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Ferdinand Hellers
F Hellers 
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Number of games in database: 291
Years covered: 1984 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2592 (2565 rapid, 2488 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605

Overall record: +85 -63 =137 (53.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (60) 
    B32 B90 B44 B33 B62
 French Defense (31) 
    C11 C07 C18 C05 C19
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C92 C64 C96 C60 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C92 C96 C84 C99 C87
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B97 B93 B99 B96
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B18 B17 B12 B16 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B90 B93 B50 B70 B22
 King's Indian (30) 
    E97 E63 E99 E82 E60
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B93 B91 B99
 Grunfeld (11) 
    D86 D85 D87 D92 D82
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C99 C68 C80 C82 C77
 English (6) 
    A15 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hellers vs Polugaevsky, 1989 1-0
   Hellers vs Piket, 1985 1-0
   Hellers vs Kupreichik, 1988 1-0
   Susan Polgar vs Hellers, 1990 0-1
   T Ernst vs Hellers, 1986 1/2-1/2
   Hellers vs C Hansen, 1997 1-0
   Hellers vs T Ernst, 1985 1-0
   Hellers vs de Firmian, 1989 1/2-1/2
   Hellers vs Ivanchuk, 1984 1/2-1/2
   Shabalov vs Hellers, 1993 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Youth Championship 1984/85 (1984)
   13th North Sea Cup (1988)
   Groningen (1989)
   Amsterdam OHRA-B (1990)
   European Team Championship (1992)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   EUR-chT (Men) 9th (1989)
   Biel Interzonal (1993)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)

   🏆 Turning Torso Chess
   F Hellers vs H Tikkanen (Nov-30-19) 1-0
   H Tikkanen vs F Hellers (Nov-30-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jan-28-1969, 54 years old) Sweden

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GM Erik Gustaf Ferdinand Hellers was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He was European Junior Champion in 1984-85, awarded the IM title in 1985 and GM title in 1988.

Last updated: 2017-10-12 14:09:54

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 373  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. F Hellers vs B Jacobsen 1-0201984GroningenC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
2. F Hellers vs Ivanchuk ½-½301984ChampignyB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. B Vella vs F Hellers  0-1261984European Junior Championship 1984/85B22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. F Hellers vs J Howell  ½-½261984European Junior Championship 1984/85B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
5. F Hellers vs H Korhonen  1-0131984European Junior Championship 1984/85C34 King's Gambit Accepted
6. Piket vs F Hellers  ½-½281984European Junior Championship 1984/85E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
7. Blatny vs F Hellers  0-1681984European Junior Championship 1984/85B25 Sicilian, Closed
8. F Hellers vs J de Wit  ½-½401984European Junior Championship 1984/85B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. F Hellers vs A Romero Holmes  1-0361984European Junior Championship 1984/85B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
10. K Thorsteins vs F Hellers  ½-½321984European Junior Championship 1984/85E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
11. F Hellers vs Oll  ½-½401984European Junior Championship 1984/85B97 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Nijboer vs F Hellers  0-1801984European Junior Championship 1984/85B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. F Hellers vs K Rasmussen  ½-½171984European Junior Championship 1984/85B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
14. A Ornstein vs F Hellers  ½-½331985SWE-chE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
15. F Hellers vs T Ernst  1-0811985SWE-ch UppsalaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
16. N Renman vs F Hellers  ½-½321985SWE-chA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
17. C Horvath vs F Hellers  0-1401985European Junior Championship 1984/85B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
18. F Hellers vs Z Kozul  ½-½531985European Junior Championship 1984/85B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
19. F Hellers vs S Polgar  ½-½361985OHRA-BB33 Sicilian
20. F Hellers vs Piket 1-0291985OHRA-BB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
21. F Hellers vs Z Klaric  1-0261985OHRA-BC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
22. Kudrin vs F Hellers  ½-½241985OHRA-BB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. F Hellers vs B Kurajica  1-0541985OHRA-BB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
24. I Farago vs F Hellers  ½-½101985OHRA-BE97 King's Indian
25. F Hellers vs Hodgson  ½-½181986HoogovensB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-28-04  Tigran Petrosian: Where is this guy? He seemed to be pretty promising.
Jun-28-04  acirce: He was. About top-40 or top-50 in the world at his best I think.
Jun-28-04  Tigran Petrosian: And he left us with some good games too. But what happned to him?
Jun-28-04  acirce: I think he has been playing a little, although no ELO rated games. He's just been giving priority to juridics studies and family life I think. Check - you probably don't know the language but there is a quite recent game of his a bit down on the page
Jun-28-04  Tigran Petrosian: Thanks.
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  Benzol: Ferdinand Hellers
Born 28th January 1969 in Stockholm
An IM in 1985 he also won the European junior championship 1984-85.
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  WannaBe: Maybe Hellers and Lord should play. 8-)
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  WTHarvey: Here's a link to some diagrams of crucial positions in Ferdinand's games:
May-07-05  babakova: I saw Hellers in a TV programme playing some supposed swedish wunderkind, alas we never got to see the game itself which Hellers by the way won.
Jan-28-06  BIDMONFA: Ferdinand Hellers

HELLERS, Ferdinand

Jan-03-07  BIDMONFA: Ferdinand Hellers

HELLERS, Ferdinand
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Apr-18-07  Plato: Examining past results of the Sigeman Chess Tournament (which is to start soon), it looks like Hellers was the hero of that competition... He played in it three times and won all three!
Jul-18-07  Quagmire: Ferdinand Hellers played a couple of games in the Swedish league last season. He played the last four rounds and scored 2/4 points. His rating change was -6 and Hellers now has a rating of 2599. Hellers should also be Sweden's highest rated player since he became active. But in Fide's ratinglists Hellers is still listed as an inactive player.
Jan-28-09  WhiteRook48: chessgames should upload his picture
Jan-21-10  Kingkris: Here is what he´s doing nowadays:
May-05-10  samikd: He is Anand's second before the later's match with Dreev. Here's what I found from

<“I worked with Ferdinand Hellers. We were playing in junior events together and we got along well.” GM Hellers says: “Anand is a very pleasant person to work with. It’s very tough, but also very rewarding, as he is such a strong player.” Although Dreev had three seconds, Anand won. The match saw many opening novelties from both sides. Says Anand: “Ferdinand was a big help…the key was that we enjoyed the work.” Confesses Hellers: “As a Swede, I found the heat trying. I was very tired at the end.”>

<When asked about the psychological aspects of the match with Dreev, GM Hellers is tight-lipped even after nearly two decades. “It would be disloyal of me to comment as my views might in some way help Topalov,” he says.>

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday GM Hellers!
Jan-28-12  Xeroxx: Hello Ferdinand
Jan-28-12  jurado96: he is under a rock now
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a brilliant Hellers victory that I have just uploaded to the database:

[Event "it"]
[Site "Groningen"]
[Date "1984.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ferdinand Hellers"]
[Black "Bo Jacobsen"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ♘d2 ♘c6 4. ♘gf3 ♘f6 5. e5 ♘d7 6. ♗d3 f6 7. ♘g5 fxg5 8. ♕h5+ g6 9. ♗xg6+ hxg6 10. ♕xg6+ ♔e7 11. ♘e4 ♘dxe5 12. dxe5 ♘xe5 13. ♕f6+ ♔d7 14. ♕xe5 dxe4 15. ♗xg5 ♕e8 16. O-O-O+ ♗d6 17. ♕b5+ c6

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18. ♖xd6+ ♔xd6 19. ♖d1+ ♔c7 20. ♗f4+ 1-0

Source: Nick de Firmian, “Batsford’s Modern Chess Openings”, Fifteenth Edition, Batsford Chess, London, 2009, p. 241

Jan-28-13  talisman: happy birthday.
Jan-28-15  diagonal: Ferdinand Hellers is record winner at the traditional Malmö <Sigeman & Co>, an annual GM invitation tournament (1st edition in 1993, 22nd edition in 2014), amongst others, the winner list is including notables as Korchnoi, Timman, Short, Lautier, Judit Polgar, Ivanchuk, Caruana, Giri, or So.

Hellers who already retired from regular competitive chess in his mid-20s, is the hero of that tournament: He played in it three times and won all three: 1993 the inaugural event, 1994 (joint), and 1997!

Jan-28-15  Aiuta: Did he beat Agdestein in any game(s)?
Jan-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Ferdinand Heller!! Anand's second in his match with Dreev.

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