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Gudmundur Kjartansson
G Kjartansson 
Photo courtesy of B. Jónsson           
Number of games in database: 472
Years covered: 2000 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2467 (2451 rapid, 2321 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +179 -171 =120 (50.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (34) 
    A15 A13 A17 A14 A11
 Sicilian (25) 
    B76 B33 B32 B90 B56
 King's Indian (23) 
    E71 E97 E99 E62 E60
 English, 1 c4 c5 (20) 
    A37 A30 A38 A35
 English, 1 c4 e5 (13) 
    A20 A29 A25 A21
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D35 D38 D37 D30 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (28) 
    B12 B18 B10 B11 B13
 Semi-Slav (20) 
    D43 D45 D44 D47 D48
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    A46 A45 A41 E00 E10
 Queen's Indian (13) 
    E12 E15 E16
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C65 C92 C96 C77 C78
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E25 E32 E34 E46 E37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Kjartansson vs J P McKenna, 2009 1-0
   E Blomqvist vs G Kjartansson, 2015 0-1
   G Kjartansson vs J Rety, 2005 1-0
   S Bergsson vs G Kjartansson, 2004 1/2-1/2
   G Kjartansson vs S Fedorchuk, 2013 1-0
   Claus Seyfried vs G Kjartansson, 2015 0-1
   G Kjartansson vs R Griffiths, 2009 1-0
   S Mihajlov vs G Kjartansson, 2011 0-1
   D Howell vs G Kjartansson, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2014/15 (2014)
   Hastings 2005/06 (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   Hastings 2011/12 (2011)
   Hastings 2008/09 (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   21st Belgrade Trophy (2008)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Xtracon Open (2019)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)

   🏆 Sunway Sitges International Open
   G Kjartansson vs M Lagarde (Dec-20-19) 0-1
   H Melkumyan vs G Kjartansson (Dec-19-19) 1/2-1/2
   F Peralta vs G Kjartansson (Dec-17-19) 1-0
   G Kjartansson vs Ori Kochavi (Dec-16-19) 1-0
   R Praggnanandhaa vs G Kjartansson (Dec-15-19) 1-0

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(born Mar-06-1988, 32 years old) Iceland

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FM (2007); International Master (2009); Iceland Champion (2014 and 2017); 1 GM norm (2014)

Gained his IM norms at the Caissa IM August 2005, the Tenkes Kupa Open Championship in Hungary in November 2008 and at the First Saturday IM (B) in June 2009.

Winner of the City of Sabadell International Open 2013, =2nd at Hastings Chess Congress (2014), winner of the Championship of Iceland in 2014 (winning a GM norm) and =1st at the San Salvador Open 2014.

In the latter he missed his his 2nd GM norm despite scoring 4/5 (+3 =2) against his GM opponents (including Eduardo Patricio Iturrizaga Bonelli and Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez) as his first three opponents, whom he defeated, had ratings over 400 or more less than himself. This resulted in reducing the rating average of his opponents in the event below the threshold of 2380 allowed under FIDE Regulations for determining GM norms. (1)


Last updated: 2017-05-28 09:09:00

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 472  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Kjartansson vs S Bjornsson  1-0452000Reykjavik op19E77 King's Indian
2. S Bjarnason vs G Kjartansson  1-0702000Reykjavik op19A07 King's Indian Attack
3. G Kjartansson vs T Bjornsson  ½-½502000Reykjavik op19B33 Sicilian
4. A A Bykhovsky vs G Kjartansson  1-0482000Reykjavik op19B53 Sicilian
5. G Kjartansson vs A Jackson  1-0282000Reykjavik op19B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
6. R Hardarson vs G Kjartansson  0-1282000Reykjavik op19B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. G Kjartansson vs Agrest  0-1672000Reykjavik op19B42 Sicilian, Kan
8. T Lampen vs G Kjartansson  1-0632000Reykjavik op19B23 Sicilian, Closed
9. G Kjartansson vs B Thorfinnsson  0-1392000Reykjavik op19B56 Sicilian
10. G Kjartansson vs N Tolstikh  0-1412000KB Czech OpenB56 Sicilian
11. G Kjartansson vs R Jarvinen  0-1482001Nordic School-chC53 Giuoco Piano
12. G Kjartansson vs B Thorsteinsson  ½-½352001Jonsson Mem OpenC45 Scotch Game
13. S Kristjansson vs G Kjartansson  1-0422001Jonsson Mem OpenA06 Reti Opening
14. G Kjartansson vs A Gunnarsson  0-1242001Jonsson Mem OpenC45 Scotch Game
15. G Kjartansson vs K Edvardsson  ½-½582001Jonsson Mem OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. S Bjarnason vs G Kjartansson  0-1492001Jonsson Mem OpenA09 Reti Opening
17. L Ptacnikova vs G Kjartansson  1-0422001Jonsson Mem OpenA25 English
18. G Kjartansson vs T Bjornsson  0-1352001Jonsson Mem OpenC10 French
19. G Valgardsson vs G Kjartansson 0-1222001Jonsson Mem OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. G Kjartansson vs O Simonsen  0-1302001Jonsson Mem OpenC45 Scotch Game
21. H Baldursson vs G Kjartansson  1-0622001Jonsson Mem OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
22. P Charbonneau vs G Kjartansson 1-0592004Reykjavik OpenB33 Sicilian
23. G Kjartansson vs S Bjornsson  1-0442004Reykjavik OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
24. Pokorna vs G Kjartansson  1-0522004Reykjavik OpenB33 Sicilian
25. G Kjartansson vs D Arngrimsson  ½-½172004Reykjavik OpenC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 472  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-12-08  alexapple: How to pronounce Kjartansson?
Jul-13-08  DukeAlba: Icelanders' last names are patronymic. Kjartansson means "Son of Kjartan. It's pronounced Key-artan's son...
Jul-14-09  SimonWebbsTiger: Absolute chaos on the chess board in round 4 of the Scottish Chp. See this!
Jan-16-13  BIDMONFA: Gudmundur Kjartansson


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<Surprisingly, nobody of the Grandmasters emerged a winner, but the 26-year-old IM Gudmundur Kjartansson, who finished first with 6,5/9 points, leaving the nearest followers a full point behind.

GM Hedinn Steingrimsson and the 12-time-Icelandic-champion GM Hannes Stefánsson shared second place with 5,5/9 points each, but Steingrimsson took the silver on superior tie-break score>:

A report and picture of the new champion:

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Kjartsson for his start at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2015). He won his first game and then beat Bartel with black! Tomorrow, he has white against Bachmann.
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  Penguincw: Another round has passed, and Kjartansson (my apologizes for the spelling mistake in the above post) remains a perfect 3/3. He is not only the lowest rated player to still have a perfect score, but the only IM.

While he managed to beat each of his first 3 opponents (including 2 2600+ GMs), he has black against Svidler (!) tomorrow, who happens to have a lower score (2.5) than him.

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  kamalakanta: Gudmundur, congratulations on winning the 2017 Icelandic Championship!

I looked at all your games. You played with great energy and enthusiasm! Strong, good chess throughout!

with best wishes,


P.S.- I am active in

Jul-31-17  fisayo123: The line in the Zaitsev with <1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3 d6 9. h3 Bb7 10. d4 Re8 11. Nbd2 exd4!> Should be named the Kjartansson Zaitsev as he was the one who first popularized it in GM practice.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to IM Gudmundur Kjartansson.

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