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Anatoly Ufimtsev
Number of games in database: 88
Years covered: 1936 to 1988

Overall record: +32 -34 =22 (48.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A45 A46 D00 D02
 King's Indian Attack (5) 
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A34 A38 A35
 English (4) 
    A16 A10 A13
 Sicilian (4) 
    B59 B72 B84
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (10) 
 Sicilian (7) 
    B92 B75 B53 B59 B51
 Pirc (5) 
    B07 B08
 French Defense (5) 
    C10 C03 C11
 King's Indian (4) 
    E67 E62 E60 E90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Boleslavsky vs Ufimtsev, 1944 0-1
   L Shamaev vs Ufimtsev, 1949 0-1
   K Klaman vs Ufimtsev, 1947 0-1
   Ufimtsev vs A Grushevsky, 1958 1-0
   Ufimtsev vs B Verlinsky, 1945 1-0
   Bronstein vs Ufimtsev, 1947 1/2-1/2
   Kamyshov vs Ufimtsev, 1945 0-1
   Ufimtsev vs Chistiakov, 1945 1/2-1/2
   Ufimtsev vs A Budo, 1945 1-0
   Ufimtsev vs Smyslov, 1947 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1947)

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(born May-11-1914, died Jul-02-2000, 86 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Kazakhstan)
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Anatoly Gavrilovich Ufimtsev was born in Omsk. According to David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, he was "born Ufintsev, but when the secret police took his father away for execution in 1937 they recorded the name as Ufimtsev and it was deemed prudent to let that version stand."1 He was an economist by profession and lived most of his life in Kazakhstan. He won the Kazakhstan chess championship 11 times.2 In Moscow 1945 he participated in one of four semi-finals of the USSR Championship, where he finished 7th with a score of +5 -4 =6.3 In 1946 he became a Soviet Master of chess.2

Beginning in 1934, he contributed to the theory and practice of the <"Pirc Classical" Defence (B08)>. In Russia this opening is often termed the "Ufimtsev" or the "Ufimtsev-Pirc" defence 2,4

On November 10, 2000 a chess club in his honor was opened in Kostany, Kazakhstan. At the entrance of the club there is a plaque depicting Ufimtsev at a chessboard.2

1 David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "The Oxford Companion to Chess 2d Edition" (Oxford University Press 1996), p.435

2 Russian Wikipedia article

3. Rusbase [rusbase-1]

4. Pirc Classical Defence Pirc, Classical (B08)

Last updated: 2017-07-25 04:36:15

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 88  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kotov vs Ufimtsev 0-1451936TournamentB06 Robatsch
2. Boleslavsky vs Ufimtsev 0-1261944URS-ch sfC10 French
3. Aronin vs Ufimtsev  ½-½611945Ch URS (1/2 final)B72 Sicilian, Dragon
4. Ufimtsev vs A Budo  1-0631945Ch URS (1/2 final)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Ufimtsev vs A Poliak  ½-½511945Ch URS (1/2 final)A07 King's Indian Attack
6. Ufimtsev vs Kan  0-1671945Ch URS (1/2 final)B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Alatortsev vs Ufimtsev  1-0401945Ch URS (1/2 final)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Ufimtsev vs B Verlinsky 1-0391945Ch URS (1/2 final)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Ufimtsev vs E Zagorjansky  1-0391945Ch URS (1/2 final)C45 Scotch Game
10. Ufimtsev vs Chistiakov  ½-½581945Ch URS (1/2 final)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Ufimtsev vs Bondarevsky 1-0571945Ch URS (1/2 final)A38 English, Symmetrical
12. P Romanovsky vs Ufimtsev  ½-½561945Ch URS (1/2 final)B06 Robatsch
13. Kamyshov vs Ufimtsev 0-1421945Ch URS (1/2 final)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. V Saigin vs Ufimtsev  ½-½561945Ch URS (1/2 final)E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
15. V Liublinsky vs Ufimtsev  1-0471945Ch URS (1/2 final)C10 French
16. V Baturinsky vs Ufimtsev  ½-½621945Ch URS (1/2 final)A53 Old Indian
17. Bronstein vs Ufimtsev 1-0561945Ch URS (1/2 final)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Ufimtsev vs D Rovner  1-0621947URS-ch sfA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
19. Ufimtsev vs Levenfish  ½-½401947USSR ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
20. Kasparian vs Ufimtsev  1-0491947USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
21. Ufimtsev vs Keres 0-1691947USSR ChampionshipE28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
22. Ufimtsev vs V Makogonov  ½-½341947USSR ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
23. Boleslavsky vs Ufimtsev 1-0411947USSR ChampionshipB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. Ufimtsev vs Flohr  1-0581947USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Tolush vs Ufimtsev  1-0391947USSR ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
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Aug-10-05  lentil: in the first chess book i ever owned (and i still have it): "the soviet school of chess", the opening we now call the pirc was called "the ufimtsev defence". (of course the book contained a huge heap of propaganda...)

p.s. i prefer "ufimtsev" to "modern" -- you had no right to assign any name, keene and botteril you chancers....!

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  Gypsy: Generally, Soviets called <1.e4 d6> Ufimtsev Opening, eastern block Pirc-Ufimtsev, and West called it Pirc or Pirc-Robach.

Here is an excerpt from the Kotov-Judovich book: <Champion of Kazachstan Anatoli Uimtsev (born 1914) seldom participates in tournaments. Still, each of his performance genuinely delights chess enthusiasts, who apreciate the charming, interesting games of Ufimtsev and the wide bearth of his ideas.

Ufimtsev, originally structuring his opening, justified a new system of development 1.e4 d6 both, in theory and practice, and is especially interesting as a chess tactician, as a typical and inventive combinative chessplayer.

But, in Ufimtsev's play is not that enviable steadiness, which many other master has, steadiness guaranteing good results in tournament tables.

Master-artist Ufimtsev still has not shown such sporting results for which he could aspire by his chess tallent. .....>

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  Phony Benoni: Oh, good grief. I just realized I've been misspelling his name for years. No wonder I can't understand his opening system.

I've got to remember that Russian spelling rule: "S before T except after M."

In penance, I recommend this game to you: Boleslavsky vs Ufimtsev, 1944. It'll be well worth the trip.

Jun-02-09  technical draw: The Ufimtsev (Pirc, Pirc-Ufimtsev, Pirc-Robach, Pirc-Porkrinds) looks like an easy set up for black, but soon you find yourself all tied up and locked up and you get slowly strangled. I have a Pirc opening book and most of the games listed are losses!
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  Phony Benoni: I used to own a lot of opening books, and regardless of the line most of the games were losses. The remainder were draws.
Jun-02-09  technical draw: Very funny PB! I meant the black side were losses.
Jun-02-09  technical draw: BTW, <Phony>, since you're a librarian catalog this!

(It took me an hour to think of that rejoinder)

Dec-12-09  mulde: Anatoly Georgievich Ufimtsev, (1880-1936) engeneer and aviation pioneer,

Is this a brother from the chess player Ufimtsev?

And, a bit in brief and mysterious:
"1935. Ufimtsev, Anatoly born. Developed the Pirc in 1934. Born Ufintsev, but secret police took his father away."

He developed the Pirc one year before he was born??? And what's about this story with his father [may be the engeneer?]?

During the 1980s Anatoly Gavrilovich Ufimtsev was one of the best correspondence chess players all over the world. This might be the next generation.

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  jessicafischerqueen: In 1946 <Anatoly Gavrilovich Ufimtsev> became a Soviet Master of chess.

He was an 11 time winner of the Kazakhstan chess championship.

He also participated in the semi-final of the USSR Championship in Moscow 1945- He finished +1 in the event, but nowhere near the winner <David Bronstein> who came in at +7.

Jul-24-17  Eagle41257: Anatoly Ufimtsev (born 1914) developed and played this opening, whose author was his father Gabriil Andreevich Ufimtsev (Ufintsev), the popularizer and organizer of chess life in Siberia. So it had happened before Vasja Pirc, who was born in 1907.
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