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Wolfgang Uhlmann
Uhlmann at the 5th Rubinstein Memorial in 1967
Photo courtesty of the Wilkau-Haßlau Chess Club.
Number of games in database: 1,837
Years covered: 1951 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2312
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +672 -380 =764 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 21 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (148) 
    E73 E75 E94 E90 E79
 English, 1 c4 e5 (138) 
    A29 A21 A22 A27 A20
 English, 1 c4 c5 (108) 
    A30 A34 A35 A38 A33
 English (98) 
    A16 A17 A10 A14 A13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (51) 
    D37 D35 D38 D31 D30
 Semi-Slav (48) 
    D45 D44 D46 D47 D48
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (337) 
    C18 C09 C07 C19 C05
 King's Indian (266) 
    E97 E92 E60 E87 E62
 French Winawer (147) 
    C18 C19 C15 C16 C17
 French Tarrasch (143) 
    C09 C07 C05 C08 C06
 Grunfeld (97) 
    D86 D79 D90 D91 D93
 English (40) 
    A10 A16 A15 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Bialas vs Uhlmann, 1951 0-1
   Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1960 0-1
   P Enders vs Uhlmann, 1978 0-1
   Geller vs Uhlmann, 1970 0-1
   Bronstein vs Uhlmann, 1977 0-1
   J Kostro vs Uhlmann, 1974 0-1
   G Moehring vs Uhlmann, 1982 0-1
   Velimirovic vs Uhlmann, 1976 0-1
   H Teske vs Uhlmann, 1986 0-1
   Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1958/59 (1958)
   Hastings 1966/67 (1966)
   Hastings 1970/71 (1970)
   Hastings 1959/60 (1959)
   Hoogovens (1961)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Madrid (1973)
   Snowdrops and Old-hands (2012)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors) (2011)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Monte Carlo (1968)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Uhlmann: Winning with French by setuhanu01
   Uhlmann's 60 French Defence Games by MidnightDuffer
   FAVORITE PLAYERS by gambitfan
   IBM Amsterdam 1972 by Tabanus
   Dresden 1956 by Phony Benoni
   Madrid 1973 by suenteus po 147

   Uhlmann vs A Naumann (Apr-09-16) 0-1
   A Raykhman vs Uhlmann (Mar-15-15) 1-0
   Uhlmann vs G Timoshchenko (Mar-03-15) 0-1
   Uhlmann vs Korchnoi (Feb-16-15) 0-1, rapid
   Korchnoi vs Uhlmann (Feb-16-15) 0-1, rapid

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(born Mar-29-1935, 82 years old) Germany

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Wolfgang Uhlmann was born in Dresden, and was taught to play chess by his father when he was 11. Awarded the IM title in 1956 and the GM title in 1959, he was a World Championship Candidate in 1971 but was eliminated by Bent Larsen at the quarter-final stage.

Uhlmann was East German Champion in 1955, 1958, 1964, 1968, 1975, 1976, 1981 and 1985. He is a noted authority on the French Defense, having played it almost exclusively against 1.e4 throughout his career. He is also the author of the book Winning with the French (1995).

Wikipedia article: Wolfgang Uhlmann

 page 1 of 74; games 1-25 of 1,837  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Uhlmann vs H Schroeder  0-151 1951 GER-ch U20D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. K Kunze vs Uhlmann  ½-½34 1951 GER-ch U20C01 French, Exchange
3. Uhlmann vs B Malich  1-037 1951 GER-ch U20A44 Old Benoni Defense
4. K H Achatz vs Uhlmann 0-139 1951 GER-ch U20C02 French, Advance
5. Uhlmann vs F Stahl  1-046 1951 GER-ch U20D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. W Bialas vs Uhlmann 0-123 1951 LeipzigC05 French, Tarrasch
7. E Budrich vs Uhlmann  0-140 1951 GER-ch U20D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
8. K Darga vs Uhlmann  ½-½87 1951 German Championship U20D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. Uhlmann vs W Rosen 1-029 1951 GER-ch U20E72 King's Indian
10. Uhlmann vs R Von Saldern  1-024 1951 GER-ch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
11. Uhlmann vs Lothar Musmann  1-044 1951 GER-ch U20E17 Queen's Indian
12. M Bobotsov vs Uhlmann 1-061 1953 MatchC19 French, Winawer, Advance
13. L Schmitt vs Uhlmann 1-046 1953 GER-ch 15thA26 English
14. Uhlmann vs G Kluger  ½-½41 1954 Prague ztA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
15. Uhlmann vs Sliwa  0-148 1954 Prague ztE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. Sajtar vs Uhlmann  0-141 1954 Prague ztE81 King's Indian, Samisch
17. G Palmason vs Uhlmann ½-½67 1954 Prague ztC05 French, Tarrasch
18. Uhlmann vs N Minev  ½-½24 1954 Prague ztE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
19. R Seiffert vs Uhlmann 0-119 1954 BlitzC18 French, Winawer
20. Z Milev vs Uhlmann  0-157 1954 BlitzC18 French, Winawer
21. Filip vs Uhlmann 1-034 1954 Prague ztE61 King's Indian
22. Uhlmann vs Balanel 1-017 1955 Erfurt, East GermanyA47 Queen's Indian
23. Uhlmann vs J Franz 1-013 1955 Erfurt GERA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Uhlmann vs E Sojka  1-042 1956 KrynicaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. J Jezek vs Uhlmann 0-131 1956 PrahaE77 King's Indian
 page 1 of 74; games 1-25 of 1,837  PGN Download
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  TheFocus: <MartijnvanWingerden>< I have a challenge for everyone. Try to find a game where Wolfgang Uhlmann didn't answher 1.e4 with 1...e6. Good Luck!>

Well, if you had read two posts before yours, you would have had your answer.

<get Reti> <Airlock, I search through all of Wolfgang's games and I only found 3 where he didn't answer 1.e4 with the french, they were all robatsch: H Rossmann vs Uhlmann, 1974, A Hennings vs Uhlmann, 1968, and O Rogelio vs Uhlmann, 1968>

Oct-19-11  Retireborn: <The Focus> Uhlmann liked to answer 1.Nf3 with 1...g6 (aiming for his beloved KID/Gruenfeld!) so after 2.e4 he could find himself playing the Pirc by transposition. I assume he played 1.e4 g6 a few times just to keep his hand in, so to speak.
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  TheFocus: <Retireborn> I agree. I am sure some players tried to lure him away from his KID/Gruenfeld in just such a way.
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  AylerKupp: Being a French aficionado and Uhlmann fan (and having a little time on my hands), you guys made me curious. So here is what I was able to find out in the database. Of course, other more comprehensive databases will yield different results, but I doubt that they would change dramatically.

Total number of Uhlmann games: 1,792
Total number of games with Uhlmann as Black: 898 (50.1%)

Number of games White opened with 1.e4: 367 (40.9% of the 898) Number of games Uhlmann responded with 1...e6: 360 (98.1% of the 367)

Number of French defenses (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5): 343 (95.3% of the 360) Number of non-French defenses (1.e4 e6 2.other): 17 (4.7% of the 360), all King's Indian Attacks

Results when games (360) started 1.e4 e6:
a. White won: 93 (25.8% of the 360)
b. Black won: 125 (34.7% of the 360)
c. Draws: 142 (39.4% of the 360)

So apparently Uhlmann's faith in the French defense was justified.

Non-French defense games (7), all Robatch/Modern: White won 0, Black won 5, Drawn 2.

Csom vs Uhlmann, 1967; Csom vs Uhlmann, 1967; A Hennings vs Uhlmann, 1968; R Ortega vs Uhlmann, 1968; Kaplan vs Uhlmann, 1973; Kaplan vs Uhlmann, 1973; R Rodriguez vs Uhlmann, 1975;

But, judging by his results, he should have been playing the Robatch/Modern defense all along instead of the French! ;-)

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  wordfunph: <At a time when the French Defense was taking one terrible hit after another, GM Robert Byrne asked one of its greatest proponents, the German GM Wolfgang Uhlmann, why he stubbornly persisted in taking beatings with it. He scratched his head and said simply, "It's my defense!">

happy birthday, GM Uhlmann!

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  parisattack: If you want to study Uhlmann's French games,'Winning with the French' is actually a translation of Uhlmann's 'Ein Leben lang Franzosisch' - 60 of his games annotated.

That, the Psakhis books, a Watson and perhaps 'Mastering the French' ought to make anyone a French guru. :)

Dec-05-13  waustad: His results at the Old Hands vs Snowdrops event this year are not good. so far he has one draw in five games. These older men vs younger women events have been going on for some time, though I don't know how long they have been using the name for flowers for the ladies.
Feb-23-14  Conrad93: I wish he would write a serious book on the French, not just a game collection.
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  diagonal: Live coverage from the University of Leipzig:


Wolfgang Uhlmann is playing an exhibition (one hour each) against Viktor Korchnoi (his first game since september 2012).

Wolfgang Uhlmann, former Candidate, 1971 quarter-final vs. Larsen, and also member of the "Rest of the World" team in the famous match vs. the USSR in 1970, leading player for decades of East Germany and undoubtedly the GDR's most successful ever.

Korchnoi (*1931) vs. Uhlmann (*1935): A duel of two major french defense experts. Let's go!

Mar-29-14  waustad: <diagonal>You may have to be satisfied by the match between Korchnoi and Spassky that has been talked about. It will be interesting to see what each player has left in the tank after serious health problem for both.
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  Gejewe: has information on this match :
First of all negating that Spassky will play..

Spassky Doesn't Know About His Match Against Korchnoi Friday, 21.03.2014 21:43
We reported about the scheduled friendly match between Viktor Korchnoi and Boris Spassky over two weeks ago. It was planned to be held from March 27 in Leipzig, Germany. Let us emphesize, we got the mentioned information from Korchnoi himself. Now it turned out Spassky haven't heard of the event. He wrote an open letter to RCF president Andrey Filatov stating it: "I, Boris Spassky, herewith state that the information published on RCF website on March 20th, 2014 - "Boris Spassky and Viktor Korchnoi will again meet at the board" - is unexpected and unfounded. I have never negotiated about where, when or under what conditions would be held the match against Viktor Korchnoi; I haven't ever given my agreement on playing such a match to anyone."

Yesterday, the first game has been played, gives the following additional information, and the game :

Korchnoi Again Plays Chess. Against Uhlmann, not Spassky Though Friday, 28.03.2014 22:15

The match with Korchnoi's participation started in Leipzig Germany. Korchnoi's opponent is not Spassky, as it was announced earlier, but Wolfgang Uhlmann. German GM turns 79 tomorrow, while Korchnoi will turn 83 on March 23. Match consists of four games, those are most likely not broadcasted online. Korchnoi beat his German colleague in the first match game.

Korchnoi, Viktor
Uhlmann, Wolfgang
Leipzig (1) 2014.03.28
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Bg5 Nbd7 8. Qc1 c6 9. d5 cxd5 10. cxd5 a6 11. a4 Nc5 12. Nd2 h6 13. Be3 Ne8 14. a5 f5 15. b4 Nd7 16. f3 fxe4 17. Ndxe4 Ndf6 18. O-O Nxe4 19. Nxe4 Kh7 20. Ra3 Bd7 21. Rc3 Rc8 22. Rxc8 Qxc8 23. Qb1 Bf5 24. Rc1 Qd7 25. b5 Nc7 26. bxa6 Nxd5 27. axb7 Rb8 28. a6 Nxe3 29. a7 Rxb7 30. a8=Q Rxb1 31. Rxb1 Bxe4 32. fxe4 Qc7 33. Qa3 Nc2 34. Qc1 Qa7 35. Kh1 Nd4 36. Bc4 g5 37. Bd5 Ne2 38. Qf1 Nf4 39. Rb7 Qe3 40. g3 Qe2 41. Qxe2 Nxe2 42. Rd7 h5 43. Rxd6 h4 44. Kg2 hxg3 45. hxg3 Nc3 46. Be6 Bf6 47. Bf5 Kg7 48. Kh3 Nb5 49. Rd7 Kf8 50. Kg4 Nd4 51. Kh5 Ke8 52. Rb7 Ne2 53. Kg6 Be7 54. Bd7 Kd8 55. Bb5 1-0

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  Penguincw: Happy 79th birthday to GM Wolfgang Uhlmann.
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  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 @ for the nice new photograph of the living legend!

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  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.
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  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.


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  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.

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  Jim Bartle: I can liv with that.
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  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.

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  kingfu: Thank you.
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  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.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, French Champion Wolfgang Uhlmann!!
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  kingfu: We missed Uhlmann's 81st birthday. Alles das Beste zum Geburtstag!
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  kingfu: Thank you, TheFocus. Maybe it should have been I missed his birthday. Where's Dom?
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