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Ulf Andersson
Ulf Andersson 
 
Number of games in database: 2,317
Years covered: 1967 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2523 (2531 rapid, 2467 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +578 -233 =1456 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 50 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 English (236) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A11
 Reti System (146) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (103) 
    A30 A33 A34 A37 A35
 Queen's Pawn Game (87) 
    D02 A46 A41 E00 A40
 Queen's Indian (70) 
    E17 E19 E12 E15 E18
 Slav (64) 
    D13 D14 D11 D12 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (304) 
    B46 B81 B83 B22 B44
 French Defense (122) 
    C11 C07 C16 C09 C10
 Bogo Indian (113) 
    E11
 Nimzo Indian (100) 
    E41 E32 E42 E55 E39
 Sicilian Scheveningen (85) 
    B81 B83 B82 B80 B84
 Sicilian Taimanov (84) 
    B46 B47 B45 B49 B48
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1975 0-1
   Ulf Andersson vs Karpov, 1995 1-0
   K Wockenfuss vs Ulf Andersson, 1977 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Leko, 1996 1-0
   E Paoli vs Ulf Andersson, 1973 0-1
   Ulf Andersson vs Z Franco Ocampos, 1979 1-0
   Ulf Andersson vs Robatsch, 1979 1-0
   Ulf Andersson vs Tal, 1983 1-0
   Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Browne, 1983 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Geneva (1977)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979)
   CEG vs Legends (2012)
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   Madrid (1973)
   Teesside (1972)
   Niksic (1983)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IGM Ulf Andersson by 64rutor
   Grandmaster Chess Strategy by jakaiden
   Grandmaster Chess Strategy by LionHeart40
   Ulf Andersson (Grandmaster Chess Strategy) by Bigc08
   Inspired Endgames by Albums Dummyflap
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1971 by suenteus po 147

RECENT GAMES:
   Ulf Andersson vs D Semcesen (Jan-14-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Stolte vs Ulf Andersson (Nov-06-16) 0-1
   Ulf Andersson vs A Partenheimer (Nov-05-16) 1/2-1/2
   H J Cordes vs Ulf Andersson (Nov-04-16) 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Lance Henderson de La Fuente (Nov-03-16) 1/2-1/2

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ULF ANDERSSON
(born Jun-27-1951, 66 years old) Sweden

[what is this?]
Ulf Andersson was born in Västerås.

He was Swedish Champion in 1969 and awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1972. During the 1972-82 period he was in the World's top ten and had first prizes at Belgrade 1977, Buenos Aires 1978, Hastings 1978-79, Phillips & Drew 1980, Phillips & Drew 1982, Turin 1982, Wijk aan Zee 1983, Reggio Emilia 1985 and Rome 1985 and 1986. He drew a six-game match with Mikhail Tal in 1983, played top board in the Second USSR versus The Rest of The World Match in 1984, and led the Swedish Olympiad Team during the 1970's and 80's. In 1996, Andersson broke the world record for playing a simul with 310 opponents (+268 -2 =40 for 92.9%), a record that stood until Andrew D Martin broke it in 2004.

He has also devoted himself to correspondence chess. In 1996 he became a GMC.

Wikipedia article: Ulf Andersson


 page 1 of 93; games 1-25 of 2,317  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ulf Andersson vs B Andersen 1-0271967HangoB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. A Bryntse vs Ulf Andersson  1-0321968corrA02 Bird's Opening
3. Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson  1-0411969EU-ch U20 prelE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
4. Ghizdavu vs Ulf Andersson  1-0271969NetherlandsC77 Ruy Lopez
5. Ulf Andersson vs Ribli  0-1421969GroningenA04 Reti Opening
6. Ulf Andersson vs K Langeweg 1-0331969Linkoping (Sweden)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. H Bohm vs Ulf Andersson  0-1411969EU-ch U20 prelE81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson 1-0481969GroningenA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
9. O Kinnmark vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½151969SverigeC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Ulf Andersson vs H Akvist  1-0341969SverigeC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
11. Ulf Andersson vs M Johansson Sr  1-0571969SverigeC54 Giuoco Piano
12. Ulf Andersson vs O Alfredsson 1-0201969SverigeB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. Ulf Andersson vs B E Horberg 1-0281969SverigeB15 Caro-Kann
14. Ake Olsson vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½101969SverigeB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
15. Ekenberg vs Ulf Andersson 1-0631969SverigeA02 Bird's Opening
16. Ulf Andersson vs R End  ½-½131969SverigeC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
17. Ulf Andersson vs Z Nilsson 1-0501969SverigeC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
18. B Jansson vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½121969SverigeE91 King's Indian
19. S Platzack vs Ulf Andersson 0-1331969SverigeA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
20. H Ek vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½501969SverigeA48 King's Indian
21. Ulf Andersson vs B Jansson  ½-½311969SverigeB07 Pirc
22. Ulf Andersson vs L Ljungquist  ½-½371969SverigeB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
23. Ulf Andersson vs E Ahman  ½-½391969SverigeC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
24. Ulf Andersson vs Ake Olsson 1-0181969SverigeC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
25. K Skold vs Ulf Andersson 0-1321969SverigeB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 93; games 1-25 of 2,317  PGN Download
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Jun-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Andersson!
Jun-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 61st Birthday, GM Andersson!

LTJ

Jun-27-12  waustad: 61, the prime of life!
Aug-10-12  Cemoblanca: Mr. Andersson is a very calm guy. As they say: "We must look at the circumstances and not be too hasty." Here is a very fine example >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEso...

0:34 - A film clip tells more than 1000 words! :0) That's the way he is: Anders(son). Anders (German) = Different ;0)

Aug-10-12  Cemoblanca: <wordfunph> P.S. :D :D :D
Aug-10-12  Cemoblanca: ULF ANDERSSON: “When you put your heart in something and when it does not go how you wish, then you suffer.”
May-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: A fine player with some great wins but only a seriously deranged mental patient would buy a book of his collected games.
May-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: When going straight for the little toe, as John Nunn once put it, appears to be the preferred option, excitement is not high on the menu.

That said, here are some games of interest by Andersson which are not among his notables listed above:

G Timmerman vs Ulf Andersson, 1994

K Janetschek vs Ulf Andersson, 1977

May-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: The game against Karpov, at Milan in 1975, is stunning - a real all-time gem. But even there the opening/early middle-game is that slow-motion, hyper-coordinated manoeuvering Hedgehog Sicilian that I have seen Andersson play a hundred times.

I admire him for his achievements and many of his games but when he sits down at a chess board he must think something like, "Here we go! Another six hour yawnathon! Grrrreat!!"

Jun-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 63rd birthday to GM Ulf Andersson.
Jun-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <Penguincw: Happy 63rd birthday to GM Ulf Andersson.>

Yes, indeed! His 'Grandmaster Chess Strategy' is one of my favorite chess books of recent times. The Amazon reviews seem to concur.

Feb-12-15  Volmac: From an interview with Ulf Andersson (1977):
<Will you play for a win?> - No.
<Will you play for a draw, then?> - No.
<But what will you play for?> - I'll play for fun.
Feb-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: I wonder what the record for most consecutive draws between two players is. Per this database, Andersson and Zoltan Ribli have played 31 consecutive draws (the last decisive result between them was in 1973). I can't think of any other pair of players who have come close to that, er, achievement.
Feb-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Not in the same league as your example, but the Kosintsevas drew their first 18 games, mostly very quickly. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Apr-08-15  CountryGirl: Before you write off the 'drawing master', do as parisattack and I have and read 'Grandmaster Chess Strategy'. It is one of the best books of the last 10 years (truly!). It has many of Ulf's best games, which are smooth and logical. But unlike Karpov (say), their style can be copied by ordinary players, me included. I guess that makes me a 'seriously deranged mental patient' Offramp! :)
Apr-08-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: To be fair, Ulf Andersson did come out with my favorite chess quote of all time. It's about hanging pawns:


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<"The trouble with hanging pawns is that if you accidentally lose one you are left with a isolated pawn, and that's worse!">

LOL!! That is brilliant!

May-11-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Black's d5-square is too weak> - (on the Dragon variation) - Ulf Andersson.
Feb-05-16  dehanne: Mark Hamill lookalike.
Feb-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Based on the recent Star Wars, looks more like Carrie Fisher.
Jun-27-16  waustad: Happy 65th!
Jan-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  shalgo: From readings "Grandmaster Chess Strategy," one thing emerged for me: although Andersson is very much a positional player, he is not a static player. On the contrary, many of the endgames in the book are characterized by his attempts to maximize the activity of his pieces rather than by static positional advantages or material advantages. A fascinating book.
Jun-27-17  Ironmanth: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster! You have provided us with many fascinating games over these years. Sincerest thanks!
Jun-27-17  Howard: From the mid-70's to the mid-80's, Anddersson was clearly one of the strongest players never to make it to the Candidates stage. There was speculation back then that perhaps one reason was because he simply didn't WANT to qualify.

Someone briefly mentioned this theory in Chess Life once, but I don't recall who.

Not only that, New in Chess once touched about this idea when presenting the final position in a game Andersson played against Kasparov at the Moscow 1982 interzonal. In this rather well-known encounter, Andersson offered a draw.....in a winning position for him! Kasparov, naturally, accepted.

Jun-27-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Someone briefly mentioned this theory in Chess Life once, but I don't recall who.>

Larry Christensen did, in his article about the 1982 Moscow interzonal.

Jun-27-17  schnarre: ...Happy 66th!
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