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Isaak Appel
Number of games in database: 24
Years covered: 1933 to 1938
Overall record: +8 -8 =8 (50.0%)*
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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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Appel vs D M MacIsaac  1-037 1933 Folkestone ol (Men)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. I Appel vs W Winter 0-135 1933 OlympiadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Fine vs I Appel ½-½65 1935 Lodz it, POLE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. A Wojciechowski vs I Appel  0-127 1937 POL-chB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
5. I A Horowitz vs I Appel  1-044 1937 7th olm finalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. I Appel vs Guimard  1-048 1937 7th olm finalA16 English
7. I Appel vs L Kremer  0-126 1937 JurataD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. I Appel vs K Salbu  1-033 1937 7th olm finalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. Prins vs I Appel  1-041 1937 7th olm finalE46 Nimzo-Indian
10. I Appel vs P Frydman  ½-½29 1938 LodzD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. T Regedzinski vs I Appel  ½-½24 1938 LodzD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. I Appel vs J A Seitz 1-029 1938 LodzD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. I Appel vs Foltys  ½-½30 1938 LodzA04 Reti Opening
14. Najdorf vs I Appel 0-128 1938 LodzD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. I Appel vs Pirc 0-125 1938 LodzE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
16. F Sulik vs I Appel  1-045 1938 LodzE15 Queen's Indian
17. I Appel vs E Eliskases  ½-½26 1938 LodzE16 Queen's Indian
18. J Kolski vs I Appel  ½-½37 1938 LodzE16 Queen's Indian
19. I Appel vs V Petrov  ½-½36 1938 LodzD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
20. L Steiner vs I Appel  1-048 1938 LodzB03 Alekhine's Defense
21. E Gerstenfeld vs I Appel  0-181 1938 LodzC01 French, Exchange
22. I Appel vs Menchik  1-053 1938 LodzD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
23. Stahlberg vs I Appel  ½-½20 1938 LodzE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
24. I Appel vs Tartakower  0-134 1938 LodzA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
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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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