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F Olafsson 
Fridrik Olafsson
Number of games in database: 693
Years covered: 1947 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2397 (2382 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570
Overall record: +206 -173 =308 (52.4%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (62) 
    B93 B92 B83 B27 B30
 English (45) 
    A15 A13 A17 A10 A16
 King's Indian (34) 
    E60 E66 E63 E73 E62
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B93 B92 B90 B96 B91
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E41 E21 E54 E46 E58
 English, 1 c4 c5 (17) 
    A30 A34 A35 A38 A37
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (87) 
    B42 B48 B40 B52 B44
 King's Indian (40) 
    E94 E69 E80 E62 E70
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E54 E58 E42 E41 E57
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C92 C86 C84 C77 C83
 English (22) 
    A13 A15 A16 A14 A17
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D71 D91 D78 D73 D75
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tal vs F Olafsson, 1975 0-1
   F Olafsson vs Fischer, 1958 1-0
   J Bodvarsson vs F Olafsson, 1947 0-1
   F Olafsson vs Tal, 1971 1-0
   O Rodriguez vs F Olafsson, 1978 0-1
   F Olafsson vs Unzicker, 1970 1-0
   Gligoric vs F Olafsson, 1958 0-1
   F Olafsson vs E Eliskases, 1960 1-0
   V Rothuis vs F Olafsson, 2007 0-1
   F Olafsson vs Pilnik, 1957 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1955/56 (1955)
   Lugano (1970)
   First Piatigorsky Cup (1963)
   Hastings 1956/57 (1956)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Snowdrops and Old-hands (2012)
   Dallas (1957)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)
   Hastings 1953/54 (1953)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)
   Zurich (1959)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Bled (1961)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IGM Friūrik ”lafsson by 64rutor
   Hoogovens 33th / Wijk aan Zee (1971) by zanzibar
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1971 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1969 by suenteus po 147
   99_Bad Lauterberg 1977 by whiteshark
   Mar del Plata 1960 by suenteus po 147
   Zurich 1959 by suenteus po 147
   First Piatigorsky Cup 1963 by Benzol
   Lugano 1970 by Phony Benoni
   Teesside 1975 by suenteus po 147
   Teesside 1975 by Tabanus

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(born Jan-26-1935, 79 years old) Iceland

[what is this?]
Friūrik ”lafsson was born in Reykjavik. In 1953, he took 3rd in the World Junior Championship. He tied for first with Korchnoi at Hastings 1955/56 (1955). A multiple-time Scandinavian champion, he became the first Icelandic grandmaster when he qualified in the Portoroz Interzonal (1958) for the Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959). After a number of years as one of the top non-Soviet players (he served as first reserve in the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970) match, and shared first place at Wijk aan Zee (1976)), he receded from World Championship contests to devote himself to other things, including the FIDE presidency from 1978 to 1982. He is a lawyer by profession.

Wikipedia article: Fri%C3%B0rik %C3%93lafsson

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 693  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Bodvarsson vs F Olafsson 0-15 1947 IcelandA02 Bird's Opening
2. F Olafsson vs Ivkov  0-145 1951 BirminghamA91 Dutch Defense
3. F Olafsson vs E Myhre  ½-½38 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)C67 Ruy Lopez
4. Filip vs F Olafsson 1-044 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. O Benkner vs F Olafsson  ½-½44 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)E70 King's Indian
6. F Olafsson vs C Poulsen  1-034 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. M Aleman Dovo vs F Olafsson  1-044 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. F Olafsson vs L Barden  ½-½23 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)B30 Sicilian
9. O Benkner vs F Olafsson  ½-½80 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)E71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
10. E German vs F Olafsson  1-040 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
11. F Olafsson vs G Gaitanaros  ½-½40 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)B06 Robatsch
12. H Lambert vs F Olafsson  1-035 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)C77 Ruy Lopez
13. Julio Bolbochan vs F Olafsson  ½-½45 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)E68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
14. F Olafsson vs Grob  1-030 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. C Doerner vs F Olafsson 0-140 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
16. K Darga vs F Olafsson  1-053 1953 Wch U20 final-AC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. F Olafsson vs J Penrose  0-141 1953 Wch U20 final-AC53 Giuoco Piano
18. O'Kelly vs F Olafsson  ½-½48 1953 Hastings 1953/54E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
19. F Olafsson vs E Reichel  1-039 1953 CopenhagenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
20. F Olafsson vs Tolush  0-133 1953 Hastings 1953/54B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
21. Larsen vs F Olafsson 0-138 1953 Wch U20 final-AE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. F Olafsson vs J Gudmundsson 1-024 1953 Reykjavik, IcelandB83 Sicilian
23. Ivkov vs F Olafsson  ½-½57 1953 Wch U20 final-AD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. F Olafsson vs Bronstein  0-134 1954 Hastings 1953/54B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. F Olafsson vs Sajtar  ½-½72 1954 Prague ztE60 King's Indian Defense
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Sep-21-06  Plato: His record includes wins over four World Champions: Tal, Petrosian, Fischer, and Karpov.
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  Maatalkko: <Pink Panther: <Olafsson was never one of the best Western players, I mean his best rating was only 2570 for crying out loud.>>


1) Olafsson was always an amateur
2) He played in a CANDIDATES tournament in 1959 and did better than, say, Miroslav Filip in 1962. 3) His best years were played before the Elo system was implemented. Paul Keres was "only" 2580 lifetime official best, because his days were nearly over when the Elo system begun.

Incidentally, Olafsson looks admirably fit for his age. It's a pity he has so few kibitzes here, he deserves many more. I really hope I can visit Iceland to meet (both)Olafssons and Fischer someday.

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  talisman: <Plato> you are correct sir.And one of the all time greats needs a place on the drop down list(w/STEIN>!
Jan-26-08  BIDMONFA: Fridrik Olafsson


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  diagonal: Happy birthday to the the first Icelandic grandmaster in chess history: Fridrik Olafsson is a gentleman and one of the last of the previous generations of true Chess greats
Jan-26-08  timhortons: i think the first time fischer and olaffson play these master beat fischer
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  whiteshark: Player of the day.

Many pages in Icelandic...

He was also a politican and was lately 'dean' president of the Althing.

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  Joshka: Allright I think I'm beginning to understand how the names go in Icelandic...<paulalbert> wrote on the <helgi olafsson> page, that if Fridrik Olafsson were Helgi's Olafsson's father, Helgi's name would really be Helgi Fridriksson, is this correct for anyone who has a grasp of the way names are pronounced in Iceland? Also does anyone know if Fridrik has any children?...thanks in advance
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  paulalbert: <Joshka> Go to under "Icelandic name". The patronymic naming system is explained there. Also on Wikipedia writeup on Fridrik Olafsson, it says he has two adult daughters. I think daughters in Iceland use a matronymic system, i.e., the last name is the mother's first name with "dottir" appended. Slavic names have some similar characteristics,but with complicated systems and spelling variants, middle name patronymics for example and "ova" endings for females. Paul Albert
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  Joshka: <Paulalbert> Allright, yes, according to the says two daughter's.....allright thanks for sharing!
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  talisman: happy birthday Mr. president.
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  diagonal: thanks <chancho>

Celebrating today his 75th birthday, but not cg. Player of the Day? - A little more reference for this legendary gentleman of chess, please!

Congrats and many more to Icelandic first Chess Grandmaster, lawyer by profession and well-respected former President of FIDE, Fridrik Olafsson.

He beat (mostly as an amateur) Fischer, Tal and Petrosian twice and had also a win as the (then) reigning president of the world chess federation against the (then) reigning world chess champion Karpov at Buenos Aires in 1980 (tournament - no blitz, rapid or exhib).

Among others, Fridrik Olafsson won Hastings in 1955/56 (together with Korchnoi), Hoogovens Beverwijk in 1959 and Hoogovens Wijk an Zee in 1976 (together with Ljubjevic, ahead of Tal).

Olafsson is considered as the last democratic ruling FIDE president.


(very good, talisman).

Grandmaster OLAFSSON beat reigning champion KARPOV and PETROSIAN (two times, in his prime). Extraordinary.

Jan-26-10  Mr. President: <talisman> and <Morales>, thank you very much!
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  GrahamClayton: Olafsson's qualification to compete in the 1962 Stockholm Interzonal was rather unusual. After winning the European Zonal at Berg an Dal, the results were annulled after the Bulgarian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Yugoslav masters withdrew from the tournament in protest at the Dutch authorities not granting Wolfgang Uhlmann a visa.

A replacement zonal tournament was held at Marianske Lanze in Czechoslovakia, which Olafsson also won.

Jul-07-10  Petrosianic: Yes, I've heard that story too, from Horowitz's book on the World Championship. It's one of the few stories about ANY zonal that wasn't a US or USSR Championship. I'd love to see somebody compile a complete set of zonal crosstables, but I doubt anyone ever will. They're just too spread out. No one magazine seemed to cover them all.

Of course by the 70's, Olafsson wouldn't have had to qualify at all. As a participant in the previous Candidates, he would have been seeded into the next Interzonal. That's why there was no 3rd place (Larsen vs. Korchnoi) match in the 1971 Candidates or any 3rd place matches after. The 3rd place matches in 1965 and 1968 (both won by Larsen) had been held to determine who got a free interzonal spot. When all the Candidates got one, there was no more need for them.

Funny this should come up. Just this morning I had Fritz analyzing Olafsson's last round black win against Keres at the 1959 Candidates.

Keres vs F Olafsson, 1959

Jul-25-10  64rutor: Game Collection: IGM Friūrik ”lafsson
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  twinlark: Happy Birthday, GM Olafsson.
Jan-26-11  galdur: Thanx for the great collection 64rutor.

All the best, g.

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  diagonal: Happy birthday and many more!

Those were the days: nice picture from the Olympiads, La Valletta, Malta, 10th round, 1980: Fridrik Olafsson facing Karpov on board one, with Geller, quite symbolically alongside Karpov, <<;> as posted above, in that year Fridrik Olafsson beat the reigning chess world champion at a tournament in Buenos Aires.

Fridrik Olafsson: great icelandic player and still the last democratic ruling FIDE president.

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  talisman: Happy Birthday Mr. President! and great player.
Jan-26-12  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday!
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  diagonal: Happy birthday and best wishes for Friūrik ”lafsson.

Here a game worth to comment: young Olafsson against legendary Savielly Tartakower, 1953 at Hastings *those where the days*

<F Olafsson vs Tartakower, 1953>

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  talisman: happy birthday!
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