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Daniel Abraham Yanofsky
Number of games in database: 513
Years covered: 1938 to 1996

Overall record: +214 -97 =202 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (79) 
    C99 C97 C84 C98 C64
 Sicilian (64) 
    B74 B43 B92 B32 B73
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (47) 
    C99 C97 C84 C98 C89
 French Defense (23) 
    C11 C18 C17 C04 C10
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B18 B13 B10 B16 B17
 Sicilian Dragon (16) 
    B74 B73 B70 B39 B71
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (45) 
    C14 C13 C05 C07 C11
 King's Indian (41) 
    E64 E80 E62 E70 E61
 Slav (20) 
    D19 D10 D14 D17 D15
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D83 D87 D71 D73 D97
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E19 E17 E12
 French (14) 
    C13 C11 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yanofsky vs A Ismodes Dulanto, 1939 1-0
   Yanofsky vs Golombek, 1951 1-0
   Yanofsky vs J Therien, 1947 1-0
   Yanofsky vs A Pinkus, 1942 1-0
   Yanofsky vs Botvinnik, 1946 1-0
   Yanofsky vs Reshevsky, 1957 1-0
   Yanofsky vs Uhlmann, 1962 1-0
   Bronstein vs Yanofsky, 1948 1/2-1/2
   E Lundin vs Yanofsky, 1948 0-1
   Yanofsky vs J M Aitken, 1947 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ventnor City (1942)
   Canadian Championship (1945)
   Canadian Championship (1947)
   British Championship (1953)
   Canadian Championship (1965)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-B (1939)
   Hastings 1951/52 (1951)
   Netanya (1968)
   Canadian Championship (1949)
   Canadian Championship (1951)
   Tel Aviv (1966)
   Netanya (1969)
   Netanya-A (1973)
   Amsterdam Olympiad Final-B (1954)
   Groningen (1946)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Yanofsky Chess the Hard Way by samsloan
   Yanofsky Chess the Hard Way by igiene
   US Open 1942, Dallas by Phony Benoni
   Dallas, 1957 by Resignation Trap
   Dallas, 1957 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   US Open 1939, New York = 40th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   Netanya-A 1968 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1947, Corpus Christi by Phony Benoni
   1965 Canadian championship by gauer
   Hastings 1951/52 by suenteus po 147

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(born Mar-26-1925, died Mar-05-2000, 74 years old) Poland (federation/nationality Canada)

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Daniel Abraham ("Abe") Yanofsky was born in Brody, Poland. After being born in Poland to Russian parents he was taken to Canada by them when eight months old. Awarded the IM title in 1950, the GM title in 1964 and the International Arbiter title in 1977, he was British Champion in 1953 and Canadian Champion on eight occasions. He learned to play at age eight and made such rapid progress that at the age of fourteen he represented Canada on second board at the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939, accumulating 13.5 points in his first 16 team games at 2nd board. After the Second World War he played in several tournaments including the Saltsjobaden Interzonal of 1948 where he finished in 11th= place.

He won his 1st Canadian Championship by age 16 in 1941 (scores 9.5/11 at his home-town of Winnipeg, with a sole loss to Leo Moser during his 1st successful title capture), & until 1975 subsequently also won or tied for 1st during each of his tries (except at Arvida, 1949, when a loss to Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk (Montreal's Maurice Fox led, & he finished 2nd) placed him in a tie for 3rd-4th; Vancouver, 1951, when 1st place finisher Paul Vaitonis drew him, but losses to both 2nd-3rd place finishers Frank Ross Anderson & Bohatirchuk, as well as Rea B Hayes took him out of contention; & possibly 1942, because the cross-table is missing) in the following years: 1943 (registers his 1st perfect 11/11 - at Dalhousie), 1945 (tied for 1st-2nd with Frank J Yerhoff at 10.5/12 in Saskatoon), 1947 (clear 1st with 12/13 at Quebec), 1953 (tied for 1st-2nd with Anderson at 7/9 in Winnipeg), 1959 (registers his 2nd perfect 11/11 in Montreal), 1963 (clear 1st with 13/15 at Winnipeg) & 1965 (clear 1st with 10/11 at Vancouver). But in 1975, he suffered his next 2 Canadian championship losses (against Kevin Spraggett & Peter Biyiasas at Calgary; he tied with Lawrence Day & Bruce M Amos for 5th-7th at 9/15) in more than 24 years, when he came in 4th at Vancouver with 8/12. He tried for his final championship at Winnipeg in 1986, capturing share of 3rd-4th place with Fletcher Baragar at 9.5/15 - suffering defeats to tournament winners Igor Vasilievich Ivanov & Spraggett. At Toronto in 1938, his 13/18 again placed him at share of 4th-6th after scoring 5/10 at Quebec during the previous year.

His chess took second place to his law studies which he completed brilliantly, as a result he was offered five scholarships for postgraduate work. He chose Oxford in England to further his studies. Returning to Winnipeg he became a successful lawyer but he still found time to represent Canada in several Olympiads, scoring 77 points in 141 team games played overall.

Between 1954-81, he edited a chess column in the Winnipeg Free Press.

As a player his greatest strength was in the endgame. If he had devoted himself entirely to chess he would certainly have gone much further.

References: (team & Olympiad chess archives), (Canadian Chess Federation), (international Chess Federation), Winnipeg Free Press.

Wikipedia article: Daniel Yanofsky

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 515  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Drummond vs Yanofsky  0-1441938Canadian ChampionshipA15 English
2. Yanofsky vs C Smith 1-0201938CAN-chD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
3. Yanofsky vs H Seidman  0-145193940th ACF Congress. Prelim 2B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. Fine vs Yanofsky  ½-½431939US Open PrelimA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
5. Yanofsky vs M Peckar  1-047193940th ACF Congress. Prelim 2D67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
6. B Garfinkel vs Yanofsky 0-1391939US Open PrelimE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. Yanofsky vs B Friend  0-157193940th ACF Congress. Prelim 3B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. G Hellman vs Yanofsky  0-1341939US Open PrelimC14 French, Classical
9. B Friend vs Yanofsky  0-153193940th ACF Congress. ConsolationE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
10. Yanofsky vs J Rauch  1-0381939US Open Consolation FinalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. S Kitces vs Yanofsky  0-141193940th ACF Congress. ConsolationE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. Yanofsky vs I Rivise  1-046193940th ACF Congress. ConsolationE15 Queen's Indian
13. M Neckermann vs Yanofsky  ½-½39193940th ACF Congress. ConsolationC07 French, Tarrasch
14. Yanofsky vs W Suesman  ½-½48193940th ACF Congress. ConsolationB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. C Pilnick vs Yanofsky 0-1271939US Open Consolation FinalC13 French
16. Yanofsky vs G A Thomas  ½-½451939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1C76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
17. Najdorf vs Yanofsky  1-0311939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
18. Yanofsky vs Pelikan  ½-½651939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
19. E Espinola vs Yanofsky  0-1351939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Yanofsky vs W O Cruz  1-0501939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1C17 French, Winawer, Advance
21. Yanofsky vs A Ismodes Dulanto 1-0281939Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-1C11 French
22. Yanofsky vs L A Gulla  ½-½541939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-BB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
23. L Laterza vs Yanofsky  0-1281939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-BD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Yanofsky vs J L Asturias  1-0361939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-BC42 Petrov Defense
25. P Baender vs Yanofsky 0-1161939Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-BA28 English
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Mar-23-10  sdrumovic: I'm looking for the ranking/cross-table from the Stevenson Memorial played ad Southsea 1952. Yanofsky participated and Wade too; also the italian Scafarelli (3rd).
Mar-23-10  TheFocus: <sdrumovic> I will check in my British Chess Magazine. Have it for you tomorrow.

Have you tried finding tournament cross-tables that took place in England at

Mar-24-10  sdrumovic: Yes TheFocus, I've already checked on Britbase: there's nothing on Southsea 1952; the only references to that tournament I could find in the net are:

I also saw your answer on Romi pages; thank you for your help.

Mar-24-10  TheFocus: <sdrumovic> I must apologize. Last night we had testing in my class and I got home too late to check my BCMs. Will check them tonight.
Mar-25-10  TheFocus: <sdrumovic> Southsea was a 10 round Swiss event with 36 players. Do you have a fax number that I can send the cross-table to? Post it here and then when I get it, you can delete it.

Yanofsky won the tournament.

Do you have access to British Chess Magazine, June 1952, pg. 157-164.

Mar-26-10  sdrumovic: Thank you TheFocus. I have no fax (and it would be an international call!).

I have no easy access to any archive of the BCM, or Gaige's or DiFelice's books. I'm collecting data from italian tournaments, and big tournaments played by italians abroad, for a project of the Italian Chess Federation (FSI). FSI has a good library, but its site is not in the town I live in and it is still uncategorized since the last moving.

The output of my research will be soon published on the FSI site; as it'll be launched, I hope to receive contributions from people having access to the afore-mentioned sources, and more.

Instead of a fax, you can send the material to the address given in the Games Archive page (top of the page, just under the banners), another project I'm running for the federation:

Thank you again.

Mar-27-10  TheFocus: <Sdrumovic> If there is a mailing address, I will mail you the cross-table and the article from BCM, about nine pages.

I still have to put in the Hastings B cross-table, but not until Monday.

Mar-29-10  sdrumovic: Thank you the focus. Please write me to the address:
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  GrahamClayton: Yanofsky's obituary notice from the New York Times:

Mar-26-11  DiscoJew: Winnipeg's Finest!

We hold a tournament annually in his honor called the

"Abe Yanofky Memorial"

He was a kind, brilliant man that everyone in our chess circles loved.

He was a respected lawyer, a Queen's Council, a Mayor, Canada's and the Commonwealth's first Grandmaster, He won the British Championship while studying law there, beat Botvinnik in Gronigen in a beautiful White side of a Ruy Lopez, was in the Canadian Navy...the list goes on and on. What a stand out guy!

Rest in peace Daniel Abraham Yanofky!

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Daniel Yanofsky.

< (citizen of Canada) > Hey,I live in Canada too...

Mar-26-11  Gersch: I have never heard of this player, however his endgame are of the likes of Smyslov and Capablanca.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Yanofsky.
Mar-26-14  ketchuplover: ...and thanks for your contribution to chess history
Jun-22-14  ljfyffe: Abe won the Canadian chess championship when, in 1943, it was held in New Brunswick at Dalhousie, in the northern part of the province.
Sep-30-15  zanzibar: From the bio:

<If he had devoted himself entirely to chess he would certainly have gone much further.>

I find this a bit gratuitous for a bio - it goes without saying. Are we going to put such a comment in all non-professional player's bios?

Also, <As a player his greatest strength was in the endgame.> may be true, but since it isn't an obvious fact it would be nice to back it up with a ref (or example games if said opinion was formed exclusively by whoever wrote the bio).

Sep-30-15  zanzibar: Something like the quote in his obit by Reschevsky would be better, with regards to his playing skills:

<Samuel Reshevsky wrote in his book ''How Chess Games Are Won'' that Mr. Yanofsky was a tough opponent. ''His style is defensive but quite accurate,'' he wrote. ''When given the slightest opportunity, he is strong enough to beat the best.''>

Mar-05-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Abe Yanofsky.
Mar-26-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Daniel Yanofsky.
Jan-26-20  offramp: The USCF wasn't the only federation operating on a shoe string in the 1940s. The ONLY reason Abe Yanofsky was able to play at Groningen 1946 (where he only scored 8.5/19 BUT beat Botvinnik) was that he was in uniform in France when he heard about the event and as the currently reigning Canadian champion (there was a grand total of 1 championship during the war and Abe won it) had contacted the organizers who told him that if he was able to get confirmation from the Chess Federation of Canada that he was their official rep they would give him an invitation to play.

The total cost to the CFC of Yanofsky's participation was the cost of the return telegram which was good since that was about all they could afford at the time. Yanofsky had to buy his own train ticket from Paris to Groningen (the CFC could never have sent him had he been demobilized and sent back to Canada 3 months earlier) and his date with history. (He said he was not the only master in military service at that tournament but didn't say who else.)

For what it's worth that single win changed Yanofsky's life - after his military discharge he attended law school on the Canadian version of the GI bill and while he was establishing his legal career he (like every other newly graduated lawyer) needed clients and Yanofsky told how the late Joe Dremen (who played the Canadian role of Col. Edmondson in the US in the immediate postwar era) contacted many of the movers and shakers in the Winnipeg business community saying "you want a smart lawyer? This young man beat the best the Russian's have at chess! How much smarter can you get than that?)

[I heard this story direct from Yanofsky when he was trying to convince an up and coming junior - 2350 at age 16 - to stay in school rather than dropping out to play chess full time. Yanofsky's point was that he had done financially much better from chess than Fischer - who was the phenom's idol - had ever done which was true as it launched his career as one of Manitoba's top lawyers and later mayor of his home town]

Dec-26-21  Albertan: Canada‚Äôs first chess prodigy and Grandmaster still commands International respect:

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  Tabanus: My eyesight is failing me, is the tiny square in the upper corner a photo of him?
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  moronovich: Yes, that is him, <Tabanus> !
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  Tabanus: <moro> Ok, thanks. I can see him now with my magnifying glass ;)
Dec-17-22  Refused: Any relationship to Nikki Yanofsky?
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