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|Sep-21-06|| ||Plato: His record includes wins over four World Champions: Tal, Petrosian, Fischer, and Karpov.|
|Oct-27-06|| ||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.
|Jun-21-07|| ||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|
|Jan-26-08|| ||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|
|Jan-26-08|| ||whiteshark: Player of the day.
Many pages in Icelandic...
He was also a politican and was lately 'dean' president of the Althing.
|Mar-12-09|| ||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|
|Mar-13-09|| ||paulalbert: <Joshka> Go to Wikipedia.com 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|
|Mar-13-09|| ||Joshka: <Paulalbert> Allright, yes, according to the Wikipedia...it says two daughter's.....allright thanks for sharing!|
|Jan-26-10|| ||chancho: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...|
|Jan-26-10|| ||talisman: happy birthday Mr. president.|
|Jan-26-10|| ||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.
|Jan-26-10|| ||Morales: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR 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!|
|Jul-07-10|| ||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|
|Jan-26-11|| ||twinlark: Happy Birthday, GM Olafsson.|
|Jan-26-11|| ||galdur: Thanx for the great collection 64rutor.
All the best, g.
|Jan-26-11|| ||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, <<http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php...;> 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.
|Jan-26-11|| ||talisman: Happy Birthday Mr. President! and great player.|
|Jan-26-12|| ||brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday!|
|Jan-26-12|| ||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>
|Jan-26-13|| ||talisman: happy birthday!|
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