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|Jul-15-08|| ||myschkin: Arnold Denker, Chess Champ and Benefactor
(Audio by Madeleine Brand)
|Feb-06-09|| ||jerseybob: I've heard of the 1946 Denker-Steiner match - though none of the games are in this database - but how could that have been for the title? There was an actual honest-to-goodness TOURNEY played in 1946 won by Reshevsky.|
|Feb-07-09|| ||AnalyzeThis: Denker vs. Steiner apparently happenned first, with Denker defending his title, then for some reason they switched back to the tournament format, which Reshevsky won. Apparently, had Steiner won the match against Denker that year, he would have been US champion for about 15 minutes.|
|Feb-07-09|| ||Phony Benoni: Well, more like five months; the match was played from May 18-June 1, the tournament from October 26-November 17.
Denker, in his book <If You Must Play Chess>, definitely describes it as a championship match.|
Apparently, the champion had the right to accept challenges in match play between the biennial tournaments. Reshevsky won a similar match against Horowitz in 1941.
I'm just guessing, but it's possible the tournaments were arranged just to be sure there would be championship competition after Marshall held the title for 27 years (1909-1936) and defended it only once (Edward Lasker, 1923).
|Feb-21-09|| ||WhiteRook48: I have not heard of this player before|
|Feb-21-11|| ||Willem Wallekers: Mr. Denker deserves a place in the first section of "Happy birthday to".|
|Apr-12-11|| ||waustad: The highest rating does no justice. According to chessmetrics he got into the top 10 in 1935. Whatever you think of their methods, that is a lot stronger than an ordinary master. They gave him a 2738 performance rating at Syracuse, 1935 in a tourney with the cream of US chess - Reshevsky, Fine, Kashdan, Dake, Steiner, Santastiere, ...|
|Apr-12-11|| ||perfidious: Pity only two of Denker's games are in this DB from his triumphal march to the 1944 US title, but at least the best-known of the lot is one!|
|Apr-12-11|| ||FSR: I met Denker once at some big tournament in Chicago. Unfortunately I didn't have his best games collection at the time, so I had him autograph his game against Fine in one of Fine's books - maybe "The World's Great Chess Games." A very strong player and classy guy who deserves to be better known. Do check out Denker-Feit, the first game of his in this database (and also in his book I believe). He played it in high school, and it is a frigging masterpiece. Even he wrote that he doesn't understand how he played the game so well as that age.|
|Apr-13-11|| ||HeMateMe: I used to own a copy of "The Bobby Fischer I Knew, And Other Stories", which is a nice book, recollection of chess in the 1930s-50s, and Denkers bit of interation with the very young BF at chess clubs. A nice complement to a chess book shelf, considering how much garbage is out there.|
Does anyone have <"The KGB Plays Chess: The Soviet Secret Police and the Fight for the World Chess Crown"> by Boris Gulko? Is it any good?
|May-21-11|| ||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>:|
|Jul-04-11|| ||Rook e2: A nice name for a good chessplayer, 'Denker' means 'thinker' in Dutch.|
|Jul-04-11|| ||karnak64: A true all American. Good pick for the day!|
|Feb-21-13|| ||grasser: I got a draw with Denker when I was a teen back in 1976. He was a VERY nice man.|
|Sep-01-13|| ||Karpova: His son Mitchell passed away on August 24: http://www.uschesstrust.org/mitchel...|
|Apr-12-14|| ||Benzol: Found the following game in an old NZ Chess magazine. It apparently was played in a Manhattan - Marshall Team Match in 1963. I'm not sure if White was Harry Lyman or his nephew Shelby Lyman.|
[Event "Manhatten Marshall Team Match"]
[Site "New York, USA"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 b5 6. Bd3
Bb7 7. O-O d6 8. f4 Nf6 9. Be3 b4 10. e5 dxe5 11. fxe5 bxc3 12. exf6 Qd5 13.
Qe2 gxf6 14. Bc4 Qe5 15. Nf3 Qh5 16. Bd4 Bc5 17. bxc3 O-O 18. Rab1 Bc6 19. Qf2
Nd7 20. Be2 Rfe8 21. Nd2 Bxd4 22. cxd4 Qg5 23. Bf3 Bxf3 24. Nxf3 Qd5 25. Nd2
Qxa2 26. Rb7 Red8 27. Nb3 f5 28. d5 Rac8 29. dxe6 fxe6 30. Rc1 Qb2 31. Qa7 Nf6
32. Qb6 Qe5 33. Re7 Rd6 34. Qf2 Rcd8 0-1
|Apr-13-14|| ||crawfb5: According to Horowitz's column in the <NY Times> of 30 Jun 1963, Denker's opponent was Shelbourne (Shelby) Lyman. The game was from a match in the final round of the Metropolitan Chess League.|
|Apr-13-14|| ||Benzol: <crawfb5> Thanks Larry. If anyone wants to upload this game feel free to do so.|
|Apr-13-14|| ||zanzibar: RE: Lyman-Denker, MCC-MCC tm (1963)
Here's an unplayed variation where White deviates with 10.Na4 and Black injudiciously decides to grab the pawn:
10.Na4 <off to the side, but keeps center lines open, and x-ray owns b6/c5. Also good is 10.e5> Then if Bxe4 11.Bxe4 Nxe4
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<Sharp - White has one move to gain a decisive advantage - utilizing development lead to capitalize on Black's king being stuck in the center, e.g.>
12.f5! e5 13.Ne6! <sac> fxe6 <what else? if 13...Qc8 or 13...Qd7 then 14.Nb6> 14.fxe6 d5 15.Qh5+ g6 16.Qxe5 Rg8 17.Qf4 Ra7? <better to return piece w 17...Nf6 or 17...Qf6> 18.Qf7+ Rxf7 19.exf7+ Kd7 20.fxg8=Q < Black is lost>
Look at how powerful the coordinated White knights are if the sac is declined. They almost single-handedly rip open Black's position.
|Feb-21-15|| ||NBAFan: I remember meeting Denker in the 90's. He was a true gentleman, who welcomed me as soon as I saw him. I deeply miss him, and wish that he had been listed as the POTD today. He deserves the respect.|
|May-16-15|| ||Howard: He was almost certainly the last surviving player from the 1936 U.S. championship, at the time he died.|
|Oct-27-15|| ||wrap99: Met Denker in 1977 at US Open in Columbus -- not so much older then than I am now (time flies as someone else observed above) -- very nice and approachable and amusing guy.|
It seems to me as he was colorfully analyzing a game with a much younger opponent that somehow this was what chess was about: Bright people of various ages and backgrounds interacting socially (a huge part of chess -- the tournament is one thing, the skittles room is an incredible place: please try to play at a US Open at least once!).
Denker was a great man as far as I can tell.
|Feb-21-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Arnold Denker.
Why would you have been left off the birthday list?
|Jul-04-16|| ||ketchuplover: may he continue to rest in peace|
|Oct-26-17|| ||zanzibar: Denker wins again!
White to move
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Does <CG> have this game? Can we do a search on the position?
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