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Jacques Davidson
Number of games in database: 149
Years covered: 1910 to 1939

Overall record: +43 -75 =29 (39.1%)*
   * 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:
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    D02 A46 A45 A40 D00
 Giuoco Piano (6) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C80 C79 C70 C61 C64
 French Defense (5) 
    C00 C01
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D67 D59 D52 D66
 French (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (12) 
    B13 B12 B17 B18 B16
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D63 D60 D61 D67
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    E00 A46 D02 D00 D05
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D30 D31
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C65 C78 C68 C87 C64
 English (5) 
    A13 A14 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Davidson vs Euwe, 1924 1/2-1/2
   J Davidson vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1926 1-0
   Capablanca vs J Davidson, 1911 1/2-1/2
   Nimzowitsch vs J Davidson, 1926 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   The Hague (1921)
   Semmering (1926)

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(born Nov-14-1890, died Jan-13-1969, 78 years old) Netherlands

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Jacques Davidson was born in Amsterdam. Considered the first Dutch chess professional, he was one of the country's strongest players during the 1920s. He finished 1st at Amsterdam 1925, and came second behind Max Euwe in the Dutch Championships of 1921 and 1924. He placed 16th at Semmering 1926, but managed draws with Rudolf Spielmann, Aron Nimzowitsch, and Akiba Rubinstein.

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 149  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Davidson vs W Schlage  0-1331910HamburgC53 Giuoco Piano
2. J Esser vs J Davidson  1-0391910MatchC42 Petrov Defense
3. J Davidson vs J Esser  1-0571910MatchC00 French Defense
4. J Esser vs J Davidson  1-0151910MatchC42 Petrov Defense
5. J Esser vs J Davidson  1-0461910MatchC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. J Davidson vs J Esser  ½-½271910MatchC00 French Defense
7. J Davidson vs J Esser  ½-½301910MatchC00 French Defense
8. J Esser vs J Davidson  1-0231910MatchB01 Scandinavian
9. J Davidson vs J Esser  ½-½591910MatchC00 French Defense
10. J Davidson vs J H Peet / J Vijzelaar  ½-½351910HilversumC54 Giuoco Piano
11. J Davidson vs H von Doehren  1-0231910Hauptturnier-BC50 Giuoco Piano
12. K Geus vs J Davidson  0-1441910NSB Hoofdklasse BD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. H C Mees vs J Davidson  0-1211910NSB Hoofdklasse BC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. J Davidson vs J Esser  0-1271911Cologne-AA02 Bird's Opening
15. G Nyholm vs J Davidson  1-0301911CologneC01 French, Exchange
16. Yates vs J Davidson  1-0301911Kent and Sussex CountiesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
17. A J Mackenzie vs J Davidson  0-1241911Kent and Sussex CountiesD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. J Davidson vs Gunsberg  ½-½431911Kent and Sussex CountiesC50 Giuoco Piano
19. J Davidson vs N Tereshchenko  1-0461911Cologne-AC70 Ruy Lopez
20. Capablanca vs J Davidson ½-½291911Simul, 26bB10 Caro-Kann
21. J Davidson vs J H Peet  0-1261911Hilversum matchC30 King's Gambit Declined
22. J Davidson vs J H Peet  1-0391911Hilversum matchC59 Two Knights
23. J Davidson vs Loman  0-1401912London matchC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
24. J Davidson vs Euwe 0-1501912Simul, 30bC01 French, Exchange
25. J Davidson vs G A Thomas  1-0311912Metropolitan Club-chC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
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  whiteshark: Jacques Davidson (November 1890 - January 1961) was a Dutch chess master.


Picture from 'The Hague 1921':

Oct-22-08  Karpova: From Hans Ree's "The Great Davidson", April 1998:


<Most of this I learned from an interview that Jacques Davidson gave in 1962 to the Dutch newspaper 'Het Parool.' The title that journalist Willem Witkamp gave to his wonderful article was 'The Great Davidson.' This was somewhat ironic, because Davidson was a strong chessplayer, an international master, but he was not what most people would call a great chessplayer. But it was not completely ironic. Davidson was the first Dutchman who succeeded in being a professional chessplayer, and that in a time when only the very best of the world could live on chess.

Sometimes Davidson had to take little jobs on the side. For a while he was a traveling salesman for a publisher of encyclopedias. But to the end of his life, he was above all a professional chessplayer. And because of this, in a sense he was really a great man.

Around 1920 he was one of the strongest Dutch chessplayers, but not much notice was taken because Euwe was so much stronger. Davidson played in tournaments, the strongest being that in Semmering, 1926. But most of his income came from simultaneous displays, lectures, newspaper articles and the selling of chess books, often going from door to door. The income was small. In the interview mentioned he said: "Nevertheless I have raised four children decently. You shouldn?t do that. Raise children, yes. But not from chess.">

<Davidson died in 1969, 78 years old. On his gravestone there is a chess problem, white to play and mate in one. His life was ten times harder than we modern Dutch professionals have it now, but he managed gracefully. The game that follows is from a quadrangular tournament in Amsterdam, 1925. The result was 1. Davidson, 3; 2. Euwe, 2; 3-4 Saemisch and Weenink, . I am not sure, but this might be the one that should have won the brilliancy prize.>

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  brankat: Rest in Peace master Davidson.
May-27-12  sneaky pete: The mate in 1 problem on his gravestone:

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  paulalbert: If your board were not labeled with algebraic coordinates, I'd say O-O Check Mate.
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  Stonehenge: I believe the solution is to take the white king away :)
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  brankat: Although it is a mate in 1, I have a feeling many would be quite frustrated before they found the solution :-)
Nov-17-12  thomastonk: A picture printed in 1924:
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  Tabanus: <sneaky pete: The mate in 1 problem on his gravestone:> Unbelievable but true:

Aug-17-13  jerseybob: whitehark:is there a non-jpeg version of that Hague 1921 photo?
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jacques Davidson.
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