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Freysteinn Thorbergsson
F Thorbergsson 
Number of games in database: 151
Years covered: 1956 to 1974
Overall record: +36 -60 =55 (42.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-12-1931, died Oct-23-1974, 43 years old) Iceland

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Freysteinn Thorbergsson was Icelandic Champion in 1960 and Nordic Champion in 1965.

Wikipedia article: Freysteinn Thorbergsson

Last updated: 2022-12-30 13:36:35

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 151  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Bertholdt vs F Thorbergsson  ½-½271956CopenhagenE73 King's Indian
2. F Thorbergsson vs R Fuchs  1-0271956CopenhagenC05 French, Tarrasch
3. Larsen vs F Thorbergsson  ½-½401956CopenhagenE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
4. F Thorbergsson vs S Venkatraman  ½-½411956Moscow Olympiad qual-3E58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
5. Niephaus vs F Thorbergsson  1-0571956Moscow Olympiad qual-3B01 Scandinavian
6. F Thorbergsson vs J A Fred  1-0521956Moscow Olympiad qual-3A53 Old Indian
7. F Thorbergsson vs Milner-Barry  ½-½571956Moscow Olympiad qual-3E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
8. F Thorbergsson vs Panno  ½-½271956Moscow Olympiad qual-3E15 Queen's Indian
9. F Thorbergsson vs R Fuchs  ½-½181956Moscow Olympiad Final-BE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
10. H Jimenez vs F Thorbergsson  ½-½211956Moscow Olympiad Final-BA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
11. H Bouwmeester vs F Thorbergsson  ½-½481956Moscow Olympiad Final-BE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
12. L Ljungquist vs F Thorbergsson  0-1631956Moscow Olympiad Final-BE73 King's Indian
13. J Gromek vs F Thorbergsson  0-1541956Moscow Olympiad Final-BE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
14. F Thorbergsson vs H Catozzi  1-0421956Moscow Olympiad Final-BE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
15. J Lokvenc vs F Thorbergsson  0-1481956Moscow Olympiad Final-BB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. N Velandia vs F Thorbergsson  0-1391956Moscow Olympiad Final-BE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
17. A Feuerstein vs F Thorbergsson  1-0371958WchT U26 prel-B 05thA16 English
18. P Ofstad vs F Thorbergsson  1-0351958Munich Olympiad qual-2C03 French, Tarrasch
19. F Thorbergsson vs M Pakdaman  1-0491958Munich Olympiad qual-2E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
20. H Koskinen vs F Thorbergsson  ½-½491958Munich Olympiad qual-2C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
21. F Thorbergsson vs G Peli  1-0301958Munich Olympiad qual-2E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
22. K Grivainis vs F Thorbergsson  1-0411958Munich Olympiad qual-2C02 French, Advance
23. F Thorbergsson vs L Schmid 0-1161958Munich Olympiad qual-2B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Z Nilsson vs F Thorbergsson  1-0301958Munich Olympiad Final-BC02 French, Advance
25. M Czerniak vs F Thorbergsson  1-0591958Munich Olympiad Final-BA07 King's Indian Attack
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Feb-28-18  Aurora: Picture of Freysteinn Thorbergsson and Ingimar Jonsson

Nov-03-21  Zugzwangovich: Brad Darrach claimed that after Freysteinn had flown from Iceland to NYC to try to persuade Fischer to play Spassky, RJF refused to see him, snapping "I didn't ask him to come!" and leaving him stranded outside the Saidy home for hours on end.

So it was quite surprising to read The Final Years, in which Gardur Sverrisson says Freysteinn had been RJF's close friend since 1958, that he was the foreigner RJF most trusted, and that RJF had said that it was Freysteinn's powers of persuasion, not Kissinger's, that made him decide to fly to Iceland and play the match.

Seems somebody got something wrong somewhere along the line.

Nov-07-21  Zugzwangovich: Again as related in the gospel according to Brad Darrach, Fischer not only refused to meet Freysteinn at the Saidy home, but also twice ordered that he be removed from the plane being boarded en route to Reykjavik. Then 33 years later we find Gardar Sverrisson telling us that Fischer told him that it was virtually Freysteinn Thorbergersson and his powers of persuasion alone that induced him to make the flight. He also tells us that RJF was quite miserable when he discovered that Freysteinn had passed away only two years after the Reykjavik match. Talk about two versions of the same story being totally at odds with each other!!
Jun-28-22  avenant69: This matter can be cleared up rather quickly: The relationship between Fischer and Freysteinn was not of the "friendship" type, but rather (even though the latter was only 12 years his senior) of the "father and son type", and remained so until Freysteinn's sudden death in 1974, with never a harsh word or argument coming up between them.

How this strange relationship came about is described in Freysteinn's 2017 biography (a quarter of which is in his own words, the rest in his widow Edda's recollection), entitled "Grettisfang" (his "no de plume" as a freelance chess journalist). They first met in Portoroz (Yugoslavia) in 1958, where the FIDE Interzonal tournament was taking place, with Fischer playing and Freysteinn covering it as a journalist. Early one morning, Fischer came downstairs for breakfast at the tournament hotel and could only find one person on the veranda nourishing himself, i.e. Freysteinn and asking if he could join him? You're welcome, said journalist, be my guest. Continuing at first to eat in silence, Freysteinn could no longer hold his tongue when his guest kept chopping at his food with his fork, US-style, and then trying to hit a bumblebee with it when such an insect approached the table: Young man, here you are in a civilized country and first of all you have to learn how to eat in a presentable manner, with a fork and knife, the European way...and second, observing Fishers scruffy sweater, jeans and sneakers, followed it up with: You also have to learn how to dress properly; get yourself a white shirt and tie, a decent jacket and trousers, fine leather shoes, and make yourself presentable! Far from blowing his top, as you might expect from latter days' Fischer, he got right on it, and proudly reappeared a couple of days later at breakfast looking perfectly smart and handsome! After having received well deserved congratulations and compliments from Freysteinn, Fischer, who by then had discovered that his newfound mentor spoke almost perfect Russian, asked if he could give him some advice of how to improve his own knowledge of the language? No problem was the reply, and if you're interested, I can also put you in the picture how the Russians set about forming their promising chess masters and training them assiduously all the way to the top, in order to become grandmasters, Soviet- and more often than not World Champions?

I'm interested, replied Fischer.

Unfortunately, however, that's all we hear about it in the book.

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