Héðinn Steingrímsson

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Héðinn Steingrímsson
Hedinn Steingrimsson (ISL).jpg
Héðinn Steingrímsson, 2013
CountryIceland
Born11 January 1975 (1975-01-11) (age 44)
Reykjavík, Iceland
TitleGrandmaster (2007)
FIDE rating2549 (April 2019)
Peak rating2583 (June 2018)

Héðinn Steingrímsson (born 11 January 1975) is an Icelandic chess grandmaster. He is a three-time Icelandic Chess Champion and was World U12 Chess Champion in 1987. He earned his international master title in 1994 and his grandmaster title in 2007. He is the No. 1 ranked Icelandic player as of October 2017.[1]

Chess career[edit]

Born in 1975, Héðinn won the World U12 Chess Championship in 1987. The next year, he competed at the World U14 Championship, held in Romania. Ceaușescu was the still in power at the time and there was not enough food for the competitors; Héðinn suffered from malnutrition during the event and fell ill.[2] In 1990, he won the Icelandic Chess Championship, aged 15. The same year, he competed at the 29th Chess Olympiad, scoring 1½/3 as Iceland finished eighth out of 108 teams.[3] At this time, his Elo rating was over 2500.[2] He competed in the Icelandic Championship in 1991, but did not play in another until 2006, where he finished second. He also did not play in Chess Olympiads during this period, returning in 2008 to score 4/7.[4] In 2009, he won the Reykjavik Open on tie-break over Yuriy Kryvoruchko and Hannes Stefánsson. He played again for Iceland at the 39th Chess Olympiad, scoring 6/10.[5] He has since won the Icelandic Championship twice more: in 2011 and 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writer(s) (October 2017). "Federations Ranking - Iceland". FIDE.
  2. ^ a b Fischer, Johannes (13 April 2015). "Going new ways: GM Hedinn Steingrimsson". ChessBase.
  3. ^ 29th Chess Olympiad: Novi Sad 1990
  4. ^ 38th Chess Olympiad: Dresden 2008
  5. ^ 39th Chess Olympiad: Khanty-Mansiysk 2010

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