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Fridrik Olafsson
F Olafsson 
 
Number of games in database: 707
Years covered: 1947 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2365 (2336 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +213 -176 =312 (52.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (62) 
    B93 B92 B83 B30 B27
 English (45) 
    A15 A13 A17 A10 A16
 King's Indian (34) 
    E63 E60 E73 E66 E62
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B93 B92 B90 B96 B94
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E41 E46 E54 E51 E21
 English, 1 c4 c5 (18) 
    A30 A34 A35 A38 A31
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (90) 
    B42 B48 B40 B47 B52
 King's Indian (42) 
    E94 E69 E80 E62 E60
 Nimzo Indian (33) 
    E54 E42 E41 E59 E57
 English (24) 
    A13 A15 A16 A14 A17
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C92 C84 C86 C77 C96
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D71 D91 D78 D73 D86
Repertoire Explorer

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
   F Olafsson vs E Eliskases, 1960 1-0
   O Rodriguez Vargas vs F Olafsson, 1978 0-1
   F Olafsson vs Unzicker, 1970 1-0
   F Olafsson vs Quinteros, 1974 1-0
   F Olafsson vs J Gudmundsson, 1953 1-0
   Gligoric vs F Olafsson, 1958 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1955/56 (1955)
   Lugano (1970)
   Hastings 1956/57 (1956)
   Reykjavik (1964)
   First Piatigorsky Cup (1963)
   Mar del Plata (1960)
   Portoroz Interzonal (1958)
   Snowdrops and Old-hands (2012)
   Dallas (1957)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Zurich (1959)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Moscow (1971)
   Bled (1961)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IGM Friūrik ”lafsson by 64rutor
   Zurich 1959 by suenteus po 147
   Mar del Plata 1960 by suenteus po 147
   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
   Teesside 1975 by suenteus po 147
   First Piatigorsky Cup 1963 by Benzol
   Lugano 1970 by Phony Benoni
   Teesside 1975 by Tabanus

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 European Team Championship
   F Olafsson vs T Vedrickas (Nov-20-15) 0-1
   N Miezis vs F Olafsson (Nov-16-15) 1-0
   F Olafsson vs B Esen (Nov-15-15) 0-1
   F Olafsson vs B Sadiku (Nov-14-15) 1/2-1/2
   T Mamedjarova vs F Olafsson (Feb-27-13) 1/2-1/2

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FRIDRIK OLAFSSON
(born Jan-26-1935, 82 years old) Iceland

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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). 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: Friðrik Ólafsson

Last updated: 2017-10-31 09:32:29

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 707  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Bodvarsson vs F Olafsson 0-151947IcelandA02 Bird's Opening
2. F Olafsson vs Ivkov  0-1451951BirminghamA91 Dutch Defense
3. O Benkner vs F Olafsson  ½-½801952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
4. Filip vs F Olafsson 1-0441952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Julio Bolbochan vs F Olafsson  ½-½451952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. F Olafsson vs C Poulsen  1-0341952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. M Aleman Dovo vs F Olafsson  1-0441952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. H Lambert vs F Olafsson 1-0351952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AC77 Ruy Lopez
9. F Olafsson vs L Barden  ½-½231952Helsinki ol (Men) prel-AB30 Sicilian
10. C Doerner vs F Olafsson 0-1401952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-CE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. F Olafsson vs G Gaitanaros  ½-½401952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-CB06 Robatsch
12. F Olafsson vs E Myhre  ½-½381952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-CC67 Ruy Lopez
13. O Benkner vs F Olafsson  ½-½441952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-CE70 King's Indian
14. E German vs F Olafsson  1-0401952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-CE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
15. F Olafsson vs Grob  1-0301952Helsinki ol (Men) fin-CD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. F Olafsson vs J Gudmundsson 1-0241953Reykjavik, IcelandB83 Sicilian
17. Larsen vs F Olafsson 0-1381953Wch U20 final-AE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
18. Ivkov vs F Olafsson  ½-½571953Wch U20 final-AD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. F Olafsson vs J Penrose  0-1411953Wch U20 final-AC53 Giuoco Piano
20. K Darga vs F Olafsson  1-0531953Wch U20 final-AC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. F Olafsson vs E Reichel  1-0391953CopenhagenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
22. F Olafsson vs Tolush 0-1331953Hastings 1953/54B68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
23. O'Kelly vs F Olafsson  ½-½481953Hastings 1953/54E69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
24. F Olafsson vs Tartakower  1-0701954Hastings 1953/54D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
25. D Horne vs F Olafsson 1-0321954Hastings 1953/54C35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
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Jan-26-10  Mr. President: <talisman> and <Morales>, thank you very much!
Jul-07-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Happy Birthday, GM Olafsson.
Jan-26-11  galdur: Thanx for the great collection 64rutor.

All the best, g.

Jan-26-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday!
Jan-26-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
Jan-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Happy birthday to Friūrik ”lafsson who turns eighty today!

<Born 26 January 1935, GM since 1958, Friūrik ”lafsson was the strongest player in Iceland for many decades. He is a lawyer by profession, worked as an attorney, and was president of FIDE from 1978 to 1982. Fridrik Olafsson is certainly one of the strongest amateur players in modern era. In life outside of law and chess, he is married and has two adult daughters.

Fridrik Olafsson beat in classical games amongst others Tartakower (!), Eliskases, Taimanov, Najdorf, Reshevsky, Keres, Geller, Gligoric, Portisch, Hort, Uhlmann, Panno, Miles, HŁbner, Timman, Bent Larsen (countless times, www.chessgames.com database has 40 games between the years 1953 and 2003 with an even head-to-head of 15 to 15 and 10 draws, both Larsen and Olafsson were born in 1935), as well as Fischer (twice), Petrosian (twice), Tal (twice), Karpov (Buenos Aires, Clarin) 1980 when Karpov was reigning world champion, and Korchnoi (Amsterdam, IBM) 1976.

Aged seventeen years, he won his first Icelandic Championship (in total, Olafsson is a six times national champion, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1962, and 1969). In 1953, he took 3rd in the World Junior Championship.

Shortly after this, he completed his studies in Law, he took a post in the Icelandic Ministry of Justice. He continued to be a part-time chess player during the next twenty years, but did not always enjoy the type of success that he might have attained had he been able to devote all of his energies to his studies of the game of chess prior to 1976 when he gave up his government post in order to become a full-time chess player for a brief period until he became president of FIDE in 1978.

He is a multiple-time Scandinavian and became the first Icelandic grandmaster: Olafsson was awarded the GM title automatically - together with Fischer - after they qualified in the Interzonal Portoroz 1958 for the Candidates 1959 in Bled / Zagreb / Belgrade (Tal winning, challenging Botvinnik successfully in 1960).

Fridrik Olafssonís finest results of international note are his win at Hastings Congress 1955Ė56 (together with Viktor Korchnoi) and his two triumphs of the traditional Hoogovens tournament (today TATA Steel) at Beverwijk in 1959 (clear first ahead of Erich Eliskases), and at Wijk aan Zee in1976 (together with Ljubomir Ljubojevic;, ahead of Mikhail Tal as shared third).

Notable results include a third place together with Najdorf ahead of Reshevsky, Gligoric;, Benko, and Panno in the strong Piatigorsky Cup, Los Angeles 1963 (Petrosian and Keres won), Olafsson was runner-up with Gligoric, Petrosian and Ivkov, ahead of equal Mecking, Andersson, Hort and HŁbner in Wijk aan Zee in 1971 (Korchnoi won), joint second at Las Palmas in 1974 (Ljubojevic won), and runner-up with Spassky, ahead of Bronstein and Hort at Tallinn in 1975 (Keres won).

Olafsson won several strong international invitation events at Reykjavik, in 1957 outright (ahead of Benko, StŚhlberg, and Pilnik) plus three times the today well known Reykjavik Open, then played as an Invitational tournament round robin, in 1966 (II. tournament outright), in 1972 (V. tournament joint with Vlastimil Hort and Florin Gheorghiu), and in 1976 (VII. tournament joint with Jan Timman). After a substantial number of years as one of the top non-Soviet players, Olafsson was nominated also as first reserve in the USSR vs. Rest of the World match in 1970 where he played a sole game, losing it to Smyslov.

He played eight Chess Olympiads between 1952 and 1980. His best score was at Varna in 1962 (+10, = 8), winning the individual Gold medal on board one. In 1955 and 1957, Olafsson played twice a match with Herman Pilnik, winning both.>

(to be continued)

Jan-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: <Fridrik OlafssonĎs best result in World Chess Championship competition was in the 1958 Interzonal tournament at Portoroě, where he finished equal 5thĖ6th, as said, automatically earning the grandmaster title and qualifying for the 1959 Candidates Tournament (the last stage to determine the challenger to the World Chess Champion). In that quadruple event of eight Candiates, held at Bled, Zagreb and Belgrade, he scored wins against Fischer, Petrosian (beating him in their individual mini-match twice (!!) with one draw and one loss), Keres, Gligoric, and Benko - but however, he finished finally seventh, suffering with his lively style too many losses (three out of four against Tal, winner with meteoric rise and uncompromising vigor, and against Keres, once more arriving on second place).

Olafsson was Petrosian's nemesis in that tournament. Petrosian who came in third behind Tal and Keres, ahead of Smyslov and Fischer, drew all his four games against Tal and scored one win with three draws against Keres, but was forced to reckon his chances of success as compromised. Petrosian's round 15 game can't have helped his spirits, though it became a highlight for Fridrik Olafsson> Petrosian vs F Olafsson, 1959

<Their adjourned game was finished on a balcony overlooking Zagreb's Republic Square, where a giant demonstration board had been erected: "A crowd of... 5,000 assembled to watch. Olafsson won to... great acclamations... When he tried to go back to the hotel... the crowd insisted on carrying him on their shoulders." (Harry Golombek, 4th Candidates' Tournament, 1959- Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade- September 7th - October 29th" Hardinge Simpole, 2009 (First published as BCM Quarterly No.3, 1960))

Olafsson won the Zonal at Berg en Dal (1960a), above amongst others Bent Larsen. He also won the Special Zonal at MariŠnskť LŠzne; (1961) which incorporated also players who could not compete at Berg en Dal, among them strong Eastern players as Filip, Uhlmann, and Szabů, all former or future Candidates. In the Interzonal at Stockholm in 1962, Fridrik Olafsson finished moderate on position eleven / twelve out of 23 players. He receded from World Chess Championship contests to devote himself to his profession.

He worked as a lawyer at the Icelandic Ministry of Justice and at the Icelandic Parliament.

In 1978, Friūrik ”lafsson won the election against Svetozar Gligoric; and succeeded Max Euwe as President of the international chess governing body FIDE and served for four years in this capacity.

During the tenure he presided over the 1981 Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship match. Since Korchnoi emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1976, the Soviets were holding Korchnoi's son, Igor and his wife Bella. Olafsson delayed the planned September 19 start date of the match 1981 in a bid to get the Soviets to release Victor's son and wife. For this attempt, Olafsson drew the wrath of the Soviets, who then backed the FIDE Vice-President, Florencio Campomanes for Presidency of FIDE. After losing the election in 1982 at Lucerne against the latter, Olafsson was appointed General Secretary to the Icelandic Parliament Althing.

Fridrik Olafsson continued to play occasionally into the 21st century, winning a rapid match against fellow veteran Bent Larsen in 2003 by a score of 5Ė3.

Today, he has retired from practicing law and lives in his native country of Iceland which in 1972, hosted the most famous chess match ever held, the World Chess Championship between Boris Spassky and Robert James "Bobby" Fischer. Fridrik Olafsson contributed much to the organiszation of this legendary event.

The respected statistician Jeff Sonas (chessmetrics) ranks Olafsson as the #13 player of the world in 1958. His best ranking in the FIDE ELO list was the #14= player in the world in 1969 (unofficial list based on results of the period between January 1966 and Spring 1969), Fridrik Olafsson remained a top fifty player (today regarded as Super Grandmasters) from the mid fifties until the early eighties. His highest ELO rating was 2600 (FIDE), his highest historical ELO 2692 (SONAS).

Olafsson usually played the Sicilian Defence against 1.e4 and the King's Indian Defence and Nimzo-Indian Defence against 1.d4. With White, he usually played the English Opening, but he also played 1.d4, 1.e4 and 1.Nf3 many times.

Happy birthday, good health, many more inspirational games and best wishes for Friūrik ”lafsson!>

http://www.chessdiagonals.ch/402840...

Jan-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: ”lafsson's 80th Birthday Honorary Tournament:
http://www.reykjavikopen.com/

Recent game: Friūrik ”lafsson vs. David Navara (Reykjavik op) 1/2:1/2 F Olafsson vs Navara, 2013

Jan-26-15  Eastfrisian: 80 years. Congrats Mr. Olafsson.
Jan-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: One year for each square of a badly constructed chess board.
Jan-26-15  Caissanist: Or one for each square of a Capablanca chess board: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capabl....
Nov-07-15  Mr. V: It's never too late to run again for the FIDE presidency . . .
Jan-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, FIDE President and GM Fridrik Olafsson!!
May-10-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: A new website in honor of grandmaster Olafsson opened: http://skaksogufelagid.is/, owned by the Icelandic Chess Heritage Society.

Excellent and extensive work, about his career with description of all his games, tournament, matches and team events. Listing of his worthy opponents and results are included.

Fantastic archival footage. Watch out!

Jun-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Fridrik Olafsson participates at the current World Team Chess Championship 50+ and 65+ (2016) in Radebeul near Dresden, he is playing in the section 50+ !!

Iceland (with Hjartarson, Helgi Olafsson, Petursson, Arnason, and Fridrik Olafsson) is the top-seeded team, narrowly ahead of England 1 (Nunn on board one, Speelman on board two), followed by Armenia (Vaganian on board one): http://www.schachfestival.de/world-...

In the section age of 65+, Russia with Sveshnikov, Balashov, etc. is clearly the highest ELO rated team.

Jun-27-16  Mr. V: Congratulations on your win against England!
Jun-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: <Mr. V> lol, England kicked out by Iceland in soccer (1/8-finals, k.o.-stages at the UEFA European Championship 2016), unbelievable! Well, a consequent Brexit continuation....

Twitter erupted with Brexit jokes after England is out, what about another timely chessgames pun, ie. this game can be suitable: F Olafsson vs C H Alexander, 1957 English Opening, Icelandic Mating = Brexit II

Jan-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Fridrik Olafsson.
Jan-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Legend! Happiness, health, and some inspirational games to come.

Portrait photograph of Friūrik ”lafsson, (rounded) 70 years ago: http://skaksogufelagid.is/wp-conten...

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