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Georges Koltanowski vs Marcel Duchamp
Paris (1929), Paris FRA, rd 8, Jun-25
Indian Game: East Indian Defense (E00)  ·  0-1



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Jan-06-04  Whitehat1963: Is this the famous surrealist artist? If so, he plays a mean game of chess against perhaps the greatest (or certainly one of the greatest) blindfold simul players of all time. Interesting.
Jan-07-04  Lawrence: 'Tis indeed. In the bar up the Costa Brava where Duchamp used to take on all comers they now hold an annual computer-chess competition.
Jul-15-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Bravo Marcel!
Jul-15-04  uzeromay: I know i'm just pointing out the obvious here, but 16. Rxf2 Bxf2 will be followed by 17...Nxd3.
Jul-15-04  acirce: I'm not sure "surrealist" is an accurate label.
Jul-15-04  Jesuitic Calvinist: Yes, acirce - "dadaist" is perhaps more accurate, but then, Marcel didn't like to be labelled.
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  Willem Wallekers: < 16. Rxf2 Bxf2 will be followed by 17...Nxd3.> Or 16. Rxf2 Qg5 threatening Qxg2# and Nh3+ + Qxd2 ?
(17. Kf1 Bxf2 18. Qxf2 Bxg2+ 19. Ke1 Nxd3+)
Jan-18-05  Abaduba: <"dadaist" is perhaps more accurate> How about "worthless"? I blame readymades for starting the trend in modern art where "creativity" becomes more important than having actually achieved something beautiful.

Even so, Duchamp is definately a decent chess player. Too bad for him that they didn't let him take an Alekhine masterpiece and write his name on the score. I'm surprised he never thought of it.

Jan-18-05  aw1988: "Worthless" is not what I would call it, at all.
May-07-05  WorldChampeen: Surprisingly, one of the catalog houses sells two volumes of his games; I gather.

Also, from what I know of Duchamp on Art; his was a questioning of Art or in other words "what is art?"

I believe he is actually a forefather of Dada art; if that can be said, he helped inspire it.

I can do without the "fountain" but in his art, not only do I see the roots of Dadaism; but it is easy to see how more recent artists were influenced by him. A good sumation here;

Curiously, deals with that second volume of Duchamp's chess career.

May-18-07  Whitehat1963: Obviously, Duchamp had no fear of Koltanowski's "Knight Ascending a Chessboard."
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  Domdaniel: I have declared <> a readymade work of art for Marcel's birthday.

I might get around to drawing a moustache on it later.

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  playground player: Was this game in one of Koltanowski's simultaneous blindfolded exhibitions? I wonder if Kolty was at a disadvantage when he could see the board.
Apr-02-10  Shams: <Whitehat1963> I wish I'd written that!
Oct-10-10  rapidcitychess: Great puns, but too bad the game is not of that quality.
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  beenthere240: This was at the chess olympiad. marcel played board 3 for France.
Jul-28-11  DrMAL: Wow, Koltanowski was a really good player and Duchamp slaughters him here. Maybe East Indian Defense got it's name because black played facing North a lot? This game was interesting until white got greedy with 15.Nxf8?? Marcel spotted the strongest reply 15...Bd4+ his art is fabulous but his chess was obviously also great. Happy Birthday to him!
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  Penguincw: Wow. A quick knockout. So. What's the follow up?

Hmm.16.♔g1 ♗xg2+ 17.♕xg2 ▢ 17...♘xg2 18.♔xg2 ♗xc3 19.bxc3 ♕xd3 with an easy win. Black is up a ♕ and two ♙s for a ♖ and ♘ however the ♘ on f8 is getting ready to fall. c3 and c4 are ready to fall. It's an easy win for black.

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Jul-19-13  hudapri: <Whitehat1963> :)
Jul-28-15  RookFile: Maybe white rushed the e5 break. I sort of like his game after 11. Qd2 and 12. Rae1. Black's b7 bishop seems to be misplaced.
Jun-21-17  Vyrak: Marcel Duchamp turned towards chess because he hated the way bourgeois pseudo-intellectuals perverted art. His dream was to kill art
Feb-04-18  gpbear: "I blame readymades for starting the trend in modern art where "creativity" becomes more important than having actually achieved something beautiful.

Even so, Duchamp is definately a decent chess player."

Oh, the irony of someone bemoaning the decline of western civilization while misspelling "definitely" like a third grader...

Feb-25-20  asiduodiego: A nice game. I think the funniest thing about this game is that, being an "Indian" line, one should expect a closed center, but in the end, the center is wide open both Black Fianchettos destroy White's defenses.

Good game by Marcel. A nice tactical shot.

Nov-15-20  Jean Defuse: ...

The original scorecard from Duchamp’s scoring book:

Source: ‘Finding the right move’ - Marcel Duchamp and his passion for chess:


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