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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
"Dances with Wolves" (game of the day Oct-28-2012)
Varna Olympiad Final-A (1962), Varna BUL, rd 11, Oct-??
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation General (C18)  ·  0-1



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  FSR: Dances With Wolves.
Oct-28-12  hellopolgar: nice game.
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  FSR: The 35th pun of mine that has used. Game Collection: Puns I submitted
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  Honza Cervenka: Uhlmann's French classics. But I wonder whether white could not have saved the day with 26.Rxe5, which stops 26...Qh3(?) for 27.Rc5! .
Oct-28-12  Abdel Irada: Remarkable.

For a moment, I thought White could escape into a playable ending (with an exchange for a pawn) with 25. Qf5†, but after 25. ...Qxf5; 26. Nxf5, Nxd3 his position is grim.

White can try 27. Re2, with the idea 28. Rd1, but Black pre-empts this and prepares to push his c-pawn with 28. ...Ba4! and White is paralyzed.

Oct-28-12  Sololoy: Maybe the last chance for white was 27 Qf5+ and Qxf5, 28 Nxf5 and Black can't go with Nxe1 because of 29 Ne7+ and 30 Ng8
Oct-28-12  Abdel Irada: Interesting, <Sololoy>. The save doesn't work on move 25, but seems to on move 27.
Oct-28-12  green ink: Incredibly, after 27.Qf5+ Qxf5 28.Nxf5 black could have played for a win with Nxe1 29.Ne7+ Kb8 30.Ng8 Nf3+ 31.Kf1 e4, and white is still in trouble: 32. h8Q (dxe4 Bb5+ 33. Kg2 Nh4+ and Ng6) exd3. Fire up the analysis engines to see if the black steamroller can be stopped! I'd have loved to see that plaved out otb.
Oct-28-12  waustad: Hitting g2 from too many angles.
Oct-28-12  paavoh: Good to see, every now and then, a game by the standard-bearer for the French Uhlmann. If there ever was a person sticking to his guns, it had to be him. There is always something to learn from him. Thanks to FSR for honoring him.
Oct-28-12  mike1: But isnt white better after move 20?
21 Ne2?? is certainly not the way to go (as White concides 2 moves later). 21. h4 and the game would have a different result! (yes, nice pun!)
Oct-28-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<paavoh> et al

Uhlmann annotated this game in his book "Winning With the French" <*> Batsford 1995. It consists of 60 Uhlmann games, divided into French variations, and should be owned by all French Defence players! Wolfgang wasn't too fussed in including one of his famous losses in the Tarrasch to Karpov. (The Unzicker game is #34.)

As a little aside, I have had the pleasure of playing and chatting with Unzicker's youngest son - a pretty decent 2300ish player - who told me some lovely anecdotes about his father. Whilst Uhlmann was recently at the 1st Bent Larsen Memorial Tournament, held in Aalborg, Denmark. Fridrik Olafsson played too!

<*>I believe the German title is rather better. Something like "A Lifelong Passion for the French."

Oct-28-12  karnak64: Classic game I've seen a few times before. Uhlmann is one of my chess heroes.
Oct-28-12  paavoh: @SimonWebbsTiger: many thanks for your note - I indeed have that book, and tried to emulate his games. I am not as bold as he was, but the French has served me well.
Oct-28-12  rilkefan: <Honza Cervenka>, after your 26.Rxe5 stockfish thinks black takes a perpetual with Nh4/Nf3.

<Green Ink>, sf says your line is -6.

The last time sf likes white's position is move 16, when Rfe1 is +0.7 at a depth of 24 (...Ng6 17.Qh7 Nce7 18.Rad1 Qc5 19.Bxg6 or 17.Be4 and favorable liquidation). 16.Qf3 is over a pawn worse.

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  maxi: At least when Uhlmann is playing Black the Pawn is poisonous all right!
Oct-28-12  GlennOliver: 21. Rxe6 fxe6 22. Qxe6+ Bd7 23. Qxg6

seems like a playable continuation for White.

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  kevin86: How does white stop the mate? I guess he doesn't.
Oct-31-12  Chessdreamer: here is their game from the preliminary group

Uhlmann-Unzicker, Varna ol 1962:
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Nxe4 Bxe4 9.Ne1 Bxg2 10.Kxg2 d5 11.Qc2 dxc4 12.Qxc4 Nd7 13.Nf3 c5 14.Be3 Qc8 15.dxc5 Bxc5 16.Bxc5 Nxc5 17.Rac1 Qb7 18.b4 Na6 19.a3 Rac8 20.Qf4 Nb8 21.Rxc8 Rxc8 22.Rc1 Nd7 23.Rxc8+ Qxc8 24.Ne5 Nxe5 25.Qxe5 h6 26.h4 Qb7+ 27.f3 b5 28.Qc5 Qd7 29.Kf2 g6 30.Kg2 Kh7 1/2-1/2

Nov-08-12  marljivi: I guess after 26.Re5Nh4 27.Rc5Nf3 28.Kf1 black really has to take the draw with 28...Nd2 29.Kg1Nf3=,since after 28...Qh3? 29.Ke2Re8 30.Ne4Re4 31.de4d3 32.Kd3Ne5 33.Kd4! white king survives.
Sep-29-22  TheaN: Getting to this amazing Winawer via the recycled PotD. Bizarre that as a French player, I've never seen it!

The craziest line could have occurred when White essentially resigned with 27.Rxe5?. Instead, <27.Qf5+!?>. It loses, but Black would have been comfortable enough playing into <27....Qxf5 28.Nxf5 Nxe1! 29.Ne7 Kb8 30.Ng8>:

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It seems like White's promoting h7. Yes, yes he is: <30....Nf3+ 31.Kf1 (else Nh4-g6) e4!!>

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This would have won Uhlmann a few brilliancy prizes I guess. White's best is 32.dxe4, yet 32....Bb5+ still forces Kg2 with Nh4-g6. Instead, <32.h8Q exd3>:

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White has queen for bishop, but that same bishop is anchored and by proxy supporting the pawn advance. White has to stop Pc3 immediately with <33.Qh7>, but after <33....d2 34.Ne7> threatening to simplify, else 34.Rb1 d3 35.Ne7 c2! -+ <34....Bb5+ 35.Kg2 c2! -+> and White will have to surrender the queen to prevent the marching home.

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