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Ulf Andersson

Number of games in database: 2,571
Years covered: 1967 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2516 (2493 rapid, 2467 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640
Overall record: +680 -246 =1589 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 56 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (271) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A16
 Reti System (154) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (112) 
    A30 A33 A34 A36 A35
 Queen's Pawn Game (98) 
    D02 A46 A41 A40 E10
 Queen's Indian (74) 
    E17 E19 E12 E15 E18
 Slav (65) 
    D13 D14 D11 D12 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (323) 
    B46 B81 B83 B22 B44
 French Defense (131) 
    C11 C07 C16 C09 C10
 Bogo Indian (122) 
 Nimzo Indian (106) 
    E41 E32 E42 E55 E39
 Sicilian Taimanov (93) 
    B46 B47 B45 B48 B49
 Sicilian Scheveningen (92) 
    B81 B83 B84 B82 B80
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Andersson, 1975 0-1
   Andersson vs Z Franco Ocampos, 1979 1-0
   Andersson vs Karpov, 1995 1-0
   Andersson vs Robatsch, 1979 1-0
   Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983 1-0
   Andersson vs Tal, 1983 1-0
   Andersson vs M J Tempone, 1979 1-0
   Shirov vs Andersson, 1991 0-1
   Andersson vs Leko, 1996 1-0
   K Wockenfuss vs Andersson, 1977 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens-B (1970)
   Gothenburg (1971)
   Capablanca Memorial (1975)
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Rio de Janeiro (1985)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)
   Ourense (1975)
   Hastings 1979/80 (1979)
   Pula Zonal (1975)
   Las Palmas (1975)
   Raach Zonal (1969)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Las Palmas (1974)
   First Lady's Cup (1983)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)

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   IGM Ulf Andersson by 64rutor
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   Grandmaster Chess Strategy by losi
   K Any's favorite games by K Any
   0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 92 by 0ZeR0
   Grandmaster Chess Strategy by Luiz Gentil Junior
   Grandmaster Chess Strategy by LionHeart40
   Grandmaster Chess Strategy by Patca63

   🏆 Bundesliga 2018/19
   Andersson vs R Edouard (Nov-24-18) 0-1
   G Kimelman vs Andersson (Feb-08-18) 0-1
   Andersson vs M Zuriel (Feb-07-18) 1-0
   Andersson vs W G Palencia Morales (Feb-05-18) 1-0
   A Durante vs Andersson (Feb-04-18) 0-1

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(born Jun-27-1951, 72 years old) Sweden

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Ulf Andersson was born in Västerås.

He was Swedish Champion in 1969 and awarded the IM title in 1970 and the GM title in 1972. During the periods 1982-84 and 1988-91 he was in the World's top ten and had first prizes at Belgrade 1977, Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1978), Hastings (1978/79), Phillips & Drew Kings (1980) (tied with Korchnoi and Miles), Phillips & Drew 1982, Turin 1982, Hoogovens (1983), Banco di Roma (1985), Reggio Emilia (1985/86) (tied with Ljubojevic and Romanishin), and Rome 1986. He drew a six-game match with Mikhail Tal in 1983, played top board in the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1984) match, and led the Swedish Olympiad Team during the 1970's and 80's. In 1996, Andersson broke the world record for playing a simul with 310 opponents (+268 -2 =40 for 92.9%), a record that stood until Andrew D Martin broke it in 2004.

He has also devoted himself to correspondence chess. In 1996 he became a GMC.

Wikipedia article: Ulf Andersson

Last updated: 2022-10-11 22:30:10

 page 1 of 103; games 1-25 of 2,571  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Andersson vs B Andersen 1-0271967Nordic ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
2. H Bohm vs Andersson  0-1411968EU-ch U20 prelE81 King's Indian, Samisch
3. Vaganian vs Andersson 1-0411968EU-ch U20 prelE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
4. Andersson vs D de Lange 1-0331969Nordic ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
5. Andersson vs R Martens  ½-½101969Nordic-chC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
6. E Turunen vs Andersson  0-1371969EU-ch U20 final-AE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. D Ghizdavu vs Andersson 1-0421969EU-ch U20 final-AC77 Ruy Lopez
8. Andersson vs S Webb  ½-½251969EU-ch U20 final-AA07 King's Indian Attack
9. A Lombard vs Andersson  0-1501969EU-ch U20 final-AC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. Andersson vs P Atanasov  1-0361969EU-ch U20 final-AA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
11. K Maeder vs Andersson  1-0381969EU-ch U20 final-AC45 Scotch Game
12. Andersson vs Ribli  0-1421969EU-ch U20 final-AA04 Reti Opening
13. Vaganian vs Andersson 1-0481969EU-ch U20 final-AA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
14. Andersson vs H Schaufelberger  ½-½151969EU-ch U20 final-AC49 Four Knights
15. G J Nicholas vs Andersson  0-1231969Churchill Memorial OpenA56 Benoni Defense
16. Andersson vs I Smith  ½-½421969Churchill Memorial OpenB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
17. K Skold vs Andersson 0-1321969SWE-chB50 Sicilian
18. B Jansson vs Andersson  ½-½121969SWE-chE91 King's Indian
19. Andersson vs O Alfredsson 1-0201969SWE-chB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. O Kinnmark vs Andersson  ½-½151969SWE-chC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Andersson vs R End  ½-½131969SWE-chC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
22. B Ekenberg vs Andersson 1-0631969SWE-chA02 Bird's Opening
23. Andersson vs H Akvist  1-0341969SWE-chC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
24. Andersson vs A Olsson 1-0181969SWE-chC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
25. Andersson vs B E Horberg 1-0281969SWE-chB15 Caro-Kann
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May-11-15  TheFocus: <Black's d5-square is too weak> - (on the Dragon variation) - Ulf Andersson.
Feb-05-16  dehanne: Mark Hamill lookalike.
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  MissScarlett: Based on the recent Star Wars, looks more like Carrie Fisher.
Jun-27-16  waustad: Happy 65th!
Jan-04-17  shalgo: From readings "Grandmaster Chess Strategy," one thing emerged for me: although Andersson is very much a positional player, he is not a static player. On the contrary, many of the endgames in the book are characterized by his attempts to maximize the activity of his pieces rather than by static positional advantages or material advantages. A fascinating book.
Jun-27-17  Ironmanth: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster! You have provided us with many fascinating games over these years. Sincerest thanks!
Jun-27-17  Howard: From the mid-70's to the mid-80's, Anddersson was clearly one of the strongest players never to make it to the Candidates stage. There was speculation back then that perhaps one reason was because he simply didn't WANT to qualify.

Someone briefly mentioned this theory in Chess Life once, but I don't recall who.

Not only that, New in Chess once touched about this idea when presenting the final position in a game Andersson played against Kasparov at the Moscow 1982 interzonal. In this rather well-known encounter, Andersson offered a a winning position for him! Kasparov, naturally, accepted.

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  keypusher: <Someone briefly mentioned this theory in Chess Life once, but I don't recall who.>

Larry Christensen did, in his article about the 1982 Moscow interzonal.

Jun-27-17  schnarre: ...Happy 66th!
Nov-17-17  Ilkka Salonen: His birthplace Västerås means West ridge. Thank you chessgames. I was just thinking yesterday if it was Västerås or Västeräs.
Feb-03-18  south tex: While browsing followchess I learned that Ulf is presently playing in the Montevideo Open in Uruguay! Does anyone have information on how this came about?
Mar-31-18  south tex: He is now playing in AAG tournament in Netherlands Games on follow chess
Mar-31-18  whiteshark: Can't wait to find 9 more quick GM draws with Uffe in this database.
Mar-31-18  Caissanist: If he ever plays in a tournament with Ribli again, they really need to put that game in ChessBookie.
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  Fusilli: Nice photo of young Ulf:

I think I'd prefer players' pages to have photos of the players while on their prime, whenever those photos are available.

Aug-31-19  siggemannen: There's a newly released book about Ulf in swedish:

For those interested to buy, you can get it for a cool 30$ here:

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  Diademas: From the article: <During the 1972-82 period he was in the World's top ten>

This seems to be incorrect.
Anderson's first top 10 on the rating list comes in 1982 and the last in 1991. His best placement being #4 on both lists in 1983.

Sep-30-19  ewan14: Brilliant victory over Karpov in 1975 which IIRC led to Karpov's comment about Andersson not moving his pieces beyond the third rank
Oct-10-20  Retireborn: Recent picture of Ulf here:-

Completely unrecognizable as the skinny kid of the 70s!

Aug-22-21  Marcelo Bruno: I took part at one of his two simuls in Brasília: I was the last to end my game against him (he won doing his 61st move with the White pieces and after that seemed to be completely exhausted). After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 I replied to him with 2. … d5: it was an epic battle that ended in a complex ending with king, one rook and few pawns.
Jul-31-22  DieHard: Wish you all the best of your 70s Ulf! When your book comes out in English I will be first in line!
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  ketchuplover: DRAW?
Jul-31-23  fabelhaft: I was listening through the Perpetual Chess Podcast episode where Andersson talks about his encounters with Fischer, Karpov, Larsen, Bronstein, Korchnoi, Kasparov, Tal etc and he is in general just very appreciative of everyone. He even talks about how Korchnoi was nice after losing to Andersson, and their analysing the game in great detail afterwards together with Petrosian.

The funny thing is that when asked if he has any favourite games of his or others, one expects him to mention something like Karpov vs Andersson, 1975 or some old classic, but he surprises with choosing Carlsen’s wins against Fedoseev in the 2021 World Cup:

<Those two games I like so much! I haven’t seen games that I like so much for many years! It was wonderful to see those games, for me super games, for me it was like a beautiful picture or film, fantastic> etc etc

V Fedoseev vs Carlsen, 2021

Carlsen vs V Fedoseev, 2021

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  HeMateMe: In the 1980s, considered the world's greatest endgame player? I think he has a book out of selected games, thought I saw it somewhere.
Aug-01-23  savagerules: I remember Korchnoi writing somewhere that in a game with Andersson in 1971 he was somewhat disturbed by the way Andersson was sitting cross-legged on the chair with both hands grasping a coffee mug and with a muffler wrapped around his neck. Korchnoi had lost the game so he had to come up with some excuse.
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