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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: 1,872
Years covered: 1951 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2308
Highest rating achieved in database: 2570

Overall record: +688 -386 =777 (58.2%)*
   * 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 (151) 
    E73 E75 E94 E90 E79
 English, 1 c4 e5 (136) 
    A29 A21 A22 A27 A20
 English, 1 c4 c5 (107) 
    A30 A34 A35 A37 A38
 English (101) 
    A16 A17 A10 A13 A14
 Semi-Slav (56) 
    D45 D44 D46 D47 D48
 Queen's Gambit Declined (51) 
    D35 D37 D38 D30 D31
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (343) 
    C18 C09 C07 C19 C05
 King's Indian (272) 
    E97 E92 E60 E62 E87
 French Winawer (147) 
    C18 C19 C15 C16 C17
 French Tarrasch (145) 
    C09 C07 C05
 Grunfeld (101) 
    D79 D86 D91 D90 D82
 English (44) 
    A10 A16 A15 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Bialas vs Uhlmann, 1951 0-1
   P Enders vs Uhlmann, 1978 0-1
   Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1960 0-1
   Geller vs Uhlmann, 1970 0-1
   Bronstein vs Uhlmann, 1977 0-1
   Velimirovic vs Uhlmann, 1976 0-1
   J Kostro vs Uhlmann, 1974 0-1
   Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973 1-0
   Miles vs Uhlmann, 1976 0-1
   G Moehring vs Uhlmann, 1982 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1958/59 (1958)
   Hastings 1966/67 (1966)
   Hastings 1970/71 (1970)
   Hastings 1959/60 (1959)
   Hoogovens (1961)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Snowdrops and Old-hands (2012)
   Madrid (1973)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Szirak (1985)
   Botvinnik Memorial (Seniors) (2011)
   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 Patca63
   Uhlmann: Winning with French by setuhanu01
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by whiteshark
   81a ZOOM 001 SUBMODELS A-H by Atsa
   Uhlmann's 60 French Defence Games by MidnightDuffer
   Uhlmann's 60 French Defence Games by nakul1964
   FAVORITE PLAYERS by gambitfan

   🏆 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, 84 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 is a noted authority on the French Defense, having played it almost exclusively against 1.e4 throughout his career. He is also the author of the book Winning with the French (1995).

Wikipedia article: Wolfgang Uhlmann

 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,872  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K H Achatz vs Uhlmann 0-1391951GER-ch U20C02 French, Advance
2. Uhlmann vs F Stahl  1-0461951GER-ch U20D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. W Bialas vs Uhlmann 0-1231951LeipzigC05 French, Tarrasch
4. E Budrich vs Uhlmann  0-1401951GER-ch U20D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. K Darga vs Uhlmann  ½-½871951German Championship U20D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. Uhlmann vs W Rosen 1-0291951GER-ch U20E72 King's Indian
7. Uhlmann vs R Von Saldern 1-0241951GER-ch U20C05 French, Tarrasch
8. Uhlmann vs Lothar Musmann  1-0441951GER-ch U20E17 Queen's Indian
9. Uhlmann vs H Schroeder  0-1511951GER-ch U20D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. K Kunze vs Uhlmann  ½-½341951GER-ch U20C01 French, Exchange
11. Uhlmann vs B Malich  1-0371951GER-ch U20A44 Old Benoni Defense
12. M Bobotsov vs Uhlmann 1-0611953BUL-GDRC19 French, Winawer, Advance
13. L Schmitt vs Uhlmann 1-0461953GER-ch 15thA15 English
14. R Seiffert vs Uhlmann 0-1191954BlitzC18 French, Winawer
15. Z Milev vs Uhlmann  0-1571954BlitzC18 French, Winawer
16. Filip vs Uhlmann 1-0341954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE61 King's Indian
17. Uhlmann vs N Minev  ½-½241954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
18. Sajtar vs Uhlmann  0-1411954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. Uhlmann vs Sliwa  0-1481954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. Uhlmann vs G Kluger  ½-½411954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
21. G Palmason vs Uhlmann ½-½671954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalC05 French, Tarrasch
22. Uhlmann vs Balanel 1-0171955ErfurtA47 Queen's Indian
23. Uhlmann vs J Franz 1-0131955ErfurtA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. R Fuchs vs Uhlmann 0-1231956Ch DDR ttC18 French, Winawer
25. Uhlmann vs E Sojka  1-0421956KrynicaD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  Penguincw: Happy 79th birthday to GM Wolfgang Uhlmann.
Mar-29-14  diagonal: Happy birthday, Grandmaster Uhlmann, many more and best wishes!

Wolfgang Uhlmann, expert of the french defense, former Candidate, 1971 quarter-final against Larsen, chosen as member of the "Rest of the World" team in the match vs. the USSR in 1970, leading player for decades of East Germany, eleven times champion of (then) GDR. At the 1964 chess Olympiad in Tel Aviv, Uhlmann scored 83.3 percent, earning the individual board one gold medal (note: at that time, there was a preliminary at the Olympiads and then final groups based on the previous team results, no swiss system).

Brilliant tournament wins in the 1960s and 1970s: Wolfgang Uhlmann is a rare three times (sole or shared) winner at Hastings, in these days always a strong event: Uhlmann won in 1958/59 outright, in 1965/66 (shared with Boris Spassky), and tied for first again (with Bronstein and Hort) at Hastings Chess Congress 1975/76, one point ahead of Korchnoi.

Uhlmann also shared victory (with Polugaevsky) at Sarajevo 1964, tied for first (with Smyslov) at Havana (Capablanca Memorial) 1964, tied for first (with Ivkov, and ahead of World Champion Petrosian - and among others Portisch, Parma, Bronstein, Larsen, Matanovic, Filip, Gligoric, Bisguier) at Zagreb 1965, tied for first (with Bronstein) at Szombathely 1966, and tied for first (with Bronstein) at the Berlin 'Lasker Memorial' in 1968. At Raach in 1969, a zonal tournament, he finished two points clear of the field (which included Lajos Portisch), placed second (behind World Champion Karpov) at Skopje 1976, finished first at Vrbas 1977, to name the maybe most notable ones.

He beat at least four World Champions, from Fischer in 1960 <Fischer vs Uhlmann, 1960> to Anand in 1990 <Uhlmann vs Anand, 1990>, Botvinnik at the Olympiad, Varna 1962 <Uhlmann vs Botvinnik, 1962>, and Smyslov <Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973>.

In recent years, Wolfgang Uhlmann was quite a regular member of the Veterans / Old Hands ad-hoc formation in matches versus a Ladies / Snowdrops team. Especially the game Kashlinskaya-Uhlmann 0-1 was considered the most beautiful of the event in 2012:

<A Kashlinskaya vs Uhlmann, 2012>

Thanks @ for the nice new photograph of the living legend!

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Wolfgang Uhlmann for his match against Victor Korchnoi. The match is tied 2-2 (+2,-2,=0), with Uhlmann winning game 1 and 4 (with white and black respectively). Uhlmann was the lower rated player (2326 vs. 2499), although I think it's nice to see 2 former world championship contenders still able to play great chess decades after their peak.
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  offramp: Uhlmann invented a rather neat manoeuvre in the French Defence which I call an Uhlmannisation.

It consists of the moves ♗(c8)-d7-e8-h5. At h5 the bishop is well-placed.


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  keypusher: <offramp: Uhlmann invented a rather neat manoeuvre in the French Defence which I call an Uhlmannisation. It consists of the moves ♗(c8)-d7-e8-h5. At h5 the bishop is well-placed.



P Ware vs Steinitz, 1882

Apr-18-15  Dr. Overlord:


Bergman uses that a lot in his films.

Apr-18-15  Jim Bartle: I can liv with that.
Mar-21-16  kingfu: All us French Hard Heads love Uhlmann AND Korchnoi. I don't know who did the Bd7, Be8, Bh5 first. However, it should be in all our tool bags. Also, I have seen Korchnoi defend against the obligatory White kingside attack with Bd7, Be8, Bg6.

Here is a Korchnoi game with Be8, Bh5 on the last 2 moves resulting in 0-1!

Molander vs. Korchnoi

How to copy the game highlighted, please.

Mar-21-16  ndg2: <kingfu>R Molander vs Korchnoi, 2002

You simply copy the game URL.

Mar-22-16  kingfu: Thank you.
Mar-23-16  kingfu: Another Uhlmann French Defense with the "bad" light square bishop.

C H Alexander vs Uhlmann, 1958

We start with Bd7, Be8, Bf7, Bg6, Bd3. The game ends with Bc4 before Uhlmann can play Bd5.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, French Champion Wolfgang Uhlmann!!
Mar-31-16  kingfu: We missed Uhlmann's 81st birthday. Alles das Beste zum Geburtstag!
Mar-31-16  kingfu: Thank you, TheFocus. Maybe it should have been I missed his birthday. Where's Dom?
Mar-29-17  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster! Your games were instructive for me in my early chess development stage; many thanks sir!
Mar-29-17  Petrosianic: Wishing happy birthday to someone still alive?? This is unheard of around here.
Mar-29-17  kingfu: Happy Birthday to 1 of 2 Greatest French Defense players ever (Korchnoi).

I tried playing The French for decades. I studied many games by these 2. I failed. Nobody told me - Do not try The French Defense at home. The French Defense must be played by Professionals in a closed position.

Uhlmann always played The French. Korchnoi played a variety of 1. e4 defenses. Most Grandmasters have more than one response. MVL is the exception. He always plays the Sicilian.

Mar-29-17  kingfu: Bizarre. Uhlmann and Korchnoi played each other 20 times. Not one French Defense.
Apr-16-17  Taulmaril: Kingfu not so bizarre when you consider that neither of them were 1.e4 players as white.
Jun-25-17  RookFile: Well, you might have gotten 1. c4 e6 2. e4 d5 in a game from these guys - that would transpose into a French Defense line. The only problem is, it didn't happen.
Mar-29-18  Marmot PFL: happy birthday, 83 is a ripe old age but still not up there with Benko or Averbakh.
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  SkySports: Why the "notable games" section has disappeared? The same happened in the pages of other GMs who peaked in the '60-70...
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  whiteshark: <SkySports: Why the "notable games" section has disappeared? The same happened in the pages of other GMs who peaked in the '60-70...> Methinks cheesgames is kinda cheering on <Censorship Algorithms> ...

"The lists of notable games are calculated by finding the games which most frequently appear in our users' game collections.

Notable games are chosen using a proprietary algorithm sensitive to the behavior of Chessgames members. Its results do not necessarily represent the opinions of the staff.

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  SkySports: I know but I suspect there is some glitch in the software. The list was there up to a couple of weeks ago. And the same happened to Gligoric, Todorcevic, Myagmarsuren (just some names I remember I checked few weeks ago)... For example, how is it possible that a game like this is does not allow a "notable games" section? It already appears in 18 collections... Najdorf vs Gligoric, 1953
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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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