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Dan Zoler
Number of games in database: 231
Years covered: 1988 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2491 (2366 rapid, 2473 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2558

Overall record: +77 -54 =73 (55.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 27 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (17) 
    E62 E63 E60 E67 E97
 Modern Benoni (11) 
    A57 A56 A58 A64 A62
 Slav (8) 
    D11 D10 D15 D16 D19
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E15 E12
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A40 A41 E00 E10 D02
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D94 D92 D76 D84 D81
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (28) 
    B90 B93 B23 B62 B52
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C60 C95 C91 C90 C70
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B93 B96 B99 B92
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E32 E46 E47 E21
 Slav (10) 
    D10 D11 D17 D19 D15
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 A46 A40 E10 E00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Zoler vs M A Botvinnik, 2008 1-0
   S Kaplan vs D Zoler, 2004 0-1
   C M Andok vs D Zoler, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Velden Open (1995)
   Andorra Open (2017)
   Lost Boys Open (1998)
   Israeli Championship (1994)
   Israeli Championship (2004)
   Groningen Open (1994)
   European Club Cup (2003)
   European Championship (2015)
   European Championship (2012)
   European Championship (2013)
   European Championship (2014)
   European Championship (2019)

   🏆 38th Andorra Open
   D Zoler vs Ghosh Aronyak (Jul-29-22) 1/2-1/2
   D Zoler vs Greenfeld (Sep-23-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Greenfeld vs D Zoler (May-08-21) 1/2-1/2
   Santos Latasa vs D Zoler (Mar-29-19) 1-0
   D Zoler vs S Tica (Mar-28-19) 1-0

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(born Jan-19-1974, 48 years old) Israel

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Grandmaster (2011) and a medical practitioner by trade. Zoler won his three GM norms over a period of 12 years: his first GM norm was from the 13th Schwarzach Open 1998 in Austria. Three years later he picked up another GM norm in the Israeli League First Division and then 10 years later in June 2011, he picked up his 3rd and final GM norm in the Israeli National League.

In July 2010, Zoler won clear first place at the International Open in Andorra with 7.5/9 and in July 2012, he also won clear first place at the 23rd International Open at Benasque in Spain scoring 8/9 (+7 =2).

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 235  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Malachi vs D Zoler  1-0271988IsraelB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
2. D Zoler vs Lalic  ½-½311989Biel MTO opC53 Giuoco Piano
3. Z Gofshtein vs D Zoler  ½-½461990Tel Aviv opC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
4. D Zoler vs S Polgar  0-1581990Wch U16D02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. D Zoler vs C Gokhale 0-1221990Wch U16C29 Vienna Gambit
6. D Zoler vs Topalov 1-0491990Wch U16A53 Old Indian
7. E Liss vs D Zoler  ½-½461990Wch U16B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. D Zoler vs Kramnik  ½-½711990EU-ch U20A10 English
9. A Aleksandrov vs D Zoler  1-0391991Wch U18D85 Grunfeld
10. A Rodriguez Vila vs D Zoler  0-1511991Wch U18C70 Ruy Lopez
11. Kramnik vs D Zoler  1-0431991Wch U18A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. D Zoler vs S Polgar 1-0321991Wch U18B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. Speelman vs D Zoler  1-035199115th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD85 Grunfeld
14. D Zoler vs A Corkett  ½-½61199115th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE97 King's Indian
15. Smirin vs D Zoler  1-0411992ISR-chC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
16. Tukmakov vs D Zoler  1-0351992Biel MTO opD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Rublevsky vs D Zoler  0-1381992Wch U18C47 Four Knights
18. Baburin vs D Zoler  1-0611992Biel MTO opE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. D Zoler vs Kengis  ½-½201993Zillertal opE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. D Zoler vs J Bosch  ½-½261993Groningen OpenD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. D Zoler vs A Scetinin  1-0371993Groningen OpenA57 Benko Gambit
22. D Zoler vs D Sermek  ½-½401994Biel MTO opD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. Psakhis vs D Zoler  1-0351994Israeli ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
24. D Zoler vs Y Lederer  1-0651994Israeli ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. Khenkin vs D Zoler  ½-½301994Israeli ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  GrahamClayton: Dan Zoler was involved in one of the saddest incidents in chess history while playing in the 2009 Acropolis Open in Athens. Zoler was Black against Greek player Nikolas Karapanos, and the following position was reached after Black's 35th move:

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While considering the best way to finish off the game, Karapanos suffered a heart attack and died. Zoler, a doctor by profession, tried to revive Karapanos, but to no avail. Out of respect to his opponent, Zoler resigned the game and withdrew from the tournament.

Aug-19-09  grizopoulos: I would like to post a comment paying my deepest respect, honors and admiration towards Mr.DAN ZOLER International master from Israel. First of all please accept my apologies for my poor English. I come from Greece and I am a ‘humble’ candidate master so not much of a chess player really. About a week ago the Acropolis International tournament started in Chalkida, Greece. Mr.Zoler was facing in the first round the late (god bless his soul) 42 y.old NIKOS KARAPANOS from Greece, a player of master strength (about 2200 I think) who –against the odds- had performed formidably on the board and was ready to play the decisive and winning R:f7+ when he suffered a heart attack and unfortunately later passed away. Mr Zoler –being also a medical doctor- immediately offered his professional knowledge during the first-aid procedure trying desperately to assist poor Nikos till the ambulance arrival and also accompanied him to the nearby hospital offering his (alas vain) assistance. After the tragic finish he himself declared Nikos Karapanos a winner (despite the arbiter’s original announcements and his chess ‘interests’) and also –obviously shocked- withdrew from the Tournament. The whole incident was widely covered by the Greek chess press and e-blogs, but nothing -I could find at least- was mentioned on our beloved site or elsewhere internationally. According to my opinion acts like these of Mr.Zoler’s full of dignity, human sensitivity and true respect to the essence of chess as part of our daily lives should very much be high praised and advertized as a bright example to be followed. After all he most convincingly and empathically demonstrated that chess is not only about ratings, tournament money prizes e.t.c. and I must say that unfortunately in our days he is one of the few really respecting the Moto ’’GENS UNA SUMUS’’ I really think that F.I.D.E, the Greek Chess Federation and other authorities perhaps should honor him for his actions. But at least let him know that he will be always remembered and honored in our hearts for his humanity as the true great winner of this tournament. All chess players –including myself of course- would like to have played a la Tal or a la Capa at specific games. From now on I would thank god if I could play a la Zoler! ‘’ÅÕÃÅ ÍÔÁÍ ÆÏËÅÑ!’’
P.S. I was not present at the tragic stage ,but all information is provided by 100% reliable sources including nearby players and arbiters. should also mention something I think. Kind Regards,G.Rizopoulos (Greece)
Jul-25-10  BIDMONFA: Dan Zoler


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  Tabanus: Winner today of the XXVIII Andorra Open 17-25 July 2010:, congratulations!

Nov-11-11  wordfunph: <GrahamClayton> <grizopoulos> thanks for sharing <one of the saddest incidents in chess history>..

i was so touched by the incident and this maybe the best OTB story ever!

Jan-19-12  brankat: A very sad, and yet heartwarming story. A true sportsman and a gentleman GM Zoler!

Happy Birthday Sir!

Jan-19-12  King Death: That story's a reminder of what really matters in life. Dr. Zoler is a GM in chess and he's a world champion as a man.

Happy Birthday and may you live to be a thousand years old!

Mar-28-12  ColdSong: I'd find it really difficult to take a full point in a tournament from a man who does not finish the game alive, and still have to go on for the next rounds.Simply hope that will never happen.But I think, maybe interestingly, that if one day it happens that I myself die while playing a game, and being asked about the result (a thing that rarely occurs, for some understandable reasons ) I'd wish my opponent to take the point (or, maybe, half a point,hmm, let's have a look at the chessboard position after all ) and go on with this tournament.
Jul-15-12  twinlark:

Dan Zoler is a GM as of last year, at the age 37. Congratulations GM Zoler.

Also GM Zoler won this years Benasque Open in Spain quite convincingly, scoring 8/9 with a TPR of 2791. He won by a clear point ahead of the second placed group that included Harekrishna, Burmakin and Nabaty.

He seems to go from strength to strength showing he's evergreen both as a player and as a human being. All the very best to him.

Jul-15-12  Shams: I thought you had to get all three norms within a couple years?
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  WannaBe: I don't think so, it took Ben Finegold quite a while to get his third...
Jul-15-12  twinlark: That used to be the case, but the requirement was relaxed sometime in the 80s or 90s.
Jan-19-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Dan Zoler.

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