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Margeir Petursson
Number of games in database: 1,061
Years covered: 1975 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2486 (2386 rapid, 2373 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2555

Overall record: +378 -205 =396 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 82 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (96) 
    E73 E84 E75 E81 E74
 English, 1 c4 e5 (56) 
    A25 A29 A21 A22 A20
 English (45) 
    A10 A13 A14 A18 A16
 Queen's Indian (45) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E19
 Grunfeld (38) 
    D85 D82 D94 D86 D93
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    E00 E10 D02 A40 A41
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (189) 
    B32 B30 B22 B76 B72
 Sicilian Dragon (46) 
    B76 B72 B70 B77 B78
 Bogo Indian (41) 
 Slav (33) 
    D17 D11 D10 D18 D19
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    A46 E00 D05 A45 D02
 Tarrasch Defense (26) 
    D34 D32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Josteinsson vs Petursson, 1984 0-1
   Petursson vs Damljanovic, 1988 1-0
   J M Hodgson vs Petursson, 1989 0-1
   A Martin Gonzalez vs Petursson, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Petursson vs T Halasz, 1988 1-0
   Petursson vs Ljubojevic, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Petursson vs Jansa, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Dreev vs Petursson, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Jansa vs Petursson, 1988 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs Petursson, 1989 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   34th European Club Cup (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tallinn 1981 by Chessdreamer
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1990 by suenteus po 147
   Nikki Sicilian dragon by reurbz

   🏆 European Club Cup
   Petursson vs A Sotsky (Oct-17-18) 1-0
   J Haug vs Petursson (Oct-16-18) 1/2-1/2
   J Bednarich vs Petursson (Oct-15-18) 1/2-1/2
   Petursson vs G Guseinov (Oct-14-18) 0-1
   Petursson vs I Mutschnik (Oct-13-18) 1-0

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(born Feb-15-1960, 58 years old) Iceland

[what is this?]
Margeir Pétursson was born in Reykjavik. He was awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1986. He won the Icelandic Championship in 1986 and 1987. In tournaments he was 1st= at Gausdal 1985, 2nd= at Reykjavik 1985, 1st at Hastings 1985-86 and 1st at Tórshavn 1987.

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,061  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Petursson vs C Doucet  1-0261975Hallsberg - int'l jrE08 Catalan, Closed
2. Petursson vs E Vladimirov  ½-½461975Hallsberg - int'l jrD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Barlov vs Petursson  1-0441975Hallsberg - int'l jrB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. Petursson vs D Cramling  1-0421975Hallsberg - int'l jrA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
5. J O Fries Nielsen vs Petursson  0-1271975Hallsberg - int'l jrB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. B de Jonghe vs Petursson  0-1331975Hallsberg - int'l jrB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
7. D Donchev vs Petursson  1-0241975Hallsberg - int'l jrE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
8. M Svenn vs Petursson  ½-½431975Hallsberg - int'l jrB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. Petursson vs J Marschner  1-0401975Hallsberg - int'l jrA13 English
10. A Kuligowski vs Petursson  1-0281975Wch U20E82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
11. I Saren vs Petursson  ½-½311976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
12. C Caturla vs Petursson  ½-½441976Haifa Olympiad (Men)B50 Sicilian
13. T I Shaw vs Petursson  1-0691976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A07 King's Indian Attack
14. Petursson vs J Schammo  1-0341976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A21 English
15. Petursson vs C Micheli  ½-½421976Haifa Olympiad (Men)E92 King's Indian
16. N Grinberg vs Petursson 1-0301976World Cadet ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. B M Amos vs Petursson  1-0431976Haifa Olympiad (Men)A17 English
18. Angantysson vs Petursson  1-0241976ISL-chB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
19. Van der Wiel vs Petursson  0-1431976Wattignies Wch-16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
20. L Arnold vs Petursson  0-1731976Wch U16B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. Petursson vs J M Hodgson  1-0481976Wattignies Wch-16A15 English
22. Petursson vs V Tukmakov  0-1241976ReykjavikD94 Grunfeld
23. Petursson vs Keene  0-1261976ReykjavikA10 English
24. H Westerinen vs Petursson  1-0331976ReykjavikB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
25. G Sigurjonsson vs Petursson  1-0311976ReykjavikB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,061  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-20-05  PivotalAnorak: I checked on the FIDE site, Petursson is a GM (even though it seems he doesn't play anymore, just like other Icelandic GM's, like Johann Hjartarson for instance).
Apr-20-05  Halldor: He is a lawyer and active on the stock-market. He still plays occasionally in tournaments, mostly blitz for the fun. Very solid strategical player.
Dec-29-05  smeagol2005: Peturson is surely a great Icelandic chess player!
Jan-04-06  karlth: Petursson was always an extremely solid strategic player - who I always felt should have come from the Soviet chess school.

He rarely plays publicly today but is an extremely successful investment banker:

Feb-15-06  BIDMONFA: Margeir Petursson


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  xenophon: <He rarely plays publicly today but is an extremely successful investment banker> probably wishes he stuck to chess now
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  OhioChessFan: I guess his best friends Fanny and Freddie have taken care of him.
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  wordfunph: the one and only book he wrote - King's Indian Defence Averbakh Variation published by Cadogan..

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  whiteshark: Here's another great game by Petursson which I've uploaded today:

[Event "Gausdal"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1984.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ogaard, Leif"]
[Black "Petursson, Margeir"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D34"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. g3 Nf6 7. Bg2 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. Bg5 d4 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. Nd5 Qd8 13. Nd2 Re8 14. Re1 a6 15. Nb3 Ba7 16. Rc1 Bf5 17. Qd2 Be4 18. Bxe4 Rxe4 19. Nb4 Nxb4 20. Qxb4 Qd7 21. Qc4 Rae8 22. Nd2 R4e7 23. Nf3 h6 24. Rcd1 b5 25. Qd3 Re4 26. a3 Qd5 27. Nd2 Re3 28. fxe3 Rxe3 29. Rc1 Rxd3 30. exd3 Kh7 31. Re2 Bb8 32. Rc2 Bd6 33. Ne4 Be7 34. g4 Bg5 35. Rc5 Qb3 36. Nxg5 hxg5 37. Rd2 Qe6 38. Rf2 Qxg4 39. Kf1 Qd1 40. Kg2 f6 41. Rcf5 Qxd3 42. R5f3 Qe4 43. Kg3 Kg6 44. Rd2 Qe1 45. Rdf2 d3 0-1

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  eternaloptimist: Check out my comment @ this game!! Lol!!:
Petursson vs A A Gretarsson, 1999
Oct-19-15  Conrad93: Ah, Petursson. The Averbakh specialist.
This guy has some impressive games with the line.

And he's played against both Karpov and Kasparov in their prime. Not many can say that.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Player of the Day and GM Margeir Petursson.
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