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Ulf Andersson
Ulf Andersson 
Number of games in database: 2,317
Years covered: 1967 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2518 (2531 rapid, 2467 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +577 -233 =1457 (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.

With the White pieces:
 English (237) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A17
 Reti System (146) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (103) 
    A30 A33 A34 A35 A37
 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) 
 Nimzo Indian (100) 
    E41 E42 E32 E55 E39
 Sicilian Scheveningen (85) 
    B81 B83 B82 B80 B84
 Sicilian Taimanov (84) 
    B46 B45 B47 B48 B49
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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
   E Paoli vs Ulf Andersson, 1973 0-1
   Ulf Andersson vs Robatsch, 1979 1-0
   Ulf Andersson vs Tal, 1983 1-0
   K Wockenfuss vs Ulf Andersson, 1977 1/2-1/2
   Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs Seirawan, 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)
   Madrid (1973)
   Teesside (1972)
   Niksic (1983)
   Tallinn (1973)
   Las Palmas (1972)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   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

   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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(born Jun-27-1951, 65 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 2,317  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. H Bohm vs Ulf Andersson  0-141 1969 EU-ch U20 prelE81 King's Indian, Samisch
4. Ulf Andersson vs Ribli  0-142 1969 GroningenA04 Reti Opening
5. Ghizdavu vs Ulf Andersson  1-027 1969 NetherlandsC77 Ruy Lopez
6. Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson  1-041 1969 EU-ch U20 prelE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
7. Ulf Andersson vs K Langeweg 1-033 1969 Linkoping (Sweden)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. Vaganian vs Ulf Andersson 1-048 1969 GroningenA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
9. Ulf Andersson vs Ake Olsson 1-018 1969 SverigeC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
10. K Skold vs Ulf Andersson 0-132 1969 SverigeB50 Sicilian
11. O Kinnmark vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½15 1969 SverigeC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Ulf Andersson vs H Akvist  1-034 1969 SverigeC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
13. Ulf Andersson vs M Johansson Sr  1-057 1969 SverigeC54 Giuoco Piano
14. Ulf Andersson vs O Alfredsson 1-020 1969 SverigeB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. Ulf Andersson vs B E Horberg 1-028 1969 SverigeB15 Caro-Kann
16. Ake Olsson vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½10 1969 SverigeB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
17. Ekenberg vs Ulf Andersson 1-063 1969 SverigeA02 Bird's Opening
18. Ulf Andersson vs R End  ½-½13 1969 SverigeC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
19. Ulf Andersson vs Z Nilsson 1-050 1969 SverigeC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
20. B Jansson vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½12 1969 SverigeE91 King's Indian
21. S Platzack vs Ulf Andersson 0-133 1969 SverigeA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
22. H Ek vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½50 1969 SverigeA48 King's Indian
23. Ulf Andersson vs B Jansson  ½-½31 1969 SverigeB07 Pirc
24. Ulf Andersson vs L Ljungquist  ½-½37 1969 SverigeB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. Ulf Andersson vs E Ahman  ½-½39 1969 SverigeC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
 page 1 of 93; games 1-25 of 2,317  PGN Download
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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!
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  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Andersson!
Jun-27-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 61st Birthday, GM Andersson!


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 >>>

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

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!!"

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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! :)
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!

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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.
Jun-27-16  waustad: Happy 65th!
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  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.
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