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Matthias Wahls
M Wahls 
Photo by Peter Bolt 

Number of games in database: 552
Years covered: 1985 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2543
Highest rating achieved in database: 2580
Overall record: +187 -119 =244 (56.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (111) 
    B42 B81 B52 B93 B44
 Ruy Lopez (45) 
    C69 C65 C92 C96 C80
 French Defense (41) 
    C05 C07 C03 C10 C09
 French Tarrasch (36) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C08
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B93 B90 B92 B91 B96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C92 C96 C90 C95 C89
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (42) 
    E97 E62 E92 E73 E70
 Sicilian (36) 
    B50 B44 B92 B22 B43
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    A46 E00 A45 E10 A40
 English (27) 
    A15 A16 A10
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E20 E39 E45 E43 E38
 Bogo Indian (22) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Wahls vs S Bjarnason, 1985 1-0
   M Wahls vs D Rajkovic, 1991 1-0
   C Ionescu vs M Wahls, 1990 0-1
   M Wahls vs Ftacnik, 1992 1/2-1/2
   M Wahls vs Lautier, 1990 1-0
   M Wahls vs Kotronias, 1988 1-0
   Karpov vs M Wahls, 1990 1/2-1/2
   Tal vs M Wahls, 1990 1/2-1/2
   M Wahls vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   M Wahls vs Yusupov, 1992 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lucerne (1989)
   Bad Endbach (1995)
   German Championship (1996)
   German Championship (1997)
   Elekes Memorial (1988)
   Hamburg SKA (1991)
   Berliner Sommer (1995)
   World Junior Championship (1988)
   World Junior Championship (1987)
   Berliner Sommer (1994)
   European Junior Championship 1988/89 (1988)
   Bundesliga 2003/04 (2003)
   World Junior Championship (1986)
   Bundesliga 2000/01 (2000)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Biel 1990 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jan-25-1968, 55 years old) Germany

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Matthias Wahls was awarded the GM title in 1989. He was 1st at Dortmund 1989 and 4th= at Munich 1989. German champion in 1996 (Dudweiler-Saarbr├╝cken) and 1997.

Wikipedia article: Matthias Wahls

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 552  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Bastian vs M Wahls  0-1501985Bundesliga 8586A07 King's Indian Attack
2. M Wahls vs G Andruet  ½-½571985Bundesliga 1985/86B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
3. M Wahls vs S Bjarnason 1-0201985MalmoC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
4. M Wahls vs Kasparov 1-0291985Simul, 8bB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
5. Uhlmann vs M Wahls  1-0411986Budapest/SW,14,9A16 English
6. M Wahls vs P Cramling  1-0471986Bundesliga 1986/87B42 Sicilian, Kan
7. Kasparov vs M Wahls 1-0261986FrankfurtA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
8. M Wahls vs A Constantin  1-0391986World Junior ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. V Puri vs M Wahls  0-1361986World Junior ChampionshipA16 English
10. M Wahls vs E Rojas  1-0411986World Junior ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
11. C Horvath vs M Wahls  ½-½811986World Junior ChampionshipA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
12. M Wahls vs M Godena  ½-½361986World Junior ChampionshipA15 English
13. J Howell vs M Wahls  1-0311986World Junior ChampionshipB89 Sicilian
14. M Wahls vs T Thorhallsson  1-0371986World Junior ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. F Hellers vs M Wahls  1-0431986World Junior ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
16. M Wahls vs G Rechlis  0-1431986World Junior ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. C S Matamoros Franco vs M Wahls  ½-½361986World Junior ChampionshipA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
18. M Wahls vs R Servat  ½-½161986World Junior ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
19. P Lehtivaara vs M Wahls  0-1611986World Junior ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. M Wahls vs M Ballmann  ½-½531986World Junior ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. G Scholz Solis vs M Wahls  ½-½401986Hamburg HSVA16 English
22. N Michaelsen vs M Wahls  ½-½391986Hamburg HSVE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Lautier vs M Wahls  0-1401986Hamburg HSVB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. E Birmingham vs M Wahls  0-1331986Hamburg HSVB44 Sicilian
25. F Chevaldonnet vs M Wahls  0-1411986Hamburg HSVB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 552  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-04-03  Bears092: Mr Wahls is perhaps best known for his radical pamphlet on how to best adress the king gambit. He extensively studied 1. e4 e5 2. f4 Nc6 3. Nf3 f5.

However, white is still far out on top.

Jun-04-03  huflix: Mr Wahls is also a big expert for the hedgehog system in the sicilian defense. He often gives lectures about this topic on
Aug-15-05  Giancarlo: I believe I kibitzed a game involving him once. If I recall, which I do ;-), it was against Kasparov.

Kasparov wins, but with a smuther mate! Very nice.

Jan-25-06  BIDMONFA: Matthias Wahls

WAHLS, Matthias

Feb-14-07  AVA: i was researching the sicilian and saw that this guy beat Kasparov in a simul back when he was 2280! Kind of surprised kasparov does simuls with players that high rated.
Feb-14-07  DennistheMenace: That was no ordinary simul. It was, I think, Garry's first major clock simul. The opposition were a German Bundesliga team. Chandler also won his game.
Apr-20-08  xrt999: I also wrote a pamphlet on how to address the kings gambit.

On the cover, it says "How to address the King's Gambit" by xrt999

You open the pamphlet and it says:

"accept it"

Apr-05-09  WhiteRook48: "defeater of Kasparov"
Jan-25-12  brankat: <On the cover, it says "How to address the King's Gambit" by xrt999

You open the pamphlet and it says:

"accept it">

GM S.Gligoric used to say that after:

1.e4 e5 2.f4...

2...exf4 was a matter of principle.

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  Penguincw: Enjoy being POTD!
Apr-05-12  backrank: Sadly, he's given up chess completely for years now. He's switched to playing poker instead.
Jan-25-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Matthias Wahls!!
Jun-06-16  diagonal: Wahls speaks quite frankly why he left his love chess and made money with poker (in german language):

He writes a chess blog (not that known, but with origin work), Matthias Wahls is engaged as chess trainer and even thinking of a comeback in chess..

As example an article on best possible choice of opening repertoire for a player:

and commentating an early game (clock simul) against another retired guy who was recently seen with Naka, So, and Fab :)

Oct-25-22  Refused: Wahls has apparently decided to squander his poker wealth in real estate deals, that backfired. Thus he is now forced back to the chessboard. Playing top board for a fourth tier chess club in Germany. Average rating of his opponents something between 2.100-2.200.

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