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Helgi Olafsson
H Olafsson 
Number of games in database: 565
Years covered: 1975 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2508 (2524 rapid, 2363 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2595

Overall record: +135 -140 =248 (49.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 42 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (33) 
    E77 E92 E94 E60 E97
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E15 E12 E16 E13 E17
 English (23) 
    A15 A10 A16 A17 A13
 English, 1 c4 c5 (19) 
    A30 A34 A33 A37
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    A41 E10 E00 D02 A40
 Slav (18) 
    D11 D12 D19 D18 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (62) 
    B90 B93 B23 B22 B92
 Nimzo Indian (31) 
    E32 E25 E34 E38 E45
 Sicilian Najdorf (30) 
    B90 B93 B92 B97 B99
 Queen's Indian (24) 
    E12 E15 E17 E18 E14
 English, 1 c4 e5 (15) 
    A29 A21 A22 A20 A28
 English, 1 c4 c5 (13) 
    A34 A37 A36 A39 A30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Olafsson vs J Levitt, 1990 1-0
   H Olafsson vs B Thorfinnsson, 2001 1-0
   D Kosic vs H Olafsson, 2011 0-1
   H Olafsson vs V McCambridge, 1977 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   3rd Aeroflot Festival (2004)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   European Team Championship (2011)
   Isle of Man Open (2017)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vestmannaeyjar 1985 by Tabanus

   🏆 TCh-ISL Div 1 -18
   H Olafsson vs J Aabling-Thomsen (Oct-21-17) 1-0
   R Haria vs H Olafsson (Oct-21-17) 1/2-1/2
   T Arnason vs H Olafsson (Oct-20-17) 0-1
   H Olafsson vs G Gislason (Oct-19-17) 0-1
   H Olafsson vs Granda Zuniga (Sep-29-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-15-1956, 61 years old) Iceland

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Helgi Olafsson was born in Reykjavik. He was awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1985. Olafsson won the Icelandic Championship in 1978, 1981, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996. In tournaments he has been 2nd= at Copenhagen 1985 and 4th= at Dortmund 1988. Olafsson is also a FIDE Senior Trainer (2009).

Wikipedia article: Helgi Ólafsson

Last updated: 2017-09-25 10:51:00

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 565  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Rayner vs H Olafsson  ½-½241975EU-ch U20 fin-BD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. Vukcevich vs H Olafsson  ½-½431976ReykjavikB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Keene vs H Olafsson  1-0321976ReykjavikE97 King's Indian
4. Timman vs H Olafsson 1-0251976ReykjavikB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Antoshin vs H Olafsson  ½-½291976ReykjavikA48 King's Indian
6. V Tukmakov vs H Olafsson  ½-½451976ReykjavikA15 English
7. L Day vs H Olafsson  1-0531976OlympiadB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Larry Evans vs H Olafsson  ½-½371977Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
9. H Olafsson vs V McCambridge  1-0281977Lone PineE97 King's Indian
10. L Christiansen vs H Olafsson  ½-½371977Lone PineD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
11. H Olafsson vs Benko  ½-½211977Lone PineA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. Reshevsky vs H Olafsson  ½-½301977Lone PineE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
13. Sahovic vs H Olafsson  1-0541977Lone PineE92 King's Indian
14. H Olafsson vs E B Meyer 0-1321977Lone PineE97 King's Indian
15. H Olafsson vs J D Tisdall  1-0381977Lone PineA17 English
16. Tarjan vs H Olafsson  1-0361977Lone PineE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
17. H Olafsson vs Smejkal  0-1421978ReykjavikA15 English
18. H Olafsson vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½381978ReykjavikB83 Sicilian
19. Larsen vs H Olafsson 1-0311978ReykjavikE90 King's Indian
20. P Youngworth vs H Olafsson  0-1341978Lone PineE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
21. H Olafsson vs Benko  ½-½131978Lone PineE91 King's Indian
22. Browne vs H Olafsson  1-0341978Lone PineE15 Queen's Indian
23. H Olafsson vs Larry Evans  ½-½511978Lone PineE97 King's Indian
24. L Christiansen vs H Olafsson  0-1371978Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
25. H Olafsson vs Timman  1-0431978Lone PineA28 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-12-04  iron maiden: Any relation to Fridrik Olafsson?
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  paulalbert: Because of the Icelandic naming system, same last name does not imply kinship, merely that Helgi's father was named Olaf. If Fridrik Olafsson was Helgi's father, his name would be Helgi Fridriksson. Of course it is possible that they are related in some way but not as far as I know, but you can't tell from names. I suspect there are probably thousands of men with last name Olafsson in Iceland. I think women have a last name with their mother's first name and "dottir" attached.

Paul Albert

Jun-12-04  poktirity: On Iceland the names in the phone book are sorted by first name :/
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  Joshka: Wonder if Helgi will ever enlighten us about what's going on with Bobby, as of late. Heard from a good source that Bobby spends time with Helgi more than Fridrik.
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  Jim Bartle: I always heard that rule #1 for remaining Fischer's friend was never to talk about him. So I wouldn't get your hopes up.
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  Joshka: <Jim Bartle> Oh you're quite right if history teaches us anything.
Jul-14-06  Valandil: According to Chess Today, Helgi plays blitz with Bobby regulary, and usually Fischer wins...
Jul-14-06  RookFile: That's pretty impressive, considering that this guy is a 2595 player.
Apr-06-07  BIDMONFA:


Nov-22-08  waustad: I thought women had their father's first name with dottir attached. Perhaps somebody more authoritative can comment.
Nov-22-08  Ziggurat: <I thought women had their father's first name with dottir attached.> Yes, that is correct.
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  stoy: An Icelander, Savar Bjarnason, told me that is not the law that female children be named after their father. They could be named after their mother, he says.
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  KingG: <That's pretty impressive, considering that this guy is a 2595 player.> When I first read this, I wasn't sure if <RookFile> meant it was impressive that Fischer can still beat a 2595 player regularly in blitz, or that it's impressive that rated 2595 only 'usually' loses to Fischer, and not always.
Mar-12-09  PinnedPiece: OK. This is Helgi. I am totally amazed at the complete lack of posts regarding Fischer's last book here.

This person is my prime candidate for person with most credentials/greatest ability to debunk or verify the Larry Evans saga of "Fischer was in it up to his ears, but backed out" business surrounding M61MG.

<Joshka: Wonder if Helgi will ever enlighten us about what's going on with Bobby, as of late. Heard from a good source that Bobby spends time with Helgi more than Fridrik.> [Jan 2006]

Just playing chess, I wonder?

Collecting his own notebook of comments on M60MG from the horse's mouth, perchance?

I would think that by canvassing a widening circle of private printers in Reykjavik, you could eventually find an employee that knows a great deal about this whole adventure.

Mar-12-09  ughaibu: The population of Iceland is about 250,000. It wouldn't be difficult to ask everyone in the country.
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  Jim Bartle: Only 250,000? There must be a GM or an IM in every neighborhood.
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  Joshka: <paulalbert> <If Fridrik Olafsson was Helgi's father, his name would be Helgi Fridriksson> Does Fridrik Olafsson have any children, by any chance?
Nov-22-11  ketchuplover: I thought the POD was to recognize a birthday or deathday.
Nov-22-11  waustad: Next year they'll probably pick Vovk as POTD. It is a slow birthday, with hardly anybody with more than a page of games.
Mar-09-14  galdur: Obviously the photographer disturbed Helgi in his deep reflections for no apparent reason, hence the strange look.
Mar-09-14  galdur: Helgi lost to some Danish guy in Reykjavik 2014 and it was terrible. But it gave him a Swiss headwind. Now he has 5.5/7. But still minus one in the ratings. He needs to play more and get in practise.
Mar-09-14  Shams: Wouldn't that be a tailwind?
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  notyetagm: <galdur: Helgi lost to some Danish guy in Reykjavik 2014 and it was terrible. But it gave him a Swiss headwind.>

Here in the US we call the early loss in a Swiss tournament so you get to play weaker players the <SWISS GAMBIT>.


Mar-15-15  alfiepa: The book of Helgi Holafsson about Bobby Fischer was a wonderful surprise for me . Eas the mile stone for my trip in Iceland in 2014 tracing the footstep of late Bobby Fischer Thank you Helgi for this book !
This is my tribute to Bobby
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  HeMateMe: You think Bob ever listened to the Sugar Cubes? I bet they're still on an oldies station there.
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