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CHENNAI:  A few weeks in the past, July 11 to be precise, was the fiftieth anniversary of the opening sport between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Even when Iceland, in comparison with among the larger powers, was a backwater on this planet of chess on the time, Spassky wished it to be held within the nation. Dubbed the ‘Match of the Century’, it had huge hype and build-up. The nation, with a inhabitants of a shade over 320,000, continues to really feel the after-effects of the battle, 50 years on. It’s greatest mirrored in a unusual little statistic. Per capita, Iceland has one of many highest numbers of chess participation throughout the globe.

Captain of the Iceland girls’s workforce for upcoming Olympiad in Chennai, Ingvar Thor Johannesson, takes over. “Iceland’s wealthy chess historical past is in some ways tied to the legendary match,” he tells this each day. “Following that match, we received a really good technology of Grandmasters who did nicely and managed to get good finishes at Chess Olympiads.” It’s not typically you discover a chess match as half of popular culture however that’s the case in Iceland. “The match at all times pops up once in a while in conversations and as a reference. With this yr being the 50-year anniversary of the match it has been talked about extra this yr than regular,” he says.

Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson, who shall be on the primary board within the Open class, echoed comparable sentiments when he had appeared in an interview for chessbase earlier this yr. “It (the World Championship match) positively performed a component,” he had mentioned. “It could be ignorant to say it didn’t have any impact.”

Johannesson, who realized every part concerning the match when he began enjoying chess within the early Nineties, additionally namechecks the Bobby Fischer Centre, a small museum to honour the world champion, that’s situated in Selfoss, a hour’s drive from the capital Reykjavik. “There’s a place known as the Bobby Fischer middle within the city of Selfoss, a brief drive from Reykjavik,” he explains. “There are many memorabilia, footage, slideshows, and different issues that should do with the match.”

Each Gretarsson and Johannesson, although, point out the function performed by Fridrik Olafsson in exhibiting the nation that it was doable to punch above their weight. Olafsson, born in January 1935 earlier than changing into the island nation’s first GM in 1958, repeatedly bloodied the noses of the very best within the enterprise. His wins over Fischer, Yuri Averbakh and Mikhail Tal amongst different distinguished chess figures meant he had develop into a nationwide hero. No marvel why Johannesson calls Olafsson a ‘pioneer’.

“None of that may have been doable nonetheless with out the pioneer, the legend GM Fridrik Olafsson. He paved the best way and confirmed a small nation what was doable. After main Iceland to creditable finishes in a number of Olympiads aside from collaborating within the Candidates event in 1959, Olafsson ran the World Chess Federation (FIDE) for 4 years from 1978. After leaving FIDE, he turned a public servant, when he was named secretary-general of the nation’s parliament.

You’ll be able to see why Gretarsson likened him to Fischer in his interview to chessbase. “We had a fantastic function mannequin in Olafsson,” he had mentioned. “He was kind of like Fischer. Younger, clever, actually good-looking (laughs). Youthful boys most likely aspired to develop into like him.”

Johannesson picks up the story. “The highest GM’s had been celebrities and the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants a minimum of knew how the items moved, i.e. knew how you can play. At present, chess is taught in some faculties however when it comes to academies there aren’t that many however nonetheless a couple of choices.”

In Chennai, Gretarsson and Johannesson will look to contribute to a different profitable chapter for the island nation.

Iceland in Chennai
Open workforce
Captain Margeir Petursson
Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson
Hannes Stefansson
Vignir Vatnar Stefansson
Helgi Ass Gretarsson
Gudmundur Kjartansson

Ladies
Captain Ingvar Thor Johannesson
Lenka Ptacnikova
Johanna Bjorg Johannsdottir
Hallgerdur Thorsteinsdottir
Tinna Kristin Finnbogadottir
 Mendez Lisseth Acevedo

1958 Iceland’s Fridrik Olafsson turned Iceland’s first GM in 1958 

Captain of the Iceland girls’s workforce for upcoming Olympiad in Chennai, Ingvar Thor Johannesson, takes over. “Iceland’s wealthy chess historical past is in some ways tied to the legendary match,” he tells this each day. “Following that match, we received a really good technology of Grandmasters who did nicely and managed to get good finishes at Chess Olympiads.” It’s not typically you discover a chess match as half of popular culture however that’s the case in Iceland. “The match at all times pops up once in a while in conversations and as a reference. With this yr being the 50-year anniversary of the match it has been talked about extra this yr than regular,” he says.

Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson, who shall be on the primary board within the Open class, echoed comparable sentiments when he had appeared in an interview for chessbase earlier this yr. “It (the World Championship match) positively performed a component,” he had mentioned. “It could be ignorant to say it didn’t have any impact.”

Johannesson, who realized every part concerning the match when he began enjoying chess within the early Nineties, additionally namechecks the Bobby Fischer Centre, a small museum to honour the world champion, that’s situated in Selfoss, a hour’s drive from the capital Reykjavik. “There’s a place known as the Bobby Fischer middle within the city of Selfoss, a brief drive from Reykjavik,” he explains. “There are many memorabilia, footage, slideshows, and different issues that should do with the match.”

Each Gretarsson and Johannesson, although, point out the function performed by Fridrik Olafsson in exhibiting the nation that it was doable to punch above their weight. Olafsson, born in January 1935 earlier than changing into the island nation’s first GM in 1958, repeatedly bloodied the noses of the very best within the enterprise. His wins over Fischer, Yuri Averbakh and Mikhail Tal amongst different distinguished chess figures meant he had develop into a nationwide hero. No marvel why Johannesson calls Olafsson a ‘pioneer’.

“None of that may have been doable nonetheless with out the pioneer, the legend GM Fridrik Olafsson. He paved the best way and confirmed a small nation what was doable. After main Iceland to creditable finishes in a number of Olympiads aside from collaborating within the Candidates event in 1959, Olafsson ran the World Chess Federation (FIDE) for 4 years from 1978. After leaving FIDE, he turned a public servant, when he was named secretary-general of the nation’s parliament.

You’ll be able to see why Gretarsson likened him to Fischer in his interview to chessbase. “We had a fantastic function mannequin in Olafsson,” he had mentioned. “He was kind of like Fischer. Younger, clever, actually good-looking (laughs). Youthful boys most likely aspired to develop into like him.”

Johannesson picks up the story. “The highest GM’s had been celebrities and the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants a minimum of knew how the items moved, i.e. knew how you can play. At present, chess is taught in some faculties however when it comes to academies there aren’t that many however nonetheless a couple of choices.”

In Chennai, Gretarsson and Johannesson will look to contribute to a different profitable chapter for the island nation.Iceland in Chennai
Open workforce
Captain Margeir Petursson
Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson
Hannes Stefansson
Vignir Vatnar Stefansson
Helgi Ass Gretarsson
Gudmundur KjartanssonWomen
Captain Ingvar Thor Johannesson
Lenka Ptacnikova
Johanna Bjorg Johannsdottir
Hallgerdur Thorsteinsdottir
Tinna Kristin Finnbogadottir
 Mendez Lisseth Acevedo
1958 Iceland’s Fridrik Olafsson turned Iceland’s first GM in 1958 

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