Helgi Ólafsson

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Helgi Ólafsson
Helgi Ólafsson EchT 2013.jpg
Helgi Ólafsson, 2013
Country Iceland
Born 15 August 1956 (1956-08-15) (age 62)
Heimaey, Iceland
Title Grandmaster (1985)
FIDE rating 2510 (October 2018)
Peak rating 2595 (July 1990)

Helgi Ólafsson (born 15 August 1956) is an Icelandic chess grandmaster. He is a six-time Icelandic Chess Champion.

Chess career[edit]

A native of Heimaey, the largest and sole populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago off the south coast of Iceland, Helgi was sixteen when the Bobby FischerBoris Spassky World Chess Championship 1972, dubbed the chess world's "Match of the Century", was held in Reykjavík. He subsequently became one of a group of Icelandic chess prodigies who emerged in its aftermath, achieving, himself, the title of grandmaster in 1985. He is the No. 5 ranked Icelandic player as of October 2017.[1]


  1. ^ Staff writer(s) (October 2017). "Federations Ranking - Iceland". FIDE.

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