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Danny Kopec
D Kopec 

Number of games in database: 255
Years covered: 1969 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2308
Highest rating achieved in database: 2362
Overall record: +106 -73 =74 (56.5%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B50 B30 B40 B29 B21
 French Defense (13) 
    C05 C12 C03 C07 C09
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A46 D02
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C77 C68 C78
 King's Indian (9) 
    E63 E62 E67 E66
 French Tarrasch (7) 
    C05 C03 C09 C07
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B56 B22 B25 B67 B68
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E45 E32 E30 E44 E20
 French Defense (8) 
    C00 C16 C17 C10
 English, 1 c4 e5 (8) 
    A28 A25 A26 A29 A20
 King's Indian Attack (7) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    D02 A40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Basman vs D Kopec, 1979 0-1
   D Kopec vs de Firmian, 1985 1-0
   Donny Gray vs D Kopec, 2011 0-1
   D Kopec vs A J Goldsby, 2012 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Scottish Championship (1977)
   Scottish Championship (1981)
   Scottish Championship (1980)
   Canadian Championship (1984)
   7th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1983)
   88th US Open (1987)
   2nd Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1978)
   Spring North American FIDE Invitational (2006)
   Saint John Open I (1988)

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   P van Hoolandt vs D Kopec (Jul-25-15) 1-0
   D Kopec vs P Beauchamp (Jul-24-15) 1-0
   Ananda Saha vs D Kopec (Jul-23-15) 0-1
   Valery Krasnosheky vs D Kopec (Jul-21-15) 0-1
   D Kopec vs A J Goldsby (Dec-30-12) 1-0

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(born Feb-28-1954, died Jun-12-2016, 62 years old) Israel (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Danny Kopec was born in Kfar Saba, Israel. He was Scottish Champion in 1980 and was awarded the IM title in 1985. In 1983, Kopec received his Ph. D. in Machine Intelligence from University of Edinburgh and lectured at McGill University. He later moved to Ottawa in 1992-3 to continue lecturing at Carleton University. More recently, Kopec worked for Brooklyn College at the University of New York.

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Last updated: 2022-05-25 20:39:39

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 255  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Curdo vs D Kopec 1-0291969Salem opB53 Sicilian
2. C Barnes vs D Kopec  1-0521972USA-ch JuniorsB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
3. J N Jacobs vs D Kopec  ½-½371972USA-ch JuniorsB56 Sicilian
4. R Stoutenborough vs D Kopec 1-0251972USA-ch JuniorsA94 Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3
5. D Kopec vs C Chellstorp  0-1371972USA-ch JuniorsB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
6. D Kopec vs T Taylor 0-1701972USA-ch JuniorsC12 French, McCutcheon
7. D Kopec vs T Kurosaki  1-0411972USA-ch JuniorsB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
8. D Kopec vs L Christiansen  0-1291972USA-ch JuniorsB32 Sicilian
9. D Kopec vs K Commons 1-049197475th US OpenB40 Sicilian
10. L Levy vs D Kopec  0-140197475th US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. L Gilden vs D Kopec  ½-½24197475th US OpenB56 Sicilian
12. D Kopec vs J Kaplan  1-051197475th US OpenB50 Sicilian
13. Benko vs D Kopec  1-036197475th US OpenB27 Sicilian
14. D Kopec vs K Spraggett 0-119197613th Canadian OpenB30 Sicilian
15. D Kopec vs J M Aitken  1-0551977Scottish ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
16. R Abayasekera vs D Kopec  ½-½721977Scottish ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
17. D Kopec vs C Pritchett  ½-½421977Scottish ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
18. P M Giulian vs D Kopec  0-1481977Scottish ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
19. A Reid vs D Kopec  0-1251977Scottish ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
20. D Kopec vs R M McKay  ½-½191977Scottish ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
21. D Kopec vs A J Norris  ½-½271977Scottish ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
22. D Kopec vs Roberto Navarro Moncada  1-0351977WchT U26 prel-2C78 Ruy Lopez
23. Roberto Navarro Moncada vs D Kopec  0-1131977WchT U26 fin-AB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. D Kopec vs J R Pimenta  1-0311977WchT U26 fin-AC16 French, Winawer
25. J L Vilela vs D Kopec  1-0121977WchT U26 fin-AA94 Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3
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Mar-05-09  Maynard5: Chess players who are also interested in computer science may want to visit Danny Kopec's website at Brooklyn College, and download some of his papers. He has ceretainly written some fine ones. The link to his website is:
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  Tabanus: His website:
Nov-14-09  davecom: Now available at:
Nov-18-12  BrianNYC: <Strongest Force> please email me at I think that I may have known you in my junior days in NYC, back in the 70s. Chances are, if you knew Danny, we may have known each other too.
Apr-08-13  Interbond: Have anyone tried the Bratko-Kopec test? How does your score in this test compare to your rating?

Jun-12-16  SimonWebbsTiger: RIP Danny Kopec.
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  Sally Simpson: Sad news about Danny passing away.

I have loads of happy chess memories from the 80's when we became friends and we kept in touch with each other over the years. He was quite a character. Not many dull moments....often quite the reverse.

Rest in Peace Danny, Thank you for all your help and encouragement.


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  paulalbert: I just learned of Danny's death. I had attended many of his summer chess camps, and Danny authored along with GM Lubomir Ftacnik the book on all the 64 games that won my Brilliancy Prize at the U.S. Chess Championship. He just sent out an email ten days ago related to this year's camp and I was about to call him. I was unaware that the medical condition he had seemingly been successfully conquering had taken an irreversible turn for the worse.

He was true lover of chess.

My condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

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  perfidious: RIP Danny.

Our first meeting, at the 1982 New England Open, is a game I will always remember: you sacrificed a pawn in the opening and I hung onto it through over ninety moves and 8.5 hours of play before securing the draw.

Towards the end of that game, you said something--do not recall now what, I was offended and we had words, but we talked about things afterwards and it was simple tension amidst a difficult game. Thereafter, it pleases me to note, we always got on well, including two more tournament games, in 1988 and 1996.

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  HeMateMe: what was the illness that affected IM Kopec? I remember seeing his name many times in Chess Life, over the years.
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  naisortep: RIP IM Danny Kopec, a great player, lecturer, author, teacher and expert on artificial intelligence. Inventor of the Kopec System and the Bratko-Kopec Test.
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  kingscrusher: I can't believe this - I played Dr Kopec 3 times recently on the ICC autopairing.

Here is one of the games where he crushed me:

Very sad news

RIP Danny Kopec

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  ketchuplover: R.I.P.
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  kingscrusher: Here is a video by him on the Kopec System against the Sicilian defence which reflects some of his more fundamental attitudes towards chess opening theory:

RIP Danny Kopec

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Perfidious,

Danny was a bit reckless as far as endorsing himself with the British/Scottish way. When he arrived in Edinburgh with a bang! (that is the correct word.) he put a few noses out of joint with his American straight to the point ways. I thought he was great.

I recall one lad making an illegal against him. Danny thought for 5 minutes to see if he could take advantage of it.

Seeing none he pointed out the error, demanded the player move the touched piece and then wanted his time back!

Although he attended Edinburgh University he had a row with the University chess team (I think Danny wanted paid to play for them) and there was little or no love lost between them though most of the banter was humorous.

Danny played for us, the Edinburgh Chess Club (unpaid but we allowed him to advertise his services as a chess coach on the noticeboard - which we would have done anyway irrespective of who he played for.)

This game.

D Kopec vs M Condie, 1980

Danny missed a wonderful wrap up though went onto win. Next day some of he University players set up the missed brilliancy position on all the 15-20 boards in the analysis room.

Danny did actually find that quite funny.

There were/are quite a few Scottish players, definitely including me, whose Chess greatly benefitted from Danny's time in Scotland.

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  Penguincw: Just heard about his death, and I'd also like to offer my condolences.
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  SteinitzLives: Danny Kopec was a strong and capable chess teacher and he greatly popularized chess camps in the U.S..

His old videos on pawn structure (back when there were few resources at all on them) tied to specific opening formation was fantastic!

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  HeMateMe: Wiki gives a partial bibliography:

(1980) Best Games Of The Young Grandmasters, with Craig Pritchett (non-fiction chess), publisher Bell and Howell, London

(1985) Master Chess: A Course in 21 Lessons (non-fiction chess)

(1997) Practical Middlegame Techniques with Rudy Blumenfeld (non-fiction chess)

(1998) Test, Evaluate, and Improve your Chess co-author Hal Terrie (non-fiction chess)

(2002) Chess World Title Contenders and Their Styles co-author Craig Pritchett (non-fiction chess)

(2003) Mastering the Sicilian (non-fiction chess)

(2004) Winning the Won Game co-author ¼ubomír Ftáènik (non-fiction chess)

What did he die of?

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  Sally Simpson: Hi HeMateMe,

"(1985) Master Chess: A Course in 21 Lessons."

This was co-authored with me, Ian Mullen, Chris Morrison and Nigel Davis.

Ran through three publishing houses and 21 reprints (possibly more, all I know is up until 2010 I was still getting a cheque every April for something I wrote in 1984.)

When it first came out the authors were listed in alphabetical order and sometimes it read 'by Chandler et al...'.

Danny was not too happy with that. Quite rightly so, it was his idea and he did all the spade work regarding the organisation and meeting the publishers. I thought it was quite funny. Danny says they be will confusing me with Murray Chandler. I said that's good. He's a Grandmaster.

I wonder how many people bought it thinking I was him! There again I wonder how people bought his books thinking he was me! :)

Danny wrote to various places and it was soon appearing as Danny Kopec et al.

It was also translated into Spanish. That was odd seeing something you had written and not being able to read it.

I've never met Nigel which is also pretty strange since we wrote a book together.

Every now and since I heard of Danny's passing another wee nugget of a happy or funny memory drops by. They were good days.

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  HeMateMe: Did he have cancer? Heart disease?
Jun-14-16  belgradegambit: In our youth I lost to him on the black side of a Kopec Sicilian. I wasn't that bad out of the opening but I was intimidated by our ratings difference. RIP Danny. As an aside, having suffered a near death experience last year I actually found (near) death to be incredibly peaceful.
Jun-15-16  kamagong24: The Kopec System!!!

RIP Danny

Jun-15-16  Granny O Doul: Pancreatic cancer is what I hear.
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  paulalbert: I was honored to be one of the speakers at a memorial event for Danny at the Marshall Chess Club in NY on Tuesday, June 28. Along with Danny's wife Sylvia and son David were many other relatives as well as chess friends, including Danny's young chess students, and also fellow professors and students from Brooklyn College where Danny was a tenured professor of computer science and artificial intelligence.

Given Danny's extensive chess activity as a player, lecturer, coach, and author, and summer chess camp entrepreneur, it is amazing that chess was really a hobby, along with a lot of other interests and projects outside his full time and demanding job as a professor and author of books and papers, and full time teaching responsibilities. In many ways Danny was a polymath, fluent in 5 languages for example. One of his nephews made an interesting comment that he always regarded his Uncle Danny as a genius.

Fortunately, I guess anticipating that he might not beat the pancreatic cancer that took him away too soon, Danny made provisions that his long time friend GM Lubomir Ftacnik would be able to take over all the teaching responsibilities at this year's adult only chess camp which starts July 11 in Bennington, VT, with Sylvia and David as always taking care of the administrative aspects. I am pleased that I can attend, and Lubomir who has been at the camps before is a superb teacher. However, we sadly will miss Danny's unique exuberance.

I hope it is not against Chessgames rules to mention it, but Danny's family has requested that anyone wishing to remember Danny do so by donating to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( ).

Jul-26-16  Conrad93: Kopec had absolutely no ego, and really loved the game. The chess world needs more people like him.


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