|Jan-03-05|| ||Benzol: Johann Hjartarson
Born 8th February 1963 in Reykjavik
An IM in 1984 and a GM in 1985.
He was Icelandic in 1980 and 1984.
|Jan-03-05|| ||BradMajors: <He was Icelandic in 1980 and 1984.>
He is also Icelandic now in 2005 :).
But yes, won strong interzonals in the past, a world championship candidate winning Korchnoi but losing to Karpov in the quarterfinal. Now mostly retired chess to become a lawyer.
|Jan-03-05|| ||Benzol: LOL. Cheers <Brad> Yes that should have been Icelandic champion but sometimes the brain is well ahead of the fingers.
He's probably making more money being a lawyer than he ever did from chess. |
|Jul-18-05|| ||Lord.Dracula: This guy was 1st= in an Interzonal and has beaten Korchnoi in a match! Why isn't he more known?|
|Jul-18-05|| ||mymt: <Lord.Dracula> get your teeth into this Korchnoi vs Hjartarson, 1988|
|Jul-18-05|| ||mymt: he is well known but mostly by older players who were around in the "80s"|
|Aug-11-05|| ||Joshka: <halldor> Do you know Johann? He just attended a Fischer lecture! Wonder if he has an ICC account?|
|Aug-21-05|| ||Joshka: Did Johann qualify for the Reykjavik championship that is going on? Believe the final round is today?|
|Aug-21-05|| ||Halldor: <Joshka> Yes, and I think he's still the strongest player here. He sometimes plays in blitz tournaments for fun. He quit his professional chess career when a flood of good but poor chessplayers came to the West after the fall of communism and times became hard for the western chessplayers. - I don't know if he has an ICC account. (Once I was a member there but I was too irregular player to justify the fee, idle for months. Still I miss it, esp. the direct broadcasts, maybe I start again later.)|
The final round of the Reykjavík championship is today (wish I had time to go but I have to work). Jóhann is not playing, but today he will be in the showroom analyzing for the spectators.
|Aug-23-05|| ||Joshka: <Halldor> Allright thanks for the update on the championship! Yes we all know only too well the phrase "but I have to work":-)....PS Thinking of travel to Iceland in 06 sometime, peak daylight hours are June 21st? and peak darkness is Dec. 21st?..thanks again for sharing!|
|Jan-04-06|| ||karlth: Hjartason was probably the strongest of the group of Icelandic Grandmasters that surfaced in the post Olafsson/Fischer vs Spassky era.|
His successful match against Korchnoi was a huge event in Iceland at the time.
Today he works as director of legal affairs at Decode, a biopharmaceutical company.
|Jan-13-06|| ||schnarre: <karlth> Does he still play from time to time?|
|Jan-13-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Johann Bjarni Hjartarson|
HJARTARSON, Johann B.
|Jan-13-06|| ||karlth: Yes he plays occasionally.|
|Feb-15-06|| ||schnarre: <karlth> Anything recently?|
|May-31-06|| ||Halldor: A comeback for Jóhann? He's now playing on the Icelandic Olympiad team in Turin.|
|Jul-27-08|| ||lostemperor: We all know about the longest winning streak. Fischer holds that record of 20 (and if we go back Steinitz has an even longer streak). But for the record; who has the longest losing streak of a grandmaster or better yet a former world champion candidate. This strong GM it seems. Johann Hjartarson has had a losing streak of 10 classical games. In 1989 he lost the last six games of Linares followed by the first 4 games of VSB Amsterdam tournament. I hope that, unlike some of his less fortunate colleagues, Hjartarson will be remembered for his successful wins rather than his losses!|
|Jul-27-08|| ||percyblakeney: <Johann Hjartarson has had a losing streak of 10 classical games. In 1989...>|
That's almost impressive looking at his other results from those days. In 1988 he won a Candidates match against Korchnoi (in his last eight Candidates matches the latter had won seven and only lost against Kasparov). Then Hjartarson lost his next Candidates match against Karpov, but at least he only lost two games. In Reykjavik Hjartarson finished shared fourth after Kasparov, Beliavsky and Tal but ahead of more than a dozen others in a very strong field.
Then comes a great start in Linares 1989... followed by ten losses in a row. Strange.
|Jul-28-08|| ||lostemperor: I have been able to track down the 10 consecutive games Johann Hjartarson lost. The Linares part of six games, thanks to a post of <nescio> for a possible game collection of <suenteus po 147>. For the record:|
Ljubojevic vs Hjartarson, 1989
Hjartarson vs Karpov, 1989
Portisch vs Hjartarson, 1989
Hjartarson vs Ivanchuk, 1989
Timman vs Hjartarson, 1989
Hjartarson vs Short, 1989
Salov vs Hjartarson, 1989
Hjartarson vs Timman, 1989
Short vs Hjartarson, 1989
Hjartarson vs Salov, 1989
|Sep-07-08|| ||GrahamClayton: Hjartarson finished =3rd at Tilburg in 1988 (+2, =7, -2). He was a last-minute replacement player, and had to abandon his honeymoon to take part.|
Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, "Oxford Companion to Chess", 2nd edition, OUP, 1992
|Dec-04-08|| ||waustad: If I played the 10 he lost to consecutively, I'd be scarred for life.
He had about 900 rating points on me so shouldn't have been quite as traumatized but that lineup is not full of weakies.|