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Johann Hjartarson
Number of games in database: 881
Years covered: 1979 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2525 (2512 rapid, 2502 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +265 -207 =311 (53.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 98 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (59) 
    B93 B32 B47 B42 B20
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C92 C84 C78 C96 C95
 King's Indian (31) 
    E97 E98 E76 E94 E99
 French Defense (29) 
    C18 C11 C05 C02 C16
 Nimzo Indian (25) 
    E32 E31 E43 E30 E49
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C92 C84 C93 C95 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (62) 
    C92 C97 C95 C93 C80
 Queen's Indian (53) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Sicilian (49) 
    B84 B42 B90 B20 B47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (42) 
    C92 C97 C95 C93 C99
 Nimzo Indian (36) 
    E32 E48 E20 E58 E53
 King's Indian (27) 
    E97 E60 E94 E64 E83
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hjartarson vs Korchnoi, 1988 1-0
   Smyslov vs Hjartarson, 1995 0-1
   R Hardarson vs Hjartarson, 1991 0-1
   Hjartarson vs S Ristoja, 2017 1-0
   R Martin del Campo vs Hjartarson, 1990 0-1
   J Yoos vs Hjartarson, 1996 0-1
   Hjartarson vs Van der Wiel, 1984 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Hjartarson, 1988 0-1
   Hjartarson vs Kasparov, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Taimanov vs Hjartarson, 1997 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Szirak Interzonal (1987)
   Greenland Open (2003)
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   Xtracon Open (2019)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Gibraltar Masters (2019)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tilburg Interpolis 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Vestmannaeyjar 1985 by Tabanus
   Belgrade 1989 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 Gibraltar Masters
   X Wemmers vs Hjartarson (Jan-30-20) 0-1
   Hjartarson vs I K Sukandar (Jan-29-20) 1/2-1/2
   S Gupta vs Hjartarson (Jan-28-20) 1/2-1/2
   Hjartarson vs Navara (Jan-27-20) 0-1
   M Kobalia vs Hjartarson (Jan-26-20) 1-0

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(born Feb-08-1963, 57 years old) Iceland

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Jhann Bjarni Hjartarson was born in Reykjavik. Awarded the IM title in 1984 and the GM title in 1985, he was Icelandic Champion in 1980, 1984, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2016. He became a World Title Candidate in 1987 when he finished 1st= at the Szirak Interzonal. He was victorious over Viktor Korchnoi (+3, =3, -2) in the quarter final but lost to Anatoly Karpov (+0, =3, -2) in 1989 in the semi-final. He played on four Icelandic Olympiad teams from 1980 to 1986 and in tournaments he was 1st at Reykjavik 1984 and 1st at Gjvik 1985.

Wikipedia article: Jóhann Hjartarson

Last updated: 2018-04-11 02:34:29

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 881  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Asmundsson vs Hjartarson  0-1521979ISL-chB40 Sicilian
2. L Day vs Hjartarson  1-05219808th World OpenB10 Caro-Kann
3. Hjartarson vs E Lobron  1-0511980Chess OlympiadE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
4. Marjanovic vs Hjartarson  1-01051980Chess OlympiadC67 Ruy Lopez
5. J L Arnason vs Hjartarson  1-0241981Ch IcelandC34 King's Gambit Accepted
6. Keene vs Hjartarson 1-0431981England v. Iceland (Telex)E41 Nimzo-Indian
7. L Shamkovich vs Hjartarson 1-0231981Lone PineB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Hjartarson vs A Kuligowski  1-0441981Lone PineA13 English
9. V Liberzon vs Hjartarson  1-0311981Lone PineB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. Hjartarson vs D H Campora  ½-½481981Lone PineD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Hjartarson vs Bisguier  ½-½171981Lone PineC67 Ruy Lopez
12. P Biyiasas vs Hjartarson  ½-½421981Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
13. J L Watson vs Hjartarson  0-1231981Lone PineA37 English, Symmetrical
14. Hjartarson vs Ivkov  ½-½631981Lone PineD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Fedorowicz vs Hjartarson  ½-½81981Lone PineA15 English
16. Hjartarson vs A Sokolov  ½-½191981EU-ch U20B83 Sicilian
17. M L Condie vs Hjartarson  ½-½511981EU-ch U20C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Hjartarson vs J M Hodgson  ½-½261981EU-ch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
19. J Delaney vs Hjartarson  0-1631981EU-ch U20B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
20. T Karolyi Jr. vs Hjartarson  1-0951981EU-ch U20D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
21. Hjartarson vs C Hansen  0-1341981EU-ch U20E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
22. M Lanzani vs Hjartarson  0-1301981EU-ch U20B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
23. A Frois vs Hjartarson  0-1201981EU-ch U20A45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Hjartarson vs N Sulava  1-0531981EU-ch U20B23 Sicilian, Closed
25. J L Arnason vs Hjartarson  0-1331982ISL-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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  Benzol: LOL. Cheers <Brad> Yes that should have been Icelandic champion but sometimes the brain is well ahead of the fingers. He's probably making more money being a lawyer than he ever did from chess.
Jul-18-05  Lord.Dracula: This guy was 1st= in an Interzonal and has beaten Korchnoi in a match! Why isn't he more known?
Jul-18-05  mymt: <Lord.Dracula> get your teeth into this Korchnoi vs Hjartarson, 1988
Jul-18-05  mymt: he is well known but mostly by older players who were around in the "80s"
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  Joshka: <halldor> Do you know Johann? He just attended a Fischer lecture! Wonder if he has an ICC account?
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  Joshka: Did Johann qualify for the Reykjavik championship that is going on? Believe the final round is today?
Aug-21-05  Halldor: <Joshka> Yes, and I think he's still the strongest player here. He sometimes plays in blitz tournaments for fun. He quit his professional chess career when a flood of good but poor chessplayers came to the West after the fall of communism and times became hard for the western chessplayers. - I don't know if he has an ICC account. (Once I was a member there but I was too irregular player to justify the fee, idle for months. Still I miss it, esp. the direct broadcasts, maybe I start again later.)

The final round of the Reykjavk championship is today (wish I had time to go but I have to work). Jhann is not playing, but today he will be in the showroom analyzing for the spectators.

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  Joshka: <Halldor> Allright thanks for the update on the championship! Yes we all know only too well the phrase "but I have to work":-)....PS Thinking of travel to Iceland in 06 sometime, peak daylight hours are June 21st? and peak darkness is Dec. 21st?..thanks again for sharing!
Jan-04-06  karlth: Hjartason was probably the strongest of the group of Icelandic Grandmasters that surfaced in the post Olafsson/Fischer vs Spassky era.

His successful match against Korchnoi was a huge event in Iceland at the time.

Today he works as director of legal affairs at Decode, a biopharmaceutical company.

Jan-13-06  schnarre: <karlth> Does he still play from time to time?
Jan-13-06  BIDMONFA: Johann Bjarni Hjartarson


Jan-13-06  karlth: Yes he plays occasionally.
Feb-15-06  schnarre: <karlth> Anything recently?
May-31-06  Halldor: A comeback for Jhann? He's now playing on the Icelandic Olympiad team in Turin.
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  lostemperor: We all know about the longest winning streak. Fischer holds that record of 20 (and if we go back Steinitz has an even longer streak). But for the record; who has the longest losing streak of a grandmaster or better yet a former world champion candidate. This strong GM it seems. Johann Hjartarson has had a losing streak of 10 classical games. In 1989 he lost the last six games of Linares followed by the first 4 games of VSB Amsterdam tournament. I hope that, unlike some of his less fortunate colleagues, Hjartarson will be remembered for his successful wins rather than his losses!
Jul-27-08  percyblakeney: <Johann Hjartarson has had a losing streak of 10 classical games. In 1989...>

That's almost impressive looking at his other results from those days. In 1988 he won a Candidates match against Korchnoi (in his last eight Candidates matches the latter had won seven and only lost against Kasparov). Then Hjartarson lost his next Candidates match against Karpov, but at least he only lost two games. In Reykjavik Hjartarson finished shared fourth after Kasparov, Beliavsky and Tal but ahead of more than a dozen others in a very strong field.

Then comes a great start in Linares 1989... followed by ten losses in a row. Strange.

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  lostemperor: I have been able to track down the 10 consecutive games Johann Hjartarson lost. The Linares part of six games, thanks to a post of <nescio> for a possible game collection of <suenteus po 147>. For the record:

Ljubojevic vs Hjartarson, 1989

Hjartarson vs Karpov, 1989

Portisch vs Hjartarson, 1989

Hjartarson vs Ivanchuk, 1989

Timman vs Hjartarson, 1989

Hjartarson vs Short, 1989

Salov vs Hjartarson, 1989

Hjartarson vs Timman, 1989

Short vs Hjartarson, 1989

Hjartarson vs Salov, 1989

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  GrahamClayton: Hjartarson finished =3rd at Tilburg in 1988 (+2, =7, -2). He was a last-minute replacement player, and had to abandon his honeymoon to take part.

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, "Oxford Companion to Chess", 2nd edition, OUP, 1992

Dec-04-08  waustad: If I played the 10 he lost to consecutively, I'd be scarred for life. He had about 900 rating points on me so shouldn't have been quite as traumatized but that lineup is not full of weakies.
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  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday Young Man :)
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Johann Hjartarson.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Johann Hjartarson.
Jun-14-16  ndg2: He won again the Icelandic championships.
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  Tabanus:, congrats with 2017 Nordic Champion title! No Norwegians participated though ;)

Hjartarson made a kind of come-back a couple of years ago.

Jul-07-17  sonia91: <Tabanus:, congrats with 2017 Nordic Champion title! No Norwegians participated though ;) Hjartarson made a kind of come-back a couple of years ago.>

He also qualified to World Cup 2017 thanks to this victory (on tiebreak from Nils Grandelius). This is his 2nd Nordic championship title, the first being in 1997 (20 years ago!).

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