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Marcel Duchamp
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Number of games in database: 81
Years covered: 1922 to 1961

Overall record: +21 -44 =16 (35.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

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 E19 E17
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B13 B16 B12 B18
 Alekhine's Defense (6) 
    B02 B03
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E46 E21 E23 E34 E24
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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 81  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Duchamp vs Mario Schroeder 0-1411922Marshall CC - Brooklyn CC mD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Duchamp vs Colle 1-0321923BrusselsA53 Old Indian
3. Duchamp vs Koltanowski  0-1301923BrusselsD85 Grunfeld
4. Duchamp vs N Rubens  0-1221923Marshall CC - Staten Island CC mA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Duchamp vs E Steiner 0-1291924Paris f-BA15 English
6. Duchamp vs G Davidescu 0-1541924Paris prel-7A15 English
7. V Fernandez Coria vs Duchamp  ½-½251924Paris f-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Duchamp vs V Kahn 0-1431924Paris prel-7A38 English, Symmetrical
9. Duchamp vs V Marin y Llovet  ½-½321924Paris f-BA13 English
10. Duchamp vs K Rozic 1-0241924Paris f-BA15 English
11. A Rueb vs Duchamp  0-1421924Paris prel-7B02 Alekhine's Defense
12. J Kleczynski Jr vs Duchamp 0-1391924ParisB03 Alekhine's Defense
13. A Chepurnov vs Duchamp 1-0231924Paris prel-7B02 Alekhine's Defense
14. Duchamp vs C W Brown 1-0291924Paris f-BA04 Reti Opening
15. S F Smith vs Duchamp  0-1851924Paris f-BB03 Alekhine's Defense
16. K Vanek vs Duchamp  1-0231924Paris f-BB02 Alekhine's Defense
17. M Romi vs Duchamp  1-0291924Paris, finaleB03 Alekhine's Defense
18. Edmond Michel vs Duchamp 0-1361924FRA-chB30 Sicilian
19. Duchamp vs R Crepeaux 0-1361925FRA-chA52 Budapest Gambit
20. Duchamp vs H Bertrand  1-0301925FRA-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Weenink vs Duchamp ½-½291928OlympiadB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
22. H Mueller vs Duchamp 1-0101928Den Haag olA28 English
23. Duchamp vs F Lazard 0-1451929ParisE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. Duchamp vs Znosko-Borovsky 0-1191929ParisE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. G A Thomas vs Duchamp  1-0261929ParisB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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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...
Mar-22-16  Stonehenge:
Mar-22-16  Mudphudder: What was the approximate ELO rating strength of Duchamp?
Mar-23-16  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: <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. That’s quite different."
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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."
Jul-28-16  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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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> -- < 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.>

You mean Duchamp, or me?

You're right in either case...

Nov-04-16  flightsquare: Would love to see a Duchamp, Samuel Beckett game here, although I understand they were all blowouts
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  Domdaniel: <flightsquare> Beckett - a good player - said that his games with Duchamp were the most stimulating of his life. Sadly, no records of their games survive.
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  OhioChessFan: <OCF: 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.>

<Dom: You mean Duchamp, or me? >

Both, of course.


“As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences everything gets distorted, language is just no damn good—I use it because I have to, but I don’t put any trust in it. We never understand each other.”

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