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Helgi Olafsson
H Olafsson 
Number of games in database: 617
Years covered: 1975 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2510 (2524 rapid, 2429 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2595

Overall record: +141 -145 =257 (49.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 74 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (37) 
    E77 E60 E94 E92 E97
 Queen's Indian (26) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17 E13
 English (26) 
    A15 A13 A17 A10 A16
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    E10 D02 A41 A40 E00
 English, 1 c4 c5 (20) 
    A30 A34 A33 A37
 Slav (18) 
    D11 D18 D12 D17 D10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B90 B93 B22 B23 B51
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E25 E42 E55 E54
 Sicilian Najdorf (30) 
    B90 B93 B92 B97 B96
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E18
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D85 D91 D87 D90 D78
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A46 A45 A40 E00 D02
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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)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   European Team Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Isle of Man Masters (2018)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Isle of Man Masters (2017)

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

   🏆 Isle of Man Masters
   H Olafsson vs D Eggleston (Oct-27-18) 1-0
   D Howell vs H Olafsson (Oct-26-18) 1-0
   H Olafsson vs S Fenil (Oct-25-18) 1-0
   Adams vs H Olafsson (Oct-24-18) 1-0
   H Olafsson vs Leko (Oct-22-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-15-1956, 62 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 25; games 1-25 of 617  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. O Castro vs H Olafsson  ½-½481976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A15 English
3. Y Rantanen vs H Olafsson  ½-½211976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. H Olafsson vs B Toth  0-1411976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A22 English
5. Ruben Rodriguez vs H Olafsson  ½-½601976Haifa Olympiad (Men)E75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
6. H Olafsson vs LY Cheong  1-0461976Haifa Olympiad (Men)E91 King's Indian
7. A Dueckstein vs H Olafsson  ½-½321976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. H Olafsson vs M Fuller  ½-½651976Haifa Olympiad (Men)E91 King's Indian
9. H Olafsson vs A Ludgate  1-0381976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
10. H Olafsson vs P H Donoso Velasco  1-0401976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A12 English with b3
11. H Olafsson vs A H Williams  ½-½171976Haifa Olympiad (Men)E17 Queen's Indian
12. Vukcevich vs H Olafsson  ½-½431976ReykjavikB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. V Tukmakov vs H Olafsson  ½-½451976ReykjavikA15 English
14. Keene vs H Olafsson  1-0321976ReykjavikE97 King's Indian
15. Timman vs H Olafsson 1-0251976ReykjavikB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Antoshin vs H Olafsson  ½-½291976ReykjavikD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. L Day vs H Olafsson  1-0531976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
18. Larry Evans vs H Olafsson  ½-½371977Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
19. H Olafsson vs V McCambridge  1-0281977Lone PineE97 King's Indian
20. L Christiansen vs H Olafsson  ½-½371977Lone PineD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
21. H Olafsson vs Benko  ½-½211977Lone PineA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
22. Reshevsky vs H Olafsson  ½-½301977Lone PineE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
23. Sahovic vs H Olafsson  1-0541977Lone PineE92 King's Indian
24. H Olafsson vs E B Meyer 0-1321977Lone PineE97 King's Indian
25. H Olafsson vs J D Tisdall  1-0381977Lone PineA17 English
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 617  PGN Download
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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.
Jan-27-09  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?
Mar-11-14  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.
Dec-20-17  Chess Is More: <HeHateMe: You think Bob ever listened to the Sugar Cubes?>

If he enjoyed outdated music, sure. He was, after all, rather outdated himself.

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  HeMateMe: the Sugar Cubes were terrific! I like them better than Bjork's sound as a solo act.
Dec-21-17  Chess Is More: <HeMateMe: the Sugar Cubes were terrific! I like them better than Bjork's sound as a solo act.>

That's right, Bjork was in it. I like her voice, strange and mysterious.

But Sugar Cubes is an old act now. Must be twenty-five yrs passed now.

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  Dionysius1: Hi <PinnedPiece>. <OK. This is Helgi. I am totally amazed at the complete lack of posts regarding Fischer's last book here.> If you are Helgi why do you as a GM describe yourself as a coffee house player.

And why (even if you aren't Helgi) does your photo look like it was taken only yesterday, not in the 1980s which it would have to be as you look about 30 but you are 61?

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  Dionysius1: By the way that post of mine looks a bit harsh now. Wasn't meant too. I just find the situation confusing.
Dec-22-17  Chess Is More: <Dionysius> Looking at<PinnedPiece>'s profile it seems he haven't posted here since march 2016 so I doubt you'll get an answer.
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