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Victor Ciocaltea vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
Alekhine Memorial (1956), Moscow URS, rd 4, Oct-13
French Defense: Advance Variation. Main Line (C02)  ·  0-1

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Nov-27-03
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  Benzol: A nice game by Ciocaltea. Uhlmann was completely outplayed here in his favourite, the French Defence.
Nov-27-03  Spitecheck: That was a nice game it is surprising that Uhlmann being such a noted protagonist of the French Defense should be made to looks so ordinary at it even with the white pieces (I guess that's a compliment to Cioc...) The Nh3 move is interesting is that straight out theory or an unusual subline?

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Nov-27-03  Spitecheck: Actually is it possible that the Uhlmann was black in this game and not white. Just looking up an old book in my collection now and Ng5 is a move of Cioc's!! Source: T Harding

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Nov-27-03  Spitecheck: Further to that if you look at Uhlmanns repertoire he rarely plays 1. e4 as white, chances are the names are inverted :).

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Nov-27-03
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  Benzol: Spitecheck, is Uhlmann White then or have the names been reversed?
Nov-27-03  Spitecheck: I would say in all probability that Uhlmann is black.

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Nov-27-03  Bad Star: chessbase.com has Ciocaltea as white and Uhlmann as black.
Nov-27-03
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  chessgames.com: OK then, we swapped the players. Uhlmann played Black.
Nov-27-03  technical draw: Was 20...Nbxd4 forced, or was it a great tactical move?
Nov-28-03
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  Benzol: It's still nicely played by Black, so well done Uhlmann.
Dec-01-03  Resignation Trap: Yes, Uhlmann won this game as Black.

I have a complete set of the original bulletins from this event, the Alekhine Memorial Tournament, Moscow 1956.

Apart from Alexander Konstantinopolsky's summary, the game is unannotated, with only a diagram after Black's 20th move, and a photo of the two combatants before the start of the game. Wolfgang Uhlmann makes playing the Black side of the French Defense look very easy indeed. Just like squeezing oranges!

Alexander Alekhine won the First USSR Championship in October 1920, but he left his homeland forever in the spring of 1921.

The Soviets rarely mentioned his name at all for the next three decades following his defection. In the mid-1950's (after Stalin's death) they decided that Alekhine's actions weren't so bad after all, and they "rehabilitated" him as "Russia's Greatest Player". This super-strong tournament was organized in his memory.

Dec-01-03
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  Eggman: It's nice to see that there was more to Uhlmann's career than just losing again and again to Karpov.
Aug-18-04  Dick Brain: <Resignation Trap>The sacrifice 20..Nbd4 was not forced, it was excellent play by Uhlmann to open up the somewhat blocked position for a win. Very good judgement to see that White could not easily find a way to blockcade those nasty pawns with all those minor pieces in the area.
Aug-24-04  karnak64: Would white's chances be better with 28. Qxb6? He wouldn't have to lose the exchange, black gets doubled b-pawns, and there's a chance for those hamstrung knights to get back into play. The advanced passed pawns will make white's play difficult, though, under any circumstances.
Jun-19-18  Saniyat24: Complicated opening...takes-takes..Black has two formidable passed pawns...White resigns to avoid further disaster...!
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