Opening Encyclopaedia 2016

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Creating Chaos in Calm Waters

– In this show, Simon will be taking a look at some interesting ways of meeting Anti-Sicilian lines, mainly 3 Bb5+ and 2 c3. Rather then entering into somewhat dull positions you may have the chance to play an early ...g5!? Tune in at 6 pm CEST for the action! View the whole schedule!


Fritz 15 - English Version

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Evans Gambit for the new generation

The Evans Gambit is an attempt to destroy Black in gambit fashion straight out of the opening. Featuring games of old, and numerous new and exciting ideas, this DVD will give you a genuine and more exciting way of playing the Giuoco Piano.


ChessBase Magazine 174

Enjoy the best moments of recent top tournaments (Bilbao, Saint Louis and Dortmund) with analysis of top players. In addition you'll get lots of training material. For example 11 new suggestions for your opening repertoire.


How to exchange pieces

Learn to master the right exchange! Let the German WGM Elisabeth Pähtz show you how to gain a strategic winning position by exchanging pieces of equal value or to safely convert material advantage into a win.


ChessBase Magazine Extra 173

A solid concept against Benoni: Learn from GM Pert how to win with the Fianchetto Variation (video). Classics put to test: Robert Ris shows Fischer-Kholmov (1965) with an impressive knight sacrifice by the Russian (video). Plus 44,889 new games.


Master Class Vol.7: Garry Kasparov

On this DVD a team of experts gets to the bottom of Kasparov’s play. In over 8 hours of video running time the authors Rogozenko, Marin, Reeh and Müller cast light on four important aspects of Kasparov’s play: opening, strategy, tactics and endgame.


Pawn structures you should know

Every pawn structure has its typical plans and to know these plans helps you to find your way in these positions. On this DVD Mikhalchishin presents and explains the most common central structures: The Hedgehog, the Maroczy, Hanging pawns and the Isolani.


Books, boards, sets: Chess Niggemann

Former FIDE President Fridrik Olafsson turns 75

1/26/2010 – He has two victories over Bobby Fischer, two against Tigran Petrosian and two against Mikhail Tal. Friðrik Ólafsson of Iceland earned his GM title 52 years ago. In 1978 he succeeded Max Euwe as President of FIDE, where he served until he was replaced by Florencio Campomanes in 1982. Ten days ago he played a brilliancy in a rapid chess event. Today Fridrik celebrates his 75th birthday.
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Fridrik Olafsson (or Friðrik Ólafsson in Icelandic orthography) was born January 26, 1935 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He won the Icelandic Championship in 1952 and the Scandinavian Championship a year later, establishing himself as the strongest Icelandic player of his generation.

His first great international success was a shared first with Viktor Korchnoi at Hastings 1955-56. He competed in the World Championship cycle and finished 5th/6th at the 1958 Portorož Interzonal tournament. That gave him the grandmaster title and a place in the 1959 Candidates Tournament.

A commomerative 2008 stamp for 50 years as a GM. It shows the final position of an important game:

Olafsson,Fridrik - Fischer,Robert James [D38]
Portoroz Interzonal Portoroz (11), 1958
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.d4 Bb4 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.e3 Nc6 9.Rc1 c4 10.Be2 Be6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Nd2 Be7 13.b3 g5 14.Bg3 Ba3 15.Rc2 Nb4 16.bxc4 Nxc2 17.Qxc2 dxc4 18.Nb5 Bb4 19.Nc7 Bxd2 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Bxc4 Qe8 22.Qxd2 Ne4 23.Qd3 Nxg3 24.hxg3 Rf6 25.Qe4 Rc8 26.Bb3 Qd7 27.Rd1 Re8 28.f4 Qh7 29.Qe5 Qf5 30.g4 Qxe5 31.dxe5 Rf7 32.f5 Rc7 33.Rd6 Rc5 34.Bxe6+ Kf8 35.Bb3 Rcxe5 36.Rxh6 Rxe3 37.Rg6 R8e4 38.Rxg5 Rg3 39.Rg8+ Ke7 40.g5 Re2 41.Bd5 Kd6 42.Bf3 Rxa2 43.f6 Ke6 44.Re8+ 1-0. [Click to replay]

Fridrik Olafsson facing Bobby Fischer in Bled 1961. He lost this game, but had beaten
Fischer in the 1958 Portorož Interzonal and in the 1959 Candidates Tournament in Yugoslavia

Fridrik also played in the following Interzonal (Stockholm 1962) but failed to qualify for the Candidates. Among his best tournament results we find a shared first with Ljubomir Ljubojevic at Wijk aan Zee 1976, ahead of Mikhail Tal.

Candidacy poster of Fridrik Olafsson in 1978

In 1978, Fridrik Olafsson succeeded Max Euwe as President of FIDE, where he served a single term, being replaced by Florencio Campomanes in 1982.

At home he was appointed Secretary to the Icelandic Parliament, having worked as a lawyer at the Icelandic Ministry of Justice before becoming a chess professional in 1974. Fridrik is married and has two adult daughters.

A portrait of Fridrik Olafsson by painter Einar Hákonarson

In 2003 Fridrik Olafsson won a rapid match against fellow veteran Bent Larsen by 5-3

Here's a game played by Fridrik Olafsson just a couple of weeks ago:

Olafsson,Fridrik - Kjartansson,Gudmundur [D37]
CCP Rapid, 09.01.2010
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Rc1 c5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bg3 cxd4 10.exd4 N7f6 11.Bd3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 b6 13.Qe2 Bb7 14.0-0 Qd5 15.c4 Qa5 16.Ne5 Rad8 17.Rcd1 Nd7 18.d5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Bd6??

20.Bxh7+! Kxh7 21.Qh5+ Kg8 22.Bxg7! Kxg7 23.Qg5+ Kh7 24.Rd3 Qa3 25.Rxa3 Bxa3 26.Qh4+ Kg7 27.Qg3+ Kf6 28.Qxa3 exd5 29.Qf3+ 1-0. [Click to replay]

Distribution of the games played by Fridrik Olafsson (total 1013 games)

Information and pictures provided by Einar S. Einarsson

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