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|Mar-29-14|| ||Penguincw: Happy 79th birthday to GM Wolfgang Uhlmann.|
|Mar-29-14|| ||diagonal: Happy birthday, Grandmaster Uhlmann, many more and best wishes!|
Wolfgang Uhlmann, expert of the french defense, former Candidate, 1971 quarter-final against Larsen, chosen as member of the "Rest of the World" team in the match vs. the USSR in 1970, leading player for decades of East Germany, eleven times champion of (then) GDR. At the 1964 chess Olympiad in Tel Aviv, Uhlmann scored 83.3 percent, earning the individual board one gold medal (note: at that time, there was a preliminary at the Olympiads and then final groups based on the previous team results, no swiss system).
Brilliant tournament wins in the 1960s and 1970s: Wolfgang Uhlmann is a rare three times (sole or shared) winner at Hastings, in these days always a strong event: Uhlmann won in 1958/59 outright, in 1965/66 (shared with Boris Spassky), and tied for first again (with Bronstein and Hort) at Hastings Chess Congress 1975/76, one point ahead of Korchnoi.
Uhlmann also shared victory (with Polugaevsky) at Sarajevo 1964, tied for first (with Smyslov) at Havana (Capablanca Memorial) 1964, tied for first (with Ivkov, and ahead of World Champion Petrosian - and among others Portisch, Parma, Bronstein, Larsen, Matanovic, Filip, Gligoric, Bisguier) at Zagreb 1965, tied for first (with Bronstein) at Szombathely 1966, and tied for first (with Bronstein) at the Berlin 'Lasker Memorial' in 1968. At Raach in 1969, a zonal tournament, he finished two points clear of the field (which included Lajos Portisch), placed second (behind World Champion Karpov) at Skopje 1976, finished first at Vrbas 1977, to name the maybe most notable ones.
He beat at least four World Champions, from Fischer in 1960 <Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1960> to Anand in 1990 <Uhlmann vs Anand, 1990>,
Botvinnik at the Olympiad, Varna 1962 <Uhlmann vs Botvinnik, 1962>, and Smyslov <Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973>.
In recent years, Wolfgang Uhlmann was quite a regular member of the Veterans / Old Hands ad-hoc formation in matches versus a Ladies / Snowdrops team. Especially the game Kashlinskaya-Uhlmann 0-1 was considered the most beautiful of the event in 2012:
<A Kashlinskaya vs Uhlmann, 2012>
Thanks @ chessgames.com for the nice new photograph of the living legend!
|Feb-16-15|| ||Penguincw: Congrats to Wolfgang Uhlmann for his match against Victor Korchnoi. The match is tied 2-2 (+2,-2,=0), with Uhlmann winning game 1 and 4 (with white and black respectively). Uhlmann was the lower rated player (2326 vs. 2499), although I think it's nice to see 2 former world championship contenders still able to play great chess decades after their peak.|
|Apr-18-15|| ||offramp: Uhlmann invented a rather neat manoeuvre in the French Defence which I call an Uhlmannisation. |
It consists of the moves ♗(c8)-d7-e8-h5. At h5 the bishop is well-placed.
|Apr-18-15|| ||keypusher: <offramp: Uhlmann invented a rather neat manoeuvre in the French Defence which I call an Uhlmannisation.
It consists of the moves ♗(c8)-d7-e8-h5. At h5 the bishop is well-placed.|
P Ware vs Steinitz, 1882
|Apr-18-15|| ||Dr. Overlord: |
Bergman uses that a lot in his films.
|Apr-18-15|| ||Jim Bartle: I can liv with that.|
|Mar-21-16|| ||kingfu: All us French Hard Heads love Uhlmann AND Korchnoi. I don't know who did the Bd7, Be8, Bh5 first. However, it should be in all our tool bags. Also, I have seen Korchnoi defend against the obligatory White kingside attack with Bd7, Be8, Bg6.|
Here is a Korchnoi game with Be8, Bh5 on the last 2 moves resulting in 0-1!
Molander vs. Korchnoi
How to copy the game highlighted, please.
|Mar-21-16|| ||ndg2: <kingfu>R Molander vs Korchnoi, 2002|
You simply copy the game URL.
|Mar-22-16|| ||kingfu: Thank you.|
|Mar-23-16|| ||kingfu: Another Uhlmann French Defense with the "bad" light square bishop.|
C H Alexander vs Uhlmann, 1958
We start with Bd7, Be8, Bf7, Bg6, Bd3. The game ends with Bc4 before Uhlmann can play Bd5.
|Mar-29-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, French Champion Wolfgang Uhlmann!!|
|Mar-31-16|| ||kingfu: We missed Uhlmann's 81st birthday. Alles das Beste zum Geburtstag!|
|Mar-31-16|| ||kingfu: Thank you, TheFocus. Maybe it should have been I missed his birthday. Where's Dom?|
|Mar-29-17|| ||Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Your games were instructive for me in my early chess development stage; many thanks sir!|
|Mar-29-17|| ||Petrosianic: Wishing happy birthday to someone still alive?? This is unheard of around here.|
|Mar-29-17|| ||kingfu: Happy Birthday to 1 of 2 Greatest French Defense players ever (Korchnoi).|
I tried playing The French for decades. I studied many games by these 2. I failed. Nobody told me - Do not try The French Defense at home. The French Defense must be played by Professionals in a closed position.
Uhlmann always played The French. Korchnoi played a variety of 1. e4 defenses. Most Grandmasters have more than one response. MVL is the exception. He always plays the Sicilian.
|Mar-29-17|| ||kingfu: Bizarre. Uhlmann and Korchnoi played each other 20 times. Not one French Defense.|
|Apr-16-17|| ||Taulmaril: Kingfu not so bizarre when you consider that neither of them were 1.e4 players as white.|
|Jun-25-17|| ||RookFile: Well, you might have gotten 1. c4 e6 2. e4 d5 in a game from these guys - that would transpose into a French Defense line. The only problem is, it didn't happen.|
|Mar-29-18|| ||Marmot PFL: happy birthday, 83 is a ripe old age but still not up there with Benko or Averbakh.|
|Mar-04-19|| ||SkySports: Why the "notable games" section has disappeared? The same happened in the pages of other GMs who peaked in the '60-70...|
|Mar-04-19|| ||whiteshark: <SkySports: Why the "notable games" section has disappeared? The same happened in the pages of other GMs who peaked in the '60-70...> Methinks cheesgames is kinda cheering on <Censorship Algorithms> ... |
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|Mar-04-19|| ||SkySports: I know but I suspect there is some glitch in the software. The list was there up to a couple of weeks ago. And the same happened to Gligoric, Todorcevic, Myagmarsuren (just some names I remember I checked few weeks ago)... For example, how is it possible that a game like this is does not allow a "notable games" section? It already appears in 18 collections...
Najdorf vs Gligoric, 1953|
|Jun-08-19|| ||norami: Uhlmann is the only player alive who has defeated both Botvinnik and Fischer in official tournament games.|
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