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Johann Hjartarson
Number of games in database: 721
Years covered: 1979 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2536 (2536 rapid, 2574 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +198 -179 =275 (51.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 69 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (49) 
    B93 B32 B33 B92 B47
 Ruy Lopez (37) 
    C92 C84 C96 C95 C78
 King's Indian (24) 
    E97 E98 E60 E94 E90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C92 C84 C96 C95 C93
 French Defense (23) 
    C18 C11 C16 C05 C14
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E32 E38 E30 E41 E31
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C92 C95 C97 C93 C80
 Queen's Indian (47) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Sicilian (40) 
    B90 B40 B84 B33 B42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    C92 C95 C93 C97 C84
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E48 E49 E39 E42
 King's Indian (21) 
    E94 E97 E60 E81 E64
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hjartarson vs Korchnoi, 1988 1-0
   Hjartarson vs Van der Wiel, 1984 1-0
   R Martin del Campo vs Hjartarson, 1990 0-1
   Smyslov vs Hjartarson, 1995 0-1
   Hjartarson vs Kasparov, 1988 1/2-1/2
   R Hardarson vs Hjartarson, 1991 0-1
   Korchnoi vs Hjartarson, 1988 0-1
   Kasparov vs Hjartarson, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Hjartarson, 1988 0-1
   Hjartarson vs Karpov, 1988 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tilburg Interpolis 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Vestmannaeyjar 1985 by Tabanus
   Belgrade 1989 by suenteus po 147
   WCC Index [Hjartarson - Korchnoi 1988] by Raisin Death Ray

   Hjartarson vs B Thorfinnsson (Apr-27-17) 1-0
   M Yilmaz vs Hjartarson (Apr-26-17) 1-0
   Hjartarson vs L'Ami (Apr-25-17) 1/2-1/2
   B Ahlander vs Hjartarson (Apr-24-17) 0-1
   Hjartarson vs G Aradhya (Apr-23-17) 1-0

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(born Feb-08-1963, 54 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: 2017-02-08 04:44:35

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 721  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Asmundsson vs Hjartarson  0-152 1979 ISL-chB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. L Day vs Hjartarson  1-052 1980 World OpenB10 Caro-Kann
3. Hjartarson vs E Lobron  1-051 1980 Chess OlympiadE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
4. Marjanovic vs Hjartarson  1-0105 1980 Chess OlympiadC67 Ruy Lopez
5. M Lanzani vs Hjartarson  0-130 1981 EU-ch jrB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
6. G Siegel vs Hjartarson  ½-½36 1981 EU-ch jrB33 Sicilian
7. Hjartarson vs A Sokolov  ½-½19 1981 EU-ch jrB83 Sicilian
8. Hjartarson vs C Hansen  0-134 1981 EU-ch jrE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
9. A Greenfeld vs Hjartarson  1-039 1981 EU-ch jrE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
10. T Karolyi Jr. vs Hjartarson  1-095 1981 EU-ch jrD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
11. J L Arnason vs Hjartarson  1-024 1981 Ch IcelandC34 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Hjartarson vs I Stohl  ½-½37 1981 EU-ch jrE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
13. J Delaney vs Hjartarson  0-163 1981 EU-ch jrB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
14. Hjartarson vs N Sulava  1-053 1981 EU-ch jrB23 Sicilian, Closed
15. Hjartarson vs J M Hodgson  ½-½26 1981 EU-ch jrB10 Caro-Kann
16. A Frois vs Hjartarson  0-120 1981 EU-ch jrA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Hjartarson vs J A C Blanco  1-029 1981 EU-ch jrB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
18. M Condie vs Hjartarson  ½-½51 1981 EU-ch jrC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Keene vs Hjartarson 1-043 1981 England v. Iceland (Telex)E41 Nimzo-Indian
20. L Shamkovich vs Hjartarson 1-023 1981 Lone PineB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Hjartarson vs A Kuligowski  1-044 1981 Lone PineA13 English
22. V Liberzon vs Hjartarson  1-031 1981 Lone PineB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
23. Hjartarson vs D H Campora  ½-½48 1981 Lone PineD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Hjartarson vs Bisguier  ½-½17 1981 Lone PineC67 Ruy Lopez
25. P Biyiasas vs Hjartarson  ½-½42 1981 Lone PineA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 721  PGN Download
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  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.
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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"
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  Joshka: <halldor> Do you know Johann? He just attended a Fischer lecture! Wonder if he has an ICC account?
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  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.

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  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.
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  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday Young Man :)
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Johann Hjartarson.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Johann Hjartarson.
Jun-14-16  ndg2: He won again the Icelandic championships.
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