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H Olafsson 
Helgi Olafsson
Number of games in database: 470
Years covered: 1974 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2547 (2542 rapid, 2614 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2595
Overall record: +118 -124 =222 (49.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      6 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (29) 
    E77 E92 E70 E94 E97
 Queen's Indian (22) 
    E15 E12 E16 E18 E13
 English (19) 
    A15 A10 A17 A16 A11
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    E10 E00 D02 A41 A40
 English, 1 c4 c5 (16) 
    A30 A33 A34 A37
 Slav (16) 
    D11 D15 D19 D12 D10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (54) 
    B90 B23 B93 B30 B51
 Nimzo Indian (27) 
    E25 E32 E38 E54 E55
 Sicilian Najdorf (26) 
    B90 B93 B97 B96 B92
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E18
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D85 D91 D87 D78 D97
 English, 1 c4 c5 (13) 
    A34 A37 A39 A35 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
   H Olafsson vs Petursson, 1988 1/2-1/2
   H Olafsson vs Chandler, 1991 1-0

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

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(born Aug-15-1956, 58 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.

Wikipedia article: Helgi %C3%93lafsson

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 470  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Rayner vs H Olafsson  ½-½24 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-BD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. Timman vs H Olafsson 1-025 1976 Reykjavik 23/511B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Antoshin vs H Olafsson  ½-½29 1976 ReykjavikA48 King's Indian
4. Keene vs H Olafsson  1-032 1976 ReykjavikE97 King's Indian
5. V Tukmakov vs H Olafsson  ½-½45 1976 ReykjavikA15 English
6. L Day vs H Olafsson  1-053 1976 HaifaB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. Vukcevich vs H Olafsson  ½-½43 1976 ReykjavikB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. Sahovic vs H Olafsson  1-054 1977 Lone PineE92 King's Indian
9. Reshevsky vs H Olafsson  ½-½30 1977 Lone PineE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
10. Tarjan vs H Olafsson  1-036 1977 Lone PineE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
11. H Olafsson vs Benko  ½-½21 1977 Lone PineA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. H Olafsson vs J D Tisdall  1-038 1977 Lone PineA17 English
13. Larry Evans vs H Olafsson  ½-½37 1977 Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
14. H Olafsson vs V McCambridge  1-028 1977 Lone PineE97 King's Indian
15. H Olafsson vs E Meyer 0-132 1977 Lone PineE97 King's Indian
16. L Christiansen vs H Olafsson  ½-½37 1977 Lone PineD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
17. H Olafsson vs Benko  ½-½13 1978 Lone PineE91 King's Indian
18. P Youngworth vs H Olafsson  0-134 1978 Lone PineE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
19. Miles vs H Olafsson  1-039 1978 Lone PineA36 English
20. Browne vs H Olafsson  1-034 1978 Lone PineE15 Queen's Indian
21. Portisch vs H Olafsson  1-037 1978 Lone PineA34 English, Symmetrical
22. Ribli vs H Olafsson  1-047 1978 Buenos Aires ol (Men)E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
23. H Olafsson vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½38 1978 Reykjavik,B83 Sicilian
24. H Olafsson vs H Ree  ½-½10 1978 Lone PineD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
25. Larsen vs H Olafsson 1-031 1978 ReykjavikE90 King's Indian
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 470  PGN Download
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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.
Jan-24-06  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:


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  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.
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  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.
Mar-12-09  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.
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  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.
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  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
Mar-15-15  HeMateMe: You think Bob ever listened to the Sugar Cubes? I bet they're still on an oldies station there.
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