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Helgi Ass Gretarsson
Number of games in database: 140
Years covered: 1990 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2415 (2421 rapid, 2529 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2544

Overall record: +45 -48 =43 (48.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (11) 
    E12 E14
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A40 A41 D02 A50 E10
 Slav (7) 
    D10 D11
 King's Indian (5) 
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A70 A57 A58
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A37 A36 A34
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (16) 
    D10 D16 D12 D15 D11
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C60 C75 C76 C73 C74
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    D02 D00 A45 A40 A50
 Robatsch (5) 
 Pirc (5) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C53 C50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H A Gretarsson vs Smyslov, 1995 1-0
   H A Gretarsson vs Stefansson, 2002 1-0
   Kulaots vs H A Gretarsson, 1992 0-1
   Ganguly vs H A Gretarsson, 2002 0-1
   H A Gretarsson vs G Sargissian, 2002 1-0
   H A Gretarsson vs B Thorfinnsson, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Club Cup (2003)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)
   European Team Championship (2019)

   🏆 European Club Cup
   H A Gretarsson vs D Gorodetzky (Nov-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   H A Gretarsson vs M Perunovic (Nov-15-19) 0-1
   H A Gretarsson vs H Cardon (Nov-12-19) 0-1
   Leko vs H A Gretarsson (Nov-11-19) 1/2-1/2
   Valerio Carnicelli vs H A Gretarsson (Nov-10-19) 1-0

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(born Feb-18-1977, 43 years old) Iceland

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In 1994, GM Gretarsson won the World U-20 Chess Championship.

Wikipedia article: Helgi Grétarsson

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 140  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Razuvaev vs H A Gretarsson  1-0421990Reykjavik OpenE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
2. Hebden vs H A Gretarsson  ½-½591992Troll MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. P Motwani vs H A Gretarsson  1-0311992HafnarfjordurC25 Vienna
4. H A Gretarsson vs Petursson  0-1411992HafnarfjordurE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. Kulaots vs H A Gretarsson 0-1301992Wch U16C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
6. J Gdanski vs H A Gretarsson  1-0651993Cappelle la GrandeC26 Vienna
7. Sutovsky vs H A Gretarsson  ½-½451993Wch U16C53 Giuoco Piano
8. H A Gretarsson vs Movsesian  ½-½171993Wch U16E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. H A Gretarsson vs M Lyell 1-045199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA80 Dutch
10. H A Gretarsson vs S Conquest  0-149199317th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA80 Dutch
11. H A Gretarsson vs E Magerramov  ½-½531993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
12. S Y Shipov vs H A Gretarsson  1-0691993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openD94 Grunfeld
13. J S Nesterov vs H A Gretarsson  1-0341993Groningen Chess Festival; GM openA07 King's Indian Attack
14. M Van Herck vs H A Gretarsson 0-1251994Cup European ClubC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
15. H A Gretarsson vs T Bjornsson  ½-½651994ISL-chTA80 Dutch
16. H A Gretarsson vs Shabalov  1-0471994Reykjavik OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. G Vescovi vs H A Gretarsson  ½-½111994Wch U20C29 Vienna Gambit
18. V Georgiev vs H A Gretarsson  0-1441994Wch U20C52 Evans Gambit
19. H A Gretarsson vs Van der Wiel  ½-½251994OlympiadE12 Queen's Indian
20. H A Gretarsson vs Petursson  ½-½231995Ch Iceland 1994/95 Reykjavik (Iceland)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. H Westerinen vs H A Gretarsson ½-½1131995Gausdal MastersC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
22. M Olesen vs H A Gretarsson  1-03319951C31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
23. D Coleman vs H A Gretarsson 1-0241995Troll MastersC44 King's Pawn Game
24. Kharlov vs H A Gretarsson  0-1361995Leeuwarden opA10 English
25. H A Gretarsson vs Van der Wiel  1-0441995Leeuwarden opE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
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Jan-26-04  OneBadDog: I think Helgi is a male name.
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  Chessical: <Tigran Petrosian> Not so much LOL as <attain prose grin>
May-12-04  Tigran Petrosian: Yeah... But it is still funny.
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  Chessical: <Tigran Petrosian> My post is an anagram of your sign-on handle which matches the idea of LOL, not any comment on your sense of humour.
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  tpstar: <Chessical> Love your clever anagrams! Of course you found glass tiger nose rash, right? Or sing atop terrain for our friend TP? But I'm afraid not everyone enjoys word games, cliche a$$. :>)
Jun-30-04  tomh72000: Jesus, you have a talent with words <tpstar>
Jun-30-04  qqq: <chessical> what does "attain prose grin" mean?
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  Chessical: <qqq> It is an anagram of "Tigran Petrosian". I was playfully trying to get as close to LOL (laugh out loud) as I could using the letters of his name after reading his post of May 12th. Humour just doesn't seem to work if you try to explain it!
Jun-30-04  Dick Brain: I think he is proud of his middle name because I don't think using one is at all universal in Scandanavia.
Jul-22-05  Halldor: From: Robert James Fischer <Montreal1666: <Halldor:> A Technical Question. They say this player is from Iceland: Helgi Ass Gretarsson. Is that his middle name!!!!? And how common is it?>

Yes, he lives in Reykjavik. The right spelling of his second name is actually Áss, but for the sake of convenience Icelandic words are often deprived of their native super-structure. Á is the diphthong [au]. Áss or Ás means an ancient Nordic god (plural: Æsir =Aesir). It is more common in connections such as Ásgeir, Ásmund, Ásþór [austhour], etc. The word becomes 'os' in Old English, meaning 'god', and in Althochdeutch it becomes 'ans-', or 'ansi-' in names such as Ansbert, Ansgard, Anselm. The origin is unclear. (In modern Scandinavien languages it is: 'as'; in German: 'Ase'.)

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  Joshka: <Halldor> Helgi was World Junior Champ in 1994!! Did he give up the game?
Dec-12-05  Halldor: <Joshka> I just saw your post now, sorry! I'm rather irregular reader here, sometimes I only check the puzzle of the day.

Helgi Áss has been busy studying law, so I don't know if he has been playing the last two years, but still he writes about chess for the newspaper Morgunblaðið - a popular daily chess corner with a puzzle from some recent game, and also irregular longer chess columns.

Jan-08-06  Poisonpawns: How do we pronounce this guys name in english?
Mar-20-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Ass is pronouced ACE in english.It means Mouth piece of God,like the spoken Word of God.
Mar-20-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Its a nordic word not english, ass in english of course has a different meaning.ass in nordic is like wind or air I believe.Ask someone from Norway they would know better than me,but its pronouced ACE
Jul-17-06  agnarlarusson: Like ´Halldor´ just said, it´s pronounced [aus]
Sep-15-06  BIDMONFA: Helgi Ass Gretarsson


Dec-17-08  waustad: It appears that he rarely plays in tournaments now, with his last FIDE rated games in 2006. He was much more active through '04.
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  wordfunph: 1994 World Juniors Championship:

17-year-old Icelander FM Helgi Gretarsson scored 9.5 out of 13 to win the event. After he won, he was automatically awarded the Grandmaster title without first being an International Master.

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  FSR: <wordfunph> What is the source of that?
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  Tabanus: Helgi Dagbjartur Áss Grétarsson.

I'd prefer it if CG spelled the names correctly in the header, even if not in the games. Any technical problems with that?

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  louispaulsen88888888: To answer the first post, Icelandic male names end in “son. “Female names in “ dottir “. If Helgi has a son, his last name would be Helgisson.
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  louispaulsen88888888: I refer to last names, of course.
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  Penguincw: Helgi Ass Gretarsson wins the Icelandic Open with 8.5/10, by a point and a half.

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Gretarsson.
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