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Per Ofstad vs Wolfgang Uhlmann
"Per-fect" (game of the day Oct-23-2005)
Halle Zonal (1963), Halle GDR, rd 13, Jul-17
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense (C07)  ·  1-0



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Sep-03-05  Anastasia: <HROKSEYRI> is that an acronymn?
Sep-04-05  HROKSEYRI: No, a name. Hrokseyri, hrok=rook, eyri= a small slice of land reaching out in the sea. Rooks looking like small cliffs there upon, the era named Hrokseyri.
Sep-04-05  samvega: Cool name. In English we have the word eyrie, meaning a nest on a cliff, or a fort built in a high place.
Sep-04-05  HROKSEYRI: Eyrie; possibly the word came into the English language with the Vikings, like so many words in E. Our "eyri",(Icel.) means ear, an ear like piece of land onto the sea.
Sep-11-05  samvega: Some irrelevant etymology that may interest no one: the Anglo-Saxon thiril meaning a 'pierced hole' gives us both 'nostril' and 'thrill' (making a hole --> pierced w/ emotion --> filled w/ pleasure --> thrill). Not everyone knows that.
Oct-23-05  notsodeepthought: <samvega> Indeed I didn't know that - thanks... next time I catch a cold I will make sure to enjoy the thrill of blowing my nose.

It's been a year or so since I posted here, but I still think this would make for a nice "early in the week" puzzle at move 19.

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  WannaBe: I have never really 'liked' the Tarrasch very much, hard to get the c1 bishop going... tend to favor the Winawer...
Oct-23-05  rexeterna: <acirce> And here it is, Game of The Day.
Oct-23-05  karnak64: Chessgames, why keep picking on my guy Uhlmann? I'm getting a complex!

Actually, <Wannabe>, my sense of Uhlmann's career is that he had a tougher time against the Tarrasch than against other White responses. Larsen, for instance, adopted it for his Candidates match in 1971 and scored a win and two draws.

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  kevin86: HROKSEYRI-sounds like the name of a chess piece in Klingon! lol

A really enjoyable game to watch-if only i could play that good.

Oct-23-05  ajile: <notsodeepthought: He may simply not have realized (until too late) that 19 R:e7 wins, since 19 ... N:e7 fails to 20 Qf6+ - incidentally, this would make for a nice puzzle...>

Wow what a beautiful combo. After 20.Qf6+!! gxQ 21. BH6 Mate. The Black Knight taking the rook blocks the e7 square and allows Bh6 after the g pawn captures the White Queen.

Oct-23-05  notsodeepthought: <ajile> Yep. The theme is not that unusual, but rarely seen at this level. <acirce>: I guess your suggestion for the GOTD pun may have been too erudite... not that I think "Per-fect" is particularly good, mind you.
Oct-23-05  EmperorAtahualpa: 12.Nf5!! 17.Ng5!! Very impressive GOTD! This one is definetely going into my favorite games collection.
Oct-23-05  ughaibu: Except that black would be moving into check with Kg6.
Oct-23-05  MoonlitKnight: I was talking to an old master I met in Croatia during Pula Open this year, and when I told him I was from Norway, he immediately asked me if I knew Per Ofstad. He said he never ceased to be amazed by the game Ofstad - Uhlmann.
Oct-23-05  hamworld: does anyone have a yahoo and would like to add please? i wanna learn things about chess
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  FSR: Cool game, although unfortunately it's more a blunder on Uhlmann's part than a brilliancy, since simply Nxe6 instead of Bxg5?? would have drawn.
Feb-25-06  MorphyMatt: Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971
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  whiteshark: For some conceptual reason black moved the other ♗ on move 17. Call it transcendent if you like.
Oct-17-10  sevenseaman: 16...Nd5 17. Ng5? Great vision or a portrait in courage; this is the fulcrum of the game. (If 17... NxQ 18. Nxe6+ Kf7 19. Ng5+ Kf6 20. Re6#)

A charming exposition of chess per Ofstad.

Jun-23-12  vinidivici: <sevenseaman: Great vision or a portrait in courage; this is the fulcrum of the game. (If 17... NxQ 18. Nxe6+ Kf7 19. Ng5+ Kf6 20. Re6#) >

How about after 19.Ng5+ blacks doing 19...Kf8/Kg6 ?

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this brilliant game here:

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  GrahamClayton: Ofstad's "Immortal" game.
Jul-23-14  SpiritedReposte: Black should have allowed the final mate after ...Nxe7 Qf6+! gxf6 and Bh6#

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So neat.

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  tpstar: 19 ... Nxe7 20. Qf6+!! gxf6 21. Bh6# is a nice Boden's Mate.

This combination only works because the Rook covers White's weak back rank against ... Qe1# long enough to mate Black's King.

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