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Arthur Dunkelblum
A Dunkelblum 
Number of games in database: 146
Years covered: 1922 to 1972

Overall record: +15 -57 =73 (35.5%)*
   * 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:
 Reti System (15) 
    A04 A06 A05
 King's Indian (13) 
    E62 E60 E67 E97 E66
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 E10 E00 A46
 English (6) 
    A10 A15 A13
 Slav (5) 
    D11 D14
 Catalan (5) 
    E01 E03 E07
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B18 B12 B13 B10 B17
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C98 C90 C97 C85 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C98 C90 C85 C97 C84
 Slav (6) 
    D11 D17 D15 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D37 D35 D30
 French Defense (4) 
    C12 C15 C01 C16
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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
   Aitken vs A Dunkelblum, 1937 0-1
   W Morena vs A Dunkelblum, 1954 0-1

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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 6; games 1-25 of 146  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 1-0271924Simul blind 1/10C55 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 Prokes 0-1481928OlympiadE17 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  ½-½381933OlympiadD16 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 Johan Jacob van den Ende  ½-½361936Vlaanderen-ZeelandD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. A Dunkelblum vs Vladimir Petrov  0-1341936Match Antwerp - RigaA92 Dutch
18. Tartakower vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½221937OstendeB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. A Dunkelblum vs Koltanowski  ½-½171937OstendE60 King's Indian Defense
20. A Reynolds vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½361937OstendA34 English, Symmetrical
21. Fine vs A Dunkelblum 1-0411937OstendD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. A Dunkelblum vs Keres 0-1221937OstendA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Aitken vs A Dunkelblum  0-15219377th olm finalB10 Caro-Kann
24. P Trifunovic vs A Dunkelblum  1-02619377th olm finalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. A Dunkelblum vs Lilienthal  ½-½3019377th olm finalE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
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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."
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  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..
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Arthur Dunkelblum.
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