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David Podhorzer
Number of games in database: 24
Years covered: 1932 to 1939
Overall record: +7 -11 =6 (41.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-02-1907, died Jan-27-1998, 90 years old) Austria (federation/nationality United States of America)

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NM David Podhorzer was Austrian Champion in 1934.

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Last updated: 2018-01-06 10:43:31

 page 1 of 1; 24 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Podhorzer vs Simon Rubinstein  1-0291932Trebitsch Memorial 15thE16 Queen's Indian
2. D Podhorzer vs Spielmann  0-1391933Trebitsch Memorial 16thA57 Benko Gambit
3. D Podhorzer vs K Palda 1-0261933Trebitsch Memorial 16thD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. D Podhorzer vs B Hoenlinger  0-1341933Trebitsch Memorial 16thD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
5. D Podhorzer vs Simon Rubinstein  ½-½401933Trebitsch Memorial 16thD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
6. D Podhorzer vs J Kolnhofer  0-1591933Trebitsch Memorial 16thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Gruenfeld vs D Podhorzer  1-0591933Trebitsch Memorial 16thD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
8. R Palme vs D Podhorzer  0-1461933Trebitsch Memorial 16thB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. D Podhorzer vs Gruenfeld  ½-½231934Trebitsch Memorial 17thD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
10. D Podhorzer vs C Rosenberger  1-0341934Trebitsch Memorial 17thD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. D Podhorzer vs Immo Fuss  ½-½641934Trebitsch Memorial 17thA43 Old Benoni
12. A Gerschenkron vs D Podhorzer  ½-½261934Trebitsch Memorial 17thB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. D Podhorzer vs E Sorensen  ½-½571935Warsaw OlympiadD90 Grunfeld
14. D Podhorzer vs M Czerniak  ½-½711935Warsaw OlympiadD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
15. T Popa vs D Podhorzer  1-0401935Warsaw OlympiadD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. P Rethy vs D Podhorzer  1-0371935Warsaw OlympiadD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. D Podhorzer vs Edgars Krumins  0-1271935Warsaw OlympiadD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. D Podhorzer vs Keres  0-1261937Thematic tA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Keres vs D Podhorzer 1-0351937Thematic tA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. D Podhorzer vs Simon Rubinstein  0-1561937Trebitsch Memorial 1937/38C13 French
21. A Donegan vs D Podhorzer  0-1521937Trebitsch Memorial 1937/38D05 Queen's Pawn Game
22. W Weil vs D Podhorzer 0-1401937Trebitsch Memorial 1937/38A12 English with b3
23. D Podhorzer vs L Steiner 0-1381938Trebitsch Memorial 1937/38D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. D Podhorzer vs F Wenman  1-0411939Bournemouth TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Nov-19-13  DoctorD: So his dates of birth and death are unknown?
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  Phony Benoni: In March/April 1942, qualifying tournaments were held for the upcoming US Championship. In Section B of the New York City events, <David Podhorcer>, a member of the Manhattan Chess Club, finished third with a score of 4-3, a point short of qualification.

This is attested by several contemporary reports in the "New York Times" and other papers, but no other details are given about him other than the fact that he was able to checkmate with ♔+♗+♘ vs. ♔. Nor is he mentioned in the New York papers before or after this time.

Could this possibly have been David Porhorzer? It might be significant that his last Austrian tournament was in January 1938, just before the Nazi Anschluss in March, and that he shows up in England afterward.

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  Stonehenge: Perhaps
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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehenge> The dates for "Podhorcer" (1907-1998) could easily fit "Podhorzer", and the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle" (March 19, 1942) describes Podhorcer as being from Brooklyn.

Indeed, I thought to look in the "Neue Wiener Schachzeitung", and found an account of his victory in the 1934 Austrian Championshp. (1934, p. 267)

I don't have time at the moment to translate the German fully, but there does appear to be a statement that Podhorzer was 27 years old, which would fit Podhorcer's 1907 birth date exactly.

The "New York Times" (March 22, 1942) describes him as a "newcomer", with no other details.

Jun-01-15  JASharf: He was my great uncle (my maternal grandmother's brother in law). He was born August 2, 1907 and died January 27, 1998. Contact me if you have any further questions.
Aug-12-15  Baraka64: Hi! I am interested in everything about the life of David Pogortzer. Help me please find information about him.I am writing an article in the Jewish Chess encyclopedia about Podgortzer.
Oct-09-17  Baraka1: How are the names of Podgortzer's parents, please tell me?
Jul-16-20  Alan McGowan: Records show his birthplace was Tarnopol (now Ternopil, Ukraine).

Tournaments during his short stay in England:

<Margate 1939> Premier Reserves 'C' - Podhorzer and Znosko-Borovsky 9/11, a half-point behind the winner, Mieses.

<Bournemouth 1939> Major Open-Section 'A' - Podhorcer (spelling) was 1st - undefeated - with 9½/11, ahead of Znosko-Borovsky, Sämisch, Speyer, Dr Fazekas, P.M. List etc.

<London Easter Congress 1940, March 19-29> Premier - 4/9, behind Golombek, List, Mrs Stevenson, Morry.

Podhorzer sailed from Southampton on 7 April 1940, bound for New York.

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