Persons celebrating an Anniversary
in January 2009
At the beginning of the new year the first greetings go to Stockholm where
our member Rolf Littorin celebrated his 86th birthday
already. In the meantime he belongs – together with eight other
"80+" members – to the select circle of our honorary members.
There have been no news from him in the last time, but he was still "mentioned"
in more detail one year ago (see the January
Bragi Kristjánsson makes his debut in our column
as a new member, he has reached the – for chess players magical
– number "64", we hope that he could appropriately celebrate
his special day in Reykjavik. Being a strong player he played in the Icelandic
national team some time ago and competed in two Chess Olympiads: Tel Aviv
1964 and Lugano 1968. At the moment he is still listed as a FIDE Master
(Rating 2279), moreover he has the IM title in correspondence chess.
The nordic chess legend Friðrik Ólafsson –
from Reykjavik as well – turned exactly 10 years older on January
26th. As the first Icelandic chess grandmaster and FIDE president (1978-82)
he has set off an amazing chess boom on "his" island which has
obviously not faded yet – Iceland still has the highest number of
chess grandmasters per capita. (To give some impressions we offer here
photo report by Dejan Bojkov about Iceland and the Icelandic team
championship in 2007.)
Friðrik Olafsson has always remained active as a chess player, you
may remember for example his match against Bent Larsen in November 2003
won by him 5:3 in Reykjavik – a "new edition" of the 1956
match after 47 years. Or his participation in the Euwe
Stimulans tournament in Arnhem (August 2007) - Dennis Monokroussos
has gone on about the game played there by Ólafsson against the
Dutch junior champion Vincent Rothuis: Friğrik
Olafsson: the creative genius of a septuagenarian, but also Hans Ree
has done so in his Dutch
It was only recently that Friðrik Olafsson supported the "old-timers"
in the competition "snowdrops" against "old hands"
at Mariánské Lázně (29/11 – 6/12/2008)
– and it is known that this time the veteran players could overcome
the "snowdrops": Veteranen
schlagen zurück ("Veterans strike back", in German only);
an excerpt Ein
bemerkenswertes Match - Berühmte Veteranen traten gegen ein Großmeisterinnen-Quartett
an (SCHACH MAGAZIN 64, 1/2009, in German only) as well as
and Old Timers - Czech Coal Chess Match 2008.
In these parts Friðrik Olafsson is less known as a chess author, certainly
because his works have been published in Icelandic only. We have included
now a game collection from his pen in the Publications
of our Members.
Naturally a lot of information about Friðrik Olafsson is circulating
in the internet, we give two further links here:
entry on Friðrik Ólafsson
- excerpt from Ein
Großmeister und Gentleman - Fridrik Olafsson wurde 70 Jahre
[A Grandmaster and Gentleman - Friðrik Olafsson turned 70]
(SCHACH MAGAZIN 64, 3/2005; in German only). [PS: A broken
You will find all previous birthday greetings in our archives!