Simon Says: Learn from Ulf Andersson

by Simon Williams
7/27/2020 – In this "Simon Says", Simon leaves the sharp tactics aside and focuses on simplicity. In order to do so, he analyzes four games by Swedish endgame virtuoso Ulf Andersson! | Watch "Simon Says" for free and on-demand (for a limited time, or forever with a ChessBase Premium account). (Normally 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST / 12 Noon EST). | Pictured: Andersson playing Anatoly Karpov in 1983. | Photo: Rob Bogaerts / Anefo

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Simplicity

Dennis Monokroussos wrote back in 2005

For most of us, if we're playing a peer and major exchanges occur, a quick draw is the likely result. Not so for Andersson. Even against the world's super-elite (a group in which he was included from the late 70s through the early 90s), exchanges were often not the prelude to a quick draw but the signal that it was time for his opponent to start suffering.

Every chess player should appreciate the genius and simplicity of Ulf Andersson's play. Ulf went by the philosophy of, 'Not always playing the best move, but a move which wasn't a mistake' and in this Simon Says I am going to take a deeper look at four of his games. Four games that we can all learn a great deal from.

Take a look at this position, played in Wijk aan Zee 1979. Andersson is playing none other than Georgian legend Nona Gaprindashvili.

 

White is clearly doing very well in this Endgame, but one thing that Ulf excelled at was precision in the Endgame. What very precise move did White play here?

(See the full game and the solution below)

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London System with 2.Bf4 Reloaded and Tactic Toolbox London System

Simon Williams presents the London System, providing the theory you need for your games (7 h 16 min). In addition Williams also introduces into typical tactics and patterns in a seperate product. (53 games, 96 training questions and 3h 14 min)


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KRambo86 KRambo86 7/29/2020 11:17
Just amazing! Ulf is so instructive. Please do a part 2!
Bipolar Bipolar 7/27/2020 09:37
Simon knows, I say.
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