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Dus Chotimirsky 
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Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky
Number of games in database: 254
Years covered: 1901 to 1954
Overall record: +81 -131 =40 (40.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (41) 
    D02 A46 D05 D04 D00
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D62 D63 D61 D52 D53
 Tarrasch Defense (10) 
    D32 D34 D33
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D31 D30 D37
 Slav (7) 
    D13 D11 D15 D10
 Semi-Slav (5) 
    D46 D44 D45
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C63 C88 C77 C79 C68
 Sicilian (22) 
    B34 B58 B43 B21 B57
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D02 A40 A46 E10 D00
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C88 C87
 King's Indian (5) 
    E80 E69 E67 E64
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D31 D30 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Lasker, 1909 1-0
   Dus Chotimirsky vs A Bannik, 1949 1-0
   M Bab vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1911 0-1
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Kotov, 1938 1-0
   Dus Chotimirsky vs NN, 1910 1-0
   Rubinstein vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1909 0-1
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Chigorin, 1907 1-0
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Alapin, 1908 1-0
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Marshall, 1910 1-0
   Dus Chotimirsky vs Mieses, 1909 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hamburg (1910)
   Prague (1908)
   Karlsbad (1907)
   USSR Championship (1925)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   USSR Championship (1927)
   Moscow (1925)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Easy Dus it! Selected Games of Dus-Chotimirsky by Resignation Trap

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(born Sep-26-1879, died Nov-05-1965, 86 years old) Russia

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Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky was born in 1879 in Kozul, Russia. He competed in several notable international tournaments, including St. Petersburg 1909 (where he defeated both the first-prize winners, Akiba Rubinstein and World Champion Emanuel Lasker). He is also believed to have given some tutoring to Alexander Alekhine. He continued to compete after World War II, and was awarded the official title of International Master in 1950. Uzbekistani champion in 1931.

In his autobiography, he claimed to have invented the name 'Dragon Variation' of the Sicilian Defense. He wrote that his astronomy courses had led him, in 1901, to see a resemblance between the black pawn formation and the pattern of Draco the Dragon.

Wikipedia article: Fyodor Duz-Khotimirsky

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 254  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Rosenkrantz vs Dus Chotimirsky  0-157 1901 RUS-ch02C51 Evans Gambit
2. V N Kulomzin vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-022 1901 RUS-ch02C56 Two Knights
3. Dus Chotimirsky vs Schiffers 0-125 1901 RUS-ch02B40 Sicilian
4. Dus Chotimirsky vs L Gennika  0-130 1901 RUS-ch02D53 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Dus Chotimirsky vs Grigoriev 0-123 1901 RUS-ch02C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
6. V A Boyarkov vs Dus Chotimirsky  0-133 1901 RUS-ch02D53 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. V Tabunshchikov vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-024 1901 RUS-ch02C42 Petrov Defense
8. Prince Dadian vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-014 1901 Hamburg GermanyC37 King's Gambit Accepted
9. Dus Chotimirsky vs Janowski 0-142 1901 RUS-ch02B32 Sicilian
10. Dus Chotimirsky vs S I Sharov 1-018 1901 RUS-ch02C66 Ruy Lopez
11. B Yankovich vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-028 1901 RUS-ch02C58 Two Knights
12. S F Lebedev vs Dus Chotimirsky  ½-½78 1903 RUS-ch03C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
13. Dus Chotimirsky vs P P Benko  ½-½56 1903 RUS-ch03A07 King's Indian Attack
14. Dus Chotimirsky vs Salwe 0-136 1903 RUS-ch03C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Dus Chotimirsky vs Yurevich  0-155 1903 RUS-ch03B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. N E Kalinsky vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-041 1903 RUS-ch03B20 Sicilian
17. Dus Chotimirsky vs Schiffers 0-118 1903 RUS-ch03C55 Two Knights Defense
18. O Bernstein vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-061 1903 RUS-ch03B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. V Nikolaev vs Dus Chotimirsky  0-148 1903 RUS-ch03B25 Sicilian, Closed
20. Znosko-Borovsky vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-034 1903 Kiev All-Russian chB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. Dus Chotimirsky vs A Rabinovich  ½-½62 1903 RUS-ch03C67 Ruy Lopez
22. S Levitsky vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-032 1903 RUS-ch03B23 Sicilian, Closed
23. Dus Chotimirsky vs W Von Stamm  1-036 1903 RUS-ch03B20 Sicilian
24. Rubinstein vs Dus Chotimirsky 0-175 1903 RUS-ch03D05 Queen's Pawn Game
25. V N Kulomzin vs Dus Chotimirsky 1-051 1903 RUS-ch03C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
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Mar-22-06  Resignation Trap: I forgot to mention that the game above was Dus Chotimirsky - Tigran V.Petrosian
May-02-07  wolfmaster: Certainly a candidate for longest name on database, though probably not a winner.
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  tpstar: The longest name list = Baron Tassilo Heydebrand und der Lasa
Jun-01-08  WilhelmThe2nd: In the discussion of the San Sebastián, 1911 photo here:
I am pretty sure the unidentified man to the left of Leonhardt in this photo is Dus:
He writes in his book of games (page 88, Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. "Selected Games". Moscow: Physical Culture & Sport, 1954) that he attended the tournament as a journalist.

You can compare him with the photos of Dus at Karlsbad 1907 & 1911 here:

and the 1913/4 All-Russian Masters photo here:

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  whiteshark: Bio + picture:
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  JustWoodshifting: If the story by Bronstein is, indeed, true, I would have been very uncomfortable playing Dus Chotimirsky OTB. In my 3rd or 4th OTB game, I ran into a similar situation with a very large man who actually was growling at me, while leaning across the board. It unnerved me so that I made some very basic mistakes. In the end he snarled at me, "You have a lot to learn!", to which I replied "I am humbled.".
Sep-26-08  BIDMONFA: Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky


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  GrahamClayton: Dus Chotimisrky finished =3rd in the 1923 and 1927 USSR Championship, and was the St Petersburg city champion in 1910.
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  whiteshark: Can you respell his name properly?
Sep-26-08  Resignation Trap: Here's a solo shot from 1923:

He is in a group photo from the 1923 USSR Championship: , and again from the 1925 USSR Championship: . In both of these photos, Dus-Chotimirsky can easily be identified, as he is the only one not to take off his hat for the photograph.

And here is a caricature from 1933: .

Feb-25-09  Sem: In a book full of anecdotes I read that it was not uncommon for Dus Chotimirsky to translate poetry WHILE he was playing an end game in a tournament game.
Aug-17-09  Open Defence: <Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky was born in 1879 in Kozul, Russia> is there a Kozul in Croatia ? or only the player Kozul...
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  GrahamClayton: Chotimirsky was involved in a controversial incident with Mikhail Botvinnik during the 8th USSR Championship, held at Leningrad in 1933.

Botvinnik defended a R + P ending which eventually ended up with both sides having K + R. Despite being a draw, Chotimirsky continued to play, and the game was only declared a draw by the intervention of the tournament committee. Botvinnik later learned that Chotimirsky had planned to play 150 moves before offering a draw.

Apr-01-11  MaczynskiPratten: Duz-Chotimirsky was summed up by Marshall in one word; "excitable". The context was in describing the following entertaining game; Marshall vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1911
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  parisattack: We had a fellow at the club in the 1960s, Joe Mirsky - apparently a distant relation to Dus. Whenever Joe would make what he thought to be a good move he would say, "She-she yedyats, dash-a-bouts.' I assume yiddish as it doesn't sound Russian to me. If someone knows and its not profane, please share.

RIP, Mirskys - Dus and Joe.

Sep-26-11  TheTamale: I believe an anglicized version of Dus Chotimirsky's name would be Theodore John Rankins.
Sep-26-12  brankat: R.I.P. master Dus Chotimirsky.
Sep-26-12  LoveThatJoker: IM Dus Chotimirsky, today you are remembered!


Aug-07-13  ekanth: what was he doing for a
living?just curious
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  thomastonk: From the biography: "In his autobiography, he claimed to have invented the name 'Dragon Variation' of the Sicilian Defense."

Can anybody give a more precise reference to his autobiography? A page number, or even the text?

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  Calli: Lubomir Kavelek says that Duz told the story (a Dragon's tale?) in his notes to A Rabinovich vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1908

The Kavelek article is here

Mar-02-14  Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker mentioned (Berlin, May 18, 1911), that the chess masters call Fyodor only <Dus>. Dus-Chotimirsky is a man who firmly maintains his positions. He was raised to become a priest, but abandoned his career as he didn't sympathize with the party of the powerful during the commotion of the last years. He then became a journalist and came to San Sebastian as a correspondent for two newspapers. Now he is on his travel back to Kiev.

Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1911.05.21, page 9

Mar-26-16  zanzibar: <Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky. Memories, part 1>

Mar-26-16  zanzibar: <Upon returning to Kiev, I took an interest in higher mathematics and astronomy, which I've liked since childhood. I read a lot of astronomy books and dreamed to work with telescopes. To get an opportunity to develop my skills further, I decided to meet the Kiev Observatory director, Professor Khandrikov. I came to the appointment in the morning, long before the agreed time, and just walked nervously around the observatory's garden. I was told that Professor Khandrikov was still sleeping. Finally, after hours of waiting, the porter gave me an envelope. Inside I found five roubles and a small message that there were no janitor vacancies in the observatory!

For the first time in my life, I cried bitterly from the humiliation, and immediately wrote back:

"Professor! I could prove to you that my theoretical knowledge was enough for me to work at the telescope, but I'm afraid that I cannot provide you with responsiveness and ability to understand this proof.

F. Dus-Chotimirsky.

P.S. Give five roubles to the porter for his work."> - ibid

Mar-26-16  zanzibar: So, if you can't get a job as a janitor, you'll have no choice but to become a chess master.
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