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Albert Pinkus
Number of games in database: 134
Years covered: 1924 to 1955

Overall record: +58 -33 =41 (59.5%)*
   * 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:
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C84 C83 C91 C78 C82
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C84 C91 C99 C86 C89
 French Defense (7) 
    C13 C07 C10 C12
 Sicilian (6) 
    B20 B29 B93 B72 B58
 Ruy Lopez, Open (5) 
    C83 C82
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B17 B14 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D61 D55 D51 D52 D60
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C77 C86 C83 C84 C98
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D82 D74 D73 D90 D85
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D38 D37 D31
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E33 E51 E25 E49
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C86 C84 C98
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Pinkus vs R Durkin, 1941 1-0
   Pinkus vs Santasiere, 1926 1-0
   W Adams vs Pinkus, 1941 0-1
   C Pilnick vs Pinkus, 1939 0-1
   Pinkus vs Shainswit, 1942 1-0
   Santasiere vs Pinkus, 1925 0-1
   Alekhine vs Pinkus, 1929 0-1
   G Hellman vs Pinkus, 1939 0-1
   Pinkus vs Reshevsky, 1939 1/2-1/2
   Pinkus vs E Nash, 1948 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ventnor City (1944)
   Ventnor City (1941)
   Ventnor City (1942)
   US Championship (1946)
   49th US Open (1948)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1939, New York = 40th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   Ventnor City 1941 by Phony Benoni
   Ventnor City 1942 by Phony Benoni
   1944 US championship by crawfb5

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(born Mar-20-1903, died Feb-04-1984, 80 years old) United States of America

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Albert Sidney Pinkus was Champion of both the Manhattan (1941, 1945) and Marshall Chess Clubs, and played in the U.S. Championship five times. He became a stock broker in 1939. Younger brother of Milton Pinkus.

Wikipedia article: Albert Pinkus

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 134  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Marshall vs Pinkus 0-1641924Dimock themeC54 Giuoco Piano
2. Pinkus vs H Liebenstein  1-0461924New York-ch Stuyvesant CCC66 Ruy Lopez
3. M Wilenkin vs Pinkus  1-0361924New York-ch Stuyvesant CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Pinkus vs Kupchik  1-0331924New York-ch Rice CCC41 Philidor Defense
5. Santasiere vs Pinkus 0-1241925Dimock Theme TournamentC54 Giuoco Piano
6. Pinkus vs Marshall 0-1221926Dimock themeC51 Evans Gambit
7. Pinkus vs Santasiere 1-0301926Dimock themeB20 Sicilian
8. Pinkus vs Kupchik  0-1601928Manhattan Chess Club-chE17 Queen's Indian
9. Kupchik vs Pinkus 1-0441928Manhattan Chess Club-chD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Pinkus vs Kashdan 1-0361928Manhattan CC ChE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Alekhine vs Pinkus 0-1571929Clock simul, 9bC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
12. Kupchik vs Pinkus  0-1391930Manhattan Chess Club-chC28 Vienna Game
13. Pinkus vs J H Mathias  1-0131933Metropolitan Chess LeagueC13 French
14. Pinkus vs Konigsburg 1-0261934Casual gameC70 Ruy Lopez
15. C Pilnick vs Pinkus 0-1231939USA-ch prelA03 Bird's Opening
16. G Hellman vs Pinkus  0-140193940th ACF Congress-FinalC53 Giuoco Piano
17. C Jaffe vs Pinkus  0-131193940th ACF Congress FinalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
18. Pinkus vs Reshevsky ½-½401939ACF-chC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. O Ulvestad vs Pinkus  0-138193940th ACF Congress-FinalD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Pinkus vs M Green 1-058193940th ACF Congress-FinalB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
21. Santasiere vs Pinkus 1-0451939New YorkA04 Reti Opening
22. W Adams vs Pinkus  0-140193940th ACF Congress-FinalB15 Caro-Kann
23. Pinkus vs B Blumin  1-042193940th ACF Congress. ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Fine vs Pinkus  1-033193940th ACF Congress-FinalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Pinkus vs F Reinfeld  ½-½411940USA-chC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 134  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-13-04  sleepkid: ...the Indiana Jones of chess...
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: I remember when they wrote about Albert Pinkus in Chess Life back in the 90's. He lived an interesting life it seems.
Apr-04-07  Resignation Trap: For one thing, he was a collector of botanical specimens from South America. Here's a plant named for him, Vochysia pinkusii: .
Apr-04-07  Resignation Trap: I'd be thrilled just to have a fungus named after me!
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  wordfunph: anecdotes in memory of Albert Pinkus..

In 1984, Al Pinkus died from Alzheimer's disease at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn. His son Larry said that the disease ground him down inexorably and that he eventually had difficulty remembering to punch his chess clock after moving.


Robert Byrne remembered watching a fascinating combat between the swashbuckling attacker Arnold Denker and defiant defender Albert Pinkus. After Arnold had got off one of his scintillating pawn sacrifices, Albert snatched it, wrote down "Show me" on his scoresheet, and got up from the table. When he returned to make his move, he was jolted to find the reply in the margin, "Don't worry. I will!" in Denker's inimitable hand. That day he did, too.

i forgot where i lifted these stories, maybe from Chess Life or other source.

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  Phony Benoni: <wordfunph> That story is from Denker himself. It's from his autobiographical collection "If You Must Play Chess", describing the game Denker vs Pinkus, 1946.

I'll put the exact quote on the game page.

Mar-20-11  Caissanist: Pinkus is the subject of an enjoyable chapter of Arnold Denker's memoir "The Bobby Fischer I Knew and Other Stories", which includes the anecdotes <wordfunph> mentions.
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  wordfunph: <Phony Benoni> <Caissanist> thanks for the correction.
Mar-20-12  brankat: Mr.Pinkus did have some good results against very strong players.

R.I.P. Mr.Pinkus.

Mar-20-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Albert Pinkus.
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