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Jóhann Hjartarson (born 8 February 1963) is an Icelandic chess grandmaster. He is a six-time Icelandic Chess Champion and a two-time Nordic Chess Champion. He is the No. 3 ranked Icelandic player as of October 2017.[2]

Jóhann Hjartarson
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Jóhann Hjartarson in Berlin, 2010
Born (1963-02-08) 8 February 1963 (age 56)
Reykjavík, Iceland
TitleGrandmaster (1985)
FIDE rating2513 (June 2019)
Peak rating2640 (July 2003)
Peak rankingNo. 11 (January 1989)[1]

Chess careerEdit

He earned the International Master title in 1984 and the Grandmaster title a year later.[3] Among his best international tournament results are shared first place at Reykjavík in 1984 and 1992, shared first at World Open 1991 in Philadelphia, equal third at Tilburg 1988 (+3−3=8) and sixth at Belgrade 1989 (+2−2=7).[4] In 1987 he finished equal first at the Interzonal tournament in Szirák, Hungary and qualified for the World Championship Candidates Tournament in 1988.[5] He defeated Viktor Korchnoi but lost to Karpov in the quarterfinals. Jóhann competed in the FIDE world championship held with the knock-out format in 1998 and 2004.

Jóhann won the Icelandic Chess Championship in 1980, 1984, 1994, 1995, 1997 and 2016.[6] He won the Nordic Chess Championship in 1997 and 2017. By winning this latter tournament in 2017 (edging out Nils Grandelius on tiebreak score)[7][8] Jóhann qualified to play in the FIDE World Cup 2017.[9][10] He was eliminated in the first round by David Navara.

He has played for Iceland in the Chess Olympiad, World Team Chess Championship, European Team Chess Championship, World Senior Team Championships,[11] World U26 Team Championship, World U16 Team Championship, Telechess Olympiad and Nordic Chess Cup. Playing at the European Chess Club Cup, he won the gold medal with German team Bayern Munich in 1992.


  1. ^ FIDE Rating List: January 1989. OlimpBase.
  2. ^ Staff writer(s) (October 2017). "Federations Ranking - Iceland". FIDE.
  3. ^ Gaige, Jeremy (1987). Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography. McFarland. p. 174. ISBN 0-7864-2353-6.
  4. ^ Hooper, David; Whyld, Kenneth (1992). The Oxford Companion To Chess. Oxford University Press. p. 174. ISBN 0-19-280049-3.
  5. ^ Byrne, Robert (1987-09-08). "Chess: Iceland's Johann Hjartarson In Tie for First at Interzonal". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  6. ^ Schulz, André (2016-06-15). "Johann Hjartarson is back". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  7. ^ "Hjartarson edged Grandelius on tiebreaks at Nordic Championship". Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News and Information. 2017-07-02. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  8. ^ "The Week in Chess 1182". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  9. ^ Þorfinnsson, Björn (2017-07-02). "Jóhann Hjartarson Norðurlandameistari í skák". DV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  10. ^ Nordic Championship Tournaments 2017 invitation (PDF). Swedish Chess Federation
  11. ^ Schulz, André (2016-07-05). "World Seniors: Germany and Russia win". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2017-07-07.

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