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Jerzy Lewi
  
Number of games in database: 33
Years covered: 1965 to 1971
Overall record: +11 -14 =8 (45.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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JERZY LEWI
(born Apr-22-1949, died Oct-30-1972, 23 years old) Poland

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Jerzy Lewi was born in Wroclaw. Polish champion in 1969, he died tragically in an accident in Lund, Sweden in 1972.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 33  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Lewi vs W Schmidt  ½-½251965POL-ch 23th sfA00 Uncommon Opening
2. J Lewi vs W Schmidt  0-1361966POL-ch 23thA07 King's Indian Attack
3. J Lewi vs J Moles  1-0661967EU-ch U18 f-A 6768A28 English
4. J Lewi vs P Boersma  1-0311967EU-ch U18 sf 6768A14 English
5. J Lewi vs G Ligterink  ½-½81967EU-ch U18 sf 6768A17 English
6. W Schmidt vs J Lewi  1-0411968Warsaw olm qual m2A26 English
7. J Lewi vs Sliwa  1-0521968Lublin olm qual mA07 King's Indian Attack
8. J Lewi vs W Schmidt  1-0581968Warsaw olm qual m2A37 English, Symmetrical
9. Sliwa vs J Lewi  0-1631968Lublin olm qual mA22 English
10. W Schmidt vs J Lewi 1-0421968Warsaw olm qual m2A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
11. J Lewi vs W Schmidt  0-1391968Warsaw olm qual m2A36 English
12. J Lewi vs Adorjan  ½-½221968EU-ch U18 f-A 6768C57 Two Knights
13. J Lewi vs Karpov 0-15419686th Niemeyer final AA21 English
14. Timman vs J Lewi  0-1271968Groningen Ech-jrD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
15. J Lewi vs W Schmidt  ½-½451968POL-ch 25thA36 English
16. W Schmidt vs J Lewi  0-1461969POL-ch 26thC78 Ruy Lopez
17. J Lewi vs J Adamski  ½-½91969POL-ch 26thA36 English
18. J Lewi vs C Jedrzejek  1-0361969POL-ch 26thA06 Reti Opening
19. W Schmidt vs J Lewi  0-1331969LublinA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
20. W Schmidt vs J Lewi  1-0251969Rubinstein Memorial 7thD75 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
21. J Lewi vs J Adamski 0-1291969Rubinstein Memorial 7thA04 Reti Opening
22. Jansa vs J Lewi  1-0401969Rubinstein Memorial 7thA17 English
23. J Lewi vs Bagirov 0-1211969Rubinstein Memorial 7thA06 Reti Opening
24. Ivkov vs J Lewi 0-1381969Rubinstein Memorial 7thA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
25. J Lewi vs Hort  0-1331969Athens ZonalA04 Reti Opening
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Oct-15-04  percyblakeney: Jerzy Lewi (1949-1972) came to Sweden from Poland in 1969. In this database are wins against Timman and Ivkov, he also came very close to beating Tal in a simul: http://www.chessarch.com/excavation...

He died 1972 in a traffic accident, only 23 years old, "under circumstances not quite clear", according to the link.

Feb-21-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Tomasz Lissowski schickte uns freundlicherweise einen Hintergrundbericht zu diesem Buch, der hier etwas gekürzt wiedergegeben ist:

Das Leben von Jerzy ("Jurek" = Diminutiv von Jerzy) Lewi (*22.04.1949 Warschau †30.10.1972 Lund - nach Gaige) fällt in die Ära des sogenannten Sozialismus in Polen (1944-1989), der hin und wieder sehr kritische Phasen durchmachte (Juni 1956 - Posen; Dez. 1970 - Baltische Küste; März 1968 ...). Lewis Kindheit und frühe Jugend ist, wie die von Tomasz Lissowski, in die Zeit des Ersten Parteisekretärs Władysław Gomółka (1956-1970) anzusiedeln. Kritisch wurde es auch im März 1968 mit dem Ausbruch der Studentenrevolution und mit einer antisemitischen (speziell anti-jüdischen) Bewegung, die von einem Teil der kommunistischen Partei angezettelt und gesteuert wurde und zu einer umfänglichen Säuberung zunächst in Partei und Armee, später auch in der Zivilbevölkerung (Unternehmen, Hochschulen) führte. Nach dem März 1968 verließen etwa 30.000 jüdische Bürger Polen, 2-3.000 Emigranten zog es nach Schweden, so auch – im Sommer 1970 – unseren Koautor Feliks Przysuski. Den meisten wurde die polnische Staatsbürgerschaft aberkannt und eine Rückkehr nach Polen verunmöglicht. Jerzy Lewi war ebenfalls ein Opfer des März 1968. Lewis Mutter, eine einfache Arbeiterin in einem Warschauer Restaurant, war nach schweren Kriegserlebnissen 1968 nach Israel ausgewandert. Jerzy, seit früher Jugend vaterlos aufgewachsen, absolvierte sein Abitur am gleichen Gymnasium wie Tomasz Lissowski, lediglich 4 Jahre früher. Er war kein Überflieger in der Schule gewesen und bestand nicht die Aufnahmeprüfung für die Warschauer Universität (in Chemie). Aber er hatte ein Sport-Stipendium und er wurde in seinem Klub "Maraton" Warschau gebraucht [welcher von der PAX-Organisation unterstützt wurde, einer Gruppierung von konzessionierten Katholiken, die zugleich die Partei unterstützten]. Das Schachleben sah zu dieser Zeit in Polen jedenfalls rosig aus. "Maraton" hatte zudem gute Kontakte zum Schachklub von Lund (mit Calle Erlandsson als Schlüsselfigur!). Möglicherweise führte dies sowie das allgemeine politische Klima in Polen dazu, dass Jerzy nach dem Zonenturnier in Athen 1969 nicht nach Polen zurückkehrte und letztlich in Schweden landete. Nach dieser "kriminellen" Handlung wurde Jerzy in Polen natürlich zur Unperson erklärt. Leider scheiterte Lewis Karriere in Schweden. Sein Mathematikstudium schlug fehl, er begann zu trinken und möglicherweise Drogen zu nehmen (worüber es allerdings gegensätzliche Angaben gibt). Im Schach wurde er immer schwächer und verfiel in Depressionen. Wie Calle es ausdrückte: "Die Außenwelt war für ihn ziemlich uninteressant." Ein anderer behauptete: "Er war dem Selbstmord so nahe wie es jemand nur sein konnte." Niemand weiß genau, was sich im November 1972 ereignete. Eines Nachts wanderte Jerzy Lewi wohl entlang der Autobahn nahe bei Lund, wurde von einem Auto erfasst und getötet. Er wurde auf dem Jüdischen Friedhof in Malmö begraben. Nach allgemeiner Meinung war er ein schachliches Supertalent gewesen. Viermal Junior-Meister, einmal Senior-Meister, dazu Sieger im Lubliner Turnier. Zugleich ein sehr schwieriger Charakter, ohne enge Freunde, ohne eine Vorstellung, was mit dem Leben außerhalb des Schachs anzufangen wäre.

Biographie:http://www.penelopa.pl/index.php?s=...

source: http://www.kwabc.org/

Feb-21-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Just found the English translation :D

Tomasz Lissowski was kind enough to send us a background report on this book, we give here a partly abridged version:

The life of Jerzy ("Jurek" = diminutive of Jerzy) Lewi (*22/04/1949 Warsaw †30/10/1972 Lund - according to Gaige) belongs to the era of the so-called socialism in Poland (1944-1989) which now and then went through very critical periods (June 1956 – Poznan; Dec. 1970 – Baltic coast; March 1968 ...). Lewi’s childhood and early youth - like that of Tomasz Lissowski’s - belong to the "era" of Władysław Gomółka, First Secretary of the Party 1956-1970. Things became also critical in March 1968 owing to the outbreak of the student revolt and an anti-Semitic (specially anti-Jewish) movement which was instigated and controlled by a part of the Communist Party, leading to an extensive purge at first in the party and army, later on in the civilian population (enterprises, high schools) as well. After March 1968 about 30,000 Jewish citizens left Poland, 2-3,000 emigrants felt drawn to Sweden, as our coauthor Feliks Przysuski in summer 1970. The majority had to abandon their Polish citizenship and had no prospects to return to Poland. Jerzy Lewi was a victim of March 1968 too. Lewi’s mother, an ordinary worker in a Warsaw restaurant, after hard wartime experiences, emigrated to Israel in 1968. Jerzy who since his early youth had grown up without a father obtained his school-leaving exam at the same gymnasium as Tomasz Lissowski, only 4 years earlier. He was not a high-flier at school and he didn’t pass the exams for the Warsaw university (chemistry). But he had a grant for sports and he was useful in his club "Maraton" Warsaw [which was supported by the PAX organization, a grouping of "officially tolerated" Catholics who at the same time supported the party]. At least the chess life of those days in Poland was dreamlike. Furthermore "Maraton" was in good contact with the chess club in Lund (with Calle Erlandsson as a key figure!). Maybe this as well as the general political climate in the country drove Jerzy not to return to Poland after the zonal tournament in Athens 1969, in the end he landed in Sweden. After this "criminal" act Jerzy was naturally declared an unperson in Poland. Unfortunately Lewi’s career in Sweden collapsed. He failed to study mathematics, he started to drink and possibly to take drugs (there are contradictory statements on that). He turned weaker and weaker in chess and suffered from depression. As Calle said: "The external world was quite uninteresting for him." Somebody else claimed: "He was as near to suicide as anyone could be." Nobody knows what happened in November 1972. One night Jerzy probably walked along the motorway near Lund and was killed by a car. He was buried in the Jewish cemetery of Malmö. According to the general opinion he was a super talent in chess. Four times junior champion, once senior champion, and winner of the Lublin tournament. At the same time a very difficult character, without close friends, without any idea what to do with his life outside chess.

Biographie:http://www.penelopa.pl/index.php?s=... book cover http://www.kwabc.org/Bilder/Literat... source: http://www.kwabc.org/

Dec-08-14  alfiepa: a beatiful essay with a lot of interesting photos on www.soloscacchi .net .
His grave is in ebraic cemetery in Malmoe
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