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: "...at 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
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....!
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. .....>
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!
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.
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