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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: 2,007
Years covered: 1951 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2308
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +755 -395 =836 (59.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 21 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (154) 
    E73 E75 E94 E90 E79
 English, 1 c4 e5 (136) 
    A29 A21 A22 A27 A20
 English, 1 c4 c5 (108) 
    A30 A34 A35 A38 A37
 English (102) 
    A16 A17 A10 A13 A14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (62) 
    D37 D35 D38 D30 D31
 Semi-Slav (59) 
    D45 D44 D46 D47 D48
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (366) 
    C18 C09 C07 C19 C05
 King's Indian (283) 
    E97 E92 E60 E62 E81
 French Winawer (153) 
    C18 C19 C15 C16 C17
 French Tarrasch (152) 
    C09 C07 C05
 Grunfeld (115) 
    D86 D79 D91 D78 D90
 English (48) 
    A10 A16 A15 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Bialas vs Uhlmann, 1951 0-1
   Geller vs Uhlmann, 1970 0-1
   Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1960 0-1
   P Enders vs Uhlmann, 1978 0-1
   Bronstein vs Uhlmann, 1977 0-1
   Velimirovic vs Uhlmann, 1976 0-1
   J Kostro vs Uhlmann, 1974 0-1
   G Moehring vs Uhlmann, 1982 0-1
   Miles vs Uhlmann, 1976 0-1
   Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1958/59 (1958)
   Hastings 1970/71 (1970)
   Hoogovens (1961)
   Hastings 1959/60 (1959)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Wageningen Zonal (1957)
   Madrid (1973)
   Snowdrops and Old-hands (2012)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors) (2011)
   Szirak (1985)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Rovinj/Zagreb (1970)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Manila Interzonal (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   WINNING w/the FRENCH by Uhlmann + FTB by fredthebear
   WINNING w/the FRENCH by Uhlmann + FTB by trh6upsz
   Winning With the French (Uhlmann) by Chessdreamer
   WINNING w/the FRENCH by Uhlmann + FTB by Patca63
   Uhlmann: Winning with French by setuhanu01
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by whiteshark
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by T002102bd
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by Atsa
   Uhlmann's 60 French Defence Games by nakul1964
   Uhlmann's 60 French Defence Games by MidnightDuffer
   Uhlmann's 60 French Defence Games by Patca63

   🏆 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, died Aug-24-2020, 85 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 was a noted authority on the French Defense, having played it almost exclusively against 1.e4 throughout his career. He also wrote the book Winning with the French (1995).

Wikipedia article: Wolfgang Uhlmann

Last updated: 2020-08-26 16:49:26

 page 1 of 81; games 1-25 of 2,007  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Uhlmann vs Lothar Musmann  1-0441951GER-ch U20E17 Queen's Indian
2. Uhlmann vs H Schroeder  0-1511951GER-ch U20D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. K Kunze vs Uhlmann  ½-½341951GER-ch U20C01 French, Exchange
4. Uhlmann vs B Malich  1-0371951GER-ch U20A44 Old Benoni Defense
5. K H Achatz vs Uhlmann 0-1391951GER-ch U20C02 French, Advance
6. W Bialas vs Uhlmann 0-1231951GER-ch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
7. Uhlmann vs F Stahl  1-0461951GER-ch U20D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. E Budrich vs Uhlmann  0-1401951GER-ch U20D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. K Darga vs Uhlmann  ½-½871951GER-ch U20D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. Uhlmann vs W Rosen 1-0291951GER-ch U20E72 King's Indian
11. Uhlmann vs R Von Saldern 1-0241951GER-ch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
12. M Bobotsov vs Uhlmann 1-0611953BUL-GDRC19 French, Winawer, Advance
13. L Schmitt vs Uhlmann 1-0461953GER-ch 15thA15 English
14. Uhlmann vs E R Lundin  ½-½271954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. G Barcza vs Uhlmann  ½-½491954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. R Seiffert vs Uhlmann 0-1191954BlitzC18 French, Winawer
17. Uhlmann vs Stahlberg  ½-½401954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE15 Queen's Indian
18. Z Milev vs Uhlmann  0-1571954BlitzC18 French, Winawer
19. Uhlmann vs Eigil Pedersen  1-0391954Prague/Marianske Lazne ZonalA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
20. F Olafsson vs Uhlmann  ½-½621954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. V Ciocaltea vs Uhlmann  1-0331954Prague/Marianske Lazne ZonalC15 French, Winawer
22. Uhlmann vs H Koskinen  1-0431954Prague/Marianske Lazne ZonalE14 Queen's Indian
23. Uhlmann vs Balanel  ½-½351954Prague/Marianske Lazne ZonalE16 Queen's Indian
24. Uhlmann vs Sliwa  0-1481954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. Uhlmann vs G Kluger  ½-½411954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
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  norami: Uhlmann is the only player alive who has defeated both Botvinnik and Fischer in official tournament games.
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  diagonal: A trilogy, between January and March 2020, three former Candidate's (World Chess Championship Contenders) are celebrating their 85th birthday: the legends Fridrik Olafsson (born in January 1935), Oscar Panno, and Wolfgang Uhlmann (both born in March 1935).

Health and Happiness to Wolfgang Uhlmann, who turns 85 today!

<Plötzlich Grossmeister!> (Suddenly a Grandmaster, extract from an interview, 1:06 min., in german language):

Uhlmann is remembering when he got the GM title by FIDE in 1959 after being invited and winning at Hastings a first time, and subsequently became further international invitation, and privileges in his own country, then East Germany. You can feel his excitement even now, when he is explaining what a grandmaster title does mean :)

Well, around the year 1960 there were only about 60 living chess grandmasters throughout the world, not all were active (and some of the "Glorious 27" had already died: Maroczy in 1951, Mieses in 1954, Tartakower in 1956, Duras in 1957; Levenfish and Rubinstein died in 1961, Ragozin, Grünfeld, Vidmar, and Bernstein all died in 1962), plus Bogoljubov, GM in 1951 who died in 1952.

GM Uhlmann calls <Hastings> in England his <Chocolate Tournament>, no other tournament (series) had such an impact for his chess career!

He is a rare <triple sole or shared winner at Hastings Congress>, in these days a prestigious event: Uhlmann won in 1958/59 outright (ahead of Portisch), in 1965/66 (shared with Spassky), and tied for first again (with Bronstein and Hort) at Hastings Chess Congress 1975/76, ahead of Korchnoi. In addition, Uhlmann was runner-up at Hastings on four occasions: in 1959/60 (shared with Averbakh, behind winner Gligoric), in 1966/67 (behind winner Botvinnik), in 1970/71 (shared second, behind winner Portisch), and 1972/73 (behind winner Larsen).

Aug-26-20  Eastfrisian: He died on 24 August 2020. RIP Meister Uhlmann.
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  wordfunph: rest in peace, GM Wolfgang Uhlmann..
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  norami: With Uhlmann’s passing there are now only ten living players who have defeated Fischer in tournament games, and only six after he started playing internationally in 1958.
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  Benzol: Ivkov and Spassky are the only two that immediately come to mind. Who are the others?
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  Retireborn: Kovacevic, Gheorghiu, Olfasson? (not sure if they are still alive)
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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, all are still with us.
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  vonKrolock: Dieter Keller ?!
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  perfidious: Keller is the other.
Aug-29-20  Scuvy: I'll take a shot at the other four players: Milton Otteson, Ken Warner, James Sherwin and Viktors Pupols.
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  norami: You all got it right. Those are the ten.
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  norami: While we’re at it, name the four living players who have defeated Botvinnik in official tournament games.
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  Benzol: Ray Keene is one
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  Benzol: Lothar Schimd, Andreas Dueckstein and Roman Dzindzichashvilli

Does a victory in a clock simil count?
If so you could add Stuart Conquest.

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  areknames: RIP GM Uhlmann. If he was living in Dresden during the war he obviously survived the total destruction of his city to become the (probably) strongest German player of his time and one of the leading experts on the French. Not many left now of this generation...
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  whiteshark: Another Titan of the French Defense has left us.

The idea that you might continue to analyze in another place is perhaps a little comforting.

Farewell and rest in peace, Wolfgang Uhlmann

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  norami: <Benzol> Averbakh rather than Schmid.
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  perfidious: <norami>, I beg to differ: Schmid beat Botvinnik with Black in his speciality, the Benoni sideline which bears his name, at the Euroteams in 1965.
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  beatgiant: <perfidious>
Schmid beat Botvinnik, but he passed away in 2013.
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  Benzol: My bad. I wasn't aware that Schmid had passed away.
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  perfidious: <Nerve> of the guy! (laughs)
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  paavoh: A dedicated player of the French defense, very sad news about him passing - RIP.

Since high school, I have been looking at his (and Korchnoi's) games for inspiration.

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Meine [20] besten Partien, Chessbase 2012

Fischer – Uhlmann, Buenos Aires 1960
Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1960

Uhlmann – Botvinnik, Olympiade Varna 1962
Uhlmann vs Botvinnik, 1962

Uhlmann – Smyslov, Hastings 1972
Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973

Uhlmann – Anand, Amsterdam 1990
Uhlmann vs Anand, 1990

Uhlmann – Khalifmann, Bundesliga 1992/93
Uhlmann vs Khalifman, 1993

Geller – Uhlmann, Amsterdam 1970
Geller vs Uhlmann, 1970

Speelman – Uhlmann, Leningrad 1984
Speelman vs Uhlmann, 1984

Farago – Uhlmann, Leipzig 1975
I Farago vs Uhlmann, 1975

Uhlmann – Ujtumen, Interzonal Mallorca 1970
Uhlmann vs Ujtumen, 1970

Unzicker – Uhlmann, Olympiade Varna 1962
Unzicker vs Uhlmann, 1962

Kostro – Uhlmann, Polen – DDR 1974
J Kostro vs Uhlmann, 1974

Padevsky – Uhlmann, Amsterdam 1972
N Padevsky vs Uhlmann, 1972

Uhlmann – Schmidt, Polanica Zdroj 1967
Uhlmann vs W Schmidt, 1967

Savon – Uhlmann, Skopje/Ohrid 1968
Savon vs Uhlmann, 1968

Radulov – Uhlmann, Albena 1983
I Radulov vs Uhlmann, 1983

Prandstetter – Uhlmann, Decin 1977
E Prandstetter vs Uhlmann, 1977

Uhlmann – Osmanovic, Decin 1979
Uhlmann vs K Osmanovic, 1979

Uhlmann – Larsen, Hastings 1972
Uhlmann vs Larsen, 1972

Uhlmann – Schoene, Deutschland 1991
Uhlmann vs R Schoene, 1991

Hamann – Uhlmann, Halle zt 1963
S Hamann vs Uhlmann, 1963


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