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Henrik Danielsen
Number of games in database: 330
Years covered: 1981 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2488 (2522 rapid, 2473 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2545
Overall record: +135 -88 =90 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      17 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Bird's Opening (36) 
    A02 A03
 King's Indian Attack (24) 
    A07 A08
 Uncommon Opening (24) 
 King's Indian (12) 
    E67 E62 E94 E66
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A40 D02 D00 A45 A46
 English (6) 
    A15 A13 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B12 B18 B14 B10 B19
 Scandinavian (19) 
 Pirc (17) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A41 A46 E00
 Dutch Defense (12) 
    A81 A88 A85
 Robatsch (11) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Danielsen vs Pokorna, 2003 1-0
   H Danielsen vs C Hansen, 1997 1-0
   H Danielsen vs O Salmensuu, 1997 1-0
   H Danielsen vs P H Nielsen, 2003 1-0
   H Danielsen vs T Luther, 1999 1-0
   H Danielsen vs S B Hansen, 2005 1-0
   H Danielsen vs O B Vea, 2005 1-0
   H Danielsen vs J Gunnarsson, 2006 1-0
   H Danielsen vs R Hardarson, 2001 1-0
   I Ivanisevic vs H Danielsen, 2006 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   European Individual Championships (2010)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Davison's favorite games by Davison
   Bird's Opening Game Collection by Dr.KnowNothing
   Flying with the Bird by ndc

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(born Jan-21-1966, 50 years old) Denmark (federation/nationality Iceland)

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Icelandic Grandmaster (1996). In 1997, he took 2nd in the Danish Championship. Icelandic champion in 2009. =2nd at the Reykjavik Open (2012).

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 330  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. H Danielsen vs W Watson  0-123 1981 openE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
2. B Light vs H Danielsen 1-017 1982 DEN-ch int U18B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
3. Plachetka vs H Danielsen  1-042 1985 Copenhagen opE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
4. H Danielsen vs Suba 0-149 1991 Copenhagen UnibankD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. H Danielsen vs Razuvaev  ½-½24 1991 Valby K41E15 Queen's Indian
6. H Danielsen vs Larsen  ½-½43 1991 Valby K41E15 Queen's Indian
7. S Smagin vs H Danielsen  ½-½56 1991 Valby K41B12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. H Danielsen vs J Fernandez Garcia  ½-½23 1992 EU-chT (Men)D93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
9. H Danielsen vs A Sokolovs  ½-½59 1992 EU-chT (Men)B07 Pirc
10. H Danielsen vs A Greenfeld  0-124 1992 EU-chT (Men)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. M Apicella vs H Danielsen  0-136 1992 EU-chT (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
12. L Brunner vs H Danielsen  1-032 1992 EU-chT (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. Galego vs H Danielsen  1-034 1992 EU-chT (Men)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. H Danielsen vs Kharlov  0-140 1993 Aalborg opD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Balashov vs H Danielsen  0-162 1993 AlborgE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
16. Piket vs H Danielsen  1-051 1993 Leeuwarden VBE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. H Danielsen vs Deep Blue  0-136 1993 CopenhagenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. J Van der Wal vs H Danielsen  ½-½42 1993 Leeuwarden opE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. Baburin vs H Danielsen  1-028 1993 Farum (Denmark)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. H Danielsen vs S Smagin  ½-½51 1993 Copenhagen op 15thD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Kharlov vs H Danielsen  0-140 1993 Copenhagen op 15thB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
22. DeFirmian vs H Danielsen  ½-½51 1993 Farum (Denmark)B19 Caro-Kann, Classical
23. Kotronias vs H Danielsen  1-038 1994 It (open)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. Larsen vs H Danielsen  ½-½46 1994 DEN-chA05 Reti Opening
25. L Hazai vs H Danielsen  1-032 1994 ValbyE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
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  parisattack: <MaxxLange: I looked at a couple of his videos, and I'm not sure exactly what he means by the "Polar Bear System" - just playing the Bird to try for a reversed Leningrad Dutch, with a repetoire for handling assorted Black counters that don't permit this?>

That is the impression I brought away from them. But they are sort of interesting if you like the Bird - I played it long ago, too sterile/fixed for me these days.

Feb-22-09  arthurp: Can it be he has lost faith in the Bird's Opening since the last time he played it was 2006?
Feb-22-09  Phoenix: So far as I know, he still plays it in online blitz.
Feb-22-09  MaxxLange: Noooooooooo! The mighty Polar Bear has been hibernated. It does look like he was playing the Reti in the 2008 events in his games.
Mar-13-09  OnlyBelieve: I heard on one of his videos that he calls the system the "Polar Bear" because he has played it so long and developed the lines so much so that he thought of it as a system now instead of just an opening. Hence, the Polar Bear SYSTEM, and not the Bird OPENING.

But has it really hibernated? It's still good as far as I know. If you're not playing master level, you'll wreak havoc and then some!

Apr-19-09  blacksburg: polar bears!

May-25-09  arthurp: Phoenix
Playing the Bird's opening only in blitz does not show much faith in the strength of the opening as compared to OTB.
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  keypusher: He seems to have replaced 1. f4 with 1. g3.

May-26-09  blacksburg: interesting that he has not also taken up the KID, and is still playing the dutch, despite switching to KIA system with white instead of 1.f4.
May-26-09  MaxxLange: the idea of playing the "reversed" Black openings with an extra move in hand hasn't worked out so well in practice -very interesting - I think Suba and Dvoretsky other theoretical writers have discussed this issue

As far as I can tell, as I say upstream, the "Polar Bear" was a reversed Leningrad Dutch, with a good repertoire to handle other anti-Bird lines

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  parisattack: <MaxxLange: the idea of playing the "reversed" Black openings with an extra move in hand hasn't worked out so well in practice -very interesting - I think Suba and Dvoretsky other theoretical writers have discussed this issue>

Reverse openings lose the thrust-counter thrust that makes them work in their original form. A good example is 1. e4, c5 and 1. c4, e5. Not necesaarily a bad choice, of course - unless you do expect to get a good Black line with an extra tempo...

Sep-03-09  fhl: Henrik is doing well in this tournament (The Icelandic Championship 2009):

He has 3 wins after 3 games.

1st round games:

2nd round games:

3rd round games:

You can watch the games live here:

Sep-11-09  MaxxLange: So. What is the best play against the "Polar Bear" system, as a reversed Leningrad Dutch from the Bird, anyway?

I told one chess friend about it, and now he is Polar Bearing-me hard every time, unless I play From's Gambit.

I am getting good results with the gambit, but I feel like I should know how to play the main lines too

Jun-19-10  FICSwoodpusher: What happened to ?
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  Tabanus: Winner today of the Heini Olsen Memorial (Faroe Islands) 20-26 July 2010:, congratulations!

Aug-14-10  GamerMan: @MaxxLange:
1. ... d5 has the best results vs the bird's opening with in the past two decades. From there, the opening is slow enough that you could try for a variation of the dutch leningrad reversed; try for a king's indian type positiont with Nf6, g6, Bg7, o-o, and c5; or try for a Colle System with solid play (if i do this, i usually do advance to c5 rather than the passive c6).

Also, you could repsond with c5, aiming for a closed sicillian, though i still prefer the e5 lines over this.

Feb-25-11  paavoh: @gamerman, maxxlange:

The 1. f4 "Polar Bear system" videos are now available on website. It seems that GM Danielsen fails to include anything on 1.- d5, which is rather surprising. In many of the other variations, White gets in a free e2-e4 which must be a bonus.

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  whiteshark: Interview with GM Henrik Danielsen:
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  moronovich: Feb-25-11 (!) paavoh: @gamerman, maxxlange:

The 1. f4 "Polar Bear system" videos are now available on website. It seems that GM Danielsen fails to include anything on 1.- d5, which is rather surprising. In many of the other variations, White gets in a free e2-e4 which must be a bonus.

Voice from the future :)

Mar-13-12  BIDMONFA: Henrik Danielsen


May-21-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Henrik took first place (on tiebreak) in the H.C.Andersen Mind Games - a chess tourney - held in Odense, Denmark last week.

Nov-05-12  sagahelten: There is a downloadable video Chessbase with GM Henrik Danielsen explaining the London System (1. d4 d5 2. Bf4). There's a sample here:
Jan-21-15  SimonWebbsTiger: Henrik recently took joint first in the CXU Øbro New Year's Open (Denmark, 27-30/12/14).
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  Richard Taylor: I checkmated this chap in a Blitz game. It is on here. But of course it was a one off...anything can happen in Blitz. !
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Henrik Danielsen.
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