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Arthur William Dake
Number of games in database: 236
Years covered: 1929 to 1989
Last FIDE rating: 2330

Overall record: +105 -54 =72 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (16) 
    A15 A12 A13 A14
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E26 E23 E44 E40 E38
 King's Indian (11) 
    E67 E65 E94 E98 E62
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C68 C83 C70 C79 C62
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D90 D70 D83 D82 D94
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D64 D51 D63 D62 D50
With the Black pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E37 E38 E21 E42 E44
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C71 C84 C87 C95 C85
 Sicilian (10) 
    B40 B84 B90 B93 B71
 English, 1 c4 e5 (8) 
    A25 A28 A22 A27 A29
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D44 D43 D45
 King's Indian (6) 
    E61 E80 E60 E73 E69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Dake vs A De Burca, 1935 1-0
   Dake vs J Schmitt, 1949 1-0
   Dake vs Alekhine, 1932 1-0
   Szabo vs Dake, 1935 1/2-1/2
   Fine vs Dake, 1931 0-1
   S Bernstein vs Dake, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Dake vs E Tholfsen, 1934 1-0
   Dake vs Kupchik, 1936 1-0
   Duchamp vs Dake, 1933 0-1
   Dake vs M Luckis, 1933 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)
   Lone Pine (1974)
   Folkestone Olympiad (1933)
   Hollywood (1952)
   US Championship (1936)
   Syracuse (1934)
   54th US Open (1953)
   56th US Open (1955)
   88th US Open (1987)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)
   Lone Pine (1975)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1936 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Open 1935, Milwaukee = 36th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   1932 Pasadena by MissScarlett
   US Open 1934, Chicago = 35th ACF Tournament by Phony Benoni
   Hollywood, 1952 by Resignation Trap
   US Open 1933, Detroit = 34th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   1932 Pasadena by crawfb5

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(born Apr-08-1910, died Apr-28-2000, 90 years old) United States of America

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Arthur William (Darkowski) Dake was born in Portland, Oregon on the 8th of April 1910. He learned to play chess from a Russian immigrant living in a local YMCA. He was awarded the IM title in 1954 and the Emeritus GM title in 1986.

He played on three US Olympiad teams in the 1930's and in tournaments was 1st= at Antwerp 1931 and 3rd= at Pasadena 1932 where he defeated Alexander Alekhine in their individual game. At the 1935 world team championships in Warsaw, Dake won 13 games, drew 5 and and lost none, the best result among all the players in the event.

He was also a formidible blitz player. Dake won a speed chess tournament among the country's best players in September 1935 with a perfect score of 12 out of 12.

In 1938 Dake quit chess to support his family, first by selling insurance and telephone directories and later by working in the department of motor vehicles in Portland. Occasionally, he emerged from retirement to play. In the 1946 match against the USSR he drew both games with Andre Lilienthal. Dake was the father of Marjorie Dake Metzger.

Wikipedia article: Arthur Dake

Last updated: 2017-10-10 02:37:29

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 236  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs Dake 1-0171929Simul, 43bD94 Grunfeld
2. Dake vs Fine 1-0351930young mastersA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Dake vs Santasiere 1-0591930New York Marshall chC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. Kupchik vs Dake ½-½491931New YorkE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
5. Dake vs H Steiner  ½-½661931New York InternationalC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Kashdan vs Dake  ½-½541931New YorkC11 French
7. Capablanca vs Dake 1-0611931New YorkD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Dake vs I A Horowitz  0-1421931New York InternationalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. M Fox vs Dake  0-1601931New York InternationalD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Dake vs I S Turover  0-1401931New York InternationalC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. Marshall vs Dake 1-0231931Masters TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Dake vs A Kevitz  0-11011931New York InternationalA15 English
13. Dake vs Santasiere 1-0241931New YorkE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. Ed. Lasker vs Dake  ½-½621931New York InternationalA47 Queen's Indian
15. Fine vs Dake 0-1171931MatchE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
16. F Apsenieks vs Dake  1-0341931Prague OlympiadB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
17. Dake vs J Rejfir  ½-½411931Prague OlympiadA15 English
18. Dake vs A Becker  0-1691931Prague OlympiadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Dake vs M Romi  1-0441931Prague OlympiadD04 Queen's Pawn Game
20. J van den Bosch vs Dake  0-1261931Prague OlympiadC87 Ruy Lopez
21. W Rivier vs Dake  ½-½621931Prague OlympiadC71 Ruy Lopez
22. Dake vs Kashdan ½-½191932Exhibition C11 French
23. Dake vs S Factor  1-0581932PasadenaA13 English
24. H Steiner vs Dake  ½-½301932PasadenaD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
25. Dake vs F Reinfeld 1-0431932PasadenaC12 French, McCutcheon
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 236  PGN Download
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Apr-08-07  Warrush: Agreed on banning bidmonfa, he is only posting because noone will go to his site. Its just plain annoying.
May-06-07  ganstaman: I think I've once seen <BIDMONFA> make a post that showed he's human and not robot. I don't know how good an excuse this is, but his site links back to all over, so it's maybe a mutually beneficial arrangement. And since his site seems harmless enough, I guess they let him stick around. Maybe if someone could get him to talk right now we could sort things out...
Sep-22-07  whiteshark: Trivia

Arthur Dake (Darkowski) who scored so well at the Warsaw Olympiad 1935 sailed back to America as he met Ms. Helen Gierwatowski at the ship. She had Polish ancestors as well and she was just visiting her forefather's land. He immediately fell in love, proposed and married her soon upon their arrival in New York. Their marriage witnesses were Marshall and Horowitz, members of the winning Olympic team. They have been married for almost 60 years until Helen's death in 1994, in case any of you had doubts whether this was too hasty move!

Oct-26-07  sfm: A book gave the below as an example of fine sportsmanship:

During an Olympics game Dake's opponent was brought a telegram, and turned pale upon reading it. Dake asked "Bad news?" to which his opponent could only nod. Without inquiring further Dake instantly offered a draw.

The news were indeed bad: the death of the chess player's fiancée from falling when climbing a mountain in the Dolomites.

Apr-08-08  brankat: A very fine Master and a true gentleman, Mr.Dake. Had enjoyed a good, productive and long life.
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  mjmorri: Dake is one of a hand-full of American born players to defeat a reigning world champion.

Dake vs Alekhine, 1932

He was certainly a very formidable speed player, perhaps second only to Capablanca, in the 1930's.

Nov-20-08  AnalyzeThis: Let's not get excited. There was Capablanca, sure. Dake doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as him. That's certainly how Reuben Fine, no slouch himself, felt.
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  mjmorri: <AnalyseThis> Capa, of course, was in a class by himself.

Dake's prowess, though, makes one wonder if he too was primarily an intuitive player, like Capa.

Apr-08-09  talisman: happy birthday GM Dake!
Apr-08-09  Shams: in addition to his win over Alekhine, Dake also had Capablanca on the ropes. I recommend his memoir, "Grandmaster from Oregon".
May-02-09  Dredge Rivers: He takes the Dake!
Jun-12-09  myschkin: . . .

"... Mr. Dake had a brilliant although abbreviated career as a chess player. He learned the game at 17, very late for someone who would later become a top player. By the time he was 28, his career was essentially over as family responsibilities compelled him to look for a more stable and better-paying job. In that short time, however, Mr. Dake had established himself as one of the country's best players, and he helped the American chess team win three world team championships. ..."


Jul-10-09  Dredge Rivers: I'm strong to the finish,
cause I eats me spinach,
I'm Dake the sailor man!
Apr-08-10  wordfunph: <Warrush: Agreed on banning bidmonfa, he is only posting because noone will go to his site. Its just plain annoying.>

sorry <Warrush> but i appreciate <BIDMONFA>'s effort..

happy birthday Maestro Arthur Dake!

Apr-08-10  Riverbeast: Dake was apparently an incredible natural talent

He learned the moves at 17, and five years later he was beating Alekhine in a tournament game

There are also stories about how he enraged Alekhine after beating him in a rapid transit match

Apr-08-10  rapidcitychess: Happy B-day dead guy!!!!! That was awkward...
Jul-04-10  JohnBoy: Dake has some staying power - dead 10 years and still a 2300 FIDE rating!
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  GrahamClayton: 1932 photo:
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  jessicafischerqueen: Live film footage of the USA vs. RUSSIA match held in Moscow, 1946. Included are <Mikhail Botvinnik>, <Vassily Smslov>, <Samuel Reshevsky>, <Arnold Denker>, and <Arthur Dake>:

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  kbob: According to this database Dake's lifetime score against Reuben Fine was six wins to three, with three draws.
Jan-27-14  Caissanist: Fine was a teenager when most of those games were played. After Fine turned 21 they only played two games, with Fine winning one and the other being drawn.
Sep-27-15  Caissanist: Good article about Dake in the Oregon magazine 1859: .
Apr-08-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Arthur Dake.
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  Fusilli: Curious fact: he was born exactly a week before Miguel Najdorf.
Oct-24-20  STLsci: Arthur was my next door neighbor, and friend for about 15 years before he passed. I carried him at his funeral, and held a wake at my house with his grandson and some of my friends. He loved the game, told me a million stories about it, and occasionally made me play him. I was in my 20s when I moved in next door, and he was a regular at my house parties. He was a lot of fun. What I always liked about him was that, while he was proud of what he had accomplished he wasn’t ever arrogant about it. He said he liked to play me, because i made him think; which btw was probably because I only barely knew the rules and how the pieces moved. Once I was over at his house having a couple drinks with him, and Garry Kasparov called him. He said they spoke every few months. But my favorite chess story is the time I was at his house having cocktails, and a couple chess players he didn’t know got out of a taxi and came to his door. He welcomed them in, and they wanted to play. Arthur said ‘sure, but we’re going to have some drinks.’ One of the guys wasn’t a drinker, but Arthur insisted. He made me play one of them, and he quickly beat me. Arthur played them both and won I think. Then he said to one of the players ‘I’ll show you something you haven’t seen.’ I wish I could tell you what he did, but I really don’t know. It happened very fast, and I only remember that their mouths were wide open when it was over. Good memories with my old friend.
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