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Helgi Olafsson
H Olafsson 

Number of games in database: 983
Years covered: 1975 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2511 (2517 rapid, 2416 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2595
Overall record: +263 -205 =430 (53.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 85 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (66) 
    E92 E77 E60 E94 E91
 Queen's Indian (39) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17 E13
 English (38) 
    A15 A17 A14 A16 A13
 Queen's Pawn Game (35) 
    E10 D02 A41 A46 A40
 English, 1 c4 c5 (34) 
    A30 A34 A33 A37 A32
 Slav (26) 
    D18 D11 D10 D12 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (124) 
    B90 B93 B80 B51 B92
 Sicilian Najdorf (57) 
    B90 B93 B92 B91 B97
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E32 E25 E45 E54 E55
 Queen's Indian (43) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A45 E00 A46 A40 D02
 Grunfeld (21) 
    D85 D87 D90 D91 D97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Olafsson vs J Levitt, 1990 1-0
   L Karlsson vs H Olafsson, 1979 0-1
   H Olafsson vs B Thorfinnsson, 2001 1-0
   K Gudmundsson vs H Olafsson, 2004 0-1
   D Kosic vs H Olafsson, 2011 0-1
   H Olafsson vs Larsen, 1985 1/2-1/2
   H Olafsson vs Petursson, 1988 1/2-1/2
   H Olafsson vs Psakhis, 1989 1/2-1/2
   H Olafsson vs de Firmian, 1985 1/2-1/2
   H Olafsson vs V McCambridge, 1977 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Icelandic Championship (1987)
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)
   Dortmund-A (1988)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Espoo Zonal (1989)
   Johann Thorir Jonsson Memorial (2001)
   New York GHI (1977)
   Reykjavik Open (2002)
   Reykjavik Open (1986)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   European Team Championship (2011)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Vestmannaeyjar 1985 by Tabanus

   🏆 Isle of Man Masters
   H Olafsson vs D Eggleston (Oct-27-18) 1-0
   D Howell vs H Olafsson (Oct-26-18) 1-0
   H Olafsson vs S Fenil (Oct-25-18) 1-0
   Adams vs H Olafsson (Oct-24-18) 1-0
   H Olafsson vs Leko (Oct-22-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Aug-15-1956, 67 years old) Iceland

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Helgi Olafsson was born in Reykjavik. He was awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1985. Olafsson won the Icelandic Championship in 1978, 1981, 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1996. In tournaments he has been 2nd= at Copenhagen 1985 and 4th= at Dortmund 1988. Olafsson is also a FIDE Senior Trainer (2009).

Wikipedia article: Helgi Ólafsson

Last updated: 2017-09-25 10:51:00

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 983  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Rayner vs H Olafsson  ½-½241975EU-ch U20 fin-BD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. A Lein vs H Olafsson  1-0281976Manhattan CC InternationalB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. M Diesen vs H Olafsson  0-1351976Manhattan CC InternationalB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
4. H Olafsson vs H Angantysson  ½-½221976ReykjavikE97 King's Indian
5. H Olafsson vs G Gunnarsson  ½-½461976ReykjavikA34 English, Symmetrical
6. I Johannsson vs H Olafsson  ½-½131976ReykjavikA36 English
7. H Olafsson vs Petursson  ½-½341976ReykjavikA17 English
8. M R Vukcevich vs H Olafsson  ½-½431976ReykjavikB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. H Olafsson vs Westerinen  0-1411976ReykjavikE98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
10. Keene vs H Olafsson  1-0321976ReykjavikE97 King's Indian
11. H Olafsson vs S Matera  ½-½541976ReykjavikA30 English, Symmetrical
12. Antoshin vs H Olafsson  ½-½291976ReykjavikD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. H Olafsson vs B Thorsteinsson  ½-½351976ReykjavikE10 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Timman vs H Olafsson 1-0251976ReykjavikB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. H Olafsson vs G Sigurjonsson  0-1341976ReykjavikB08 Pirc, Classical
16. F Olafsson vs H Olafsson  1-0591976ReykjavikA10 English
17. H Olafsson vs Najdorf  ½-½481976ReykjavikE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
18. Tukmakov vs H Olafsson  ½-½451976ReykjavikA15 English
19. H Olafsson vs LY Cheong  1-0461976Haifa OlympiadE91 King's Indian
20. H Olafsson vs B Toth  0-1411976Haifa OlympiadA22 English
21. O H Castro Rojas vs H Olafsson  ½-½481976Haifa OlympiadA15 English
22. H Olafsson vs P H Donoso Velasco  1-0401976Haifa OlympiadA12 English with b3
23. H Olafsson vs M Fuller  ½-½651976Haifa OlympiadE91 King's Indian
24. A Dueckstein vs H Olafsson  ½-½321976Haifa OlympiadB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. R Rodriguez vs H Olafsson  ½-½601976Haifa OlympiadE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 983  PGN Download
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Jul-14-06  RookFile: That's pretty impressive, considering that this guy is a 2595 player.
Apr-06-07  BIDMONFA:


Nov-22-08  waustad: I thought women had their father's first name with dottir attached. Perhaps somebody more authoritative can comment.
Nov-22-08  Ziggurat: <I thought women had their father's first name with dottir attached.> Yes, that is correct.
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  stoy: An Icelander, Savar Bjarnason, told me that is not the law that female children be named after their father. They could be named after their mother, he says.
Jan-27-09  KingG: <That's pretty impressive, considering that this guy is a 2595 player.> When I first read this, I wasn't sure if <RookFile> meant it was impressive that Fischer can still beat a 2595 player regularly in blitz, or that it's impressive that rated 2595 only 'usually' loses to Fischer, and not always.
Mar-12-09  PinnedPiece: OK. This is Helgi. I am totally amazed at the complete lack of posts regarding Fischer's last book here.

This person is my prime candidate for person with most credentials/greatest ability to debunk or verify the Larry Evans saga of "Fischer was in it up to his ears, but backed out" business surrounding M61MG.

<Joshka: Wonder if Helgi will ever enlighten us about what's going on with Bobby, as of late. Heard from a good source that Bobby spends time with Helgi more than Fridrik.> [Jan 2006]

Just playing chess, I wonder?

Collecting his own notebook of comments on M60MG from the horse's mouth, perchance?

I would think that by canvassing a widening circle of private printers in Reykjavik, you could eventually find an employee that knows a great deal about this whole adventure.

Mar-12-09  ughaibu: The population of Iceland is about 250,000. It wouldn't be difficult to ask everyone in the country.
Mar-12-09  Jim Bartle: Only 250,000? There must be a GM or an IM in every neighborhood.
Mar-12-09  Joshka: <paulalbert> <If Fridrik Olafsson was Helgi's father, his name would be Helgi Fridriksson> Does Fridrik Olafsson have any children, by any chance?
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  ketchuplover: I thought the POD was to recognize a birthday or deathday.
Nov-22-11  waustad: Next year they'll probably pick Vovk as POTD. It is a slow birthday, with hardly anybody with more than a page of games.
Mar-09-14  galdur: Obviously the photographer disturbed Helgi in his deep reflections for no apparent reason, hence the strange look.
Mar-09-14  galdur: Helgi lost to some Danish guy in Reykjavik 2014 and it was terrible. But it gave him a Swiss headwind. Now he has 5.5/7. But still minus one in the ratings. He needs to play more and get in practise.
Mar-09-14  Shams: Wouldn't that be a tailwind?
Mar-11-14  notyetagm: <galdur: Helgi lost to some Danish guy in Reykjavik 2014 and it was terrible. But it gave him a Swiss headwind.>

Here in the US we call the early loss in a Swiss tournament so you get to play weaker players the <SWISS GAMBIT>.


Mar-15-15  alfiepa: The book of Helgi Holafsson about Bobby Fischer was a wonderful surprise for me . Eas the mile stone for my trip in Iceland in 2014 tracing the footstep of late Bobby Fischer Thank you Helgi for this book !
This is my tribute to Bobby
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  HeMateMe: You think Bob ever listened to the Sugar Cubes? I bet they're still on an oldies station there.
Dec-20-17  Chess Is More: <HeHateMe: You think Bob ever listened to the Sugar Cubes?>

If he enjoyed outdated music, sure. He was, after all, rather outdated himself.

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  HeMateMe: the Sugar Cubes were terrific! I like them better than Bjork's sound as a solo act.
Dec-21-17  Chess Is More: <HeMateMe: the Sugar Cubes were terrific! I like them better than Bjork's sound as a solo act.>

That's right, Bjork was in it. I like her voice, strange and mysterious.

But Sugar Cubes is an old act now. Must be twenty-five yrs passed now.

Dec-22-17  Dionysius1: Hi <PinnedPiece>. <OK. This is Helgi. I am totally amazed at the complete lack of posts regarding Fischer's last book here.> If you are Helgi why do you as a GM describe yourself as a coffee house player.

And why (even if you aren't Helgi) does your photo look like it was taken only yesterday, not in the 1980s which it would have to be as you look about 30 but you are 61?

Dec-22-17  Dionysius1: By the way that post of mine looks a bit harsh now. Wasn't meant too. I just find the situation confusing.
Dec-22-17  Chess Is More: <Dionysius> Looking at<PinnedPiece>'s profile it seems he haven't posted here since march 2016 so I doubt you'll get an answer.
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  Check It Out: I don't think <PinnedPiece> meant he was Olafsson.
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