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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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Oct-27-04  fasting: Ofstad caught a big fish! Smooth combination with his winning move 17.Ng5!, if Uhlmann take his Queen : 17...Nxe6 18.Nxe6+,Kf7 19.Nd8++ ... where it seems like his king is gonna walk three time fourth and back on f7-f8 - but shouldn’t he have chosen the draw instead of loosing with 17...Bxg5??

Or was Uhlmann so self-confident that he didn’t believe that he could loose to mr Ofstad?

Oct-27-04  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...
Oct-28-04  acirce: If this is Game of the Day some day: <Our Contempt for Weakness>
Oct-28-04  offramp: I don't get it, acirce.
Oct-28-04  acirce: Is that a reason not to use it? ;-) Norwegian moral philosopher Harald Ofstad wrote a book with that title. At least semi-well known.
Oct-28-04  offramp: He is not very highly thought of in Tooting; that may be why he slipped my mind.
Nov-01-04  fasting: another funny short Uhlmann french where the guy stumbles Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971
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  MoonlitKnight: Ofstad was the Norwegian junior champion in 1951, winning with 9/9. He just turned 70, but didn't want this game to appear in the chess magazine, since he was tired of it being re-printed all the time. But of course it was his shining moment of glory.
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  MoonlitKnight: The game is drawn after 17...Nxe6 18.Nxe6+ Kf7 19.Nf4+ Kf8 etc., since 19...Kf6?? loses to 20.Re6+. Fritz suggests that black might try 17...Bh5?!, but further analysis show that white will have the better game after 18.b4!! although the position is incredibly complex.
Sep-02-05  HROKSEYRI: Black might hold the game with 17.- pg6 now 18. Ktxh7 fails after Kg7!
Sep-02-05  Anastasia: <HROKSERYI> I feel that you may not be correct: 17..g6 18.Nxh7+ Kg7 19.Qxe7+ Nxe7 20.Rxe7+ Bf7 21.Rxf7+ Kg8 22.Re7+ etc
Sep-03-05  HROKSEYRI: I was wrong there, sorry! Seems like black´s 16th move, Ktd4 is the draw/loosing one?! If instead 16.- Ktd8, then 17.KtxKt is forced. If instead 17.Ktg5, Bf7! holds everything and simplifies the game in b. favour.
Sep-03-05  Anastasia: OK u win... this time...
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.
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  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.
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  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.
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