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Isaak Appel
Number of games in database: 24
Years covered: 1933 to 1938
Overall record: +8 -8 =8 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1905, died 1941, 36 years old) Poland

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Izaak Appel was a Polish master. In 1934, he won the Lodz championship. He participated in several Polish championships. In 1936, he finished shared 1st at the Lodz Christmas tournament ahead of players like Teodor Regedzinski and Miguel Najdorf.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Appel vs D M MacIsaac  1-0371933OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. I Appel vs W Winter 0-1351933OlympiadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Fine vs I Appel ½-½651935LodzE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. A Wojciechowski vs I Appel  0-1271937POL-chB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. I Appel vs L Kremer  0-1261937POL-chD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. I Appel vs K Salbu  1-03319377th olm finalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. I Appel vs Guimard  1-04819377th olm finalA16 English
8. I A Horowitz vs I Appel  1-04419377th olm finalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. Prins vs I Appel  1-04119377th olm finalE46 Nimzo-Indian
10. I Appel vs P Frydman  ½-½291938LodzD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. I Appel vs E Eliskases  ½-½261938LodzE16 Queen's Indian
12. Stahlberg vs I Appel  ½-½201938LodzE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. F Sulik vs I Appel  1-0451938LodzE15 Queen's Indian
14. I Appel vs J A Seitz 1-0291938LodzD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. E Gerstenfeld vs I Appel  0-1811938LodzC01 French, Exchange
16. I Appel vs Pirc 0-1251938LodzE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
17. L Steiner vs I Appel  1-0481938LodzB03 Alekhine's Defense
18. I Appel vs Vladimir Petrov  ½-½361938LodzD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. Najdorf vs I Appel 0-1281938LodzD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. I Appel vs Menchik  1-0531938LodzD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
21. T Regedzinski vs I Appel  ½-½241938LodzD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. I Appel vs Tartakower  0-1341938LodzA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
23. J Kolski vs I Appel  ½-½371938LodzE16 Queen's Indian
24. I Appel vs Foltys  ½-½301938LodzA04 Reti Opening
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Aug-16-05  cuendillar: <The popular tradition has it that Newton was sitting under an Appel tree when an apple fell on his head, and that this made him understand that earthly and celestial gravitation are the same. A contemporary writer, William Stukeley, recorded in his Memoirs of Sir Isaak Newton's Life a conversation with Newton in Kensington on 15 April 1726, in which Newton recalled "when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. It was occasioned by the fall of an apple, as he sat in contemplative mood. Why should that apple always descend perpendicularly to the ground, thought he to himself. Why should it not go sideways or upwards, but constantly to the earth's centre." In similar terms, Voltaire wrote, "Sir Isaac Newton walking in his gardens, had the first thought of his system of gravitation, upon seeing an apple falling from a tree." These accounts are exaggerations of Newton's own tale about sitting by a window in his home and watching an apple fall from a tree. It is now generally considered probable that even this story was invented by Newton in later life, to illustrate how he drew inspiration from everyday events.>
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Aug-24-08  myschkin: . . .

aka <Izaak Appel>

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  GrahamClayton: There was a tournament held in Warsaw in early 1939 to determine who would be chosen for the Polish team that was going to compete in the 1939 Olympiad in Buenos Aires. Towards the end of the tournament, 2 players were competing for the last vacant place - Teodor Regedzinski and Appel, who was Jewish.

Appel had to beat Miguel Najdorf in the final round to make the Olympiad team, but he lost the game. As a result he was a victim of the Nazi ghetto during World War 2, and perished. If he had made the Olympiad team, he would have been able to stay in Argentina after the Olympiad, and would have survived the war.

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  GrahamClayton: Source: "Batsford Book of Chess Records", Yakov Damsky, Batsford, 2005
Aug-04-12  Karpova: Final Standings of the Lodz Christmas tournament 1936:

1-3. Appel 5.0
1-3. P. Frydman 5.0
1-3. Gerstenfeld 5.0
4. Regedzinski 4.0
5-6. A. Frydman 3.5
5-6. Najdorf 3.5
7. Kolski 2.0
8. Spiro 0.0

Source: Page 38 of the 1937 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

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