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Marcel Duchamp
Number of games in database: 80
Years covered: 1922 to 1961
Overall record: +21 -43 =16 (36.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (8) 
    E20 E43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D38
 English (4) 
    A15 A13
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E12 E16 E17 E19
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B13 B18 B12 B16
 Alekhine's Defense (6) 
    B03 B02
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E21 E24 E34 E46 E23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Koltanowski vs Duchamp, 1929 0-1
   Duchamp vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1931 1/2-1/2
   Opocensky vs Duchamp, 1933 1/2-1/2
   Duchamp vs J Rejfir, 1930 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-28-1887, died Oct-02-1968, 81 years old) France

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(Henri Robert) Marcel Duchamp was born in Blainville-Crevon in Normandy. As early as 1902 Duchamp was painting in the garden of the family home. A pioneer of Dadaism and Surrealism, Duchamp was equally passionate about chess. In 1923 he concentrated on playing and his strength became master class. He played in the French Championships and also in the Olympiads 1928-1933.

In 1925 he had his chances to become champion of France. He started well in the tournament, but blundered in a winning position against the eventual victor Robert Crepeaux, and then, perhaps deflated, lost to Casier. Duchamp ended up sixth.

Wikipedia article: Marcel Duchamp

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 80  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Duchamp vs Mario Schroeder  0-141 1922 New York Metropolitan ttD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Duchamp vs Colle 1-032 1923 BrusselsA53 Old Indian
3. Duchamp vs Koltanowski  0-130 1923 BrusselsD85 Grunfeld
4. K Vanek vs Duchamp  1-023 1924 Paris f-BB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. M Romi vs Duchamp  1-029 1924 Paris, finaleB03 Alekhine's Defense
6. Duchamp vs E Steiner 0-129 1924 Paris f-BA15 English
7. Duchamp vs G Davidescu 0-154 1924 Paris prel-7A15 English
8. V Fernandez Coria vs Duchamp  ½-½25 1924 Paris f-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Duchamp vs V Kahn  0-143 1924 Paris prel-7A38 English, Symmetrical
10. Duchamp vs V Marin y Llovet  ½-½32 1924 Paris f-BA13 English
11. Duchamp vs K Rozic 1-024 1924 Paris f-BA15 English
12. J Kleczynski Jr vs Duchamp 0-139 1924 ParisB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. A Chepurnov vs Duchamp 1-023 1924 Paris prel-7B02 Alekhine's Defense
14. A Rueb vs Duchamp  0-142 1924 Paris prel-7B02 Alekhine's Defense
15. Duchamp vs C W Brown 1-029 1924 Paris f-BA04 Reti Opening
16. S F Smith vs Duchamp  0-185 1924 Paris f-BB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. Edmond Michel vs Duchamp 0-136 1924 ch-FRAB30 Sicilian
18. Duchamp vs H Bertrand  1-030 1925 French ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Duchamp vs R Crepeaux 0-136 1925 French ChA52 Budapest Gambit
20. Weenink vs Duchamp ½-½29 1928 OlympiadB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. H Mueller vs Duchamp 1-010 1928 Den Haag olA28 English
22. Colle vs Duchamp 1-037 1929 ParisD05 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Duchamp vs L Szwarcman  ½-½13 1929 ParisD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Duchamp vs F Lazard 0-145 1929 ParisE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. Duchamp vs Znosko-Borovsky 0-119 1929 ParisE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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  TheFocus: Baby birds?

Spider eggs?

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  Richard Taylor: Yes, Duchamp was a great artist and innovator. When he gave up art for chess (he didn't actually stop completely) it must have seemed strange.

The great German artist Beuys did an installation I think it was that said: "The silence of Duchamp is [exaggerated]" I'm not sure of the exact quote.

But in a book about the Irish artist O'Dougherty (I discussed him briefly with Domdaniel) it is revealed that that artist had a lot to do with Duchamp in his later years. There is an interesting YouTube with a discussion by O'Dougherty who was also Patrick Ireland and other cognomens: he deals with his own art and an art work centred on Duchamp himself. He doesn't say he was as influenced by Duchamp as some critics have said. But he liked or was very interested in his ideas. Also the books by Flann O'Brien and much else.

Dec-23-15  Pulo y Gata: "I threw the bottle-rack and the urinal into their faces as a challenge and now they admire them for their aesthetic beauty."

- Marcel Duchamp, in a letter to Hans Richter

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  OhioChessFan: Per <Dom> and the Duchamp fans, I think one thing he has going for him is that he's always interesting. It's an amazingly rare trait.
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  OhioChessFan: https://estudiandoloartistico.files...
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Mar-22-16  Mudphudder: What was the approximate ELO rating strength of Duchamp?
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  duchamp64: <Mudfudder> At his peak (circa 1929), Duchamp was about 2350 - 2400.
Mar-23-16  Mudphudder: Wow. Much stronger than I would have guessed looking over his games here.

Where did you get that estimate?

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  OhioChessFan: Bicycle Wheel- https://imageobjecttext.files.wordp...
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  OhioChessFan: 'I force myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste.'
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  OhioChessFan: <Mud> I'd have guessed 2400 myself, just based on his career.
Apr-29-16  Bruce Graham: My Kingdom for a pipe:
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  OhioChessFan: "I am not going to New York, I am leaving Paris. Thatís quite different."
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  OhioChessFan: "Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another."
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  OhioChessFan: "The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chess-board, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. ... I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists."
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  OhioChessFan: "Man can never expect to start from scratch; he must start from ready-made things, like even his own mother and father."
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Marcel Duchamp.
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  OhioChessFan: "Can works be made which are not 'of art'?"
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  WannaBe: <OCF> I do it 8-5 everyday!
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  OhioChessFan: "The entire world of art has reached such a low level, it has been commercialized to such a degree that art and everything related to it has become one of the most trivial activities of our epoch."
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  OhioChessFan: "My stay in Munich was the scene of my complete liberation."
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  OhioChessFan: "Gravity is not controlled physically in us by one of the 5 ordinary senses. We always reduce a gravity experience to an autocognizance, real or imagined, registered inside us in the region of the stomach."
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  OhioChessFan: "I don't believe in art. I believe in artists."
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