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Helmut Pfleger
Number of games in database: 307
Years covered: 1959 to 1996
Last FIDE rating: 2477
Highest rating achieved in database: 2490

Overall record: +90 -71 =146 (53.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English (21) 
    A15 A10 A17 A16 A12
 Reti System (14) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English, 1 c4 c5 (13) 
    A30 A37 A39 A36
 King's Indian (12) 
    E75 E73 E63 E64 E60
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A45 D02 A46 A40
 English, 1 c4 e5 (9) 
    A22 A25 A21 A27 A23
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (35) 
    B08 B09 B07
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B17 B10 B14 B15
 Orthodox Defense (17) 
    D63 D58 D56 D50 D57
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C92 C85 C90 C69 C99
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D37 D35 D30
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (12) 
    C85 C92 C90 C97 C84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Pfleger vs Larsen, 1974 1-0
   Nunn vs H Pfleger, 1983 1/2-1/2
   H Pfleger vs Tal, 1973 1/2-1/2
   Polugaevsky vs H Pfleger, 1978 0-1
   Keene vs H Pfleger, 1974 1/2-1/2
   H Pfleger vs Z Domnitz, 1964 1-0
   H Pfleger vs Karpov, 1971 1/2-1/2
   Korchnoi vs H Pfleger, 1972 1/2-1/2
   Polugaevsky vs H Pfleger, 1975 0-1
   H Pfleger vs K G Shirazi, 1981 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Tallinn (1973)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca 1966 by Tabanus
   Bamberg 1968 by Chessdreamer
   Hastings 1971/72 by suenteus po 147
   Amsterdam IBM 1978 by suenteus po 147

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(born Aug-06-1943, 76 years old) Germany

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Helmut Pfleger was born in Teplice-Sanov in Czechoslovakia. Awarded the IM title in 1965 and the GM title in 1975, he was West German Champion in 1965 and has represented Germany in some six Olympiads 1964 - 1982. His best tournament results include 1st= at Polanica Zdroj 1971, 1st at Lorenco Marques 1973, 1st= at Montilla Moriles 1973 and 2nd at Manila 1975. Brother of Horst Pfleger.

Wikipedia article: Helmut Pfleger

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 307  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zbibovski vs H Pfleger  0-1231959DDR Junior ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
2. H Pfleger vs H Neunhoeffer 1-0301959FRG-ch U20C56 Two Knights
3. H Pfleger vs R Bernhardt  0-1281959FRG-ch U20C56 Two Knights
4. W Reichenbach vs H Pfleger 1-0191960BerlinC29 Vienna Gambit
5. H Pfleger vs H Westerinen  1-0561961Wch U20E73 King's Indian
6. H Pfleger vs O Kinnmark  ½-½111961Wch U20 prel-BC24 Bishop's Opening
7. H Pfleger vs K Darga  0-1431961FRG-ch 06thB25 Sicilian, Closed
8. H Pfleger vs Unzicker  ½-½311964FRG-ch play-offC52 Evans Gambit
9. F Kuijpers vs H Pfleger  0-1281964FRG-NEDC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
10. H Pfleger vs F Kuijpers  1-0541964FRG-NEDC55 Two Knights Defense
11. H Pfleger vs C Zuidema  ½-½341964Zurich - jungmeisterE15 Queen's Indian
12. H Pfleger vs E Eichhorn 1-0401964Zurich - jungmeisterA22 English
13. P N Lee vs H Pfleger  ½-½271964Zurich - jungmeisterC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Kurajica vs H Pfleger  0-1311964Zurich - jungmeisterC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. H Pfleger vs O Jakobsen  ½-½411964Zurich - jungmeisterE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
16. H Pfleger vs H Holaszek  1-0311964Zurich - jungmeisterC45 Scotch Game
17. F Tejero Royo vs H Pfleger 0-1291964Zurich - jungmeisterA03 Bird's Opening
18. M Janata vs H Pfleger  1-0411964Zurich - jungmeisterA14 English
19. A Niemela vs H Pfleger  0-1341964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-GA56 Benoni Defense
20. H Pfleger vs M Guerrero  1-0271964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-GC55 Two Knights Defense
21. H Pfleger vs M Bobotsov  ½-½371964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-GA15 English
22. H Pfleger vs C Papapostolou  1-0321964Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-GC52 Evans Gambit
23. D Byrne vs H Pfleger  0-1511964Tel Aviv ol (Men) fin-AA14 English
24. A Matanovic vs H Pfleger  ½-½731964Tel Aviv ol (Men) fin-AB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
25. Stein vs H Pfleger  ½-½431964Tel Aviv ol (Men) fin-AB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
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  cu8sfan: Thanks, <>. That was quick! How come the header still says that there are only 81 games of him in the database?
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Aug-06-06  BIDMONFA: Helmut Pfleger


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  cu8sfan: He's a very nice man. I met him at the Lichthof Chess Champions (2006) and he was kind enough to sign his book of the 1986 World Championship.
Apr-17-07  bauernfresser: On those rare occasions, when chess makes it to German TV, Helmut Pfleger will unavoidably be the one who presents it, assisted by Vlastimil Hort. Over-exposure aside, he seems to be a decent guy, who has a lot of interesting views on life and chess. He is a medical doctor by profession.
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  whiteshark: Die allerbesten Wünsche zum Geburtstag, Doc !
Aug-06-07  Halldor: He is a chess columnist for Die Zeit, link: (click on 'Schach'). Fine columns with puzzles, but the diagrams disappear in older columns.
Aug-06-08  rjfsworstnightmare: I haven't checked the Germans' database, but the Russians cite 517 games from 1957: 159 wins, 253 draws and 105 losses for a 55.2%; an IGM with a minus score lifetime seems implausible. They (he?) put him in the top 100 from 1964 to 1979 and rank him 355th lifetime historically.
Aug-06-08  rjfsworstnightmare: And then I forget to say, 'Happpy Birthday!' Duh! Perhaps he, his family or friends can update his record further...
Aug-06-09  Winter: Glücklicher Geburtstag!
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  wordfunph: Happy Birthday GM Pfleger!
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  GrahamClayton: <bauernfresser>On those rare occasions, when chess makes it to German TV, Helmut Pfleger will unavoidably be the one who presents it

Pfleger was one of the players who took part in the British TV series 'The Master Game', which was broadcast around 30 or so years ago. After the players played the game, they would record their thought and comments, which were replayed along with the moves.

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  whiteshark: Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Doktor Pfleger.
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  whiteshark: <rjfsworstnightmare> I'm recently dicovering chessbase Big database which contains 811 Pfeger games:

402 games with white: score 63%
407 games with black: score 55%

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  whiteshark: * 409 black games
Aug-06-12  Eastfrisian: Birthdaycongrats from the north of Germany.
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  perfidious: Dr Pfleger co-authored, with the late Gerd Treppner, Chess (The Mechanics of the Mind).

In the above work, there is a chapter devoted to the first three matches between Karpov and Kasparov, which offers great insight into the protagonists.

Sep-08-14  Martin Riggs: Ich wünsche Ihnen alles Gutes Herr Pfleger & weiter so! :)
Nov-18-15  ndg2: Drew him in a simul some 30 years ago, it was in the local newspaper:-)

Kinners, wie die Zeit vergeht!

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  offramp: A pfleger is one which or who that pflegs.
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  diagonal: Dr. med. Helmut Pfleger turns <75 years today>.

<Herzlichen Glückwunsch!> Health and Happiness for you.

Pfleger is an outstanding personality. Although his basic duties as a medical doctor at the hospital and emergency medical technician, restricted his available time, he established a simultaneous career as an amateur chess player (playing especially in team events then, using his holiday time).

Later a TV commentator, he published several popular books on chess, too.

Pfleger raised to international prominence at the Olympiad in Tel Aviv in 1964, when he won the individual Gold medal on board four (12.5/15, unbeaten as titleless player).

His team, lead by the reputed GMs Wolfgang Unzicker, Klaus Darga and Lothar Schmid, took the Bronze medal, and beat in the Final A phase (all-play-all of the 14 strongest nations) the eventual winner USSR 3-1:

In 1965, in his first European Team Chess Championship, Pfleger, now IM, beat on board three GM Korchnoi who had at that moment an ETCC record of +17 =3 -0, it was his first ETCC loss after 20 games, including the tournaments from 1957 and 1961:

H Pfleger vs Korchnoi, 1965

Pfleger and Korchnoi were on friendly terms, during the international invitation tournament at Royan, France in 1988, they went swimming together each evening, discussing chess and the effect of chess on health.

In total, Pfleger has seven (not six as mentioned in the bio above) appearances at the Chess Olympiad between 1964 and 1982 (Pfleger represented his nation on board one in 1980, Hübner was absent).

Most famous is his win against Lev Polugaevsky in Buenos Aires in 1978 when Germany (Hübner, Unzicker, Pfleger on board three, Darga, Hecht, and Borik) beat the USSR again, three draws, and Pfleger's win:

Polugaevsky vs H Pfleger, 1978

Aug-21-18  Pyke: Too bad there's no mention in his biography about his fabulous work as an host on German TV Chess programms.

When growing up my interest in chess was kindled by the TV show <Schach der Grossmeister>, he hosted with Vlastimil Hort. Love watching it even today!

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  cu8sfan: <Pyke> Same here. I have fond memories of watching him on TV talking chess. Remember, chess on TV?!
Aug-21-18  Pyke: <cu8sfan: <Pyke> Same here. I have fond memories of watching him on TV talking chess. Remember, chess on TV?!>

Yeah, seems like a lifetime ago. Hehe!

Aug-21-18  john barleycorn: <Pyke: ...

When growing up my interest in chess was kindled by the TV show <Schach der Grossmeister>, he hosted with Vlastimil Hort. Love watching it even today!>

Same here. They had a style and were an excellent match as commentators.

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