|Sep-07-04|| ||nikolaas: ♕ Arthur Dunkelblum
Born in 1906 in Podgorno, Poland. He was a jew and had to move to Antwerp. He became Belgian champion in 1949. In 1957, he got the IM title. He played in a total of 11 olympiads (in one, he defeated Campomanes!).In the 1937 olympiad , one of his opponents (Salo Landau, I think) fell asleep after his 11th move. Dunkelblum wake him up and offered a draw.
He died in 1979 in Antwerp, leaving the world with a 1.d4 player less.
His most famous game is perhaps his lost game against Reti, but his most beautiful is IMHO A Dunkelblum vs T Panagopoulos, 1950.
|Sep-08-04|| ||Lawrence: <nikolaas>, one wonders how he survived WWII. He played in the 1950 Chess Olympics in Dubrovnik and his signature is number 39, on the back of the envelope. Photos of lots of other players, but not of him. |
|Sep-08-04|| ||acirce: Most Jews in western Europe did survive - it was horrible but not near what happened in Poland and much of the rest of eastern Europe like Hungary, USSR etc. |
|Sep-08-04|| ||nikolaas: Here's a pic. http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur... |
|Oct-09-05|| ||nikolaas: So Gijon 1950 was his best result. Does anybody know something about Gijon 1950? Crosstables, games info..?|
|Apr-23-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Arthur Dunkelblum|
|Nov-05-07|| ||whiteshark: player of the day
The first mentionend tournament is BEL-ch,Antwerp 1922, where he got 3rd place, when he was only 16 years old.
If this table is correct, he was also Belgian Champion in 1935:
a bit confusing, that there a two champions title in Belgium:
link to crosstable Hoogovenstoernooi 1964: http://www.coruschess.com/players.p...
Still unclear, when and why they make it to Antwerp.
|Jan-04-08|| ||nikolaas: <Whiteshark> You think two champioenship are confusing? Belgian had 5 once. In 1936 the normal Belgian championship was held. The title of international champion of Belgium and that of national champion of Belgium luckily went to the same person (Koltanowski). There was also a revolting group of players "le groupement des joueurs de Belgique", who organised two championships: the international championship of Blgium and the national champiosnhip of Belgium. They were won by respectively Paul Devos and Alberic O'Kelly de Galway. Apart of that there was also a champiosnhip of Flanders won by Anthonus and Peeters. |
This total of 5 champion in one year is as far as I know a record which even the FIDE could never each.
Luckily there is but one title now in Belgium.
|Mar-25-08|| ||playground player: <nikolaas> "A revolting group of players"? Just what do you mean by that???|
|Mar-25-08|| ||Jim Bartle: I suspect he meant "revolutionary" or a group which broke away, not "revolting."|
|Apr-23-08|| ||brankat: Mr.Dunkelblum certainly had a very fine Olympic record: |
11 Chess Olympiads over a period of 40 years.
|Apr-23-09|| ||WhiteRook48: what a weird name.
|Jul-07-09|| ||whiteshark: Belated thankx, <nikolaas>!|
|Jul-07-09|| ||Gejewe: The game vs. Reti was not lost by Arthur Dunkelblum but by a Viennese player.
Mr. Dunkelblum was one of the friendliest opponents I ever played. In the late 1970ties - in spite of his age - he was still a regular in the open Dutch blitzchampionship in Zevenbergen. He was very peacefully inclined, but whoever declined his drawoffer, suddenly had a tough fight as some young masters had to admit after being defeated.. His wife was seated next to him all the time, knitting.
As a 17 year old myself at the time, I accepted his drawoffer and he generously showed his ideas about the resulting positions. He was something like the mascotte of the Belgian squad and everyone seemed to like him. It was sad to hear one day,a few years later, that this kind man would never play in Zevenbergen again..|
|Apr-23-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Arthur Dunkelblum.|