diagonal: Dr. med. Helmut Pfleger turns <75 years today>.
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Pfleger is an outstanding personality. Although his basic duties as a medical doctor at the hospital and emergency medical technician, restricted his available time, he established a simultaneous career as an amateur chess player (playing especially in team events then, using his holiday time).
Later a TV commentator, he published several popular books on chess, too.
Pfleger raised to international prominence at the Olympiad in Tel Aviv in 1964, when he won the individual Gold medal on board four (12.5/15, unbeaten as titleless player).
His team, lead by the reputed GMs Wolfgang Unzicker, Klaus Darga and Lothar Schmid, took the Bronze medal, and beat in the Final A phase (all-play-all of the 14 strongest nations) the eventual winner USSR 3-1:
In 1965, in his first European Team Chess Championship, Pfleger, now IM, beat on board three GM Korchnoi who had at that moment an ETCC record of +17 =3 -0, it was his first ETCC loss after 20 games, including the tournaments from 1957 and 1961:
H Pfleger vs Korchnoi, 1965
Pfleger and Korchnoi were on friendly terms, during the international invitation tournament at Royan, France in 1988, they went swimming together each evening, discussing chess and the effect of chess on health.
In total, Pfleger has seven (not six as mentioned in the bio above) appearances at the Chess Olympiad between 1964 and 1982 (Pfleger represented his nation on board one in 1980, Hübner was absent).
Most famous is his win against Lev Polugaevsky in Buenos Aires in 1978 when Germany (Hübner, Unzicker, Pfleger on board three, Darga, Hecht, and Borik) beat the USSR again, three draws, and Pfleger's win:
Polugaevsky vs H Pfleger, 1978