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Wolfgang Heidenfeld
  
Number of games in database: 155
Years covered: 1929 to 1974

Overall record: +36 -65 =53 (40.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

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With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B22 B23 B32 B48 B50
 Vienna Opening (11) 
    C29 C28 C25
 French Defense (9) 
    C10 C02 C00 C15 C14
 French (5) 
    C00 C10 C11
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B12 B13
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C53 C50
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (33) 
    C13 C00 C14 C11 C07
 French (22) 
    C13 C00 C11 C10
 Budapest Gambit (12) 
    A52 A51
 Dutch Defense (9) 
    A90 A85 A88 A89 A84
 French Tarrasch (7) 
    C07 C05
 Classical French (4) 
    C14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Heidenfeld vs Zietemann, 1929 1-0
   I Bilek vs W Heidenfeld, 1968 1/2-1/2
   W Heidenfeld vs C Lee, 1974 1-0
   Rodolfo Cardoso vs W Heidenfeld, 1958 1/2-1/2

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   Paignton (1956)


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WOLFGANG HEIDENFELD
(born May-29-1911, died Aug-03-1981, 70 years old) Germany

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Wolfgang Heidenfeld was born in Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany. He was Irish Champion in 1958, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968 and 1972. He was South African Champion in 1939, 1945-46 (jointly), 1947 (jointly), 1949, 1951, 1955, 1957 and 1959 (jointly). His son is Mark Heidenfeld. He passed away in the German city of Ulm in 1981.

Wikipedia article: Wolfgang Heidenfeld


 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 155  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Heidenfeld vs Zietemann 1-0221929Berlin, GermanyC55 Two Knights Defense
2. Alekhine vs W Heidenfeld ½-½201930Simul, 30bA51 Budapest Gambit
3. M Blieden vs W Heidenfeld  0-1301935South African ChA52 Budapest Gambit
4. W Heidenfeld vs S Driman 1-0161942JohannesburgC29 Vienna Gambit
5. J M Holford vs W Heidenfeld  0-1191946?A52 Budapest Gambit
6. W Heidenfeld vs F Bohatirchuk  1-0561950CAN-RSA corrC57 Two Knights
7. W Heidenfeld vs L Barden  1-0211951OxfordE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Wade vs W Heidenfeld 1-0341951OxfordD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. W Heidenfeld vs Yanofsky  ½-½831951OxfordC14 French, Classical
10. G Berriman vs W Heidenfeld 1-0301951OxfordC14 French, Classical
11. W Heidenfeld vs W Fairhurst  0-1581951OxfordB83 Sicilian
12. S Basjuni vs W Heidenfeld  ½-½641951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
13. W Heidenfeld vs Sajtar  0-1311951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalD85 Grunfeld
14. W Heidenfeld vs Lokvenc  0-1431951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalB56 Sicilian
15. W Heidenfeld vs J A Fred  0-1551951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA07 King's Indian Attack
16. K Skold vs W Heidenfeld  1-0831951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC14 French, Classical
17. W Heidenfeld vs A Tsvetkov  1-0491951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalD85 Grunfeld
18. Szabo vs W Heidenfeld  1-0341951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. W Heidenfeld vs Benko  ½-½341951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
20. Pachman vs W Heidenfeld  1-0211951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC42 Petrov Defense
21. G Barcza vs W Heidenfeld  1-0241951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA04 Reti Opening
22. Stoltz vs W Heidenfeld  1-0351951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalA34 English, Symmetrical
23. W Heidenfeld vs Foltys  0-1371951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalB50 Sicilian
24. W Heidenfeld vs A Pytlakowski 1-0351951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalC23 Bishop's Opening
25. W Heidenfeld vs O Barda 1-0281951Marianske Lazne / Prague ZonalE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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Nov-30-10
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  wordfunph: interesting book "Lacking the Master Touch" by Wolfgang Heidenfeld..

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...

May-03-11  myschkin: . . .

Ein Meister zwischen den Welten

http://schach-und-kultur.com/?p=5321 *

(in German, compilation of different sources, © 2011 Schach und Kultur)

* featured game:

[Event "Johannesburg"]
[Site "Johannesburg"]
[Date "1955.??.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Heidenfeld, Wolfgang"]
[Black "Euwe, Max"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C53"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "1955.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Bb6 5. d4 Qe7 6. O-O d6 7. h3 Nf6 8. Re1 O-O 9. a4 a6 10. Na3 Kh8 11. Nc2 Ng8 12. b4 f6 13. Ne3 Ba7 14. Ba3 Qe8 15. Qd3 Nce7 16. b5 axb5 17. axb5 Qh5 18. Nf1 Qe8 19. Re2 Ng6 20. Bc1 Bd7 21. Rea2 Qb8 22. b6 cxb6 23. Bb5 Bxb5 24. Qxb5 N8e7 25. Ne3 Nc8 26. Nd5 Nge7 27. Nxe7 Nxe7 28. dxe5 Nc6 29. exd6 Na5 30. Ba3 Rd8 31. e5 Qc8 32. Bb4 Nc6 33. Qd5 fxe5 34. Nxe5 Nxe5 35. Qxe5 Qb8 36. Qe7 b5 1-0

Son: IM Mark Heidenfeld

Jun-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Wolfgang Heindenfeld, in his book "Draw!" called Reuben Fine 'probably the most underrated player in the history of the game'.

http://www.amazon.com/Draw-Wolfgang...

Jun-08-11  parisattack: <wordfunph: Wolfgang Heindenfeld, in his book "Draw!" called Reuben Fine 'probably the most underrated player in the history of the game'.>

Very possible! Other candidates, of course - Flohr, Kashden, Boleslavsky comes to mind. The first two certainly could have been WCs if the tumbles had jiggled just so.

Heidenfeld's books all excellent - Draw!, Lacking the Master's Touch (my favorite) and Chess Springbok.

Jun-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: I never played Heidenfeld, but I played in the same tournaments a couple of times in the mid-70s. I think he was probably a stronger player than his son, Mark Heidenfeld, who is an IM and has also represented Ireland at olympiads.

In the 1950s and 60s, being a master - International or Grand - *meant* something. There were fewer opportunities to gain titles: England had no GMs, Ireland no IMs. Yet Wolfgang had played - and in many cases beaten - more notable players than the average 'lesser' master has today.

He was also a noted chess historian, writing in BCM and CHESS on issues such as the Lasker-Schlechter match.

Jun-08-11  parisattack: <Domdaniel: ...In the 1950s and 60s, being a master - International or Grandmaster - *meant* something.>

Hear, hear!

Jul-02-11  Antiochus: "Not only tolerates chess
two different points of view,in fact without them there would be no chess."

Wolfgang Heidenfeld

May-29-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Heidenfeld.
May-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: "But also chess allows viewpoints in fact not just chess."

Wolfgang Hideansikh.

May-17-13  JimNorCal: The book "Draw" is excellent. It went lost in my local library--it had been misfiled in the "Art" section. Someone must have thought the book was about drawing and sketching.

He also published a number of excellent articles in the Thinker's Press series "Lasker & His Contemporaries". I've only read issues 1 through 4, quite a lot of interesting content.

May-29-13  backrank: <JimNorCal: The book "Draw" is excellent. It went lost in my local library--it had been misfiled in the "Art" section. Someone must have thought the book was about drawing and sketching.>

*smile*

Heidenfeld was an excellent author. He regarded the drawn game as the perfect game, if both players played so well that neither could win. In his book, he admitted only such perfect draws, where there was no win for either side.

May-29-13  Howard: Yes, his book Draw ! was quite good. Unfortunately, when he died in 1981 it was not quite done, and it was John Nunn who finished the transcript and got it published.

One of the more interesting comments in the book is when he annotates a draw involving Frederick Yates, saying "Few players below the world's top elite have been as feared as Frederick Yates." The author goes on to say that Yates had a notorious reputation for pulling off upsets---quite true !

May-29-13  JimNorCal: I did not remember about John Nunn. Still, wasn't the book originally published in German? Did Nunn help on that one...or did the Nunn version include more games perhaps? From wikipedia "He wrote several chess books including [snip] Grosse Remispartien (in German; an English edition entitled Draw!, edited by John Nunn, was published in 1982)..."
May-29-13
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  Phony Benoni: As I recall, Nunn's part was contributing a foreword and sprucing up the analysis. Heidenfeld's conception was to include only games where neither player missed a clear win, and he believed he had done so. Nunn showed a few cases where he was wrong; however, I don't recall offhand if Nunn omitted or added any games as a result.
Aug-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is the ending of the game Galgut-Heidenfeld, Johannesburg, 1937


click for larger view

Heidenfeld played ...♕g3!!. In his 1977 "Encyclopedia of Chess", Harry Golombek called this "the nearest to a true middlegame zugzwang".

Galgut loses immediately after any of the ten moves that are possible for him, eg

1. ♕c1 d2;
1. ♕e1 ♖xf4;
1. ♕b2 ♖xf4;
1. ♖f1 ♖xc3;
1. ♗b2 ♖c2 ♕e1 d2;
1. ♗a1 ♖c2 ♕e1 d2;
1. ♔h1 ♕xh3 ♔g1 ♕g3 with ...h3 to follow;
1. ♔f1 ♕h2;
1. f5 exf5 ♖xf5 ♖xc3 ♖g5 ♖c2, and
1. b5 b6

Oct-12-14  jerseybob: DomDaniel: Yes, titles "meant" something back in the day and too many may possibly be awarded now, but wasn't it skewed too far in the other direction back then? For example, Penrose should've easily been a GM during the 60's but just couldn't get enough FIDE-sanctioned rated games under his belt - because many of his opponents were similarly underrated!
Jan-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <jerseybob> That may well be the case nowadays; one requirement which was in force in the 1970s (long since abolished) was that one's norms had to be achieved within three years of one another to earn the title--this at a time when GM norms in particular were much more difficult to come by than today.

You mentioned Jonathan Penrose; another strong master who clearly got hosed was Frank Ross Anderson.

May-26-16
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Surely this is a notable game W Heidenfeld vs Euwe, 1955
May-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Jonathan> It is most unfortunate that W Heidenfeld vs Hecht, 1974 cannot be a notable game.

Some months ago, I discovered Heidenfeld's win over Dr Euwe and submitted it. Glad to see it has been noticed.

May-29-16  TheFocus: This guy wrote a great book, but my mind's drawing a blank.

Happy birthday, Wolfgang Heidenfeld.

Jul-06-17  ughaibu: A quick question, with an ulterior motive, which players have or had a reputation, deserved or not, for being "drawing masters"?

Those that immediately come to mind are Schlechter, Flohr, Trifunovic, Petrosian, Andersson, Leko and Kramnik. But was Schlechter the first? And surely there must have been others between Schlechter and Flohr, and Flohr and Trifunovic(?)

Jul-08-17  Hans Renette: I would not place Kramnik in that list! Some Austrian players had the reputation of being "drawing masters" before Schlechter: Max Weiss, Berthold Englisch and Johann Berger.
Jul-11-17  ughaibu: Thanks. Any ideas for the Schlechter - Flohr gap?
Nov-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <CG> should grab the wiki media photo of him.

Tartajubow probably has the most detailed bio of him, with a little more detail than his wiki page:

http://tartajubow.blogspot.com/2015...

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Mar-15-18  Jean Defuse: ...

Wolfgang Heidenfeld 1911-1981

by Mark Orr

The following biographical sketch is based partly on the book Lacking the Master Touch and partly on the recollections of people who knew Wolfgang.

Brief History

Wolfgand was born in Berlin in 1911. Later he studied law and played chess there but, being a Jew, he was forced to emigrate and in the mid-1930's moved to South Africa. He stayed there for over twenty years, winning the South African championships many times and representing them in their debut Olympiad in 1958. He made his living in a variety of ways including designing crossword puzzles, writing short stories, journalism and door-to-door sales. During the war he helped decode German messages for the Allies. For recreation he played poker (at one stage owning a poker club) and dealt in stamps (was involved in various philatelic clubs) as well as playing chess.

He was always against apartheid: as a German Jew he was well aware of what it was liked to be persecuted. After visiting Ireland for a chess tournament in 1956 and with assistance from Enda Rohan, he moved to Dublin in 1957.

Later he spent a few years in Frankfurt, Germany, but settled back in Dublin in 1963 with his new German wife (23 years his junior). From 1966 he represented Ireland at Olympiads. Later his son Mark, born in Ireland in 1968, also played for Ireland although he learned chess from his mother! In 1979 the family moved back to Ulm, Germany, where Wolfgang died two years later.

Chess Career

Wolfgang won the South African championship eight times and the Irish championship six times. Indeed, in 1959 he was both Irish and South African champion while domiciled in Germany! In 1955 he clinched first place in the last round of a South African tournament by beating former world champion Max Euwe. He had other wins against top players, including Najdorf and Durao, and numerous draws, including Pachman. Although he never became an International Master, according to his wife he did eventually attain the required qualifications but declined to accept the award from FIDE!

He was the author of several chess books including Chess Springbok, My Book of Fun and Games, Grosse Remispartien (in German) and Lacking the Master Touch (1970).

Character

Many people's abiding memory of Wolfgang was his arrogance. He apparently had little hesitation in letting lesser players know exactly what he thought of their play. According to his son Mark, he didn't suffer fools gladly, especially if they were also road users! There are also tales of him being involved in various unpleasant scenes, for example, when he was left out of the Irish Olympiad team in 1972 even though he was that year's champion, or when Ken O'Reardon and Oisin O'Siochru compiled an Elo rating list for the first time and Wolfgand wasn't at the top.

However, in his defence, the words cultured and principled have also been used to describe him. Mark speculates that Wolfgang's cultural predilections as a German (precise) and a Jew (opinionated) may have been largely responsible for the perception of arrogance from the very different cultural perspective of the Irish. In any case, he dominated Irish chess for nearly a decade and exemplified a serious attitude to chess that involved both hard work and study and which no doubt rubbed off beneficially on some of his contemporaries.

Source: https://www.icu.ie/articles/46

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