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Daniel Abraham Yanofsky
Number of games in database: 371
Years covered: 1938 to 1986
Overall record: +144 -74 =153 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (53) 
    C97 C99 C64 C88 C83
 Sicilian (48) 
    B43 B58 B32 B92 B93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (31) 
    C97 C99 C88 C89 C98
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B18 B10 B13 B17 B14
 French Defense (18) 
    C11 C18 C04 C10 C17
 King's Indian (12) 
    E83 E87 E80 E62 E82
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (35) 
    E64 E92 E62 E66 E70
 French Defense (32) 
    C14 C13 C05 C11 C01
 Grunfeld (16) 
    D97 D73 D88 D83 D75
 Slav (16) 
    D19 D10 D14 D17 D15
 French (12) 
    C13 C11 C00
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B17 B14 B13 B10 B11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yanofsky vs Golombek, 1951 1-0
   Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947 1-0
   Yanofsky vs A Dulanto, 1939 1-0
   Yanofsky vs Botvinnik, 1946 1-0
   Yanofsky vs Pinkus, 1942 1-0
   Fischer vs Yanofsky, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Bronstein vs Yanofsky, 1948 1/2-1/2
   Szabo vs Yanofsky, 1967 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1946/47 (1946)
   Groningen (1946)
   Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948)
   Hastings 1951/52 (1951)
   Hastings 1952/53 (1952)
   Dallas (1957)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Netanya (1968)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1942, Dallas by Phony Benoni
   Dallas, 1957 by Resignation Trap
   US Open 1947, Corpus Christi by Phony Benoni
   Netanya-A 1968 by suenteus po 147
   1952 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Hastings 1946/47 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1951/52 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1952/53 by Phony Benoni
   Canadian Games by ruylopez900

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DANIEL ABRAHAM YANOFSKY
(born Mar-26-1925, died Mar-05-2000) Poland (citizen of Canada)

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Daniel Abraham ("Abe") Yanofsky was born in Brody, Poland. After being born in Poland to Russian parents he was taken to Canada by them when eight months old. Awarded the IM title in 1950, the GM title in 1964 and the International Arbiter title in 1977, he was British Champion in 1953 and Canadian Champion on eight occasions. He learned to play at age eight and made such rapid progress that at the age of fourteen he represented Canada on second board at the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939, accumulating 13.5 points in his first 16 team games at 2nd board. After the Second World War he played in several tournaments including the Saltsjobaden Interzonal of 1948 where he finished in 11th= place.

He won his 1st Canadian Championship by age 16 in 1941 (scores 9.5/11 at his home-town of Winnipeg, with a sole loss to Leo Moser during his 1st successful title capture), & until 1975 subsequently also won or tied for 1st during each of his tries (except at Arvida, 1949, when a loss to Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk (Montreal's Maurice Fox led, & he finished 2nd) placed him in a tie for 3rd-4th; Vancouver, 1951, when 1st place finisher Paul Vaitonis drew him, but losses to both 2nd-3rd place finishers Frank Ross Anderson & Bohatirchuk, as well as Rea B Hayes took him out of contention; & possibly 1942, because the cross-table is missing) in the following years: 1943 (registers his 1st perfect 11/11 - at Dalhousie), 1945 (tied for 1st-2nd with Frank J Yerhoff at 10.5/12 in Saskatoon), 1947 (clear 1st with 12/13 at Quebec), 1953 (tied for 1st-2nd with Anderson at 7/9 in Winnipeg), 1959 (registers his 2nd perfect 11/11 in Montreal), 1963 (clear 1st with 13/15 at Winnipeg) & 1965 (clear 1st with 10/11 at Vancouver). But in 1975, he suffered his next 2 Canadian championship losses (against Kevin Spraggett & Peter Biyiasas at Calgary; he tied with Lawrence Day & Bruce M Amos for 5th-7th at 9/15) in more than 24 years, when he came in 4th at Vancouver with 8/12. He tried for his final championship at Winnipeg in 1986, capturing share of 3rd-4th place with Fletcher Baragar at 9.5/15 - suffering defeats to tournament winners Igor Vasilievich Ivanov & Spraggett. At Toronto in 1938, his 13/18 again placed him at share of 4th-6th after scoring 5/10 at Quebec during the previous year.

His chess took second place to his law studies which he completed brilliantly, as a result he was offered five scholarships for postgraduate work. He chose Oxford in England to further his studies. Returning to Winnipeg he became a successful lawyer but he still found time to represent Canada in several Olympiads, scoring 77 points in 141 team games played overall.

Between 1954-81, he edited a chess column in the Winnipeg Free Press.

As a player his greatest strength was in the endgame. If he had devoted himself entirely to chess he would certainly have gone much further.

References: http://www.olimpbase.org/ (team & Olympiad chess archives), http://www.chess.ca/yanofsky-daniel (Canadian Chess Federation), http://www.fide.com/ (international Chess Federation), Winnipeg Free Press.

Wikipedia article: Daniel Yanofsky


 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 371  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Yanofsky vs C Smith 1-020 1938 Canadian Championship, Toronto, ONT (CAN)D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
2. R Drummond vs Yanofsky  0-144 1938 Canadian ChampionshipA15 English
3. Najdorf vs Yanofsky  1-031 1939 Buenos Aires ol prel-A ;HCL 37D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
4. Yanofsky vs J Rauch  1-038 1939 US Open Consolation FinalC88 Ruy Lopez
5. G Hellman vs Yanofsky  0-134 1939 US Open PrelimC14 French, Classical
6. B Garfinkel vs Yanofsky 0-139 1939 US Open PrelimE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. Yanofsky vs A Dulanto 1-028 1939 Buenos Aires ol, Buenos AiresC11 French
8. Fine vs Yanofsky  ½-½43 1939 US Open PrelimA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
9. A Larsen vs Yanofsky 0-129 1939 Buenos Aires ol, Buenos AiresC14 French, Classical
10. C Pilnick vs Yanofsky 0-127 1939 US Open Consolation FinalC13 French
11. L Moser vs Yanofsky  1-057 1941 Canadian ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. S Bernstein vs Yanofsky 0-140 1942 Ventnor CityE17 Queen's Indian
13. Yanofsky vs K Watson  1-034 1942 US OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. Yanofsky vs H Steiner  1-032 1942 US OpenC88 Ruy Lopez
15. M Fox vs Yanofsky ½-½46 1942 Canadian ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
16. Yanofsky vs George Sturgis  1-048 1942 US OpenC17 French, Winawer, Advance
17. J Hudson vs Yanofsky  0-114 1942 US OpenB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. L R Norton vs Yanofsky  0-134 1942 US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Yanofsky vs E W Marchand  1-041 1942 US OpenC18 French, Winawer
20. A Lipton vs Yanofsky  0-117 1942 US OpenC01 French, Exchange
21. Yanofsky vs Pinkus 1-064 1942 Ventnor CityD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
22. I A Horowitz vs Yanofsky  1-043 1942 US OpenE17 Queen's Indian
23. Yanofsky vs F McKee 1-035 1942 US OpenB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
24. B Rozsa vs Yanofsky  0-130 1942 US OpenC11 French
25. Yanofsky vs J Creighton  1-027 1942 US OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
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Aug-06-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Zenchess: He also had extraordinary foresight; in Yanofsky vs Dulanto, 1939 his Q was tied to the g-file on pain of instant mate, but he had worked out the whole continuation from move 13. In Yanofsky vs Botvinnik, 1946 Yanofsky, on move 33, saw further than Botvinnik when he set a vicious trap. Botvinnik took the base and went down to colossal defeat.
Aug-07-04  ruylopez900: Yes, the game vs. Botvinnik was quite good.
Oct-27-04  nikolaas: Two Janofsky brothers met for the first time in Buenos Aires olympiad, each of them playing for different country. J. Janowski, 45, was born in the Ukraine and left for Argentina in 1919. His father stayed home and later on moved to Canada along with his 6-month-old son Abe Janowski (English spelling: Yanofsky). Abe became the strongest player in Canada and was named to play first board at the Buenos Aires Olympiad. Reading the list of the participants J. Janowsky was very surprised and was eager to meet one A. Yanofsky from the Canadian team. He showed the photo of his father and Abe exclaimed: "that's my father too!" They happily embraced each other.
Jul-16-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: A couple of tidbits from Chess the Hard Way:

In 1937, Yanofsky won the championship of Manitoba at age 12. He repeated every year through 1942, when nobody else even bothered to show up. Thereafter, he was banned from further participation in the provincial championship to encourage others to play in it.

In 1939, Yanofsky played at the U.S. Open in New York. At that time, the Open was organized in preliminaries from which you qualfied for various final sections. Yanofsky tied for the last qualifying spot for the top section in his prelim, but lost a tie-breaking coin flip for the spot. The coin was flipped by Tournament Director Fred Reinfeld--who, oddly enough, did not write a book about it.

Mar-26-08  BIDMONFA: Daniel Yanofsky

YANOFSKY, Daniel A.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/yanofsky_da...
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Aug-28-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: After scoring 9.5/10 at the 1939 Buenos Aires tournament, Yanofsky was given a silver cigarette holder, an unusual prize for a 14 year old who wasn't old enough to be smoking!
Sep-02-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Source: CN 3003 Edward Winter, "Chess Facts and Fables", McFarland Publishing, 2006
Feb-09-09  Banoboy: <phoney Benoni> "The coin was flipped by Tournament Director Fred Reinfeld--who, oddly enough, did not write a book about it."

LOL!

Feb-14-09  Freelix: GM Spraggett posted a nice profile of Daniel Yanofsky in his blog http://kevinspraggett.blogspot.com/.... He analyzes positions from several of Yanofsky's games:

Yanofsky vs A Dulanto, 1939

N Divinsky vs Yanofsky, 1945

Ragozin vs Yanofsky, 1948

Szabo vs Yanofsky, 1967

O'Kelly vs Yanofsky, 1968

J Penrose vs Yanofsky, 1952

Feb-14-09  Freelix: Hmm, it looks like Spraggett features a different Penrose-Yanofsky (1952) that is not in chessgames and is even more brilliant than the one I just linked.
Mar-26-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday Mr. Yanofsky!
Mar-23-10  sdrumovic: I'm looking for the ranking/cross-table from the Stevenson Memorial played ad Southsea 1952. Yanofsky participated and Wade too; also the italian Scafarelli (3rd).
Mar-23-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <sdrumovic> I will check in my British Chess Magazine. Have it for you tomorrow.

Have you tried finding tournament cross-tables that took place in England at BritBase.com?

Mar-24-10  sdrumovic: Yes TheFocus, I've already checked on Britbase: there's nothing on Southsea 1952; the only references to that tournament I could find in the net are:

http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic...
http://xoomer.virgilio.it/cserica/s...

I also saw your answer on Romi pages; thank you for your help.

Mar-24-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <sdrumovic> I must apologize. Last night we had testing in my class and I got home too late to check my BCMs. Will check them tonight.
Mar-25-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <sdrumovic> Southsea was a 10 round Swiss event with 36 players. Do you have a fax number that I can send the cross-table to? Post it here and then when I get it, you can delete it.

Yanofsky won the tournament.

Do you have access to British Chess Magazine, June 1952, pg. 157-164.

Mar-26-10  sdrumovic: Thank you TheFocus. I have no fax (and it would be an international call!).

I have no easy access to any archive of the BCM, or Gaige's or DiFelice's books. I'm collecting data from italian tournaments, and big tournaments played by italians abroad, for a project of the Italian Chess Federation (FSI). FSI has a good library, but its site is not in the town I live in and it is still uncategorized since the last moving.

The output of my research will be soon published on the FSI site; as it'll be launched, I hope to receive contributions from people having access to the afore-mentioned sources, and more.

Instead of a fax, you can send the material to the address given in the Games Archive page (top of the page, just under the banners), another project I'm running for the federation: http://www.federscacchi.it/str_arch...

Thank you again.

Mar-27-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Sdrumovic> If there is a mailing address, I will mail you the cross-table and the article from BCM, about nine pages.

I still have to put in the Hastings B cross-table, but not until Monday.

Mar-29-10  sdrumovic: Thank you the focus. Please write me to the address: partite@federscacchi.it
Jul-15-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Yanofsky's obituary notice from the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2000/03/10/a...

Mar-26-11  DiscoJew: Winnipeg's Finest!

We hold a tournament annually in his honor called the

"Abe Yanofky Memorial"

He was a kind, brilliant man that everyone in our chess circles loved.

He was a respected lawyer, a Queen's Council, a Mayor, Canada's and the Commonwealth's first Grandmaster, He won the British Championship while studying law there, beat Botvinnik in Gronigen in a beautiful White side of a Ruy Lopez, was in the Canadian Navy...the list goes on and on. What a stand out guy!

Rest in peace Daniel Abraham Yanofky!

Mar-26-11  Penguincw: R.I.P. Daniel Yanofsky.

< (citizen of Canada) > Hey,I live in Canada too...

Mar-26-11  Gersch: I have never heard of this player, however his endgame are of the likes of Smyslov and Capablanca.
Mar-26-12  Penguincw: R.I.P. Yanofsky.
Mar-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: ...and thanks for your contribution to chess history
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