GMs Stefansson, Gretarsson Compete For Reykjavik Puffins
Iceland has joined the PRO Chess League, and they are bringing some of their top grandmasters and international masters to the PRO Chess League stage.
The Reykjavik Puffins, managed by FM Ingvar Johannesson, promise to be a very dangerous team. In a fact that surprises most chess fans, Iceland is the country with the most grandmasters per capita. They have a great history and tradition of chess excellence.
A friendly team of locals playing in serene Reykjavik? Should have plenty of energy available for over the board drama!
Let's take a look at the Puffins's roster:
GM Hannes Stefansson: Stefansson has won the Icelandic Championship an incredible 12 times! He is known as the "Robot" for his even-paced and accurate feel-based play.
GM Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson: Hjorvar is currently Iceland's youngest Grandmaster. He was the top scorer for Iceland at the last European Championship and the Olympiad. He has wins against some of the top players in the world, including legendary Grandmaster Alexei Shirov.
IMs Bjorn and Bragi Thorfinnsson: Two brothers who are both International Masters: Bjorn is known as the more aggressive attacking player, while Bragi is considered more balanced. Playing on the same team as your family is always great for team morale.
FM Ingvar Thor Johannesson: Better known as Zibbit in the online chess community, Ingvar has been producing instructive and fun chess videos for quite some time. He is a very dangerous blitz player, and his videos can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/user/zibbit
Here he is positively abusing a chess set and clock.
With a tight knit group of grandmasters and international masters, the Puffins are going to make life difficult for any PRO Chess League opponent.
The PRO Chess League welcomes the Reykjavik Puffins!
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- League Announcement
- Prize Fund for 2017 Season
- 2017 Schedule
- How to join the PRO Chess League
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