|Aug-01-07|| ||sneaky pete: Olaf Ivan Ulvestad, born October 27, 1912, in Tacoma, Washington, died August 24, 2000, in the Washington Old Soldiers home in Retsil, Washington. Washington State champion 1934, 1952 and 1956. Scored +1 -1 in Moscow, 1946, against Bronstein in the USSR vs USA team match. The only man who could outtalk Viktors Pupols. Originator of the earthshaking novelty 5... b5!! in the Two Knights Defence (after 4.Ng5? d5 5.exd5 ..).|
|Aug-01-07|| ||Rolfo: Off topic, his name indicates Scandinavian heritage..|
|Aug-02-07|| ||sneaky pete: Son of Norwegian immigrants Martin Johan and Hannah Oss Ulvestad. Olaf's father was a publisher by trade and the author of books on Norwegian immigration to the United States. His work <Nordmaendene i Amerika>, published in 1907, and based on 450,000 questionnaires sent out to Norwegians in America, continues to be an important record of Norwegian settlement in the New World. King Haakon of Norway knighted Martin in 1923 in recognition of his accomplishments.|
From John Donaldson: <Olaf Ulvestad, An American Original>, Thinker's Press, 2002.
|Sep-24-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is an interesting article about Ulvestad from the Long Beach, CA "Independent":|
|Dec-30-10|| ||wordfunph: 1970 Siegen Chess Olympiad: According to George Koltanowski, Olaf Ulvestad of Seattle, a well-known theorist in the Two Knights Defense played 1st board for Andorra. Ulvestad told Koltanowski that he expects to play for Singapore next year (1971).|
|May-21-12|| ||GrahamClayton: <wordfunph>1970 Siegen Chess Olympiad: According to George Koltanowski, Olaf Ulvestad of Seattle, a well-known theorist in the Two Knights Defense played 1st board for Andorra.|
Ulvestad was involved in an interesting game against Jonathan Penrose:
|Dec-08-14|| ||zanzibar: Ulvestad vs Bronstein, from 1946 USSR-USA match:
(From page 32 of the November 1946 Chess Review by way of Winter's CN 4759)
|Dec-08-14|| ||zanzibar: For example:
Are we sure he died in the US?
And isn't a variation in the two-knights named after this player?
|Dec-08-14|| ||zanzibar: Ah, I see, the image I liked was actually from the 1934 Washington State Chess Championship pamplet:|
And here is the best source for his full name being <Olaf Ivan Ulvestad>
(But note: the 1934 tournament booklet has his first name as <Olav>!)
|Dec-08-14|| ||zanzibar: The bio here is really quite lean, especially given that there are several dedicated chess pages devoted to profiling him.|
He resettled in Andorra, Spain sometime ~1960's.
Here's a nice little artistic portrait of him:
From 1940-09-15 Brooklyn Daily Eagle:
<Olaf I. Ulvestad of Manhattan, formerly of Seattle, Wash.>
And, according to Tartajubow:
<Ulvestad was champion of the State of Washington in 1934, 1952 and 1956. In the sixties, he went to live in Andorra (a small country between Spain and France), and played first board in the 1970 chess Olympiad in Siegen. He is also famous for the Ulvestad variation of the Two knights defense: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 b5. John Donaldson has published a small (36 page) booklet on Ulvestad, An American Original. >
And for the record, Andorra, nestled between Spain and France in the Pyrenees, is actually an independent country.
|Apr-07-15|| ||Boomie: The highest rating given here is a bit deceiving since it comes from when he was well past his prime. Chessmetrics calculates his highest rating at over 2500 (http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...), making him grandmaster strength. He had some impressive scalps hanging from his belt including:|
Bronstein vs O Ulvestad, 1946
Portisch vs O Ulvestad, 1964
|May-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <A master sweats and squirms to find the right square for a piece. A grandmaster tosses a piece in the air and it lands on the right square!> - Olaf Ulvestad.|
|Dec-18-15|| ||Howard: He played in the 1948 U.S. championship only because Reshevsky demanded a special appearance fee, or he wouldn't play. The tournament organizers said "nyet" to his request, so Ulvestad got his place....and he ended up doing pretty well.|
|Oct-27-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Olaf Ulvestad.|