FRIDRIK OLAFSSON 85th BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY

January 26, 2020

European Chess Union congratulates to Fridrik Olafsson on his 85th birthday anniversary.

Fridrik Olafsson is the first chess player from Iceland who accomplished the Grandmaster title. He was a six-time Icelandic Chess Champion and took a title of Nordic Chess Champion twice.

ECU President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili gifted Mr. Olafsson in Reykjavik, 2015

Among his best tournament results were shared first place with Ljubomir Ljubojevic in Wijk aan Zee in 1976, where he was ranked ahead of chess legend, Mikhail Tal. At his best, Fridrik Olafsson was rated 2692 in October 1958 (according to Chessmetrics), and was ranked as the 13th player in the World.

In period from 1978-1982, Fridrik Olafsson served as the President of FIDE, and after 1982, was appointed as Secretary of the Icelandic Parliament.

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