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Leif Erlend Johannessen
L E Johannessen 
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 

Number of games in database: 481
Years covered: 1993 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2417 (2491 rapid, 2518 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2564
Overall record: +161 -114 =189 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 17 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E21 E53 E59 E39
 King's Indian (30) 
    E60 E91 E94 E99 E80
 Slav (26) 
    D17 D15 D11 D10 D16
 Queen's Indian (18) 
    E12 E15 E13 E16 E17
 Semi-Slav (17) 
    D45 D47 D44 D48 D43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D35 D30 D37 D31 D38
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (36) 
    C18 C05 C02 C01 C03
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C78 C92 C67 C97 C91
 Sicilian (21) 
    B33 B30 B23 B31 B41
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B18 B12 B10 B13 B11
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E54 E21 E58 E51 E32
 Queen's Gambit Declined (15) 
    D30 D37 D31 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L E Johannessen vs Nakamura, 2002 1-0
   Beliavsky vs L E Johannessen, 2002 0-1
   L E Johannessen vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   L E Johannessen vs Shirov, 2004 1/2-1/2
   L E Johannessen vs V Meijers, 2004 1-0
   H Tikkanen vs L E Johannessen, 2001 0-1
   T Pitlagano vs L E Johannessen, 2002 0-1
   R Swinkels vs L E Johannessen, 2011 0-1
   P Landgren vs L E Johannessen, 2001 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Norwegian Open (2001)
   Norwegian Championship (1999)
   2nd Queenstown Chess Classic (2009)
   Excelsior Cup (2004)
   Nordic Championship (2001)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Classics GM (2001)
   XXXV Rilton Cup (2006)
   Johann Thorir Jonsson Memorial (2001)
   Reykjavik Open (2000)
   European Junior Championship (1999)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Team Championship (2009)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Sigeman & Co 2002 by Tabanus

   🏆 Norwegian Championship
   S Mihajlov vs L E Johannessen (Jul-14-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Groenn vs L E Johannessen (Jul-13-18) 1/2-1/2
   L E Johannessen vs A G R Moen (Jul-12-18) 1-0
   L E Johannessen vs A Hobber (Jul-11-18) 1/2-1/2
   R Djurhuus vs L E Johannessen (Jul-10-18) 1-0

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(born Apr-14-1980, 43 years old) Norway

[what is this?]
International Master (1999); Grandmaster (2002).

Johannessen was 2nd at the 1999 Norwegian Championship after losing a blitz tiebreaker to the winner Berge Ostenstad, =2nd at the Norwegian Championships 2001 behind Einar J Gausel and 3rd at the Norwegian Championship (2005), a half point behind joint leaders Simen Agdestein and Magnus Carlsen. He won the 2001 Norwegian Open Championship. His best results in other events have been =1st at the Bermuda Festival 2002 alongside Hikaru Nakamura and Giovanni Vescovi, =1st at the United Insurance 2002 (Dhaka), 1st at the OSS GM 2002 (Oslo), 1st at the Excelsior Cup (2004) and at the Politiken Cup in 2004, and =1st at the Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006).

He represented Norway in:

- the Children's Olympiad in 1995

- the Olympiads of 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008

- European Team Championships of 2005, 2009 and 2011 and

- the Four Nations Chess Challenge (between Norway, Latvia, Sweden and England) where he won individual gold for the men's 2nd board.

Johannessen has played with his team Oslo Schakselskap in the European Club Cup since 2004, apart from 2008 and 2009. In national leagues, he has participated in the Norway team championship since 2001 and in the Bundesliga since 2002. He has also played in the national leagues of Portugal and Iceland and in the 4NCL.

He is one of the organizer's nominees to play in the World Cup (2013), representing his first foray into the World Championship cycle. He lost to his first round opponent, Hungarian super-GM Peter Leko and was eliminated from the event.

He was coached by Simen Agdestein. He is a columnist at the <Norsk Sjakkblad> and is a lawyer by trade.

Wikipedia article: Leif Erlend Johannessen;

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 481  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Grund vs L E Johannessen  1-0311993EU-ch U14C19 French, Winawer, Advance
2. L E Johannessen vs F Jaeger  1-0311994Troll MastersD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
3. L E Johannessen vs J Sammour-Hasbun  ½-½631995Wch U16D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. L E Johannessen vs R Markus 1-0121995Olympiad (under 16)A87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
5. S Williams vs L E Johannessen  ½-½4919953rd Youth OlympiadA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
6. L E Johannessen vs V Malakhov 0-12519953rd Youth OlympiadA50 Queen's Pawn Game
7. L E Johannessen vs I Nataf  0-1461997Asker 75thE60 King's Indian Defense
8. M Rychagov vs L E Johannessen  1-0471997Asker 75thC05 French, Tarrasch
9. L E Johannessen vs A Kundin  ½-½441998Wch U18D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. L E Johannessen vs R Fontaine  1-0301998Wch U18D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. L E Johannessen vs A Ziegler  0-1291999OsloA57 Benko Gambit
12. F Christenson vs L E Johannessen  0-1281999Norwegian ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
13. L E Johannessen vs O Hole  1-0371999Norwegian ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. L E Johannessen vs O Dannevig  1-0341999Norwegian ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
15. L E Johannessen vs B Ostenstad  ½-½421999Norwegian ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. L E Johannessen vs K Lie  ½-½401999Norwegian ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
17. R Djurhuus vs L E Johannessen  0-1701999Norwegian ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
18. L E Johannessen vs F Elsness  1-0301999Norwegian ChampionshipD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
19. A Groenn vs L E Johannessen  0-1581999Norwegian ChampionshipA14 English
20. E J Gausel vs L E Johannessen  ½-½81999Norwegian ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
21. L E Johannessen vs S Ernst  ½-½561999NED U20 opD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. L E Johannessen vs Y Erturan  1-0271999European Junior ChampionshipE68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
23. K Haznedaroglu vs L E Johannessen  ½-½361999European Junior ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. L E Johannessen vs A Hunt  0-1481999European Junior ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
25. R Molander vs L E Johannessen  ½-½221999European Junior ChampionshipA22 English
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 481  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-27-05  Karpova: this guy is the boyfriend of Elisabeth Paehtz, i think
Dec-09-05  Robin01: We need a bio. Does anyone know where this person originates from or has migrated to?
Dec-09-05  Robin01: <this guy is the boyfriend of Elisabeth Paehtz> Some guys have all the luck.
Dec-09-05  WMD: Some people need their eyes tested.
Dec-09-05  Robin01: “A soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”
Johann von Goeth
Dec-09-05  MoonlitKnight: Leif Erlend Johannessen (2564) is a 25-year-old GM from Norway, and a former student at Simen Agdestein's chess school. Generally considered Norway's third strongest player (behind Agdestein and Carlsen), this ambitious young player's greatest tournament success so far was his victory at Excelsior Cup 2004 with 7/9. He has also been successful in the German Bundesliga, playing for Werder Bremen. His 18.Nb5!! against Shirov in last year's Bundesliga was awarded as the most important theoretical novelty in Chess Informant 92.
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <MoonlitKnight> That game vs. Shirov is not in the database, the only one i found is Shirov vs L E Johannessen, 2005. Do you have the PGN for it?
Dec-09-05  MoonlitKnight: I just uploaded it. Johannessen only managed to draw the game, even though 18.Nb5 yielded him a winning advantage. Meanwhile, here it is:

[Event "Bundesliga 0405"]
[Site "Germany"]
[Date "2004.11.12"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Johannessen,Leif Erlend"]
[Black "Shirov,Alexei"]
[Result "1/2"]
[Eco "D17"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 g5 12.Ne3 gxf4 13.Nxf5 0-0-0 14.Qc2 Nc5 15.0-0 Ne6 16.Qe4 fxg3 17.hxg3 a5 18.Nb5 cxb5 19.axb5 Nc5 20.Qe3 Ng4 21.Qc3 Qe5 22.Qf3 Qe4 23.Qxe4 Nxe4 24.Bxe4 Bb4 25.Rfd1 Kc7 26.Kg2 Kb6 27.Rac1 h5 28.e3 Ne5 29.Bd5 Rd7 30.f4 Rhd8 31.e4 Ng4 32.Kf3 Kxb5 33.Ne3 Nxe3 34.Kxe3 1/2

Dec-09-05  Resignation Trap: Our Player of the Day was at the "good" end of a "Life's Most Embarrassing Moments".

I often find it difficult to solve "Find the Best Move" puzzles. For those of us endowed with natural skills at the other end of the scale, I give you this:

White to Play. Find the Worst Move!

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Still can't find it? The solution can be found with White's 69th move in this game: Beliavsky vs L E Johannessen, 2002 .

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Thanks, <RT>!!

I have to admit, I didn't find it. I won't post the "solution" so as to leave a challenge for finer minds.

Dec-09-05  percyblakeney: Pretty... :-)
Jan-04-06  Appaz: Johannessen is so far doing a nice job in Rilton Cup with 5.5 of 7, and sharing first. He is playing Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez later today.

<WMD> And some people should use more than their eyes.

Jan-04-06  Appaz: Johannessen is playing very good against Lopez:

He spent a lot of time in the opening and saced a pawn, but the investment seems to have paid off. After <18.- d4> he looks to have a very strong position.

Jan-04-06  hintza: Ah yes, the Rilton Cup. I happen to know one of the participants.
Jan-04-06  Karpova: <hintza> which one of them do you know?
Jan-04-06  Appaz: <hintza> May I ask you wich of the players?

<43.- Kd8> Johannessen may have a difficult job in a rook ending with only one pawn up.

Jan-04-06  Appaz: Johannessen only got a draw. I think he must have gone wrong someplace.
Jul-10-06  blingice: <WMD: Some people need their eyes tested.>

I agree...

Jun-03-08  whiteshark: Born Apr-14-1980



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Jul-04-13  waustad: Today he won a miniature against Atle Groenn at the Norwegian Championships. Here is the live link hat should work for a day:
Jul-24-15  BIDMONFA: Leif Erlend Johannessen


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