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Jacques Davidson
Number of games in database: 166
Years covered: 1910 to 1939

Overall record: +47 -84 =33 (38.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    D02 A46 D00 A40 A45
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Slav (6) 
    D13 D11
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C61 C80 C64 C70 C79
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D61 D52 D63 D59 D67
 French Defense (5) 
    C00 C01
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B13 B12 B18 B10 B17
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D63 D60 D61 D67
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    E00 A46 D05 D00 D02
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C65 C68 C87 C64 C78
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D30 D31
 English (5) 
    A13 A14 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H C Mees vs J Davidson, 1910 0-1
   H Stephenson vs J Davidson, 1913 0-1
   J Davidson vs Euwe, 1924 1/2-1/2
   Nimzowitsch vs J Davidson, 1926 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Championship (1921)
   Dutch Championship (1929)
   The Hague (1921)
   Scheveningen (1923)
   Semmering (1926)

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(born Nov-14-1890, died Jan-13-1969, 78 years old) Netherlands

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Jacques Davidson was born in Amsterdam and a brother of R A G Davidson. Considered the first Dutch chess professional, he was one of the country's strongest players during the 1920s. He finished 1st at Amsterdam 1925, and came second behind Max Euwe in the Dutch Championships of 1921 and 1924. He placed 16th at Semmering 1926, but managed draws with Rudolf Spielmann, Aron Nimzowitsch, and Akiba Rubinstein. A photo can be found here: Algemeen Handelsblad 09-DEC-1924

Wikipedia article: Jacques Davidson

Last updated: 2020-05-06 05:28:37

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 166  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Davidson vs W Schlage  0-1331910HamburgC53 Giuoco Piano
2. J Esser vs J Davidson  1-0461910MatchC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
3. J Davidson vs J Esser  ½-½271910MatchC00 French Defense
4. J Davidson vs J Esser  ½-½301910MatchC00 French Defense
5. J Davidson vs J Esser  1-0571910MatchC00 French Defense
6. J Esser vs J Davidson  1-0391910MatchC42 Petrov Defense
7. J Davidson vs J Esser ½-½591910MatchC00 French Defense
8. J Esser vs J Davidson  1-0231910MatchB01 Scandinavian
9. J Esser vs J Davidson  1-0151910MatchC42 Petrov Defense
10. J Davidson vs J H Peet / J Vijzelaar  ½-½351910HilversumC54 Giuoco Piano
11. J Davidson vs H von Doehren  1-0231910Hauptturnier-BC50 Giuoco Piano
12. K Geus vs J Davidson  0-1441910NSB Hoofdklasse BD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. H C Mees vs J Davidson 0-1211910NSB Hoofdklasse BC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. A J Mackenzie vs J Davidson  0-1241911Kent and Sussex CountiesD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Yates vs J Davidson 1-0301911Kent and Sussex Counties Congress; Section AC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. J Davidson vs Gunsberg ½-½431911Kent and Sussex Counties Congress; Section AC50 Giuoco Piano
17. J Davidson vs Hromadka  0-1441911Cologne-AC50 Giuoco Piano
18. Rotlewi vs J Davidson 1-0241911Cologne-AC42 Petrov Defense
19. G Nyholm vs J Davidson  1-0301911Cologne-AC01 French, Exchange
20. S von Freymann vs J Davidson  ½-½311911Cologne-AC49 Four Knights
21. J Davidson vs N Tereshchenko  1-0461911Cologne-AC70 Ruy Lopez
22. J Davidson vs J Esser  0-1271911Cologne-AA02 Bird's Opening
23. Capablanca vs J Davidson ½-½291911Simul, 26bB10 Caro-Kann
24. J Davidson vs J H Peet  1-0391911MatchC59 Two Knights
25. J Davidson vs J H Peet  0-1261911MatchC30 King's Gambit Declined
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  whiteshark: Jacques Davidson (November 1890 - January 1961) was a Dutch chess master.


Picture from 'The Hague 1921':

Oct-22-08  Karpova: From Hans Ree's "The Great Davidson", April 1998:


<Most of this I learned from an interview that Jacques Davidson gave in 1962 to the Dutch newspaper 'Het Parool.' The title that journalist Willem Witkamp gave to his wonderful article was 'The Great Davidson.' This was somewhat ironic, because Davidson was a strong chessplayer, an international master, but he was not what most people would call a great chessplayer. But it was not completely ironic. Davidson was the first Dutchman who succeeded in being a professional chessplayer, and that in a time when only the very best of the world could live on chess.

Sometimes Davidson had to take little jobs on the side. For a while he was a traveling salesman for a publisher of encyclopedias. But to the end of his life, he was above all a professional chessplayer. And because of this, in a sense he was really a great man.

Around 1920 he was one of the strongest Dutch chessplayers, but not much notice was taken because Euwe was so much stronger. Davidson played in tournaments, the strongest being that in Semmering, 1926. But most of his income came from simultaneous displays, lectures, newspaper articles and the selling of chess books, often going from door to door. The income was small. In the interview mentioned he said: "Nevertheless I have raised four children decently. You shouldn?t do that. Raise children, yes. But not from chess.">

<Davidson died in 1969, 78 years old. On his gravestone there is a chess problem, white to play and mate in one. His life was ten times harder than we modern Dutch professionals have it now, but he managed gracefully. The game that follows is from a quadrangular tournament in Amsterdam, 1925. The result was 1. Davidson, 3; 2. Euwe, 2; 3-4 Saemisch and Weenink, ½. I am not sure, but this might be the one that should have won the brilliancy prize.>

Nov-14-11  brankat: Rest in Peace master Davidson.
May-27-12  sneaky pete: The mate in 1 problem on his gravestone:

click for larger view

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  paulalbert: If your board were not labeled with algebraic coordinates, I'd say O-O Check Mate.
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  Stonehenge: I believe the solution is to take the white king away :)
Nov-14-12  brankat: Although it is a mate in 1, I have a feeling many would be quite frustrated before they found the solution :-)
Nov-17-12  thomastonk: A picture printed in 1924:
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  Tabanus: <sneaky pete: The mate in 1 problem on his gravestone:> Unbelievable but true:

Aug-17-13  jerseybob: whitehark:is there a non-jpeg version of that Hague 1921 photo?
Nov-14-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jacques Davidson.
Jun-12-19  shallowred: I have an affinity for Masters who played for their lunch.
Jun-13-19  vonKrolock: <paulalbert> Me too, I imagined that 1.0-0 could be the solution. But:

<this seems to be a 'try', because the author solution, as communicated by the Dutch chess collectors’ group “Motiefgroep Schaken” in a booklet on Chess related gravestones, is:

"1.Kc9 or 1.Kd9; the king goes to heaven, and his rival is mated"

image and details are courteously provided by Edward Winter>

(myself, somewhere)

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