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Marcel Duchamp
Photograph courtesy of Real Clear Arts 

Number of games in database: 88
Years covered: 1922 to 1961
Overall record: +23 -49 =16 (35.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E20 E43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D37 D38
 English (4) 
    A15 A13
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E12 E16 E17 E19
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B13 B12 B18 B16
 Alekhine's Defense (6) 
    B03 B02
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E21 E46 E23 E24 E34
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 E00 D05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Koltanowski vs Duchamp, 1929 0-1
   Duchamp vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1931 1/2-1/2
   K Opocensky vs Duchamp, 1933 1/2-1/2
   Duchamp vs J Rejfir, 1930 1/2-1/2
   Marshall vs Duchamp, 1930 1/2-1/2
   J Kleczynski Jr vs Duchamp, 1924 0-1
   Edmond Michel vs Duchamp, 1924 0-1
   Duchamp vs Znosko-Borovsky, 1930 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Nice (1930)
   Paris Unofficial Olympiad (1924)

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(born Jul-28-1887, died Oct-02-1968, 81 years old) France

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(Henri Robert) Marcel Duchamp was born in Blainville-Crevon in Normandy. As early as 1902 Duchamp was painting in the garden of the family home. A pioneer of Dadaism and Surrealism, Duchamp was equally passionate about chess. In 1923 he concentrated on playing and his strength became master class. He played in the French Championships and also in the Olympiads 1928-1933.

In 1925 he had his chances to become champion of France. He started well in the tournament, but blundered in a winning position against the eventual victor Robert Crepeaux, and then, perhaps deflated, lost to Casier. Duchamp ended up sixth.

Wikipedia article: Marcel Duchamp

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 88  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Duchamp vs M Schroeder 0-1411922Marshall CC - Brooklyn CC mD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Duchamp vs Colle 1-0321923BrusselsA53 Old Indian
3. Duchamp vs Koltanowski 0-1301923BrusselsD85 Grunfeld
4. Duchamp vs N Rubens  0-1221923Marshall CC - Staten Island CC mA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. J B Perlmutter vs Duchamp  1-03319242nd La Nation Belgian CupD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Duchamp vs V Kahn 0-1431924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA38 English, Symmetrical
7. Duchamp vs E Steiner 0-1291924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA15 English
8. Duchamp vs V Marin y Llovet  ½-½321924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA13 English
9. M Romi vs Duchamp  1-0291924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB03 Alekhine's Defense
10. A Chepurnov vs Duchamp 1-0231924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. Duchamp vs C W Brown 1-0291924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
12. Duchamp vs K Rozic 1-0241924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA15 English
13. Duchamp vs G Davidescu 0-1541924Paris Unofficial OlympiadA15 English
14. K Vanek vs Duchamp  1-0231924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. A Rueb vs Duchamp  0-1421924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. S F Smith vs Duchamp  0-1851924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB03 Alekhine's Defense
17. J Kleczynski Jr vs Duchamp 0-1391924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB03 Alekhine's Defense
18. V Fernandez Coria vs Duchamp ½-½251924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Edmond Michel vs Duchamp 0-1361924FRA-chB30 Sicilian
20. Duchamp vs H Bertrand  1-0301925FRA-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Duchamp vs R Crepeaux 0-1361925FRA-chA52 Budapest Gambit
22. Duchamp vs E H Smith 1-02319284th Coupe Challenge PhilidorD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. H Weenink vs Duchamp ½-½291928The Hague OlympiadB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. H Mueller vs Duchamp 1-0101928The Hague OlympiadA28 English
25. G A Thomas vs Duchamp  1-0261929ParisB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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Oct-21-17  JimNorCal: <zanzibar>: good point.
Oct-23-17  epistle: "But of course, the brilliance of Étant donnés is that it was conceived as a puzzle. It will never have a fixed meaning, only an ever-evolving body of interpretations."

Oct-23-17  JimNorCal: <epistle>: Fascinating. Thanks.
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  MissScarlett: Marcel Duchamp walked into a bar. The barman asked him: <Why the long face?>
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  OhioChessFan: "It's a product of two poles - there's the pole of the one who makes the work, and the pole of the one who looks at it. I give the latter as much importance as the one who makes it."
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  OhioChessFan: "I do not believe in painting per se – A painting is made not by the artist but by those who look at it and grant it their favors. In other words, no painters knows himself or what he is doing – There is no outward sign explaining why a Fra Angelico and a Leonardo are equally 'recognized'. It all takes place at the level of our old friend luck."
May-01-18  Malachi: According to this scholar - - there's pretty solid documentation that Duchamp and Beckett did play.
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  OhioChessFan: Nice pic:


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  OhioChessFan: https://d32dm0rphc51dk.cloudfront.n...

Playing chess with Raoul de Roussy de Sales.

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  OhioChessFan: John Cage and Duchamp play chess:

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  OhioChessFan: Wow, just clicked the link in <Stonehenge's> post, in the middle of the public library. I was definitely blitzing my next move back!
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<Ohio> Great photo. You realize that is "Slenderman" inside the tree there eh?

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  OhioChessFan: I recognized you in your Korean teacher uniform up at g7.
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Oct-26-21  Z truth 000000001: <tab>'s link might also interest <offramp> with it's mention of <Alistair Crowley>.

But I think <tab> posted it for this reference to Duchamp:


In 1963, the artist Marcel Duchamp gambled with a naked woman in a retrospective exhibition of his work. On the other hand, this old surrealist probably wanted to emphasize the fusion of chess and the arts, but he gave up painting to dedicate himself to chess. Hannes Hlífar Stefánsson sits here in the same position and hopefully it also announces that this young grandmaster will be able to combine life and art in his chess victories.>


Árið 1963 tefldi listamaðurinn Marcel Duchamp við nakta konu á yfirlitssýningu á verkum sinum. Með þvímóti vildi þessi gamli súrrealisti líklega undirstrika samruna skákarinnar og listanna ílffi sínu, en hann gaf málverkið upp á bátinn til að helga sig taflmennskunni. Hér situr Hannes Hlífar Stefánsson ísömu stellingu og vonandi boðar það li'ka að þessi ungi stórmeistari muni ná að sameina lífið og listina í skáksigrum sínum. "

Of course, the photo is missing here, worth the entire pile of words above for the viewing.

Dec-05-21  Dionysius1: <MissScarlett: Marcel Duchamp walked into a bar. The barman asked him: <Why the long face?>. Marcel Duchamp asked the barman for directions to the loo. The rest is art history.
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  OhioChessFan: "Everything important that I have done can be put into a little suitcase."
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Jul-28-22  Brenin: Bon anniversaire, Marcel!
Jul-28-22  YoungEd: It looks like Duchamp avoided 1. e4 like the plague!
Jul-31-22  Brit Griner: Why is OhiO doing that?
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  OhioChessFan: Marcel wanted to show that an artist's mind, if it wasn't corrupted by money or success, could equal the best in any field. He thought that with its sensitivity to images and sensations, the artist's mind could do as well as the scientific mind with its mathematical memory. He came damn close, too. But of course the memory boys were tougher, and they had trained for it from an early age. " --- Julien Levy (on Duchamp)
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