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Dawid Daniuszewski
Number of games in database: 37
Years covered: 1907 to 1944
Overall record: +15 -12 =10 (54.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1890, died 1944, 54 years old) Poland

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Dawid Daniuszewski spent most of his life in Lodz, Poland. Between 1915 and 1921, he resided in the Soviet Union and participated in the 1st Soviet chess Championship, Moscow 1920. Together with his co-author August Mundt, Daniuszewski compiled The First Almanac of the Lodz Society of Chess Playing Amateurs (Lodz, 1907, in Russian). His second book was called The Jubilee Book of the Lodz Society of Chess Playing Amateurs (Lodz, 1938). Dawid Daniuszewski perished in the Litzmannstadt ghetto in 1944.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Daniuszewski vs Rubinstein 1-0301907LodzD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
2. D Daniuszewski vs Rubinstein 1-0131907Lodz 5'C60 Ruy Lopez
3. Rubinstein vs D Daniuszewski 1-0261907Fifth All-Russian ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
4. D Daniuszewski vs Rubinstein  1-0331908LodzD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
5. M Elyashiv vs D Daniuszewski  0-1471909All Russian AmateurC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
6. D Daniuszewski vs V Nikolaev  ½-½351909All Russian AmateurD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. S F Lebedev vs D Daniuszewski  ½-½371909All Russian AmateurD00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. D Daniuszewski vs Viakhirev  0-1361909All Russian AmateurD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. K Rosenkrantz vs D Daniuszewski  0-1481909All Russian AmateurC49 Four Knights
10. D Daniuszewski vs G Helbach  ½-½501909All Russian AmateurD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Rotlewi vs D Daniuszewski  ½-½491909All Russian AmateurD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. D Daniuszewski vs B Maliutin  ½-½511909All Russian AmateurD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
13. S Izbinsky vs D Daniuszewski  ½-½541909All Russian AmateurC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. D Daniuszewski vs A Chepurnov 0-1261909All Russian AmateurD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. P A Evtifeev vs D Daniuszewski 0-1501909All Russian AmateurA03 Bird's Opening
16. D Daniuszewski vs N Tereshchenko  ½-½451909All Russian AmateurD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
17. B Gregory vs D Daniuszewski 1-0611909All Russian AmateurD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. D Daniuszewski vs B Verlinsky 1-0391909All Russian AmateurD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
19. Alekhine vs D Daniuszewski 0-1411909All Russian AmateurC28 Vienna Game
20. D Daniuszewski vs P Romanovsky 1-0591909All Russian AmateurD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. N Pavlov-Pianov vs D Daniuszewski  ½-½231920USSR ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
22. D Daniuszewski vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky 0-1491920USSR ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. D Daniuszewski vs Alekhine  ½-½301920USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
24. E Voellmy vs D Daniuszewski 1-0291924Paris f-BD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. D Daniuszewski vs O Naegeli 1-0321924Paris f-BB42 Sicilian, Kan
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  Calli: He was undefeated against Alekhine and Rubinstein!
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  Gypsy: Well, you missed one <Dawid Daniuszewski beat Akiba Rubinstein 3 to 1.> but a phenomenal result nonetheless!
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  Calli: Thanks! I failed to go to the second page for some reason. Also located a second Alekhine game. They drew in the 1920 Russian Ch. Its not on CG.
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  Gypsy: Here I found a bit about the man himself: He was one of the thousands that perished in Lodz Gheto sometime in 1944. Till the end, however, he remained devoted to chess.
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  Chessical: Daniuszewski came 4th out of 19 in the All Russian Amateur Championship in 1909 (1st Alekhine), and came 9th out of 16 in the All Russian Chess Olympiad of 1920 (which appears to have been an all play all).
Dec-16-07  Karpova: Dawid Daniuszewski edited the books <Pierwyi almanach Lodzinskogo obszczestwa liubitielej szachmatnoj igry> (together with A Mundt ) and <Ksiega Jubileuszowa Lodzkiego Towarzystwa Zwolennikow Gry Szachowej 1903-1908> covering a lot of Rubinstein's early career. Many of Rubinstein's results and games would be lost if not for these two works.

Dawid Daniuszewski's record against Rubinstein in serious games:

Double Round Robin tournament in Lodz, August 24 to September 23 in 1906 (Rubinstein won): Rubinstein - Daniuszewski 1.5-0.5

Double Round Robin tournament (might be the Chess Club Campionship) in Lodz, 1907 (Rubinstein won): Rubinstein - Daniuszewski 1-1 (1 win each)
D Daniuszewski vs Rubinstein, 1907

Fifth All-Russian Championship in Lodz, December 16 to January 15 in 1908 (Rubinstein won): Rubinstein - Daniuszewski 1-0

Unknown event in Lodz, 1908 (Donaldson/Minev know of no tournament taking place in Lodz at that time (end of 1908) but think that the following game is from a serious contest): Rubinstein - Daniuszewski 0-1
D Daniuszewski vs Rubinstein, 1908

According to Daniuszewski there were some tournaments in Lodz in 1916 and 1917 with an eight-player double round robin tournament held from December 1916 to January 1917 (only known participants apart from Rubinstein were Gottesdiener and Regedzinski) and won by Rubinstein +11 =3 -0, so he might have faced Daniuszewski there also.

So if we disregard the 1916/17 event and count the obscure game from 1908 their personal score is Rubinstein - Daniuszewski 3.5-2.5

I don't know if they faced each other in serious games after 1920 but the database suggests they did and gives this game Rubinstein vs D Daniuszewski, 1927 1-0

Please note that those two games
D Daniuszewski vs Rubinstein, 1907
Rubinstein vs D Daniuszewski, 1931
are not serious games since the first one was an offhand blitz game (and it's obvious from Rubinstein's play that he didn't take it seriously) while the second one is from a Simul and Daniuszewski is doubtless a strong player to face in a simul.

Feb-27-11  Karpova: Link to Tomasz Lissowski's <Letter from the Lodz Ghetto: A Tribute to Dawid Daniuszewski>:

The letter (Courtesy of Zygmunt Lokuciewski) contains descriptions to several positions given below and also an annotated game played in the Lodz Ghetto, 1944.02.09 (I will submit it to the database).

Tomasz asked a friend if the games should be published and he got this reply:

<My own view is that such historical matters in chess are invaluable. [...] I think the games and the story surrounding them are a very important matter. The struggle to preserve culture, to continue with the matters of the mind that make us truly human, and not mere animals, in the face of the Nazi beast strikes me as true courage. Just the act of writing down the scores suggests an effort to preserve something valuable in the face of such utter horror and destruction that is ennobling, in itself. I, for one, would be proud to play over the game scores, if you care to share them. I think they would make a valuable human interest story. [...] You may be holding in your hands one of the last cultural artifacts ever to emerge from among that suffering group of humanity. The recording of those games was an act of affirmation of life, of what makes life good and beautiful, in my estimation. Sure, the games themselves might not be great chess, but that is not the point. They are candles lighting the darkness, if only for a moment, if only in a small way - and as such, I believe, entitled to more consideration than merely the merits of the play itself.>


Possibly a study by E. Post from 1939:

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1.Nc7 Bh1 2.Kg1! B any 3.f6+ K any 4.e6 and wins


Daniuszewski - J. Gelenstern

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1...f4? 2.Re6! fxg3? 3.Rxg6+ Kh8 4.Rh6+ Kg7 5.Rh7# 1-0


Lundin Richter,K (1941, 'Neue Illustrierte Zeitung')

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Leepin Mross

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Feb-27-11  Dredge Rivers: Dawid? Was that a typo on his birth certificate?
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  TheFocus: What never heard of Dawid Janowsky?

Dawid is a correct spelling for both.

Feb-28-11  Sasportas: The middle consonant in David is spelled "w" in Polish, there is no "v" in Polish words.
Mar-13-11  Dredge Rivers: I'll remember that when I watch Dawid Letterman! :)
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