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Helmut Pfleger

Full name Helmut Pfleger
Country Germany
Born August 6, 1943
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2545 (1972)

Helmut Pfleger (born August 6, 1943, Teplice-Šanov) is a German chess Grandmaster and author. He was one of the most promising chess players in the sixties and seventies. By profession, he is a doctor of medicine.

Chess career

In 1960 he won the German Junior Championship, in 1961 was fourth in the World Junior Chess Championship. In 1965 he tied for 1st with Wolfgang Unzicker in the German Chess Championship in Bad Aibling, but lost an additional match to him there.

He took 1st at Maputo 1973, tied for 1st-2nd at Polanica-Zdrój 1971, tied for 1st-2nd at Montilla 1973, tied for 2nd-3rd at Montilla 1974, tied for 2nd-5th at Manila 1975, tied for 2nd-3rd at Havana 1982, was 4th at Royan 1988.

Pfleger played for Germany in the Chess Olympiads of 1964, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1980 and 1982. At the Tel Aviv Olympiad of 1964, he was awarded the gold medal for best performance on fourth board and a bronze medal for his contribution to the team's overall performance. He was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1975.

On the April 2009 FIDE list, he has an Elo rating of 2477, although he has been virtually inactive since 1990.

Notable games