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Ulf Andersson
Number of games in database: 2,446
Years covered: 1967 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2516 (2493 rapid, 2467 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2640

Overall record: +624 -239 =1530 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 53 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (257) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A11
 Reti System (151) 
    A04 A06 A05
 English, 1 c4 c5 (107) 
    A30 A33 A34 A37 A35
 Queen's Pawn Game (93) 
    D02 A46 A41 A40 E10
 Queen's Indian (72) 
    E17 E19 E12 E15 E18
 Slav (64) 
    D13 D14 D11 D12 D15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (309) 
    B46 B81 B83 B22 B44
 French Defense (126) 
    C11 C07 C16 C09 C10
 Bogo Indian (118) 
 Nimzo Indian (104) 
    E41 E32 E42 E55 E39
 Sicilian Scheveningen (88) 
    B81 B83 B82 B84 B80
 Sicilian Taimanov (86) 
    B46 B47 B45 B48 B49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Andersson, 1975 0-1
   Andersson vs Karpov, 1995 1-0
   Andersson vs Z Franco Ocampos, 1979 1-0
   Andersson vs Seirawan, 1983 1-0
   Andersson vs Robatsch, 1979 1-0
   Andersson vs Tal, 1983 1-0
   Andersson vs M J Tempone, 1979 1-0
   K Wockenfuss vs Andersson, 1977 1/2-1/2
   Andersson vs Leko, 1996 1-0
   E Paoli vs Andersson, 1973 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1980/81 (1980)
   Rio de Janeiro (1985)
   1st Masters (2001)
   Valletta Olympiad (1980)
   Pula Zonal (1975)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1980)
   Hastings 1979/80 (1979)
   Raach Zonal (1969)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)
   Palma de Mallorca (1972)
   Las Palmas (1975)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   First Lady's Cup (1983)
   Szirak Interzonal (1987)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)

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   🏆 Bundesliga 2018/19
   Andersson vs R Edouard (Nov-24-18) 0-1
   Andersson vs Andre Fischer (Nov-04-17) 1-0
   M Tonndorf vs Andersson (Nov-03-17) 1/2-1/2
   Andersson vs M Lubbe (Nov-02-17) 1/2-1/2
   C Schatz vs Andersson (Nov-01-17) 0-1

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(born Jun-27-1951, 70 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 1980, Phillips & Drew 1982, Turin 1982, Wijk aan Zee 1983, Reggio Emilia 1985 and Rome 1985 and 1986. He drew a six-game match with Mikhail Tal in 1983, played top board in the Second USSR versus The Rest of The World Match in 1984, 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 David 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: 2019-09-30 18:08:07

 page 1 of 98; games 1-25 of 2,449  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. E Turunen vs Andersson  0-1371969EU-ch U20 final-AE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. Ghizdavu vs Andersson 1-0421969EU-ch U20 final-AC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Andersson vs S Webb  ½-½251969EU-ch U20 final-AA07 King's Indian Attack
8. A Lombard vs Andersson  0-1501969EU-ch U20 final-AC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Andersson vs P Atanasov  1-0361969EU-ch U20 final-AA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
10. K H Maeder vs Andersson  1-0381969EU-ch U20 final-AC45 Scotch Game
11. Andersson vs Ribli  0-1421969EU-ch U20 final-AA04 Reti Opening
12. Vaganian vs Andersson 1-0481969EU-ch U20 final-AA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
13. Andersson vs H Schaufelberger  ½-½151969EU-ch U20 final-AC49 Four Knights
14. Andersson vs L Ljungquist  ½-½371969SWE-chB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. Andersson vs B E Horberg 1-0281969SWE-chB15 Caro-Kann
16. H Ek vs Andersson  ½-½501969SWE-chA48 King's Indian
17. S Platzack vs Andersson 0-1331969SWE-chA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
18. B Jansson vs Andersson  ½-½121969SWE-chE91 King's Indian
19. K Skold vs Andersson 0-1321969SWE-chB50 Sicilian
20. Andersson vs O Alfredsson 1-0201969SWE-chB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. O Kinnmark vs Andersson  ½-½151969SWE-chC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Andersson vs R End  ½-½131969SWE-chC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
23. Ekenberg vs Andersson 1-0631969SWE-chA02 Bird's Opening
24. Andersson vs H Akvist  1-0341969SWE-chC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
25. Andersson vs Ake Olsson 1-0181969SWE-chC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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Feb-12-15  Volmac: From an interview with Ulf Andersson (1977):
<Will you play for a win?> - No.
<Will you play for a draw, then?> - No.
<But what will you play for?> - I'll play for fun.
Feb-12-15  Caissanist: I wonder what the record for most consecutive draws between two players is. Per this database, Andersson and Zoltan Ribli have played 31 consecutive draws (the last decisive result between them was in 1973). I can't think of any other pair of players who have come close to that, er, achievement.
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  offramp: Not in the same league as your example, but the Kosintsevas drew their first 18 games, mostly very quickly.
Apr-08-15  CountryGirl: Before you write off the 'drawing master', do as parisattack and I have and read 'Grandmaster Chess Strategy'. It is one of the best books of the last 10 years (truly!). It has many of Ulf's best games, which are smooth and logical. But unlike Karpov (say), their style can be copied by ordinary players, me included. I guess that makes me a 'seriously deranged mental patient' Offramp! :)
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  offramp: To be fair, Ulf Andersson did come out with my favorite chess quote of all time. It's about hanging pawns:

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<"The trouble with hanging pawns is that if you accidentally lose one you are left with a isolated pawn, and that's worse!">

LOL!! That is brilliant!

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 VästerĂ¥s means West ridge. Thank you chessgames. I was just thinking yesterday if it was VästerĂ¥s or Västeräs.
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  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?
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  south tex: He is now playing in AAG tournament in Netherlands Games on follow chess
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  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
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  Retireborn: Recent picture of Ulf here:-

Completely unrecognizable as the skinny kid of the 70s!

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  Marcelo Bruno: I took part at one of his two simuls in BrasĂ­lia: 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.
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