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Saturday, April 23, 2011

GM Hédinn Steingrímsson wins Icelandic Chess Championship 2011

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Hi everyone, 

Grandmaster Hédinn Steingrímsson has won the Icelandic Chess Championship 2011 today. He beat  grandmaster Henrik Danielsen in the final round to win the event. This is the second time Steingrímsson wins the Icelandic Championship, the first time being in 1990 when he was only 15 years old - the youngest man to win th Icelandic national title! Steingrímsson got 7.5 points out of 9 possible. He won six of the nine games, allowing only three draws.

Bragi Thorfinnsson came in second after playing Gudmundur Kjartansson for a draw. Thorfinnsson come in half a point short of playing a t Grandmasters level.

GM Hannes Hlifar Stefánsson did not participate this year, but he has won the national title more times than anyone else or eleven times. Stefánsson has won the Icelandic Chess Championship every year since 1998 except for 2000, 2009 and 2011 when he didn't participate.
You can access the official website here

The final ranking this year:

1 GM Steingrimsson Hedinn 2554 7,5
2 IM Thorfinnsson Bragi 2417 6,5
3 GM Danielsen Henrik 2533 6
4 IM Kristjansson Stefan 2483 5,5
GM Thorhallsson Throstur 2387 5,5
6 FM Lagerman Robert 2320 4
7 Gislason Gudmundur 2291 3
8 FM Johannesson Ingvar Thor 2338 3
9 IM Kjartansson Gudmundur 2327 2,5
10 Halldorsson Jon Arni 2195 1,5

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