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Ulf Andersson 
Ulf Andersson
Number of games in database: 2,305
Years covered: 1967 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2516 (2523 rapid, 2529 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640
Overall record: +570 -232 =1453 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      50 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (236) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A17
 Reti System (144) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (101) 
    A30 A33 A34 A37 A35
 Queen's Pawn Game (83) 
    D02 A46 A41 E00 A40
 Queen's Indian (70) 
    E17 E19 E12 E15 E18
 Slav (63) 
    D13 D14 D11 D12 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (303) 
    B46 B81 B83 B22 B44
 French Defense (122) 
    C11 C07 C16 C09 C10
 Bogo Indian (114) 
 Nimzo Indian (100) 
    E41 E42 E32 E55 E39
 Sicilian Scheveningen (85) 
    B81 B83 B82 B80 B84
 Sicilian Taimanov (84) 
    B46 B47 B45 B49 B48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Ulf Andersson, 1975 0-1
   Ulf Andersson vs Karpov, 1995 1-0
   Ulf Andersson vs Leko, 1996 1-0
   Ulf Andersson vs Z Franco Ocampos, 1979 1-0
   K Wockenfuss vs Ulf Andersson, 1977 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Tal, 1983 1-0
   Ulf Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983 1-0
   Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Robatsch, 1979 1-0
   E Paoli vs Ulf Andersson, 1973 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Geneva (1977)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1979)
   CEG vs Legends (2012)
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)
   Teesside (1972)
   Madrid (1973)
   Niksic (1983)
   Tallinn (1973)
   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
   Palma de Mallorca 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1971 by suenteus po 147
   Madrid 1973 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jun-27-1951, 64 years old) Sweden

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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 2,305  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ulf Andersson vs B Andersen 1-027 1967 HangoB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. A Bryntse vs Ulf Andersson  1-032 1968 corrA02 Bird's Opening
3. Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson 1-048 1968 GroningenA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
4. Ulf Andersson vs O Jakobsen  1-048 1969 Raach ztB56 Sicilian
5. Ulf Andersson vs J Dueball  ½-½26 1969 Raach ztB25 Sicilian, Closed
6. Smejkal vs Ulf Andersson 0-145 1969 Raach ztB53 Sicilian
7. Ulf Andersson vs L Barczay  ½-½47 1969 Raach ztB30 Sicilian
8. Ulf Andersson vs R Meulders  1-026 1969 Stockholm Wch-jrB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
9. S Platzack vs Ulf Andersson 0-133 1969 SverigeA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
10. Ulf Andersson vs A Lahti 1-033 1969 Raach ztC05 French, Tarrasch
11. D Drimer vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½17 1969 Raach ztB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. B Jansson vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½12 1969 SverigeE91 King's Indian
13. Ulf Andersson vs E Ahman  ½-½39 1969 SverigeC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
14. G Sigurjonsson vs Ulf Andersson  1-084 1969 Raach ztC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
15. Ulf Andersson vs Hecht  ½-½36 1969 Raach ztA07 King's Indian Attack
16. H Camilleri vs Ulf Andersson  0-158 1969 Raach ztC50 Giuoco Piano
17. Karpov vs Ulf Andersson 1-060 1969 StockholmC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. Ulf Andersson vs L Ljungquist  ½-½37 1969 SverigeB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. Ulf Andersson vs M Johansson Sr  1-057 1969 SverigeC54 Giuoco Piano
20. A Dueckstein vs Ulf Andersson  0-136 1969 Raach ztB32 Sicilian
21. Ulf Andersson vs J Adamski  1-032 1969 Raach ztB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Ulf Andersson vs B Jansson  ½-½31 1969 SverigeB07 Pirc
23. O Kinnmark vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½15 1969 SverigeC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Ulf Andersson vs L Espig  1-042 1969 Raach ztB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Ghizdavu vs Ulf Andersson  1-027 1969 NetherlandsC77 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 93; games 1-25 of 2,305  PGN Download
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  wordfunph: Ulf's love story..

<The following story of how Ulf met his wife is, I am certain, slightly exaggerated. He was playing in Cuba. At the end of the tournament, they were going back to the hotel by bus. "Why didn't you ever speak to that girl who sat looking at your games all the time?" somebody asked. "Stop the bus!" Ulf cried. He got off, married the girl and wasn't seen again in Europe for a year.>

Source: Phillips & Drew Kings Chess Tournament London 1980 by Bill Hartston & Stewart Reuben

Feb-24-12  King Death: As far as I know Andersson was a trainer in Cuba for a year back about 1975 or 76 and that's when he met and married his wife.
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  whiteshark: Is there an Open in the next time?
Feb-24-12  Ziggurat: <Dom> Oops, hadn't visited this page in a while. "Herr" ("mister") sounds quite formal, like pre-1960s Swedish, so you are right, in a way. But it's not *formally* wrong.
Feb-24-12  Birthday Boy: Nice share <wordfunph> :)
Apr-25-12  Llawdogg: That's a hilarious love story!
Jun-27-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Andersson!
Jun-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 61st Birthday, GM Andersson!


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  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 >>>

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.”
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  offramp: A fine player with some great wins but only a seriously deranged mental patient would buy a book of his collected games.
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  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

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  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!!"

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  Penguincw: Happy 63rd birthday to GM Ulf Andersson.
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  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.
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  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.
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  offramp: Not in the same league as your example, but the Kosintsevas drew their first 18 games, mostly very quickly.
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! :)
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  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!

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  TheFocus: <Black's d5-square is too weak> - (on the Dragon variation) - Ulf Andersson.
Feb-05-16  dehanne: Mark Hamill lookalike.
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  MissScarlett: Based on the recent Star Wars, looks more like Carrie Fisher.
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