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Johann Hjartarson
Number of games in database: 772
Years covered: 1979 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2523 (2536 rapid, 2574 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +212 -183 =280 (52.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 97 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (50) 
    B93 B32 B33 B47 B92
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C92 C84 C95 C93 C78
 King's Indian (27) 
    E97 E98 E62 E60 E94
 French Defense (25) 
    C18 C11 C16 C05 C14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C92 C84 C96 C95 C93
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E32 E31 E30 E38 E49
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C92 C95 C97 C80 C93
 Queen's Indian (48) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E19
 Sicilian (39) 
    B84 B90 B47 B52 B97
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (37) 
    C92 C95 C97 C93 C90
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E48 E39 E49 E42
 King's Indian (23) 
    E97 E94 E81 E60 E83
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hjartarson vs Korchnoi, 1988 1-0
   Smyslov vs Hjartarson, 1995 0-1
   Hjartarson vs Van der Wiel, 1984 1-0
   R Martin del Campo vs Hjartarson, 1990 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Hjartarson, 1988 0-1
   Hjartarson vs Kasparov, 1988 1/2-1/2
   R Hardarson vs Hjartarson, 1991 0-1
   Hjartarson vs Korchnoi, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Hjartarson, 1988 0-1
   Kasparov vs Hjartarson, 1988 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Greenland Open (2003)
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tilburg Interpolis 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Vestmannaeyjar 1985 by Tabanus
   Belgrade 1989 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Reykjavik Open
   Hjartarson vs Haik Der Manuelian (Mar-14-18) 1-0
   M Cornette vs Hjartarson (Mar-13-18) 1-0
   Hjartarson vs S Midoux (Mar-12-18) 1-0
   D Cummings vs Hjartarson (Mar-11-18) 1/2-1/2
   Hjartarson vs Lenderman (Mar-10-18) 0-1

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(born Feb-08-1963, 55 years old) Iceland

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Jhann Bjarni Hjartarson was born in Reykjavik. Awarded the IM title in 1984 and the GM title in 1985, he was Icelandic Champion in 1980, 1984, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2016. He became a World Title Candidate in 1987 when he finished 1st= at the Szirak Interzonal. He was victorious over Viktor Korchnoi (+3, =3, -2) in the quarter final but lost to Anatoly Karpov (+0, =3, -2) in 1989 in the semi-final. He played on four Icelandic Olympiad teams from 1980 to 1986 and in tournaments he was 1st at Reykjavik 1984 and 1st at Gjvik 1985.

Wikipedia article: Jóhann Hjartarson

Last updated: 2018-04-11 02:34:29

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 772  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Asmundsson vs Hjartarson  0-1521979ISL-chB40 Sicilian
2. L Day vs Hjartarson  1-0521980World OpenB10 Caro-Kann
3. Hjartarson vs E Lobron  1-0511980Chess OlympiadE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
4. Marjanovic vs Hjartarson  1-01051980Chess OlympiadC67 Ruy Lopez
5. J Delaney vs Hjartarson  0-1631981EU-ch jrB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
6. J L Arnason vs Hjartarson  1-0241981Ch IcelandC34 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Hjartarson vs N Sulava  1-0531981EU-ch jrB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Hjartarson vs J M Hodgson  ½-½261981EU-ch jrA07 King's Indian Attack
9. A Frois vs Hjartarson  0-1201981EU-ch jrA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Hjartarson vs J A C Blanco  1-0291981EU-ch jrB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
11. M L Condie vs Hjartarson  ½-½511981EU-ch jrC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
12. Keene vs Hjartarson 1-0431981England v. Iceland (Telex)E41 Nimzo-Indian
13. M Lanzani vs Hjartarson  0-1301981EU-ch jrB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
14. G Siegel vs Hjartarson  ½-½361981EU-ch jrB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. Hjartarson vs A Sokolov  ½-½191981EU-ch jrB83 Sicilian
16. Hjartarson vs C Hansen  0-1341981EU-ch jrE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
17. A Greenfeld vs Hjartarson  1-0391981EU-ch jrE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
18. T Karolyi Jr. vs Hjartarson  1-0951981EU-ch jrD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
19. Hjartarson vs I Stohl  ½-½371981EU-ch jrE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
20. L Shamkovich vs Hjartarson 1-0231981Lone PineB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Hjartarson vs A Kuligowski  1-0441981Lone PineA13 English
22. V Liberzon vs Hjartarson  1-0311981Lone PineB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
23. Hjartarson vs D H Campora  ½-½481981Lone PineD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Hjartarson vs Bisguier  ½-½171981Lone PineC67 Ruy Lopez
25. P Biyiasas vs Hjartarson  ½-½421981Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
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  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 Reykjavk championship is today (wish I had time to go but I have to work). Jhann 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


Jan-13-06  karlth: Yes he plays occasionally.
Feb-15-06  schnarre: <karlth> Anything recently?
May-31-06  Halldor: A comeback for Jhann? He's now playing on the Icelandic Olympiad team in Turin.
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  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.

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  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

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  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.
Feb-08-14  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday Young Man :)
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Johann Hjartarson.
Feb-08-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Johann Hjartarson.
Jun-14-16  ndg2: He won again the Icelandic championships.
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  Tabanus:, congrats with 2017 Nordic Champion title! No Norwegians participated though ;)

Hjartarson made a kind of come-back a couple of years ago.

Jul-07-17  sonia91: <Tabanus:, congrats with 2017 Nordic Champion title! No Norwegians participated though ;) Hjartarson made a kind of come-back a couple of years ago.>

He also qualified to World Cup 2017 thanks to this victory (on tiebreak from Nils Grandelius). This is his 2nd Nordic championship title, the first being in 1997 (20 years ago!).

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