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Helgi Ass Gretarsson
H A Gretarsson 
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Number of games in database: 964
Years covered: 1990 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2401 (2396 rapid, 2475 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2544
Overall record: +360 -208 =300 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 96 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (59) 
    E12 E14 E16 E15
 Queen's Pawn Game (59) 
    D02 A40 A41 D00 A50
 King's Indian (51) 
    E76 E70 E95 E62 E81
 Grunfeld (30) 
    D82 D85 D80 D93 D83
 Queen's Gambit Declined (28) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D38
 Slav (27) 
    D17 D10 D11 D15 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (93) 
    D10 D16 D11 D12 D17
 Ruy Lopez (80) 
    C75 C80 C73 C64 C60
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A40 D02 A45 D00 A46
 Robatsch (31) 
 Pirc (25) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Giuoco Piano (21) 
    C53 C50 C54
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H A Gretarsson vs Smyslov, 1995 1-0
   H A Gretarsson vs B Thorfinnsson, 2004 1-0
   H A Gretarsson vs H Stefansson, 2002 1-0
   K Kulaots vs H A Gretarsson, 1992 0-1
   Ganguly vs H A Gretarsson, 2002 0-1
   H A Gretarsson vs G Sargissian, 2002 1-0
   H A Gretarsson vs A Puranik, 2022 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Icelandic Championship (1999)
   Reykjavik Open (2002)
   Reykjavik Open (1994)
   Rilton Cup 1998/99 (1998)
   Reykjavik Open (1996)
   Reykjavik Open (2000)
   Leeuwarden Open (1995)
   Komercni Banka Open (1998)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Team Championship (2021)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   European Championship (2021)
   Chennai Olympiad (2022)

   🏆 European Rapid Chess Championship
   T Laurusas vs H A Gretarsson (Dec-18-22) 0-1, rapid
   P Tregubov vs H A Gretarsson (Dec-18-22) 0-1, rapid
   H A Gretarsson vs S Bazakutsa (Dec-18-22) 1-0, rapid
   Tymon Czernek vs H A Gretarsson (Dec-18-22) 0-1, rapid
   H A Gretarsson vs D Gavrilescu (Dec-18-22) 0-1, rapid

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(born Feb-18-1977, 46 years old) Iceland

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In 1994, GM Gretarsson won the World U-20 Chess Championship.

Helgi played for the Icelandic national team in the Chess Olympiad in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2002. He tied for first place with Carsten Høi, Erling Mortensen, Nikolaj Borge and Lars Schandorff at the Politiken Cup 1997 tournament in Copenhagen. In this event, he won the prize for the best Nordic junior. The following year, he competed in the FIDE World Chess Championship in Groningen. Helgi knocked out Miguel Illescas in the first round, then in round 2 he was eliminated from the competition after losing to Artur Yusupov. He won the Icelandic Open 2018, scoring 8½/10.

Wikipedia article: Helgi Grétarsson

Last updated: 2022-01-23 01:27:23

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 964  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H A Gretarsson vs O Kristjansson  ½-½341990Reykjavik opB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. H A Gretarsson vs R Polaczek  0-11301990Reykjavik OpenB03 Alekhine's Defense
3. Razuvaev vs H A Gretarsson  1-0421990Reykjavik OpenE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
4. R Winsnes vs H A Gretarsson  1-0611990Reykjavik OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
5. A Thorsteinsson vs H A Gretarsson  ½-½151990Reykjavik OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
6. H A Gretarsson vs A Karason  ½-½611990Reykjavik OpenA04 Reti Opening
7. A T Arnason vs H A Gretarsson  0-1301990Reykjavik OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
8. H A Gretarsson vs C Becx  ½-½601990Reykjavik OpenC23 Bishop's Opening
9. J Levitt vs H A Gretarsson  1-0391990Reykjavik OpenE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
10. H A Gretarsson vs S Lamm  ½-½191990Reykjavik OpenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
11. G Schwartzman vs H A Gretarsson  1-0611990Wch U14E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. H A Gretarsson vs T Thorhallsson  ½-½521991ISL-chD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. H A Gretarsson vs H Olafsson  0-1411991ISL-chE12 Queen's Indian
14. H A Gretarsson vs D Garrido Fernandez  1-0281991Wch U14A53 Old Indian
15. H A Gretarsson vs J Arnason  0-1501991ISL-chE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. H A Gretarsson vs S D Sigfusson  1-0391991ISL-chC45 Scotch Game
17. H A Gretarsson vs T Dao  ½-½641991Wch U14D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. H A Gretarsson vs S Ovsejevitsch  0-1761991Wch U14E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. H A Gretarsson vs S Brynell  0-1821991Rilton CupE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
20. H A Gretarsson vs T Engqvist  1-0431991Rilton CupD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. H Steingrimsson vs H A Gretarsson  0-1431991ISL-chA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
22. H A Gretarsson vs R Hardarson  ½-½421991ISL-chC45 Scotch Game
23. H A Gretarsson vs M Holm  1-0501991Rilton CupB20 Sicilian
24. H A Gretarsson vs H Einarsson  1-0401991ISL-chD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
25. H A Gretarsson vs Z Gyimesi  1-0211991Wch U14D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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Jan-26-04  OneBadDog: I think Helgi is a male name.
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  Chessical: <Tigran Petrosian> Not so much LOL as <attain prose grin>
May-12-04  Tigran Petrosian: Yeah... But it is still funny.
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  Chessical: <Tigran Petrosian> My post is an anagram of your sign-on handle which matches the idea of LOL, not any comment on your sense of humour.
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  tpstar: <Chessical> Love your clever anagrams! Of course you found glass tiger nose rash, right? Or sing atop terrain for our friend TP? But I'm afraid not everyone enjoys word games, cliche a$$. :>)
Jun-30-04  tomh72000: Jesus, you have a talent with words <tpstar>
Jun-30-04  qqq: <chessical> what does "attain prose grin" mean?
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  Chessical: <qqq> It is an anagram of "Tigran Petrosian". I was playfully trying to get as close to LOL (laugh out loud) as I could using the letters of his name after reading his post of May 12th. Humour just doesn't seem to work if you try to explain it!
Jun-30-04  Dick Brain: I think he is proud of his middle name because I don't think using one is at all universal in Scandanavia.
Jul-22-05  Halldor: From: Robert James Fischer <Montreal1666: <Halldor:> A Technical Question. They say this player is from Iceland: Helgi Ass Gretarsson. Is that his middle name!!!!? And how common is it?>

Yes, he lives in Reykjavik. The right spelling of his second name is actually Áss, but for the sake of convenience Icelandic words are often deprived of their native super-structure. Á is the diphthong [au]. Áss or Ás means an ancient Nordic god (plural: Æsir =Aesir). It is more common in connections such as Ásgeir, Ásmund, Ásþór [austhour], etc. The word becomes 'os' in Old English, meaning 'god', and in Althochdeutch it becomes 'ans-', or 'ansi-' in names such as Ansbert, Ansgard, Anselm. The origin is unclear. (In modern Scandinavien languages it is: 'as'; in German: 'Ase'.)

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  Joshka: <Halldor> Helgi was World Junior Champ in 1994!! Did he give up the game?
Dec-12-05  Halldor: <Joshka> I just saw your post now, sorry! I'm rather irregular reader here, sometimes I only check the puzzle of the day.

Helgi Áss has been busy studying law, so I don't know if he has been playing the last two years, but still he writes about chess for the newspaper Morgunblaðið - a popular daily chess corner with a puzzle from some recent game, and also irregular longer chess columns.

Jan-08-06  Poisonpawns: How do we pronounce this guys name in english?
Mar-20-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Ass is pronouced ACE in english.It means Mouth piece of God,like the spoken Word of God.
Mar-20-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Its a nordic word not english, ass in english of course has a different meaning.ass in nordic is like wind or air I believe.Ask someone from Norway they would know better than me,but its pronouced ACE
Jul-17-06  agnarlarusson: Like ´Halldor´ just said, it´s pronounced [aus]
Sep-15-06  BIDMONFA: Helgi Ass Gretarsson


Dec-17-08  waustad: It appears that he rarely plays in tournaments now, with his last FIDE rated games in 2006. He was much more active through '04.
Feb-18-11  wordfunph: 1994 World Juniors Championship:

17-year-old Icelander FM Helgi Gretarsson scored 9.5 out of 13 to win the event. After he won, he was automatically awarded the Grandmaster title without first being an International Master.

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  FSR: <wordfunph> What is the source of that?
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  Tabanus: Helgi Dagbjartur Áss Grétarsson.

I'd prefer it if CG spelled the names correctly in the header, even if not in the games. Any technical problems with that?

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  louispaulsen88888888: To answer the first post, Icelandic male names end in “son. “Female names in “ dottir “. If Helgi has a son, his last name would be Helgisson.
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  louispaulsen88888888: I refer to last names, of course.
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  Penguincw: Helgi Ass Gretarsson wins the Icelandic Open with 8.5/10, by a point and a half.

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Gretarsson.
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