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Wolfgang Uhlmann
Uhlmann at the 5th Rubinstein Memorial in 1967
Photo courtesty of the Wilkau-Haßlau Chess Club.
Number of games in database: 1,855
Years covered: 1951 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2312
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570
Overall record: +686 -392 =777 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C18 French, Winawer (65 games)
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   🏆 Bundesliga 2015/16
   Uhlmann vs A Naumann (Apr-09-16) 0-1
   A Raykhman vs Uhlmann (Mar-15-15) 1-0
   Uhlmann vs G Timoshchenko (Mar-03-15) 0-1
   Uhlmann vs Korchnoi (Feb-16-15) 0-1, rapid
   Korchnoi vs Uhlmann (Feb-16-15) 0-1, rapid

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(born Mar-29-1935, 83 years old) Germany

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Wolfgang Uhlmann was born in Dresden, and was taught to play chess by his father when he was 11. Awarded the IM title in 1956 and the GM title in 1959, he was a World Championship Candidate in 1971 but was eliminated by Bent Larsen at the quarter-final stage.

Uhlmann was East German Champion in 1955, 1958, 1964, 1968, 1975, 1976, 1981 and 1985. He is a noted authority on the French Defense, having played it almost exclusively against 1.e4 throughout his career. He is also the author of the book Winning with the French (1995).

Wikipedia article: Wolfgang Uhlmann

 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,855  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Uhlmann vs B Malich  1-0371951GER-ch U20A44 Old Benoni Defense
2. K H Achatz vs Uhlmann 0-1391951GER-ch U20C02 French, Advance
3. W Bialas vs Uhlmann 0-1231951LeipzigC05 French, Tarrasch
4. Uhlmann vs F Stahl  1-0461951GER-ch U20D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. E Budrich vs Uhlmann  0-1401951GER-ch U20D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. K Darga vs Uhlmann  ½-½871951German Championship U20D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. Uhlmann vs W Rosen 1-0291951GER-ch U20E72 King's Indian
8. Uhlmann vs R Von Saldern 1-0241951GER-ch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
9. Uhlmann vs Lothar Musmann  1-0441951GER-ch U20E17 Queen's Indian
10. Uhlmann vs H Schroeder  0-1511951GER-ch U20D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. K Kunze vs Uhlmann  ½-½341951GER-ch U20C01 French, Exchange
12. M Bobotsov vs Uhlmann 1-0611953BUL-GDRC19 French, Winawer, Advance
13. L Schmitt vs Uhlmann 1-0461953GER-ch 15thA15 English
14. R Seiffert vs Uhlmann 0-1191954BlitzC18 French, Winawer
15. Z Milev vs Uhlmann  0-1571954BlitzC18 French, Winawer
16. G Palmason vs Uhlmann ½-½671954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalC05 French, Tarrasch
17. Filip vs Uhlmann 1-0341954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE61 King's Indian
18. Uhlmann vs N Minev  ½-½241954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
19. Sajtar vs Uhlmann  0-1411954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE81 King's Indian, Samisch
20. Uhlmann vs Sliwa  0-1481954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. Uhlmann vs G Kluger  ½-½411954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
22. Uhlmann vs Balanel 1-0171955Erfurt, East GermanyA47 Queen's Indian
23. Uhlmann vs J Franz 1-0131955Erfurt GERA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Dueckstein vs Uhlmann  0-1361956AUT-GDRC15 French, Winawer
25. Z Boleslawski vs Uhlmann  0-1241956KrynicaC15 French, Winawer
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Feb-23-14  Conrad93: I wish he would write a serious book on the French, not just a game collection.
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  diagonal: Live coverage from the University of Leipzig:


Wolfgang Uhlmann is playing an exhibition (one hour each) against Viktor Korchnoi (his first game since september 2012).

Wolfgang Uhlmann, former Candidate, 1971 quarter-final vs. Larsen, and also member of the "Rest of the World" team in the famous match vs. the USSR in 1970, leading player for decades of East Germany and undoubtedly the GDR's most successful ever.

Korchnoi (*1931) vs. Uhlmann (*1935): A duel of two major french defense experts. Let's go!

Mar-29-14  waustad: <diagonal>You may have to be satisfied by the match between Korchnoi and Spassky that has been talked about. It will be interesting to see what each player has left in the tank after serious health problem for both.
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  Gejewe: has information on this match :
First of all negating that Spassky will play..

Spassky Doesn't Know About His Match Against Korchnoi Friday, 21.03.2014 21:43
We reported about the scheduled friendly match between Viktor Korchnoi and Boris Spassky over two weeks ago. It was planned to be held from March 27 in Leipzig, Germany. Let us emphesize, we got the mentioned information from Korchnoi himself. Now it turned out Spassky haven't heard of the event. He wrote an open letter to RCF president Andrey Filatov stating it: "I, Boris Spassky, herewith state that the information published on RCF website on March 20th, 2014 - "Boris Spassky and Viktor Korchnoi will again meet at the board" - is unexpected and unfounded. I have never negotiated about where, when or under what conditions would be held the match against Viktor Korchnoi; I haven't ever given my agreement on playing such a match to anyone."

Yesterday, the first game has been played, gives the following additional information, and the game :

Korchnoi Again Plays Chess. Against Uhlmann, not Spassky Though Friday, 28.03.2014 22:15

The match with Korchnoi's participation started in Leipzig Germany. Korchnoi's opponent is not Spassky, as it was announced earlier, but Wolfgang Uhlmann. German GM turns 79 tomorrow, while Korchnoi will turn 83 on March 23. Match consists of four games, those are most likely not broadcasted online. Korchnoi beat his German colleague in the first match game.

Korchnoi, Viktor
Uhlmann, Wolfgang
Leipzig (1) 2014.03.28
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Bg5 Nbd7 8. Qc1 c6 9. d5 cxd5 10. cxd5 a6 11. a4 Nc5 12. Nd2 h6 13. Be3 Ne8 14. a5 f5 15. b4 Nd7 16. f3 fxe4 17. Ndxe4 Ndf6 18. O-O Nxe4 19. Nxe4 Kh7 20. Ra3 Bd7 21. Rc3 Rc8 22. Rxc8 Qxc8 23. Qb1 Bf5 24. Rc1 Qd7 25. b5 Nc7 26. bxa6 Nxd5 27. axb7 Rb8 28. a6 Nxe3 29. a7 Rxb7 30. a8=Q Rxb1 31. Rxb1 Bxe4 32. fxe4 Qc7 33. Qa3 Nc2 34. Qc1 Qa7 35. Kh1 Nd4 36. Bc4 g5 37. Bd5 Ne2 38. Qf1 Nf4 39. Rb7 Qe3 40. g3 Qe2 41. Qxe2 Nxe2 42. Rd7 h5 43. Rxd6 h4 44. Kg2 hxg3 45. hxg3 Nc3 46. Be6 Bf6 47. Bf5 Kg7 48. Kh3 Nb5 49. Rd7 Kf8 50. Kg4 Nd4 51. Kh5 Ke8 52. Rb7 Ne2 53. Kg6 Be7 54. Bd7 Kd8 55. Bb5 1-0

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  Penguincw: Happy 79th birthday to GM Wolfgang Uhlmann.
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  diagonal: Happy birthday, Grandmaster Uhlmann, many more and best wishes!

Wolfgang Uhlmann, expert of the french defense, former Candidate, 1971 quarter-final against Larsen, chosen as member of the "Rest of the World" team in the match vs. the USSR in 1970, leading player for decades of East Germany, eleven times champion of (then) GDR. At the 1964 chess Olympiad in Tel Aviv, Uhlmann scored 83.3 percent, earning the individual board one gold medal (note: at that time, there was a preliminary at the Olympiads and then final groups based on the previous team results, no swiss system).

Brilliant tournament wins in the 1960s and 1970s: Wolfgang Uhlmann is a rare three times (sole or shared) winner at Hastings, in these days always a strong event: Uhlmann won in 1958/59 outright, in 1965/66 (shared with Boris Spassky), and tied for first again (with Bronstein and Hort) at Hastings Chess Congress 1975/76, one point ahead of Korchnoi.

Uhlmann also shared victory (with Polugaevsky) at Sarajevo 1964, tied for first (with Smyslov) at Havana (Capablanca Memorial) 1964, tied for first (with Ivkov, and ahead of World Champion Petrosian - and among others Portisch, Parma, Bronstein, Larsen, Matanovic, Filip, Gligoric, Bisguier) at Zagreb 1965, tied for first (with Bronstein) at Szombathely 1966, and tied for first (with Bronstein) at the Berlin 'Lasker Memorial' in 1968. At Raach in 1969, a zonal tournament, he finished two points clear of the field (which included Lajos Portisch), placed second (behind World Champion Karpov) at Skopje 1976, finished first at Vrbas 1977, to name the maybe most notable ones.

He beat at least four World Champions, from Fischer in 1960 <Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1960> to Anand in 1990 <Uhlmann vs Anand, 1990>, Botvinnik at the Olympiad, Varna 1962 <Uhlmann vs Botvinnik, 1962>, and Smyslov <Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973>.

In recent years, Wolfgang Uhlmann was quite a regular member of the Veterans / Old Hands ad-hoc formation in matches versus a Ladies / Snowdrops team. Especially the game Kashlinskaya-Uhlmann 0-1 was considered the most beautiful of the event in 2012:

<A Kashlinskaya vs Uhlmann, 2012>

Thanks @ for the nice new photograph of the living legend!

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Wolfgang Uhlmann for his match against Victor Korchnoi. The match is tied 2-2 (+2,-2,=0), with Uhlmann winning game 1 and 4 (with white and black respectively). Uhlmann was the lower rated player (2326 vs. 2499), although I think it's nice to see 2 former world championship contenders still able to play great chess decades after their peak.
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  offramp: Uhlmann invented a rather neat manoeuvre in the French Defence which I call an Uhlmannisation.

It consists of the moves ♗(c8)-d7-e8-h5. At h5 the bishop is well-placed.


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  keypusher: <offramp: Uhlmann invented a rather neat manoeuvre in the French Defence which I call an Uhlmannisation. It consists of the moves ♗(c8)-d7-e8-h5. At h5 the bishop is well-placed.



P Ware vs Steinitz, 1882

Apr-18-15  Dr. Overlord:


Bergman uses that a lot in his films.

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  Jim Bartle: I can liv with that.
Mar-21-16  kingfu: All us French Hard Heads love Uhlmann AND Korchnoi. I don't know who did the Bd7, Be8, Bh5 first. However, it should be in all our tool bags. Also, I have seen Korchnoi defend against the obligatory White kingside attack with Bd7, Be8, Bg6.

Here is a Korchnoi game with Be8, Bh5 on the last 2 moves resulting in 0-1!

Molander vs. Korchnoi

How to copy the game highlighted, please.

Mar-21-16  ndg2: <kingfu>R Molander vs Korchnoi, 2002

You simply copy the game URL.

Mar-22-16  kingfu: Thank you.
Mar-23-16  kingfu: Another Uhlmann French Defense with the "bad" light square bishop.

C H Alexander vs Uhlmann, 1958

We start with Bd7, Be8, Bf7, Bg6, Bd3. The game ends with Bc4 before Uhlmann can play Bd5.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, French Champion Wolfgang Uhlmann!!
Mar-31-16  kingfu: We missed Uhlmann's 81st birthday. Alles das Beste zum Geburtstag!
Mar-31-16  kingfu: Thank you, TheFocus. Maybe it should have been I missed his birthday. Where's Dom?
Mar-29-17  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Your games were instructive for me in my early chess development stage; many thanks sir!
Mar-29-17  Petrosianic: Wishing happy birthday to someone still alive?? This is unheard of around here.
Mar-29-17  kingfu: Happy Birthday to 1 of 2 Greatest French Defense players ever (Korchnoi).

I tried playing The French for decades. I studied many games by these 2. I failed. Nobody told me - Do not try The French Defense at home. The French Defense must be played by Professionals in a closed position.

Uhlmann always played The French. Korchnoi played a variety of 1. e4 defenses. Most Grandmasters have more than one response. MVL is the exception. He always plays the Sicilian.

Mar-29-17  kingfu: Bizarre. Uhlmann and Korchnoi played each other 20 times. Not one French Defense.
Apr-16-17  Taulmaril: Kingfu not so bizarre when you consider that neither of them were 1.e4 players as white.
Jun-25-17  RookFile: Well, you might have gotten 1. c4 e6 2. e4 d5 in a game from these guys - that would transpose into a French Defense line. The only problem is, it didn't happen.
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  Marmot PFL: happy birthday, 83 is a ripe old age but still not up there with Benko or Averbakh.
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