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Anatoly Ufimtsev
Number of games in database: 96
Years covered: 1927 to 1988

Overall record: +37 -37 =22 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 A46 D02 D00
 King's Indian Attack (5) 
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A34 A31 A38 A35
 English (4) 
    A16 A10 A13
 Sicilian (4) 
    B59 B84 B72
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (10) 
 Sicilian (8) 
    B51 B75 B92 B59 B53
 French Defense (5) 
    C03 C10 C11
 Pirc (5) 
    B07 B08
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A40 A45 D02 A46
 King's Indian (4) 
    E62 E60 E67 E90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Boleslavsky vs Ufimtsev, 1944 0-1
   K Klaman vs Ufimtsev, 1947 0-1
   L Shamaev vs Ufimtsev, 1949 0-1
   Ufimtsev vs A Grushevsky, 1958 1-0
   Ufimtsev vs B Verlinsky, 1945 1-0
   Bronstein vs Ufimtsev, 1947 1/2-1/2
   M Kamyshov vs Ufimtsev, 1945 0-1
   Ufimtsev vs Starodubov, 1927 1-0
   Ufimtsev vs Smyslov, 1947 1-0
   Ufimtsev vs Levenfish, 1949 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1947)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Gorky 1950 18th USSR Championship semifinal by jessicafischerqueen

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(born May-11-1914, died Jul-02-2000, 86 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Kazakhstan)
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Anatoly Gavrilovich Ufimtsev was born in Omsk, the son of Gavriil Ufimtsev. 1 According to David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld, he was "born Ufintsev, but when the secret police took his father away for execution in 1937 they recorded the name as Ufimtsev and it was deemed prudent to let that version stand."2 Nikolai Izmailov provides a different version of the name change: " some point the family had changed its surname for some family members, replacing the 'n' with an 'm'."1

He was an economist by profession and lived most of his life in Kazakhstan. He won the Kazakhstan chess championship 11 times.3 In Moscow 1945 he participated in one of four semi-finals of the USSR Championship, where he finished 7th with a score of +5 -4 =6.4 In 1946 he became a Soviet Master of chess.3

Beginning in 1934, he contributed to the theory and practice of the <"Pirc Classical" Defence (B08)>. In Russia this opening is often termed the "Ufimtsev" or the "Ufimtsev-Pirc" defence 3,5

On November 10, 2000 a chess club in his honor was opened in Kostany, Kazakhstan. At the entrance of the club there is a plaque depicting Ufimtsev at a chessboard.3

1. Nikolai Izmailov, "Petr Izmailov- From Chess Champion of Russia to Enemy of the People" (Elk and Ruby, 2021), p.61

2. David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "The Oxford Companion to Chess 2d Edition" (Oxford University Press 1996), p.435

3. Russian Wikipedia article

4. Rusbase [rusbase-1]

5. Pirc Classical Defence Pirc, Classical (B08)

Last updated: 2021-10-25 20:16:19

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 118  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ufimtsev vs Starodubov 1-0291927Siberian Championship- Intercity tC66 Ruy Lopez
2. Ufimtsev vs D Petrov  1-0241936RSFSR 1st CategoryA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
3. Kotov vs Ufimtsev 0-1451936All-Union 1st CategoryB06 Robatsch
4. A Model vs Ufimtsev  1-0391936All-Union 1st CategoryA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Sergei Morozkov vs Ufimtsev 1-0871938Ural/Siberia/Volga regionsB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
6. Boleslavsky vs Ufimtsev 0-1261944URS-ch sfC10 French
7. E Zagoryansky vs Ufimtsev  0-1381945Classification matchD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Ufimtsev vs A Chistiakov  ½-½581945URS-sf MoscowA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. M Kamyshov vs Ufimtsev 0-1421945URS-sf MoscowA40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. V Lyublinsky vs Ufimtsev  1-0471945URS-sf MoscowC10 French
11. Aronin vs Ufimtsev  ½-½611945URS-sf MoscowB72 Sicilian, Dragon
12. Ufimtsev vs I Kan  0-1671945URS-sf MoscowB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. Ufimtsev vs E Zagoryansky  1-0391945URS-sf MoscowC45 Scotch Game
14. P Romanovsky vs Ufimtsev  ½-½561945URS-sf MoscowB06 Robatsch
15. Ufimtsev vs Bondarevsky 1-0571945URS-sf MoscowA38 English, Symmetrical
16. V Saigin vs Ufimtsev  ½-½561945URS-sf MoscowE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
17. Ufimtsev vs B Verlinsky 1-0391945URS-sf MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. V Baturinsky vs Ufimtsev  ½-½621945URS-sf MoscowA53 Old Indian
19. Ufimtsev vs A Budo  1-0631945URS-sf MoscowA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Ufimtsev vs A Polyak  ½-½511945URS-sf MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Alatortsev vs Ufimtsev  1-0401945URS-sf MoscowA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Bronstein vs Ufimtsev 1-0561945URS-sf MoscowD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Ufimtsev vs D Rovner  1-0621947URS-ch sf SverdlovskA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
24. Ufimtsev vs Levenfish  ½-½401947USSR ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
25. Kasparian vs Ufimtsev  1-0491947USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-10-05  lentil: in the first chess book i ever owned (and i still have it): "the soviet school of chess", the opening we now call the pirc was called "the ufimtsev defence". (of course the book contained a huge heap of propaganda...)

p.s. i prefer "ufimtsev" to "modern" -- you had no right to assign any name, keene and botteril you chancers....!

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  Gypsy: Generally, Soviets called <1.e4 d6> Ufimtsev Opening, eastern block Pirc-Ufimtsev, and West called it Pirc or Pirc-Robach.

Here is an excerpt from the Kotov-Judovich book: <Champion of Kazachstan Anatoli Uimtsev (born 1914) seldom participates in tournaments. Still, each of his performance genuinely delights chess enthusiasts, who apreciate the charming, interesting games of Ufimtsev and the wide bearth of his ideas.

Ufimtsev, originally structuring his opening, justified a new system of development 1.e4 d6 both, in theory and practice, and is especially interesting as a chess tactician, as a typical and inventive combinative chessplayer.

But, in Ufimtsev's play is not that enviable steadiness, which many other master has, steadiness guaranteing good results in tournament tables.

Master-artist Ufimtsev still has not shown such sporting results for which he could aspire by his chess tallent. .....>

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  Phony Benoni: Oh, good grief. I just realized I've been misspelling his name for years. No wonder I can't understand his opening system.

I've got to remember that Russian spelling rule: "S before T except after M."

In penance, I recommend this game to you: Boleslavsky vs Ufimtsev, 1944. It'll be well worth the trip.

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  technical draw: The Ufimtsev (Pirc, Pirc-Ufimtsev, Pirc-Robach, Pirc-Porkrinds) looks like an easy set up for black, but soon you find yourself all tied up and locked up and you get slowly strangled. I have a Pirc opening book and most of the games listed are losses!
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  Phony Benoni: I used to own a lot of opening books, and regardless of the line most of the games were losses. The remainder were draws.
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  technical draw: Very funny PB! I meant the black side were losses.
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  technical draw: BTW, <Phony>, since you're a librarian catalog this!

(It took me an hour to think of that rejoinder)

Dec-12-09  mulde: Anatoly Georgievich Ufimtsev, (1880-1936) engeneer and aviation pioneer,

Is this a brother from the chess player Ufimtsev?

And, a bit in brief and mysterious:
"1935. Ufimtsev, Anatoly born. Developed the Pirc in 1934. Born Ufintsev, but secret police took his father away."

He developed the Pirc one year before he was born??? And what's about this story with his father [may be the engeneer?]?

During the 1980s Anatoly Gavrilovich Ufimtsev was one of the best correspondence chess players all over the world. This might be the next generation.

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  jessicafischerqueen: In 1946 <Anatoly Gavrilovich Ufimtsev> became a Soviet Master of chess.

He was an 11 time winner of the Kazakhstan chess championship.

He also participated in the semi-final of the USSR Championship in Moscow 1945- He finished +1 in the event, but nowhere near the winner <David Bronstein> who came in at +7.

Jul-24-17  Eagle41257: Anatoly Ufimtsev (born 1914) developed and played this opening, whose author was his father Gabriil Andreevich Ufimtsev (Ufintsev), the popularizer and organizer of chess life in Siberia. So it had happened before Vasja Pirc, who was born in 1907.
Dec-20-20  Wanda Nida: Ufimtsev loved Lubek's 2000 castle!!!

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