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Adolf Jay Fink
Number of games in database: 67
Years covered: 1913 to 1953

Overall record: +14 -34 =17 (34.6%)*
   * 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:
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C78 C80 C79 C72 C86
 Sicilian (6) 
    B40 B84 B35 B32 B73
 French Defense (6) 
    C15 C11 C13
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 A45 D00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D31 D30
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C83 C70 C66 C60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A J Fink vs Kupchik, 1926 1-0
   Solomon Rubinstein vs A J Fink, 1916 0-1
   A J Fink vs B Stevens, 1951 1-0
   Capablanca vs A J Fink, 1916 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   52nd US Open (1951)
   53rd US Open (1952)

GAMES ANNOTATED BY FINK: [what is this?]
   A J Fink vs Kupchik, 1926
   Solomon Rubinstein vs A J Fink, 1916
   W Lovegrove vs A J Fink, 1916

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(born Jul-19-1890, died Dec-15-1956, 66 years old) United States of America

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Adolf (Adolph) Fink was born in San Francisco in 1890. He won the California State Championship in 1922, 1928, and 1929, and tied with Herman Steiner in 1945. He died in San Francisco in 1956.

Last updated: 2021-01-28 21:29:29

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 72  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E J Clarke vs A J Fink  1-0411911Pacific Coast ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. A B Stamer vs A J Fink  0-1201913Mechanics InstituteC45 Scotch Game
3. Solomon Rubinstein vs A J Fink 0-1321916?C59 Two Knights
4. W Lovegrove vs A J Fink 0-1231916?A84 Dutch
5. Capablanca vs A J Fink ½-½471916Simul, 32bD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A J Fink vs Otto B Goldman 0-1461921Telegraph MatchC15 French, Winawer
7. A J Fink vs F M Currier  1-033192324th Western ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. A J Fink vs O Chajes  ½-½921926ChicagoB06 Robatsch
9. N Banks vs A J Fink  0-1351926ChicagoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A J Fink vs Kupchik 1-0441926ChicagoC78 Ruy Lopez
11. Torre vs A J Fink ½-½621926ChicagoD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. A J Fink vs Maroczy 0-1201926ChicagoC13 French
13. Showalter vs A J Fink  ½-½551926ChicagoC44 King's Pawn Game
14. A J Fink vs Marshall  0-1341926ChicagoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. A J Fink vs Ed. Lasker  0-1971926ChicagoC78 Ruy Lopez
16. C Jaffe vs A J Fink 1-0371926Masters TournamentC66 Ruy Lopez
17. A J Fink vs Kashdan  ½-½621926ChicagoB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. Factor vs A J Fink  1-081926ChicagoD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Alekhine vs A J Fink 0-1491929Simul, 43bD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A J Fink vs H Steiner  0-1421930Match - game 2C78 Ruy Lopez
21. F Reinfeld vs A J Fink  1-0411932PasadenaA13 English
22. Kashdan vs A J Fink  1-0331932PasadenaC60 Ruy Lopez
23. A J Fink vs Alekhine 0-1141932PasadenaC44 King's Pawn Game
24. Dake vs A J Fink  ½-½351932PasadenaA13 English
25. A J Fink vs Reshevsky  0-1391932PasadenaC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
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Premium Chessgames Member Anybody know more about this player?
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  Honza Cervenka: It is Adolph Jay Fink.


Premium Chessgames Member Thanks Honza, we added a few games from that page, along with Fink's notes.
May-05-05  allanon880: Who is this guy?
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  Sneaky: It is Adolph Jay Fink!
Jul-19-06  BIDMONFA: Adolf Jay Fink

FINK, Adolf Jay

Jul-19-06  blingice: Hello, <technicaldraw>. :)
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  whiteshark: Here is another picture, when he was younger...
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  whiteshark: This is a hard nut to crack

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<white to move mates in two> Adolph J. Fink & Ua Tane, 1920

Aug-18-07  vonKrolock: "Good Companion Folder", July 1920. Brian Harley: <"The two composers, living as far as San Francisco and Tahiti, had a curious simultaneous experience, one dreaming the position and the other the key; Ua Tane ("Mr." Ua, the name given by the natives to James F. Stimson) believes there was thought-transference at work, due to the operations of a friend, an amateur medium, who was shown the idea of the problem"> The two-mover, and this supernatural background, are discussed in Edward Winter's "Chess Note" number 4339 on-line here (includes a Ua/Stimson photo - who have not a page)
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  whiteshark: Great finding <vonKrolock> !!

About the evolution of the problem :

<The amazing part of the story is that Ua Tane believes the problem to be of supernatural origin. He had made several seven self-blockers, and thought eight might be possible. So he wrote Fink, suggusting the idea, and later gave the idea to another friend, who was an amateur medium. On the night he gave the idea to his friend, Fink dreamt the position of No. 48D> [i.e. above problem], <but without an orthodox key. When this imperfect version reached Ua Tane, he studied it carefully and the next night the key came to him, also in a dream. Neither composer had ever the experience of composing in sleep before, and at least Ua Tane is convinced that the inspiration was received by both composers through the agency of the medium. What ever the reader may think in the matter, the problem itself is proof that someone was "inspired".>

(part from the scan on Edward Winter's page)

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  whiteshark: Solution: After <1.Rc8> black is in zugzwang.

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Now each of the 19 legal moves will be answered by a mate:

<Pawn moves:>

1...fxe5 2.Qxd7#
1...dxc6 2.Rd8#
1...e6 2.Qe4#
1...c3 2.Bxb3#
1...d6 2.e6#

<Nb4 moves:>

1...Nxa6 2.e6#
1...Nxc2 2.e6#
1...Na2 2.e6#
1...Nxc6 2.Nc7#

<Nb3 moves:>

1...Na5 2.Rxa5#
1...Nd2 2.Ra5#
1...Nc1 2.Ra5#
1...Na1 2.Ra5#
1...Nc5 2.Nxb4#
1...Nd4 2.Nf4#

<Rd3 moves:>

1...Rd2 2.Be4#
1...Rd1 2.Be4#
1...Rc3 2.Be4#
1...Rd4 2.Nc3#

Aug-18-07  Calli: Found another Fink game among my files:

Its Abraham Kupchik, of course.

Apr-23-08  Petrosianic: I dunno, are you sure this isn't a stage name? A guy named Adolph FINK in 1946 sounds like if it was his real name, he'd be the butt of a lot of jokes.
May-07-09  myschkin: . . .

"Out of the past in California chess"

A.J. Fink was an end-game expert, as most problemists are. He served as adjudication expert for all tournaments and team matches for many years. "Send it to Fink" was the way to settle the argument - whether in Sacramento or Eureka or San Francisco. He never required payment and, as far as we know, never made a mistake in his decisions. (by Guthrie McClain )

May-07-09  vonKrolock: <myschkin> Yes, he could not miss in a collection of 'chess games by composers' - Thank You :)
May-07-09  myschkin: you're welkrome ;)
Sep-22-13  DoctorD: From the January 05, 1957 issue of Chess Life:

"Death came on December 15th at San Francisco to Adolf J. Fink, noted both as problem composer and master player. Born in 1890, Fink published his first problem composition in 1908. This was followed in ensuing years by over 1000 other problems for which he was awarded approximately 100 prizes. In the years between 1908 and 1922 he had published more than 300 problems and been accorded some 40 prize awards.

He was not less noted as a player, being one of the top men in the Mechanics' Institute in San Francisco until a recent illness (cerebral hemorrhage about three years ago) curtailed his activity. It was in 1922 that he first won recognition as a master in the Chicago Master's Tournament which included Marshall, Torre, and Kashdan. In recent years his ability was recognized by the Federation in nominating him a Master Emeritus. Many will lament his passing, for he was one of the few remaining links the present held to a glorious past epoch of American chess."

Jul-19-15  wrap99: Again, I mention playing in 1976 at the Mechanics' Institute -- just 19 years after Fink might have been there and plenty of older players remembering him. What a nice place the MI is -- I hope it lasts forever.
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  MissScarlett: There's only one AJ Fink....
Jul-19-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, A.J. Fink.

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