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Albert Pinkus
Number of games in database: 121
Years covered: 1924 to 1955

Overall record: +53 -31 =35 (59.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C91 C83 C84 C78 C88
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C91 C84 C88 C89 C86
 French Defense (7) 
    C13 C07 C10 C12
 Sicilian (5) 
    B20 B58 B95 B72 B93
 French (5) 
    C13 C10 C12
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D82 D70 D73 D74 D90
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D61 D51 D52 D55 D63
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C77 C83 C86 C84
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D38 D37 D31
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E33 E49 E25 E51
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C53 C54
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Pinkus vs Santasiere, 1926 1-0
   Pinkus vs Lilienthal, 1945 1/2-1/2
   Santasiere vs Pinkus, 1946 1/2-1/2
   Lilienthal vs Pinkus, 1945 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   49th US Open (1948)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1939, New York = 40th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1950, Detroit by Phony Benoni
   1944 US championship by crawfb5

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(born Mar-20-1903, died Feb-04-1984, 80 years old) United States of America

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Albert Sidney Pinkus was Champion of both the Manhattan (1941, 1945) and Marshall Chess Clubs, and played in the U.S. Championship five times. He became a stock broker in 1939. Younger brother of Milton Pinkus.

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 121  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Marshall vs Pinkus 0-164 1924 Dimock themeC54 Giuoco Piano
2. Pinkus vs Kupchik  1-033 1924 New York-ch Rice CCC41 Philidor Defense
3. Pinkus vs H Liebenstein  1-046 1924 New York-ch Stuyvesant CCC66 Ruy Lopez
4. M Wilenkin vs Pinkus  1-036 1924 New York-ch Stuyvesant CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Santasiere vs Pinkus  0-124 1925 Dimock Theme TournamentC54 Giuoco Piano
6. Pinkus vs Santasiere 1-030 1926 Dimock themeB20 Sicilian
7. Pinkus vs Marshall 0-122 1926 Dimock themeC51 Evans Gambit
8. Kupchik vs Pinkus  1-044 1928 Manhattan Chess Club-chD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Pinkus vs Kupchik  0-160 1928 Manhattan Chess Club-chE17 Queen's Indian
10. Pinkus vs Kashdan 1-036 1928 Manhattan CC ChE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Alekhine vs Pinkus 0-157 1929 Clock simul, 9bC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
12. Kupchik vs Pinkus  0-139 1930 Manhattan Chess Club-chC28 Vienna Game
13. Pinkus vs J H Mathias  1-013 1933 Metropolitan Chess LeagueC13 French
14. Pinkus vs Konigsburg 1-026 1934 Casual GameC70 Ruy Lopez
15. C Pilnick vs Pinkus 0-123 1939 USA-ch prelA03 Bird's Opening
16. G Hellman vs Pinkus  0-140 1939 USA-chC53 Giuoco Piano
17. C Jaffe vs Pinkus  0-131 1939 40th ACF Congress FinalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
18. Pinkus vs Reshevsky ½-½40 1939 ACF-chC88 Ruy Lopez
19. O Ulvestad vs Pinkus  0-138 1939 USA-chD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Pinkus vs M Green 1-058 1939 USA-chB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
21. Santasiere vs Pinkus 1-045 1939 New YorkA04 Reti Opening
22. W Adams vs Pinkus  0-140 1939 USA-chB15 Caro-Kann
23. Pinkus vs B Blumin  1-042 1939 40th ACF Congress. ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Fine vs Pinkus  1-033 1939 USA-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Pinkus vs F Reinfeld  ½-½41 1940 USA ChC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-13-04  sleepkid: ...the Indiana Jones of chess...
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  chancho: I remember when they wrote about Albert Pinkus in Chess Life back in the 90's. He lived an interesting life it seems.
Apr-04-07  Resignation Trap: For one thing, he was a collector of botanical specimens from South America. Here's a plant named for him, Vochysia pinkusii: .
Apr-04-07  Resignation Trap: I'd be thrilled just to have a fungus named after me!
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  wordfunph: anecdotes in memory of Albert Pinkus..

In 1984, Al Pinkus died from Alzheimer's disease at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn. His son Larry said that the disease ground him down inexorably and that he eventually had difficulty remembering to punch his chess clock after moving.


Robert Byrne remembered watching a fascinating combat between the swashbuckling attacker Arnold Denker and defiant defender Albert Pinkus. After Arnold had got off one of his scintillating pawn sacrifices, Albert snatched it, wrote down "Show me" on his scoresheet, and got up from the table. When he returned to make his move, he was jolted to find the reply in the margin, "Don't worry. I will!" in Denker's inimitable hand. That day he did, too.

i forgot where i lifted these stories, maybe from Chess Life or other source.

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  Phony Benoni: <wordfunph> That story is from Denker himself. It's from his autobiographical collection "If You Must Play Chess", describing the game Denker vs Pinkus, 1946.

I'll put the exact quote on the game page.

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  Caissanist: Pinkus is the subject of an enjoyable chapter of Arnold Denker's memoir "The Bobby Fischer I Knew and Other Stories", which includes the anecdotes <wordfunph> mentions.
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  wordfunph: <Phony Benoni> <Caissanist> thanks for the correction.
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  brankat: Mr.Pinkus did have some good results against very strong players.

R.I.P. Mr.Pinkus.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Albert Pinkus.
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  HeMateMe: started the first German consulting detective agency?
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