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Wilfried Paulsen

Number of games in database: 142
Years covered: 1858 to 1892
Overall record: +31 -71 =40 (35.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Center Game (16) 
 Evans Gambit (10) 
    C51 C52
 French Defense (10) 
    C02 C01 C00
 Uncommon Opening (8) 
    A00 B00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B43 B40 B23 B28 B20
 Sicilian Kan (20) 
    B43 B42
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C78 C65 C80 C61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Schwarz vs W Paulsen, 1880 0-1
   W Paulsen vs Anderssen, 1878 1-0
   Tarrasch vs W Paulsen, 1888 0-1
   W Paulsen vs F Riemann, 1881 1/2-1/2
   W Paulsen vs Metger, 1878 1-0
   A W Franke vs W Paulsen, 1877 1/2-1/2
   Zukertort vs W Paulsen, 1881 0-1
   W Paulsen vs O Wuelfing, 1862 1-0
   K Hoeing vs W Paulsen, 1863 0-1
   E Schallopp vs W Paulsen, 1888 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd DSB Congress, Berlin (1881)
   3rd DSB Congress, Nuremberg (1883)

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(born Jul-31-1828, died Feb-06-1901, 72 years old) Germany

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Wilfried Paulsen was the elder brother of Louis Paulsen. His sister was Amalie Paulsen. He was a farmer by profession, and a renowned potato breeder.

In 1862, he tied for 3rd-5th at Düsseldorf (2nd Western German Congress, Kongresse des Westdeutschen Schachbundes), in 1863 he placed 2nd at Düsseldorf behind Max Lange, and in 1876 he placed first at Düsseldorf. He won at Cologne, 1867.

notes: Wilfried also played consultation chess on the team of H von Gottschall / J Mieses / W Paulsen / Riemann.

Wikipedia article: Wilfried Paulsen

Last updated: 2019-08-16 16:55:14

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 142  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Paulsen vs W Paulsen 1-0291858NassengrundC01 French, Exchange
2. W Paulsen vs A Paulsen 0-1261858NassengrundC41 Philidor Defense
3. W Paulsen vs A Paulsen ½-½531858NassengrundC41 Philidor Defense
4. W Paulsen vs G Schultz 1-02118622nd West German CongressC50 Giuoco Piano
5. W Paulsen vs O Wuelfing 1-02318622nd West German CongressC01 French, Exchange
6. W Paulsen vs P Schwengers 1-0231863Dusseldorf (Germany)C51 Evans Gambit
7. W Paulsen vs M Lange  ½-½191863Dusseldorf (Germany)C51 Evans Gambit
8. C Schultz vs W Paulsen 0-13818633rd West German Congress-prelimC54 Giuoco Piano
9. M Lange vs W Paulsen ½-½211863WSB-03.Kongress fC50 Giuoco Piano
10. K Hoeing vs W Paulsen 0-1161863WSB-03.Kongress fA00 Uncommon Opening
11. M Lange vs W Paulsen 1-03718633rd West German Congress-playoffC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. A Ehrmann vs W Paulsen  1-0461867WSB-06.KongressC26 Vienna
13. W Paulsen vs E Schallopp 1-0321867WSB-06.KongressC51 Evans Gambit
14. C W Vitzthum von Eckstaedt vs W Paulsen  0-1361867WSB-06.Kongress playoff-1plC26 Vienna
15. Anderssen vs W Paulsen 0-14218687th WSB Congress, Aachen, C39 King's Gambit Accepted
16. M Lange vs W Paulsen 1-05118687th WSB Congress, Aachen, C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. W Paulsen vs Zukertort 0-15918687th WSB Congress, Aachen, C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. E Schallopp vs W Paulsen 1-05218698th WSB Congress, BarmenC41 Philidor Defense
19. J Minckwitz vs W Paulsen  ½-½6218698th WSB Congress, BarmenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. R Hein vs W Paulsen 0-14518698th WSB Congress, BarmenA02 Bird's Opening
21. W Paulsen vs Anderssen  0-15518698th WSB Congress, BarmenC51 Evans Gambit
22. Zukertort vs W Paulsen 1-04618698th WSB Congress, BarmenB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. W Paulsen vs J Minckwitz  0-1291871WSB-09.KongressC44 King's Pawn Game
24. K Pitschel vs W Paulsen 1-0581871WSB-09.KongressC53 Giuoco Piano
25. W Paulsen vs C T Goering 0-1381871WSB-09.KongressC51 Evans Gambit
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Premium Chessgames Member
  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from Wilfried's games:
Nov-17-05  AlexanderMorphy: He seems to have played many games against the elite players of that era....even though he lost most of them i think that he was a decent player maybe of IM status today....
Jul-31-06  BIDMONFA: Wilfried Paulsen

PAULSEN, Wilfried

Premium Chessgames Member We put on our editors' caps this morning and removed a sentence--at least temporarily--from the biography. The sentence reads: <He is best known for the important analytical work he did with his brother.> The Louis Paulsen biography also refers to this analytical work.

There are two problems with this claim. First, the biographies should stick to facts, and it's very presumptuous to suggest for what a person was "best remembered". Moreover, we are compelled to supply more details: What was being analyzed? When was it published? Why is it so important?

With this in mind, can anybody help us improve the biography, by explaining what analytical work was being referred to? The volunteer editor who wrote this is a very sharp poster here, and he undoubtedly had something specific in mind--we just don't happen to know what it is.

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  chancho: I don't know much about Louis's brother. I only found this John Donaldson quote from another chess link: < ...if you have often heard of this opening <(sicilian Kan)> called the Paulsen you are also right, more so if you give credit to Wilfried Paulsen, who played it before his better-known brother Louis.>

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  Honza Cervenka: I think that Paulsen's System (B40-B49) in Sicilian got its name after Wilfried rather than Louis though Louis used it as well. But <5...Qc7> after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 (or other move order leading to the same position) was undoubtedly Wilfried's invention and pet line.
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  Benzol: <> <With this in mind, can anybody help us to improve the biography, by explaining what analytical work was being referred to? The volunteer editor who wrote this is a very sharp poster here, and he undoubtedly had something specific in mind -- we just don't happen to know what it is.>

See my post on the Louis Paulsen thread to help answer this query.

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  Honza Cervenka: <"Paulsen discovered a larger number of opening ideas than any of his contemporaries. For the attack he contributed to the Scotch Game, the Goering Gambit, the Paulsen Attack, the Paulsen variations of the Vienna Game, and the Four Knights Opening. For the defence he discovered the Boleslavsky variation, the Paulsen Defence of the Kieseritzky Gambit, and the Paulsen Variation of the Sicilian Defence. He introduced the Pirc Defence and improved Black's chances in the Muzio Gambit and in several lines of the Sicilian Defence. His contributions were not confined to an odd move or improvement here and there: he also invented whole systems of play." "Paulsen wrote no books, and none has been written on his theoretical contributions." - David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld in 'The Oxford Companion To Chess'.>

I think that this note still mixes up opening contributions of both brothers together. While Boleslavsky variation of Sicilian and Pirc/Robatsch was introduced by Louis and he should be credited also for Paulsen Defense in Kieseritzky Variation of KGA as well as the above mentioned improvement of black defense in Muzio, the Paulsen Attack in Center Game and above all Paulsen Variation characterized by moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 (or 3.Nc3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 etc.) cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7!? were Wilfried's work.

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  Benzol: <Honza Cervenka> <I think that this note still mixes up opening contributions of both brothers together.> You've hit the nail right on the head. See the previous posts by the administrators and myself on this thread. There appears to be some confusion about what I wrote on the Louis Paulsen thread and that information was transferred here. The brothers undoubtedly worked together but Louis seemed to be the more naturally gifted. I believe there was also an elder brother who played chess too.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: I don't know about any elder brother of Wilfried and Louis Paulsens but their sister Amalie Paulsen was quite competent player too.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Thanks <Honza>. I didn't know about Amalie.
Jul-31-08  euripides: Kmoch rightly plays a tribute to at least one of the Paulsens in 'Pawn power in chess'. In the light of history, their exploration of the Sicilian is one of the great pioneering contributions to the game. Is there a good book on them in any language ?
Jul-31-11  chessmaster102: wish I could see a 3 on 3 grude match between the paulsons and the polgars xp
Jul-31-11  brankat: So much for a "potato farmer"!

R.I.P. master W.Paulsen.

Sep-06-11  ARubinstein: a true innovator and pioneer in chess openings.
Sep-06-11  BobCrisp: More <King Edward> than King's Indian, one might say.
Jul-04-17  zanzibar: Damn, no photo for Wilfried?!


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