B47 B33 B80
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C95 C67 C78 C92 C84
 King's Indian (36) 
    E60 E67 E63 E62 E94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C95 C84 C92 C99 C97
 French Defense (22) 
    C11 C18 C14 C10 C01
 Grunfeld (21) 
    D85 D76 D78 D79 D73
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (97) 
    B47 B22 B43 B66 B42
 Ruy Lopez (66) 
    C78 C65 C67 C69 C92
 Queen's Indian (43) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (38) 
    E32 E21 E53 E46 E20
 Semi-Slav (32) 
    D43 D45 D47 D49 D46
 English, 1 c4 e5 (20) 
    A29 A28 A20 A22 A27
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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 S Kasparov, 2001 1-0
   Stefansson vs J Herms Agullo, 2011 1-0
   Adams vs Stefansson, 1987 0-1
   Stefansson vs J Rukavina, 2010 1-0
   Stefansson vs Karpov, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Stefansson vs L Bruzon Batista, 2002 1/2-1/2
   Stefansson vs E Hedman, 2002 1-0
   Stefansson vs Z Franco Ocampos, 2002 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

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

   B Chatalbashev vs Stefansson (Oct-30-16) 1/2-1/2
   Z S Ilic vs Stefansson (Oct-28-16) 1/2-1/2
   Stefansson vs A Karpatchev (Oct-27-16) 1/2-1/2
   H Teske vs Stefansson (Oct-26-16) 1/2-1/2
   Stefansson vs Madhan Barath (Oct-24-16) 1-0

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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 894  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Petursson vs Stefansson  1-027 1987 Ch Iceland IcelandA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
2. Blatny vs Stefansson  1-020 1987 Baguio CityB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
3. P Cramling vs Stefansson  1-041 1987 Gausdal IntD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Adams vs Stefansson 0-154 1987 UB01 Scandinavian
5. Stefansson vs Degraeve  1-038 1987 Wch U18B33 Sicilian
6. Stefansson vs Polugaevsky  ½-½51 1988 Reykjavik opA13 English
7. Stefansson vs J Magnusson  1-029 1988 StockholmB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
8. Judit Polgar vs Stefansson 1-034 1988 EgilsstadirB01 Scandinavian
9. Stefansson vs Petursson  ½-½69 1988 It Reykjavik (Iceland) (01)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Stefansson vs Zsofia Polgar  ½-½39 1989 It (open), New York (USA)B49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. Stefansson vs Romanishin  1-038 1989 Moscow GMA-opE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
12. Vyzmanavin vs Stefansson  1-046 1989 Cup World (open)A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
13. Stefansson vs B Jonsson  ½-½28 1989 It (cat.9)C55 Two Knights Defense
14. Stefansson vs K Lerner  0-171 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenB89 Sicilian
15. Murey vs Stefansson  ½-½31 1989 World Cup-opD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Stefansson vs C Hansen  ½-½41 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenB06 Robatsch
17. Gavrikov vs Stefansson  1-090 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. E Lobron vs Stefansson  0-133 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenB01 Scandinavian
19. Dreev vs Stefansson  0-139 1989 Groningen (Netherlands)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Stefansson vs Topalov ½-½78 1989 ArnhemC16 French, Winawer
21. Stefansson vs P Popovic  ½-½28 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenA15 English
22. Balashov vs Stefansson  1-042 1989 ReykjavikB06 Robatsch
23. Stefansson vs Csom  1-039 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenB57 Sicilian
24. Miles vs Stefansson  1-026 1989 New York opD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Van Wely vs Stefansson  0-131 1989 EU-chJ U20 ArnhemE20 Nimzo-Indian
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 894  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."
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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