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Izaak Grynfeld
Number of games in database: 52
Years covered: 1938 to 1955

Overall record: +14 -23 =15 (41.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B84 B58 B59 B88 B62
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C78 C61 C66 C84 C81
With the Black pieces:
 Old Indian (5) 
    A54 A53
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I Aloni vs I Grynfeld, 1952 0-1
   Eigil Pedersen vs I Grynfeld, 1952 0-1
   I Grynfeld vs Simagin, 1950 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-12-1912, 107 years old) Poland

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See also Ignacy Branicki.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 52  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Grynfeld vs B Borkum  1-0241938Preliminary tournament, Poland ch.D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Sliwa vs I Grynfeld  ½-½821946POL-chA04 Reti Opening
3. I Grynfeld vs K Makarczyk  1-0461946POL-chC66 Ruy Lopez
4. E Sojka vs I Grynfeld  1-0321946POL-chB72 Sicilian, Dragon
5. I Grynfeld vs Smyslov 0-1401947WarsawC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Sliwa vs I Grynfeld  1-0621947WarsawE60 King's Indian Defense
7. I Grynfeld vs Boleslavsky  0-1401947WarsawB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
8. I Grynfeld vs Gligoric 0-1341947WarsawA47 Queen's Indian
9. Sajtar vs I Grynfeld  1-0391947WarsawA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
10. I Grynfeld vs Sajtar  0-1481949POL-CSRB58 Sicilian
11. Sajtar vs I Grynfeld  ½-½191949POL-CSRA04 Reti Opening
12. I Grynfeld vs Geller  0-1551950Przepiorka MemorialE92 King's Indian
13. I Grynfeld vs Bondarevsky  0-1621950Przepiorka MemorialB58 Sicilian
14. G Barcza vs I Grynfeld  1-0281950Przepiorka MemorialA53 Old Indian
15. S Gawlikowski vs I Grynfeld  0-1571950Przepiorka MemorialD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. I Grynfeld vs Simagin  ½-½901950Przepiorka MemorialB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. H Szapiel vs I Grynfeld  ½-½281950Przepiorka MemorialD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. I Grynfeld vs Simagin  ½-½901950Przepiorka MemorialB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. I Grynfeld vs J Pogats 1-0501950Przepiorka MemorialC78 Ruy Lopez
20. I Grynfeld vs A Tarnowski 1-0401950Przepiorka MemorialC30 King's Gambit Declined
21. I Grynfeld vs Averbakh  0-1381950Przepiorka MemorialC78 Ruy Lopez
22. A Pytlakowski vs I Grynfeld  0-1481950Przepiorka MemorialE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
23. E Arlamowski vs I Grynfeld  ½-½401950Przepiorka MemorialA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
24. I Grynfeld vs Keres 0-1291950Przepiorka MemorialA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. I Grynfeld vs F Koberl  ½-½441950Przepiorka MemorialC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
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  Honza Cervenka: Izak Grynfeld
Dec-17-11  knighterrant999: Grynfeld's signature opening, 1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 b6 3. Nc3 e5 is considered highly speculative.
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  whiteshark: Tomasz Lissowski adds (6/9/2012):

Izaak Grynfeld was a strong chess player in Lodz in 1930s. Nobody knows where Grynfeld spent the years of WWII. He participated several times in the championship of Poland (see wikipedia in English). The official in Polish chess organisation in the 1950s. He translated one chess book from Russian into Polish (as I remember, it was Keres' openings manual). Ca. 1955 he changed his family name - one day he became Ignacy Branicki. It was not such a rare case, many Poles (not only of Jewish roots) did the same after the WWII, from various reasons.

Grynfeld adopted the name of aristocratic family, the prince (!) family, which produced a line of marshals, archbishops and senators. Also first name "Ignacy" was obsolete and rather typical for wealthy noble families (remember Ignacio Loyola!). His biography has many "white spots". Even his date of birth is doubtful. According to some sources Branicki was much younger than Grynfeld - but it is one person! Mr. Lissowski describes Grynfeld's life and chess career in a two-part article, "Zapomniany Polski Olimpijczyk - Pogromca Donnera" [Forgotten Polish Olympic Player - Donner's "Crusher"] in Vistula Chess Monthly.


Feb-12-14  chesssalamander: It would be fun if there was a variation of the Gruenfeld Defense named for Izak Grynfeld.
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  alexmagnus: Where is the birthdate from? Wikipedia has it at 1920, without a precise date.

<whiteshark>'s link about it:

<His biography has many "white spots". Even his date of birth is doubtful. According to some sources Branicki was much younger than Grynfeld - but it is one person!>

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  alexmagnus: Ah, I see the date on Branicki's page. So, the man is indeed 102! Though probably wouldn't be able to verify his age the way longevity record holders have to do it.
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  PhilFeeley: It looks like he dropped off the face of the earth in 1955. Perhaps he died soon after? Maybe the Polish chess community could find out?
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  Gejewe: <PhilFeeley> Watch the Branicki page for information on that. He was in Austria in 1958 and from that same year on lived in the Netherlands (also Suriname and Netherland Antilles) where he married in 1961, applied for Dutch citizenship in 1964/5, lost his wife in 1970 and was still playing chess in 1979 in London at Lloyds bank masters. His age can be verified by the tournament table of the Dutch championship from 1961 - he was a competitor - which gives his age as 49 (so that way Branicki/Grynfeld matches)
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  Stonehenge: During the 1952 Polish Championship:

Feb-12-17  benderules: Is he really 105 years old?
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  Fusilli: <benderules: Is he really 105 years old?> Check out the discussion in previous posts.
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  fm avari viraf: Happy Birthday my Grandpa!
Feb-12-19  thisisasign: Happy 107th birthday!
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  PhilFeeley: 107! Wow. It would be neat if he still played.
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  Check It Out: Namesake of the famous opening, The Grynfeld: 1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 b6 3. Nc3 e5, a specialty of Peter Fidler's.
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  louispaulsen88888888: Happy 107! He should enter a tournament!
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  vonKrolock: Happy 107! Two congrats entries in cg, also as Ignacy Branicki

(perhaps a record...) 😉

Feb-12-19  The Kings Domain: He's sure gone the stretch.
Feb-14-19  Lovuschka: Happy birthday (belated) to probably chess' last pre-WWI born hero!
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