Two Uhlmann Games
The Positional Pawn Sacrifice
The late German grandmaster Wolfgang Uhlmann’s games are worth close study. His style of play was very classical, especially with regards to the centre. Uhlmann also paid great attention to the fluid development of his pieces.
Below are two lesser known games (at least they were to me!) of the great German grandmaster. In each, Uhlmann plays a clever pawn sacrifice so as to enhance his pieces’ control of the centre. Each has a very elegant finish. Enjoy!
Uhlmann,W – Schmidt,W
Rubinstein Memorial 1967, Polanica Zdroj
Uhlmann,W – Schoene,R
Bad Neuenahr 1991
I really like these two games! White’s play is logical, he does not fear sacrificing a pawn a la Morphy to enhance his development and fight for the initiative, and both games have an attractive finish.
I have played over and studied hundreds of Uhlmann’s games over the years (especially in the French and English Openings) and somehow these two gems escaped my attention. They deserve to be better known.