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Hannes Hlifar Stefansson
Number of games in database: 1,172
Years covered: 1986 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2542 (2517 rapid, 2530 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2600

Overall record: +410 -231 =422 (58.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 109 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (136) 
    B42 B90 B47 B33 B32
 Ruy Lopez (81) 
    C95 C78 C67 C92 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (43) 
    C95 C92 C84 C99 C97
 King's Indian (43) 
    E60 E62 E67 E63 E80
 French Defense (31) 
    C11 C18 C10 C14 C05
 Sicilian Najdorf (23) 
    B90 B92 B93 B91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (118) 
    B47 B43 B22 B42 B30
 Ruy Lopez (74) 
    C78 C65 C92 C67 C69
 Queen's Indian (59) 
    E12 E15 E17 E19 E14
 Nimzo Indian (46) 
    E32 E46 E21 E53 E20
 Semi-Slav (38) 
    D43 D45 D47 D49 D44
 Sicilian Taimanov (30) 
    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)
   Icelandic Championship (1987)
   Lost Boys Open (1998)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2011)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   European Championship (2004)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   European Championship (2001)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)

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

   🏆 European Individual Championship
   Stefansson vs Y Ben Ari (Apr-06-22) 1/2-1/2
   Navara vs Stefansson (Apr-05-22) 1/2-1/2
   M Bartel vs Stefansson (Apr-04-22) 1/2-1/2
   Stefansson vs J Moussard (Apr-02-22) 0-1
   M Yilmaz vs Stefansson (Apr-01-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-18-1972, 49 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 52; games 1-25 of 1,296  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Wilder vs Stefansson  1-0461986Reykjavik OpenA47 Queen's Indian
2. Stefansson vs H Karlsson  1-0201986Reykjavik OpenC41 Philidor Defense
3. Stefansson vs K Thorsteins  0-1461986Reykjavik OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. K Gudmundsson vs Stefansson  0-1381986Reykjavik OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
5. S Bjarnason vs Stefansson  0-1391986Reykjavik OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. P Cramling vs Stefansson  1-0411987Gausdal IntD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Stefansson vs O Renet  1-0191987Hastings op 8788B87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
8. Adams vs Stefansson 0-1541987Wch U16B01 Scandinavian
9. Stefansson vs Degraeve  1-0381987Wch U16B33 Sicilian
10. Blatny vs Stefansson  1-0201987Wch U20B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. Stefansson vs P Littlewood  0-136198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
12. Stefansson vs Dlugy  0-139198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB89 Sicilian
13. Stefansson vs P Rossiter  1-027198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. T Arnason vs Stefansson  ½-½321987Icelandic ChampionshipA60 Benoni Defense
15. Stefansson vs S Bjarnason  0-1371987Icelandic ChampionshipC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. Stefansson vs G Runarsson  1-0571987Icelandic ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
17. Stefansson vs T Thorhallsson  1-0291987Icelandic ChampionshipB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. O Kristjansson vs Stefansson  0-1431987Icelandic ChampionshipC00 French Defense
19. Stefansson vs G Thorhallsson  1-0271987Icelandic ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
20. A Karason vs Stefansson  0-1441987Icelandic ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Petursson vs Stefansson  1-0271987Icelandic ChampionshipA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
22. K Thorsteins vs Stefansson  1-0271987Icelandic ChampionshipA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
23. D Hansson vs Stefansson  0-1481987Icelandic ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
24. H Olafsson vs Stefansson  1-0401987Icelandic ChampionshipD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
25. Stefansson vs D Olafsson  1-0541987Icelandic ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
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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?
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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Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Reykjavik Open ended today, with Stefansson in 4th place:

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

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  ketchuplover: Born during the match! (or close to it)
Premium Chessgames Member
  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...
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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