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Arthur Dunkelblum
A Dunkelblum 
Number of games in database: 322
Years covered: 1922 to 1972

Overall record: +38 -104 =179 (39.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (27) 
    E62 E67 E60 E69 E95
 Reti System (21) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English (15) 
    A15 A10 A14 A12 A13
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    D02 E10 A40 A46 E00
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E34 E22 E38 E51 E32
 Slav (9) 
    D11 D13 D14
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (37) 
    B18 B12 B13 B10 B17
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C97 C98 C90 C71 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (12) 
    C97 C98 C90 C93 C85
 Slav (11) 
    D11 D15 D19 D17 D16
 Semi-Tarrasch Defense (7) 
    D42 D41
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D78 D82 D97 D79
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G McCurdy vs A Dunkelblum, 1968 0-1
   A Dunkelblum vs A Matanovic, 1958 1/2-1/2
   J M Aitken vs A Dunkelblum, 1937 0-1
   W Morena vs A Dunkelblum, 1954 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens-B (1963)
   Venice (1953)
   Birmingham (1972)
   Dublin Zonal (1957)
   Leipzig Olympiad qual-4 (1960)
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)
   Munich Zonal (1954)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-4 (1968)
   Amsterdam Olympiad Final-B (1954)
   Munich Olympiad Final-B (1958)
   Stockholm Olympiad (1937)

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(born Apr-23-1906, died Jan-27-1979, 72 years old) Belgium

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Arthur Dunkelblum was born in Podgórze*, Austria-Hungary. He was Belgian champion in 1935 and 1949, and was awarded the IM title in 1957. He played for Belgium in 11 Olympiads: 1928, 1933, 1937, 1950, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1966 and 1968, and his best tournament result was at Gijón, Spain in 1950 where he finished 2nd= with Arturo Pomar Salamanca.

*Wikipedia article: Podgórze

Wikipedia article: Arthur Dunkelblum

Last updated: 2018-05-05 05:41:24

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 323  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Dunkelblum vs Koltanowski  0-1381922Belgium chC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
2. Koltanowski vs A Dunkelblum 1-0151923AntwerpB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. Koltanowski vs A Dunkelblum 1-0271924Blindfold simul, 10bC55 Two Knights Defense
4. G Oskam vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½161926Antwerp-RotterdamC01 French, Exchange
5. A Dunkelblum vs G Oskam  ½-½201926Antwerp-RotterdamD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. V Soultanbeieff vs A Dunkelblum 1-0291926SpaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. A Dunkelblum vs J Balogh  ½-½231928The Hague OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Kashdan vs A Dunkelblum 1-0621928The Hague OlympiadC28 Vienna Game
9. A Dunkelblum vs L Prokes 0-1481928The Hague OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
10. A Dunkelblum vs W F Wertheim 0-1201928The Hague OlympiadD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. L Steiner vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½151933Folkestone OlympiadC12 French, McCutcheon
12. A Dunkelblum vs Stoltz  ½-½291933Folkestone OlympiadD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. J Rejfir vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½381933Folkestone OlympiadD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. A Dunkelblum vs W Winter  ½-½281933Folkestone OlympiadD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. A Dunkelblum vs J Enevoldsen  0-1391933Folkestone OlympiadD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. A Dunkelblum vs V Soultanbeieff  ½-½211934Belgian ChampionshipD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
17. O'Kelly vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½321934Belgian ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. A Dunkelblum vs E Liubarski  1-0441934Belgian ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
19. A Dunkelblum vs M Engelmann  ½-½421934Belgian ChampionshipE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. A Gerebtzoff vs A Dunkelblum 0-1541934Belgian ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
21. A Dunkelblum vs O Feuer  ½-½271934Belgian ChampionshipA84 Dutch
22. M Defosse vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½121934Belgian ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
23. A Dunkelblum vs J J van den Ende  ½-½361936Vlaanderen-ZeelandD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. A Dunkelblum vs Petrov  0-1341936Match Antwerp - RigaA92 Dutch
25. Tartakower vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½221937OstendeB12 Caro-Kann Defense
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Sep-07-04  nikolaas: ♕ Arthur Dunkelblum

Born in 1906 in Podgorno, Poland. He was a jew and had to move to Antwerp. He became Belgian champion in 1949. In 1957, he got the IM title. He played in a total of 11 olympiads (in one, he defeated Campomanes!).In the 1937 olympiad , one of his opponents (Salo Landau, I think) fell asleep after his 11th move. Dunkelblum wake him up and offered a draw. He died in 1979 in Antwerp, leaving the world with a 1.d4 player less.

His most famous game is perhaps his lost game against Reti, but his most beautiful is IMHO A Dunkelblum vs T Panagopoulos, 1950.

Sep-08-04  Lawrence: <nikolaas>, one wonders how he survived WWII. He played in the 1950 Chess Olympics in Dubrovnik and his signature is number 39, on the back of the envelope. Photos of lots of other players, but not of him.

Sep-08-04  acirce: Most Jews in western Europe did survive - it was horrible but not near what happened in Poland and much of the rest of eastern Europe like Hungary, USSR etc.
Sep-08-04  nikolaas: Here's a pic.
Oct-09-05  nikolaas: So Gijon 1950 was his best result. Does anybody know something about Gijon 1950? Crosstables, games info..?
Apr-23-06  BIDMONFA: Arthur Dunkelblum


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  whiteshark: player of the day
The first mentionend tournament is BEL-ch,Antwerp 1922, where he got 3rd place, when he was only 16 years old.

If this table is correct, he was also Belgian Champion in 1935: a bit confusing, that there a two champions title in Belgium: ==

link to crosstable Hoogovenstoernooi 1964:

Still unclear, when and why they make it to Antwerp.

Jan-04-08  nikolaas: <Whiteshark> You think two champioenship are confusing? Belgian had 5 once. In 1936 the normal Belgian championship was held. The title of international champion of Belgium and that of national champion of Belgium luckily went to the same person (Koltanowski). There was also a revolting group of players "le groupement des joueurs de Belgique", who organised two championships: the international championship of Blgium and the national champiosnhip of Belgium. They were won by respectively Paul Devos and Alberic O'Kelly de Galway. Apart of that there was also a champiosnhip of Flanders won by Anthonus and Peeters.

This total of 5 champion in one year is as far as I know a record which even the FIDE could never each. Luckily there is but one title now in Belgium.

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  playground player: <nikolaas> "A revolting group of players"? Just what do you mean by that???
Mar-25-08  Jim Bartle: I suspect he meant "revolutionary" or a group which broke away, not "revolting."
Apr-23-08  brankat: Mr.Dunkelblum certainly had a very fine Olympic record:

11 Chess Olympiads over a period of 40 years.

Apr-23-09  WhiteRook48: what a weird name.
Happy birthday!
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  whiteshark: Belated thankx, <nikolaas>!
Jul-07-09  Gejewe: The game vs. Reti was not lost by Arthur Dunkelblum but by a Viennese player. Mr. Dunkelblum was one of the friendliest opponents I ever played. In the late 1970ties - in spite of his age - he was still a regular in the open Dutch blitzchampionship in Zevenbergen. He was very peacefully inclined, but whoever declined his drawoffer, suddenly had a tough fight as some young masters had to admit after being defeated.. His wife was seated next to him all the time, knitting. As a 17 year old myself at the time, I accepted his drawoffer and he generously showed his ideas about the resulting positions. He was something like the mascotte of the Belgian squad and everyone seemed to like him. It was sad to hear one day,a few years later, that this kind man would never play in Zevenbergen again..
Apr-23-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Arthur Dunkelblum.
Jun-18-21  Nosnibor: <brankat> He did play in 11 Olympiads but probably drew more games than possibly any other player. His overall results were 24 wins, 98 draws and 37 losses. Oddly he scored better for the Belgium team when playing on board 1. Apart from his results in Amsterdam 1954 when he achieved 50% on board 2, he scored less than half in all of the other events.
Jun-18-21  Nosnibor: <nicolaas> The Gijon tournament of 1950 was won by Rossolimo with 8.5/11, followed by Pomar and Dunkelblum on 8 and 4th and 5th places were shared by Prins and Toran. The only lady player, de Silans scored 2.5/11 but beat both Grob and Prins.

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