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Arthur William Dake
Number of games in database: 199
Years covered: 1929 to 1989
Last FIDE rating: 2330
Overall record: +87 -47 =61 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (12) 
    A15 A13 A12 A14
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E23 E26 E44 E37 E38
 King's Indian (10) 
    E67 E94 E65 E62 E95
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D64 D63 D54 D62 D50
 Sicilian (7) 
    B24 B38 B50 B80
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D90 D70 D94 D92 D82
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E21 E37 E38 E43 E22
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C71 C88 C78 C79 C85
 Sicilian (9) 
    B84 B40 B90 B32 B71
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A25 A29 A22 A27 A28
 King's Indian (6) 
    E92 E61 E69 E60 E80
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D85 D70 D94 D78 D79
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Dake vs A De Burca, 1935 1-0
   Dake vs J Schmitt, 1949 1-0
   Dake vs Alekhine, 1932 1-0
   Szabo vs Dake, 1935 1/2-1/2
   S Bernstein vs Dake, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Dake vs M Luckis, 1933 1-0
   Duchamp vs Dake, 1933 0-1
   Fine vs Dake, 1931 0-1
   Dake vs Santasiere, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Syracuse (1934)
   US Championship (1936)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1936 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Open 1935, Milwaukee = 36th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1934, Chicago = 35th Western Chess Champ by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1933, Detroit = 34th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   1932 Pasadena by crawfb5
   Hollywood, 1952 by Resignation Trap
   000 New York 1931 by crawfb5
   Mexican Masters Tournament, 1934/1935 by Phony Benoni

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(born Apr-08-1910, died Apr-28-2000, 90 years old) United States of America

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Arthur William (Darkowski) Dake was born in Portland, Oregon on the 8th of April 1910. He learned to play chess from a Russian immigrant living in a local YMCA. He was awarded the IM title in 1954 and the Emeritus GM title in 1986.

He played on three US Olympiad teams in the 1930's and in tournaments was 1st= at Antwerp 1931 and 3rd= at Pasadena 1932 where he defeated Alexander Alekhine in their individual game. At the 1935 world team championships in Warsaw, Mr. Dake won 13 games, drew 5 and and lost none, the best result among all the players in the event.

He was also a formidible blitz player. In a speed chess tournament among the best players in the country in September 1935, Mr. Dake won with a score of 12 wins, no losses and no draws.

In 1938 Dake quit chess to support his family, first by selling insurance and telephone directories and later by working in the department of motor vehicles in Portland. Occasionally, he emerged from retirement to play. In the 1946 match against the USSR he drew both games with Andre Lilienthal.

Wikipedia article: Arthur Dake

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 199  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Dake 1-017 1929 Simul, 43bD94 Grunfeld
2. Dake vs Fine 1-035 1930 young mastersB24 Sicilian, Closed
3. J van den Bosch vs Dake  0-126 1931 Prague ol (Men)C87 Ruy Lopez
4. Fine vs Dake 0-117 1931 New York, USAE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
5. Dake vs M Romi  1-044 1931 Prague ol (Men)D04 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Dake vs Santasiere 1-059 1931 New York Marshall chC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
7. Kashdan vs Dake  ½-½54 1931 New YorkC11 French
8. Dake vs A Becker  0-169 1931 Prague ol (Men)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Dake vs Santasiere 1-024 1931 New YorkE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. Capablanca vs Dake 1-061 1931 New York, NY USAD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. F Apsenieks vs Dake  1-034 1931 Prague ol (Men)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. W Rivier vs Dake  ½-½62 1931 Prague ol (Men)C71 Ruy Lopez
13. Kupchik vs Dake  ½-½48 1931 New YorkE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
14. Dake vs J Rejfir  ½-½41 1931 Prague ol (Men)A15 English
15. Marshall vs Dake 1-023 1931 Masters TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Dake vs Kashdan ½-½19 1932 GoodyearC11 French
17. Dake vs A J Fink  ½-½35 1932 PasadenaA13 English
18. Dake vs Factor  1-058 1932 Pasadena, CA USAA13 English
19. H Steiner vs Dake  ½-½30 1932 PasadenaD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
20. Dake vs F Reinfeld 1-043 1932 Pasadena, CA USAC12 French, McCutcheon
21. J Araiza Munoz vs Dake  1-060 1932 PasadenaE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. Reshevsky vs Dake  1-054 1932 PasadenaD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Dake vs Alekhine 1-038 1932 Pasadena (10)B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
24. Dake vs Fine  ½-½31 1932 PasadenaC14 French, Classical
25. Kashdan vs Dake  ½-½23 1932 PasadenaC71 Ruy Lopez
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Apr-08-07  DutchDunce: What exactly is bidmonfa? A bot that creates a wiki about players and then posts the link on CG?

I don't like it, but neither do I believe it is against any of the posting rules. Unless I'm missing something...

Apr-08-07  gambitfan: PLOD 08/04/2007 Payer of the Day!

Happy Birthday!

Apr-08-07  Warrush: Agreed on banning bidmonfa, he is only posting because noone will go to his site. Its just plain annoying.
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  ganstaman: I think I've once seen <BIDMONFA> make a post that showed he's human and not robot. I don't know how good an excuse this is, but his site links back to all over, so it's maybe a mutually beneficial arrangement. And since his site seems harmless enough, I guess they let him stick around. Maybe if someone could get him to talk right now we could sort things out...
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  whiteshark: Trivia

Arthur Dake (Darkowski) who scored so well at the Warsaw Olympiad 1935 sailed back to America as he met Ms. Helen Gierwatowski at the ship. She had Polish ancestors as well and she was just visiting her forefather's land. He immediately fell in love, proposed and married her soon upon their arrival in New York. Their marriage witnesses were Marshall and Horowitz, members of the winning Olympic team. They have been married for almost 60 years until Helen's death in 1994, in case any of you had doubts whether this was too hasty move!

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  sfm: A book gave the below as an example of fine sportsmanship:

During an Olympics game Dake's opponent was brought a telegram, and turned pale upon reading it. Dake asked "Bad news?" to which his opponent could only nod. Without inquiring further Dake instantly offered a draw.

The news were indeed bad: the death of the chess player's fiancée from falling when climbing a mountain in the Dolomites.

Apr-08-08  brankat: A very fine Master and a true gentleman, Mr.Dake. Had enjoyed a good, productive and long life.
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  mjmorri: Dake is one of a hand-full of American born players to defeat a reigning world champion.

Dake vs Alekhine, 1932

He was certainly a very formidable speed player, perhaps second only to Capablanca, in the 1930's.

Nov-20-08  AnalyzeThis: Let's not get excited. There was Capablanca, sure. Dake doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as him. That's certainly how Reuben Fine, no slouch himself, felt.
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  mjmorri: <AnalyseThis> Capa, of course, was in a class by himself.

Dake's prowess, though, makes one wonder if he too was primarily an intuitive player, like Capa.

Apr-08-09  talisman: happy birthday GM Dake!
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  Shams: in addition to his win over Alekhine, Dake also had Capablanca on the ropes. I recommend his memoir, "Grandmaster from Oregon".
May-02-09  Dredge Rivers: He takes the Dake!
Jun-12-09  myschkin: . . .

"... Mr. Dake had a brilliant although abbreviated career as a chess player. He learned the game at 17, very late for someone who would later become a top player. By the time he was 28, his career was essentially over as family responsibilities compelled him to look for a more stable and better-paying job. In that short time, however, Mr. Dake had established himself as one of the country's best players, and he helped the American chess team win three world team championships. ..."


Jul-10-09  Dredge Rivers: I'm strong to the finish,
cause I eats me spinach,
I'm Dake the sailor man!
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  wordfunph: <Warrush: Agreed on banning bidmonfa, he is only posting because noone will go to his site. Its just plain annoying.>

sorry <Warrush> but i appreciate <BIDMONFA>'s effort..

happy birthday Maestro Arthur Dake!

Apr-08-10  Riverbeast: Dake was apparently an incredible natural talent

He learned the moves at 17, and five years later he was beating Alekhine in a tournament game

There are also stories about how he enraged Alekhine after beating him in a rapid transit match

Apr-08-10  rapidcitychess: Happy B-day dead guy!!!!! That was awkward...
Jul-04-10  JohnBoy: Dake has some staying power - dead 10 years and still a 2300 FIDE rating!
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  GrahamClayton: 1932 photo:
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  jessicafischerqueen: Live film footage of the USA vs. RUSSIA match held in Moscow, 1946. Included are <Mikhail Botvinnik>, <Vassily Smslov>, <Samuel Reshevsky>, <Arnold Denker>, and <Arthur Dake>:

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  kbob: According to this database Dake's lifetime score against Reuben Fine was six wins to three, with three draws.
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  Caissanist: Fine was a teenager when most of those games were played. After Fine turned 21 they only played two games, with Fine winning one and the other being drawn.
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  Caissanist: Good article about Dake in the Oregon magazine 1859: .
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Arthur Dake.
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