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J L Arnason 
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Jon Loftur Arnason
Number of games in database: 345
Years covered: 1977 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2493 (2356 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2555
Overall record: +85 -99 =160 (48.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (77) 
    B92 B83 B84 B93 B42
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C91 C92 C82 C95 C78
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B92 B93 B90 B99 B91
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B17 B18 B16 B14 B12
 Sicilian Scheveningen (17) 
    B83 B84 B82
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C91 C92 C95 C84 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (47) 
    B90 B82 B83 B22 B45
 Queen's Indian (26) 
    E12 E15 E13 E17 E16
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E48 E20 E52 E32 E22
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B92 B93
 Modern Benoni (9) 
    A77 A63 A65 A60 A70
 English, 1 c4 e5 (9) 
    A20 A22 A29 A21
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J L Arnason vs Dreev, 1990 1-0
   J L Arnason vs Nunn, 1990 1-0
   J L Arnason vs Pribyl, 1987 1-0
   Zsuzsa Polgar vs J L Arnason, 1989 0-1
   Korchnoi vs J L Arnason, 1987 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   European Team Championship (2015)

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(born Nov-13-1960, 55 years old) Iceland

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Jón Loftur Árnason was awarded the IM title in 1979 and became a GM in 1986. He was World Under 16 Champion in 1977 and Icelandic champion in the same year. He won the national championship again in 1982 and 1988. He also won 1st prizes at Husavik 1985 and Plovdiv 1986 and tied for 1st at Helsinki 1986.

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 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 345  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J L Arnason vs Kasparov 0-140 1977 Cagnes sur merB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. Dolmatov vs J L Arnason  1-044 1977 EU-ch 7778 U20B40 Sicilian
3. J L Arnason vs K Mokry  1-041 1977 EU-ch 7778 U20B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. Lombardy vs J L Arnason  1-037 1978 It (open)B33 Sicilian
5. J L Arnason vs K Mokry  ½-½31 1978 BohemiansB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
6. J L Arnason vs G Kuzmin  1-023 1978 Reykjavik Iceland chC34 King's Gambit Accepted
7. J L Arnason vs E Raaste  ½-½51 1978 Telechess ol1 7778C16 French, Winawer
8. J L Arnason vs Larsen 0-127 1978 ReykjavikC34 King's Gambit Accepted
9. G Bordonada vs J L Arnason 1-033 1978 Buenos Aires ol (Men)B33 Sicilian
10. J L Arnason vs Miles 0-150 1978 ReykjavikB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. J L Arnason vs Smejkal  ½-½52 1978 ReykjavikB06 Robatsch
12. J L Arnason vs Filip  ½-½41 1979 Rubinstein MemC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
13. Vasiukov vs J L Arnason  1-074 1979 Prague BohemiansC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
14. J L Arnason vs A Planinc 1-017 1979 Rubinstein memC78 Ruy Lopez
15. J L Arnason vs J Ambroz  ½-½39 1979 Prague BohemiansC19 French, Winawer, Advance
16. G Timoshchenko vs J L Arnason  ½-½41 1979 Rubinstein memB41 Sicilian, Kan
17. Jansa vs J L Arnason 1-037 1979 Polanica ZdrojC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
18. J L Arnason vs P Ostberg  ½-½33 1979 Nordic-chC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. J L Arnason vs Kasparov 0-158 1980 DortmundB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. J L Arnason vs R Henley  ½-½31 1980 Lone PineC34 King's Gambit Accepted
21. J L Arnason vs E Torre  ½-½47 1980 SochiC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Joel Benjamin vs J L Arnason  ½-½41 1980 01, Manhattan CCD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. J L Arnason vs L Christiansen 1-050 1980 Lone PineB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
24. J L Arnason vs Alburt  ½-½44 1980 06, Manhattan CCB03 Alekhine's Defense
25. Balashov vs J L Arnason  ½-½20 1980 Lone PineD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-03-04  Helloween: A truly creative player. Many of his games contain interesting and unique ideas. Often, he likes to initiate wild tactical struggles. He has victories over former world championship challengers Korchnoi and Short, has drawn former world champions Petrosian and Karpov, and has many other impressive games against top GMs. He has over 30 years of tournament experience under his belt.
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  Benzol: Jon Loftur Arnason
Born 13th November 1960
He became an IM in 1979 and was Icelandic champion and World under-16 champion in 1979.
Dec-21-04  WMD: <Icelandic champion and World under-16 champion in 1979> Should be 1977.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <WMD> Thanks, I should have picked up that one up myself. Please feel free to correct any mistakes in these biographical postings.
May-06-05  PivotalAnorak: Did he also give up chess to become a lawyer, just like his colleagues Johann Hjartarson and Margeir Petursson ? Too bad for Icelandic chess, but hey it's their choice.
Dec-20-05  karlth: He is a business graduate. Of the first 6 first Icelandic grandmasters 4 are laywers.
Nov-14-08  BIDMONFA: Jon Loftur Arnason


Nov-14-08  mikhs: <Jon Loftur Arnason born 1960 was awarded the IM title in 1979 and became a GM in 1986. He was also World Under 16 Champion in 1977>

That makes him 17 years old at that time...How could he have won the "Under 16" world championship?

Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: <That makes him 17 years old at that time...How could he have won the "Under 16" world championship?>

There was a special accomodation made as he was young for his age.

Aug-12-10  Xeroxx: Whats the deal with Iceland and chess?
Jun-24-11  Dionysius1: <Xeroxx> Long knights perhaps?
Nov-04-11  Xeroxx: How long is the knight?
Jan-24-12  galdur: GMs Helgi Olafsson and Jon L. Arnason

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