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Marcel Duchamp
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Number of games in database: 80
Years covered: 1922 to 1961

Overall record: +21 -43 =16 (36.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E20 E43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D38
 English (4) 
    A15 A13
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B13 B16 B12 B18
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E12 E16 E17 E19
 Alekhine's Defense (6) 
    B02 B03
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E34 E24 E46 E21 E23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Koltanowski vs Duchamp, 1929 0-1
   Opocensky vs Duchamp, 1933 1/2-1/2
   Duchamp vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1931 1/2-1/2
   Duchamp vs J Rejfir, 1930 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-28-1887, died Oct-02-1968, 81 years old) France

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(Henri Robert) Marcel Duchamp was born in Blainville-Crevon in Normandy. As early as 1902 Duchamp was painting in the garden of the family home. A pioneer of Dadaism and Surrealism, Duchamp was equally passionate about chess. In 1923 he concentrated on playing and his strength became master class. He played in the French Championships and also in the Olympiads 1928-1933.

In 1925 he had his chances to become champion of France. He started well in the tournament, but blundered in a winning position against the eventual victor Robert Crepeaux, and then, perhaps deflated, lost to Casier. Duchamp ended up sixth.

Wikipedia article: Marcel Duchamp

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 80  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Duchamp vs Mario Schroeder  0-141 1922 New York Metropolitan ttD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Duchamp vs Koltanowski  0-130 1923 BrusselsD85 Grunfeld
3. Duchamp vs Colle 1-032 1923 BrusselsA53 Old Indian
4. J Kleczynski Jr vs Duchamp 0-139 1924 ParisB03 Alekhine's Defense
5. Duchamp vs V Kahn  0-143 1924 Paris prel-7A38 English, Symmetrical
6. Duchamp vs V Marin y Llovet  ½-½32 1924 Paris f-BA13 English
7. Duchamp vs K Rozic 1-024 1924 Paris f-BA15 English
8. A Rueb vs Duchamp  0-142 1924 Paris prel-7B02 Alekhine's Defense
9. Duchamp vs C W Brown 1-029 1924 Paris f-BA04 Reti Opening
10. A Chepurnov vs Duchamp 1-023 1924 Paris prel-7B02 Alekhine's Defense
11. S F Smith vs Duchamp  0-185 1924 Paris f-BB03 Alekhine's Defense
12. K Vanek vs Duchamp  1-023 1924 Paris f-BB02 Alekhine's Defense
13. M Romi vs Duchamp  1-029 1924 Paris, finaleB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. Duchamp vs E Steiner 0-129 1924 Paris f-BA15 English
15. Duchamp vs G Davidescu 0-154 1924 Paris prel-7A15 English
16. V Fernandez Coria vs Duchamp  ½-½25 1924 Paris f-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Edmond Michel vs Duchamp 0-136 1924 ch-FRAB30 Sicilian
18. Duchamp vs H Bertrand  1-030 1925 French ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Duchamp vs R Crepeaux 0-136 1925 French ChA52 Budapest Gambit
20. Weenink vs Duchamp ½-½29 1928 OlympiadB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. H Mueller vs Duchamp 1-010 1928 Den Haag olA28 English
22. J Cukierman vs Duchamp 1-050 1929 ParisB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. Tartakower vs Duchamp ½-½44 1929 ParisA04 Reti Opening
24. Baratz vs Duchamp  ½-½8 1929 ParisE17 Queen's Indian
25. Koltanowski vs Duchamp 0-115 1929 ParisE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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  OhioChessFan: 'I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.'
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  OhioChessFan: <Mud> I'd have guessed 2400 myself, just based on his career.
Apr-29-16  Bruce Graham: My Kingdom for a pipe:
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  OhioChessFan: "I am not going to New York, I am leaving Paris. That’s quite different."
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  OhioChessFan: "Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another."
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  OhioChessFan: "The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chess-board, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. ... I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists."
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  OhioChessFan: "Man can never expect to start from scratch; he must start from ready-made things, like even his own mother and father."
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Marcel Duchamp.
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  OhioChessFan: "Can works be made which are not 'of art'?"
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  WannaBe: <OCF> I do it 8-5 everyday!
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  OhioChessFan: "The entire world of art has reached such a low level, it has been commercialized to such a degree that art and everything related to it has become one of the most trivial activities of our epoch."
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  OhioChessFan: "My stay in Munich was the scene of my complete liberation."
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  OhioChessFan: "Gravity is not controlled physically in us by one of the 5 ordinary senses. We always reduce a gravity experience to an autocognizance, real or imagined, registered inside us in the region of the stomach."
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  OhioChessFan: "I don't believe in art. I believe in artists."
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> -- < Per <Dom> and the Duchamp fans, I think one thing he has going for him is that he's always interesting. It's an amazingly rare trait.>

You mean Duchamp, or me?

You're right in either case...

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  flightsquare: Would love to see a Duchamp, Samuel Beckett game here, although I understand they were all blowouts
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  Domdaniel: <flightsquare> Beckett - a good player - said that his games with Duchamp were the most stimulating of his life. Sadly, no records of their games survive.
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  OhioChessFan: <OCF: Per <Dom> and the Duchamp fans, I think one thing he has going for him is that he's always interesting. It's an amazingly rare trait.>

<Dom: You mean Duchamp, or me? >

Both, of course.


“As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences everything gets distorted, language is just no damn good—I use it because I have to, but I don’t put any trust in it. We never understand each other.”

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> That sounds like a song - maybe a ballad by Nick Cave...

"Language is just no good,
Language is no damn good ...

I use it because I must,
But it never really wins my trust,
Language is no damn good..."

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  OhioChessFan: I agreed with the last Duchamp quote yesterday, disagree today, but found it interesting both days.
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  OhioChessFan: "I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art - and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position."
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  OhioChessFan: "In French, there is an old expression, la patte, meaning the artist's touch, his personal style, his 'paw'. I wanted to get away from la patte and from all that retinal painting."
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  keypusher: There is a Copa Marcel Duchamp currently underway in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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  OhioChessFan: "Living is more a question of what one spends than what one makes."
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  OhioChessFan: La sonate-
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