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Helmut Pfleger
H Pfleger 

Number of games in database: 480
Years covered: 1959 to 1996
Last FIDE rating: 2477
Highest rating achieved in database: 2490
Overall record: +154 -98 =228 (55.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English (25) 
    A15 A10 A17 A14 A16
 English, 1 c4 c5 (20) 
    A30 A37 A39 A36 A34
 Reti System (19) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian (19) 
    E75 E63 E73 E68 E67
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A40 D02 A46 A41
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D58 D55 D56 D68 D63
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (49) 
    B08 B09 B07
 Caro-Kann (35) 
    B17 B10 B14 B15 B13
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C92 C85 C69 C90 C77
 Orthodox Defense (26) 
    D55 D58 D56 D68 D63
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (20) 
    C92 C85 C84 C90 C99
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D37 D35 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Pfleger vs Larsen, 1974 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs H Pfleger, 1978 0-1
   Nunn vs H Pfleger, 1983 1/2-1/2
   H Pfleger vs Tal, 1973 1/2-1/2
   Keene vs H Pfleger, 1974 1/2-1/2
   H Pfleger vs Z Domnitz, 1964 1-0
   H Pfleger vs V McCambridge, 1981 1-0
   H Pfleger vs Karpov, 1971 1/2-1/2
   Polugaevsky vs H Pfleger, 1975 0-1
   H Pfleger vs K Shirazi, 1981 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Rubinstein Memorial (1971)
   West German Championship (1963)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-A (1964)
   Skopje Olympiad qual-4 (1972)
   Hastings 1964/65 (1964)
   Hastings 1965/66 (1966)
   Palma de Mallorca (1966)
   The Hague Zonal (1966)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-5 (1968)
   FRG-ch International (1983)
   Bamberg (1968)
   FRG-ch International (1979)
   Lone Pine Open (1981)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)

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

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(born Aug-06-1943, 80 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 20; games 1-25 of 480  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zbibovski vs H Pfleger  0-1231959DDR Junior ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
2. H Pfleger vs R Bernhardt  0-1281959FRG-ch U20C56 Two Knights
3. H Pfleger vs H Neunhoeffer 1-0301959FRG-ch U20C56 Two Knights
4. W Reichenbach vs H Pfleger 1-0191960BerlinC29 Vienna Gambit
5. H Pfleger vs Westerinen  1-0561961Wch U20E73 King's Indian
6. Unzicker vs H Pfleger  ½-½261961FRG-ch 06thB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
7. H Pfleger vs O Kinnmark  ½-½111961Wch U20 prel-BC24 Bishop's Opening
8. H Pfleger vs D Smith  ½-½571961Wch U20 prel-BB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
9. Hort vs H Pfleger ½-½191961Wch U20 prel-BC41 Philidor Defense
10. H Pfleger vs C Maalouf  1-0421961Wch U20 prel-BA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
11. C Zuidema vs H Pfleger  0-1321961Wch U20 prel-BB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
12. A Rosino vs H Pfleger  ½-½241961Wch U20 prel-BB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
13. O Kinnmark vs H Pfleger  0-1671961Wch U20 fin-AC67 Ruy Lopez
14. H Pfleger vs A Kuindzhy ½-½401961Wch U20 fin-AD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. B Nagy vs H Pfleger  1-0321961Wch U20 fin-AA56 Benoni Defense
16. H Pfleger vs Parma  0-1521961Wch U20 fin-AD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
17. Gheorghiu vs H Pfleger  ½-½401961Wch U20 fin-AD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. C Zuidema vs H Pfleger  1-0401961Wch U20 fin-AC41 Philidor Defense
19. H Pfleger vs R Calvo  1-0631961Wch U20 fin-AD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. A Vinje Gulbrandsen vs H Pfleger  0-1281961Wch U20 fin-AB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. G Larusson vs H Pfleger  0-1271961Wch U20 fin-AB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
22. H Pfleger vs D Thomson  1-0421961Wch U20 fin-AA07 King's Indian Attack
23. H Pfleger vs D Hottes  1-0451961FRG-ch 06thE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
24. H Pfleger vs K Darga  0-1431961FRG-ch 06thB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. H Pfleger vs D Hottes  1-0301962Bamberg ITD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
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Aug-06-07  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!
Aug-06-09  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.

Aug-06-10  whiteshark: Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Doktor Pfleger.
Aug-06-10  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%

Aug-06-10  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.
Aug-06-18  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.

Aug-06-20  Bratek: Amateur against professional: Helmut Pfleger vs Lev Polugaevsky
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  perfidious: Dr Pfleger is about as much an amateur at chess as Jay Heimowitz was at poker in his best days: capable of giving anyone a run for their money.
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  Diademas: <perfidious: Dr Pfleger is about as much an amateur at chess as Jay Heimowitz was at poker in his best days: capable of giving anyone a run for their money.>

Amateur is not a derogatory term. I would say Dr Pfleger fits the description perfectly.

<An amateur (/ˈæmətjər -tjʊər/; French: [amatœʁ]; lit. 'lover [of something]') is generally considered a person who pursues a particular activity or field of study independently from their source of income..>

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  perfidious: <Diademas>, while I agree with your view, in certain contexts, it is often used as a pejorative over here.
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  MissScarlett: Bill Hartston in the June 1979 <BCM>, p.265 on the England v West Germany match, a qualifier in the European Team championship:

<Helmut Pfleger is a player against whom I have always had great difficulties. I was therefore a little relieved not to be facing him again in this match. I am not the only one who finds Pfleger troublesome, however. His somewhat clumsy gothic style is peculiarly difficult to play against as Keene discovered in the following game:> H Pfleger vs Keene, 1979

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