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Hannes Hlifar Stefansson
Number of games in database: 1,005
Years covered: 1987 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2546 (2517 rapid, 2530 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2600

Overall record: +333 -208 =359 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 105 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (105) 
    B90 B42 B47 B33 B84
 Ruy Lopez (70) 
    C95 C92 C67 C78 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (39) 
    C95 C92 C84 C97 C99
 King's Indian (38) 
    E60 E67 E62 E63 E71
 French Defense (27) 
    C11 C18 C10 C14 C01
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D76 D85 D78 D70 D79
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (104) 
    B47 B22 B43 B42 B66
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C78 C65 C67 C69 C92
 Queen's Indian (47) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E32 E21 E46 E53 E20
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D43 D45 D47 D49 D44
 Sicilian Taimanov (28) 
    B47 B48 B46 B49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Stefansson vs L 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
   G Grimsson vs Stefansson, 2003 0-1
   Adams vs Stefansson, 1987 0-1
   Stefansson vs S Kasparov, 2001 1-0
   Stefansson vs A J Whiteley, 1993 1-0
   Stefansson vs Z Franco Ocampos, 2002 1-0
   Stefansson vs L Bruzon Batista, 2002 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (2010)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   Hasselbacken Open (2016)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   European Individual Championship (2015)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

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

   🏆 Prague Chess Festival (Challengers)
   J van Foreest vs Stefansson (Feb-21-20) 1-0
   Stefansson vs K Piorun (Feb-20-20) 0-1
   Stefansson vs N Abasov (Feb-19-20) 1/2-1/2
   M Bartel vs Stefansson (Feb-18-20) 1/2-1/2
   Stefansson vs J Krejci (Feb-16-20) 1-0

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(born Jul-18-1972, 47 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 41; games 1-25 of 1,005  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Cramling vs Stefansson  1-0411987Gausdal IntD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Petursson vs Stefansson  1-0271987Ch Iceland IcelandA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
3. Adams vs Stefansson 0-1541987Wch U18B01 Scandinavian
4. Stefansson vs Degraeve  1-0381987Wch U18B33 Sicilian
5. Blatny vs Stefansson  1-0201987Wch U20B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. Stefansson vs J Magnusson  1-0291988StockholmB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. Stefansson vs Petursson  ½-½691988It Reykjavik (Iceland) (01)D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. Stefansson vs Polugaevsky  ½-½511988Reykjavik OpenA13 English
9. Stefansson vs Dolmatov  ½-½351988Reykjavik OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
10. Judit Polgar vs Stefansson 1-0341988Egilsstadir A GroupB01 Scandinavian
11. A Dreev vs Stefansson  0-1391989Groningen (Netherlands)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Stefansson vs B Jonsson  ½-½281989ReykjavikC55 Two Knights Defense
13. Stefansson vs Topalov ½-½781989ArnhemC16 French, Winawer
14. Balashov vs Stefansson  1-0421989ReykjavikB06 Robatsch
15. Miles vs Stefansson  1-0261989New York OpenD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Stefansson vs Zsofia Polgar  ½-½391989New York OpenB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
17. Stefansson vs K Lerner  0-1711989GMA World Cup OpenB89 Sicilian
18. Stefansson vs C Hansen  ½-½411989GMA World Cup OpenB06 Robatsch
19. Gavrikov vs Stefansson  1-0901989GMA World Cup OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
20. Vyzmanavin vs Stefansson  1-0461989GMA World Cup OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
21. E Lobron vs Stefansson 0-1331989GMA World Cup OpenB01 Scandinavian
22. Stefansson vs Romanishin  1-0381989GMA World Cup OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
23. Stefansson vs P Popovic  ½-½281989GMA World Cup OpenA15 English
24. Murey vs Stefansson  ½-½311989GMA World Cup OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Stefansson vs Csom  1-0391989GMA World Cup OpenB57 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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


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  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?
Premium Chessgames Member
  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:

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  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

Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Stefansson!
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  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!
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  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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