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Jon Arnason
J Arnason 
Photo courtesy of B. Jónsson           
Number of games in database: 584
Years covered: 1977 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2410 (2421 rapid, 2318 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2555

Overall record: +174 -140 =269 (52.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (132) 
    B83 B93 B84 B62 B92
 Ruy Lopez (39) 
    C92 C91 C82 C76 C67
 Sicilian Najdorf (31) 
    B93 B92 B90 B91 B94
 French Defense (31) 
    C11 C07 C16 C05 C18
 Caro-Kann (29) 
    B17 B18 B16 B12 B10
 Sicilian Scheveningen (28) 
    B83 B84 B80 B81
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (84) 
    B90 B45 B93 B40 B92
 Queen's Indian (45) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E16
 Nimzo Indian (28) 
    E20 E32 E48 E52 E21
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B90 B93 B92 B91
 English, 1 c4 c5 (18) 
    A34 A36 A37 A30 A33
 Modern Benoni (17) 
    A70 A77 A63 A60 A65
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Arnason vs Dreev, 1990 1-0
   J Arnason vs Pribyl, 1987 1-0
   J Arnason vs Nunn, 1990 1-0
   Korchnoi vs J Arnason, 1987 0-1
   Susan Polgar vs J Arnason, 1989 0-1
   Shirov vs J Arnason, 1992 0-1
   B Kristjansson vs J Arnason, 1985 0-1
   J Arnason vs Larsen, 1992 1/2-1/2
   Short vs J Arnason, 1985 0-1
   Piket vs J Arnason, 1990 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (1988)
   Vestmannaeyjar (1985)
   Akureyri (1988)
   Reykjavik Open (1990)
   Oakham Young Masters (1988)
   7th European Junior Championship 1977/78 (1977)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Reykjavik Open (1986)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)
   Reykjavik Open (1994)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)

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

   🏆 ISL-chT Div 1 2017/18
   J Arnason vs L Crevatin (Oct-22-17) 1-0
   J Arnason vs P Petursson (Oct-21-17) 1/2-1/2
   S Arnalds vs J Arnason (Oct-20-17) 0-1
   J Arnason vs A Jakubiec (Oct-02-16) 1/2-1/2
   H Olafsson vs J Arnason (Oct-01-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-13-1960, 62 years old) Iceland

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Jón Loftur Árnason was awarded the IM title in 1979 and became a GM in 1986. He was World Under-17 Champion in 1977 and Icelandic champion in the same year. He won the national championship again in 1982 and 1988. He also won 1st prizes at Husavik 1985 and Plovdiv 1986 and tied for 1st at Helsinki 1986.

Wikipedia article: Jón Loftur Árnason

Last updated: 2021-04-18 06:04:57

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 671  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Arnason vs Kasparov 0-1401977Wch U17B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. W Tonoli vs J Arnason  1-05319777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
3. J Arnason vs L Roos  1-03519777th European Junior Championship 1977/78C16 French, Winawer
4. O Foisor vs J Arnason  ½-½4219777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
5. G Franzoni vs J Arnason  0-14019777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A34 English, Symmetrical
6. J Arnason vs D Goodman  1-03419777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. J Arnason vs K Mokry  1-04119777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
8. Dolmatov vs J Arnason 1-04419777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. K Georgiev vs J Arnason  1-06119777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B33 Sicilian
10. J Arnason vs H Janssen  1-04119777th European Junior Championship 1977/78B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. J Arnason vs K Mokry  ½-½311978BohemiansB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. J Arnason vs E Raaste  ½-½511978Telechess ol1 7778C16 French, Winawer
13. J Arnason vs C Bjork  ½-½1919787th European Junior Championship 1977/78C19 French, Winawer, Advance
14. T Upton vs J Arnason  ½-½4919787th European Junior Championship 1977/78B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. J Arnason vs E Pedersen  0-16119787th European Junior Championship 1977/78C30 King's Gambit Declined
16. J Santos vs J Arnason  0-12219787th European Junior Championship 1977/78E00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. J Arnason vs Miles 0-1501978ReykjavikB42 Sicilian, Kan
18. Polugaevsky vs J Arnason  1-0301978ReykjavikA34 English, Symmetrical
19. J Arnason vs Smejkal  ½-½521978ReykjavikB06 Robatsch
20. Petursson vs J Arnason  1-01001978ReykjavikA34 English, Symmetrical
21. J Arnason vs G Kuzmin  1-0231978ReykjavikC34 King's Gambit Accepted
22. F Olafsson vs J Arnason  ½-½321978ReykjavikA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
23. J Arnason vs H Olafsson  ½-½181978ReykjavikB83 Sicilian
24. Lombardy vs J Arnason  1-0371978ReykjavikB33 Sicilian
25. J Arnason vs Larsen 0-1271978ReykjavikC34 King's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 671  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-03-04  Helloween: A truly creative player. Many of his games contain interesting and unique ideas. Often, he likes to initiate wild tactical struggles. He has victories over former world championship challengers Korchnoi and Short, has drawn former world champions Petrosian and Karpov, and has many other impressive games against top GMs. He has over 30 years of tournament experience under his belt.
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  Benzol: Jon Loftur Arnason
Born 13th November 1960
He became an IM in 1979 and was Icelandic champion and World under-16 champion in 1979.
Dec-21-04  WMD: <Icelandic champion and World under-16 champion in 1979> Should be 1977.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <WMD> Thanks, I should have picked up that one up myself. Please feel free to correct any mistakes in these biographical postings.
May-06-05  PivotalAnorak: Did he also give up chess to become a lawyer, just like his colleagues Johann Hjartarson and Margeir Petursson ? Too bad for Icelandic chess, but hey it's their choice.
Dec-20-05  karlth: He is a business graduate. Of the first 6 first Icelandic grandmasters 4 are laywers.
Nov-14-08  BIDMONFA: Jon Loftur Arnason


Nov-14-08  mikhs: <Jon Loftur Arnason born 1960 was awarded the IM title in 1979 and became a GM in 1986. He was also World Under 16 Champion in 1977>

That makes him 17 years old at that time...How could he have won the "Under 16" world championship?

Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: <That makes him 17 years old at that time...How could he have won the "Under 16" world championship?>

There was a special accomodation made as he was young for his age.

Aug-12-10  Xeroxx: Whats the deal with Iceland and chess?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Dionysius1: <Xeroxx> Long knights perhaps?
Nov-04-11  Xeroxx: How long is the knight?
Jan-24-12  galdur: GMs Helgi Olafsson and Jon L. Arnason

Oct-10-16  Howard: CL&R had a short article about his World-Under-16 title, back in late 1977.

It mentioned that Kasparov was in the tournament too, but it didn't state that Kasparov had beaten him.

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: It was actually a World Under-17 title. As it took place in September, i.e., before his November birthday, he was qualified.

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