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Hannes Stefansson
H Stefansson 
Number of games in database: 1,301
Years covered: 1986 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2542 (2517 rapid, 2530 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2600

Overall record: +455 -258 =462 (58.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 126 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (150) 
    B42 B90 B47 B33 B32
 Ruy Lopez (87) 
    C95 C67 C78 C84 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (44) 
    C95 C84 C92 C99 C97
 King's Indian (43) 
    E60 E62 E67 E63 E80
 French Defense (35) 
    C11 C18 C10 C14 C02
 Sicilian Najdorf (29) 
    B90 B92 B93 B91 B96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (129) 
    B47 B22 B43 B42 B66
 Ruy Lopez (81) 
    C78 C65 C92 C67 C69
 Queen's Indian (68) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (48) 
    E32 E46 E53 E20 E21
 Semi-Slav (39) 
    D43 D45 D49 D47 D44
 Sicilian Taimanov (31) 
    B47 B48 B46 B49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Stefansson vs Bruzon Batista, 2001 1-0
   Stefansson vs J Herms Agullo, 2011 1-0
   Stefansson vs J Norqvist, 1998 1-0
   Stefansson vs Karpov, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Adams vs Stefansson, 1987 0-1
   Stefansson vs E Hedman, 2002 1-0
   G Grimsson vs Stefansson, 2003 0-1
   Stefansson vs Piket, 1998 1-0
   Stefansson vs S Kasparov, 2001 1-0
   Stefansson vs Z Franco Ocampos, 2002 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (2000)
   Reykjavik Open (1994)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2009)
   Icelandic Championship (1987)
   Lost Boys Open (1998)
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2002)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)
   European Championship (2001)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2001 Capablanca memorial (elite) by gauer
   2001 Capablanca memorial (elite) by trh6upsz

   🏆 Reykjavik Open
   Ming Yao Gavin Koh vs H Stefansson (Mar-31-23) 0-1
   H Stefansson vs L Salles (Mar-30-23) 0-1
   M Shundi vs H Stefansson (Mar-29-23) 0-1
   H Stefansson vs K Drozdowski (Dec-18-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   M Bartel vs H Stefansson (Dec-18-22) 0-1, rapid

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(born Jul-18-1972, 50 years old) Iceland

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IM (1988); GM (1993); World U16 Champion (1987); Icelandic Champion (1998, 1999, 2001-2008, 2010 and 2013).


<Youth> Won the World U16 Championship in 1987 staged in Innsbruck in Austria.

<Junior> Runner up to Rune Djurhuus at the 1991 European Junior Championship staged in Arnhem, Netherlands.

<National> He is a 12-times Icelandic Champion, most recently in 2013. (1)


He won Acropolis International (1993) in Athens and was =1st with Hedinn Steingrimsson, Yuriy Kryvoruchko and Mihail Marin in the Reykjavik Open (2009). Won the 2015 Teplice Open on tiebreak ahead of Evgeny Postny.

(1) Wikipedia article: Icelandic Chess Championship

Wikipedia article: Hannes Stefansson

Last updated: 2019-02-16 12:09:20

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,478  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Stefansson vs T Thorhallsson  ½-½571986ISL-chB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
2. M Wilder vs H Stefansson  1-0461986Reykjavik OpenA47 Queen's Indian
3. H Stefansson vs H Karlsson  1-0201986Reykjavik OpenC41 Philidor Defense
4. H Stefansson vs K Thorsteins  0-1461986Reykjavik OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. K Gudmundsson vs H Stefansson  0-1381986Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
6. S Bjarnason vs H Stefansson  0-1391986Reykjavik OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. H Stefansson vs O Renet  1-0191987Hastings op 8788B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
8. P Cramling vs H Stefansson  1-0411987Gausdal IntD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Adams vs H Stefansson 0-1541987Wch U16B01 Scandinavian
10. H Stefansson vs Degraeve  1-0381987Wch U16B33 Sicilian
11. H Stefansson vs Degraeve  0-1351987World Junior ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
12. V Alaan vs H Stefansson  1-0341987World Junior ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
13. H Stefansson vs H Al Khater  1-0201987World Junior ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. G Rechlis vs H Stefansson  1-0211987World Junior ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
15. H Stefansson vs T Kokkila  1-0331987World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. M Ballmann vs H Stefansson  0-1291987World Junior ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. H Stefansson vs B Martin  0-1581987World Junior ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
18. H Stefansson vs P Wolff  0-1391987World Junior ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
19. Blatny vs H Stefansson  1-0201987World Junior ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. H Stefansson vs M Tan  0-1391987World Junior ChampionshipB89 Sicilian
21. H Stefansson vs I Bern  1-0391987World Junior ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
22. A Cruz Condori vs H Stefansson  ½-½281987World Junior ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
23. H Stefansson vs P Littlewood  0-136198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
24. H Stefansson vs Dlugy  0-139198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB89 Sicilian
25. H Stefansson vs P Rossiter  1-027198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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Oct-30-04  aw1988: Lol Sneaky is right... he does bear an interesting resemblance!
Oct-30-04  jcmoral: He looks like he's asleep.
Oct-30-04  aw1988: Maybe he's playing Vladimir Kramnik... that could be the reason.
Jul-30-05  WMD: There must be something noteworthy about the player of the day, aside from his looking nothing like Tom Hanks. Come on, people, think.
Jul-30-05  OJC: Somewhat noteworthy is that he drew the much higher rated Radjabov today, allowing Iceland to avoid a clean sweep at the European team championships.
Jul-18-06  BIDMONFA: Hannes Stefansson


Jul-18-07  whiteshark: A very good description you find here:
Jul-18-07  rozumim: Yes, indeed, a terrific description. Very thorough and informative. Now, if I could just read Polish....
Jul-18-07  Waitaka: So this guy has been the player of the day twice?
Jul-18-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Hannes!
Jul-25-08  GeauxCool: Stefansson vs D Magalashvili, 2008

After 22...b4

White to move and win:

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  Tabanus: Reykjavik Open ended today, with Stefansson in 4th place:

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  Tabanus: Not surprising, the Iceland champion 2010 is Hannes Stefansson:

Sep-26-10  ketchuplover: Born during the match! (or close to it)
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  Penguincw: Still have a fairly good tournament. +1 is not bad. He also held David Navara to a draw.

Stefansson vs Navara, 2012

Jul-18-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Stefansson!
Feb-03-13  wordfunph: GM Hannes Stefansson scored 2.5/9 in Selfoss 2003. According to GM Nick de Firmian, "Stefansson's bad result had a reason a number of chess players could respect. He gave up drinking alcohol three weeks before the tournament, which must drastically upset a player's toutine."
Jun-10-13  twinlark: Congratulation on winning the Iceland Championship for the 12th time!
Jun-10-13  twinlark: Make that 11 times...
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  Penguincw: Congrats to 5th seed GM Hannes Stefansson (2580) for winning the "Open Teplice 2015 International Chess Tournament". He finished with 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3), edging out Evgeny Posny on tiebreaks.
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the 11-time Icelandic Chess Championship champ GM Stefansson!
Jul-18-16  Infohunter: Happy Birthday to Hannes Stefánsson! Not only eleven-time Icelandic chess champion but also born during the Fischer-Spassky World Championship Match in Reykjavík.
Feb-16-19  adalthor23: According to my information, Hannes is 12 time icelandic champion, he won also the championship in 2010.
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  WTHarvey: Here's an early sac by Hannes.

Hannes Stefansson vs Hilmar Karlsson, Reykjavik, 1986

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Solution (in reverse)

21.Qh3+ 20...hxg5 if 20.Ng5+

Feb-12-20  adalthor23: Hannes won in 2019, that was an open icelandic championship. He has won the icelandic championship thirteen times now!
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