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Arnold Aurbach
A Aurbach 
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Number of games in database: 20
Years covered: 1912 to 1925
Overall record: +8 -8 =4 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(died Dec-31-1952) Poland (federation/nationality France)

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At the beginning of the 20th century, he left Warsaw for Paris. He won a match against Adolphe Silbert (3 : 1) at Paris (La Régence) 1907; won, ahead of Weinstein, at Paris 1909; In the months following the tournament, he was challenged by Weinstein in two matches that were played at the Regency Café. He lost the first 5,5-4,5 but took his revenge in the second by winning 5-1. In 1911, still at the Café de La Régence, he lost a small match against the American master Charles Jaffe passing through Paris; took 12th at Abbazia 1912 (Rudolf Spielmann won); drew a mini match with José Raúl Capablanca (1 : 1) in 1913, and lost a match to him (0 : 2) in 1914, both in Paris. In 1917, he won, ahead of Silbert, in Paris. After World War I, he lost a mini match to Alexander Alekhine (0.5 : 1.5) at Paris 1922; and took 2nd, behind Alekhine, at Berne 1925 (Quadrangular)

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Last updated: 2022-03-11 18:47:49

 page 1 of 1; 20 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Aurbach vs S von Freymann  0-1181912AbbaziaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. E Cohn vs A Aurbach 0-1271912AbbaziaC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. A Aurbach vs M Lowcki 1-0431912AbbaziaC37 King's Gambit Accepted
4. A Aurbach vs Duras 0-1591912AbbaziaC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
5. J Szekely vs A Aurbach  0-1391912AbbaziaC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
6. A Aurbach vs S Rosselli del Turco 0-1371912AbbaziaC38 King's Gambit Accepted
7. A Aurbach vs Spielmann 0-1401912AbbaziaC37 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Reti vs A Aurbach 0-1241912AbbaziaC37 King's Gambit Accepted
9. A Aurbach vs Capablanca 1-0611913Exhibition gameC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. Capablanca vs A Aurbach 1-0551913Exhibition gameD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Capablanca vs A Aurbach 1-0281914MatchD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
12. A Aurbach vs Capablanca 0-1271914MatchC45 Scotch Game
13. A Aurbach vs Alekhine 1-0261922Exhibition gameB02 Alekhine's Defense
14. A Aurbach vs Alekhine ½-½231922ParisC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
15. W Michel vs A Aurbach  ½-½331925BernE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. A Aurbach vs W Michel  1-0351925BernC49 Four Knights
17. A Aurbach vs O Naegeli  1-0531925BernB83 Sicilian
18. A Aurbach vs Alekhine ½-½601925BerneB02 Alekhine's Defense
19. O Naegeli vs A Aurbach  1-0321925BernA40 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Alekhine vs A Aurbach  ½-½291925BerneC10 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-17-05  aw1988: Look at his games! This appears to be a very strong player.
Jul-17-05  Ron: An interesting discovery. has more of games--for example a loss to Capablanca which is not yet here.
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  Gypsy: It seems that Aurbach was a Frenchman. He played in the thematic Abbazia (Opatia) 1912 KGA tournament, but got sick and had to leave after the first round (+5 -5 =1).
Jul-17-05  Calli: Aurbach is an interesting player. He played both Capablanca and Alekhine very well. Think I read somewhere that when Alekhine moved to Paris, he had a great deal of trouble with Aurbach in their offhand games and no wins in their formal contests. Unfortunately, IIRC, Aurbach turned to the dark side after 1925. :->

The win over Capablanca here was a casual game played in Aurbach's apartment. Then they played a 2 game match as part of Capa's famous tour. The Cuban won both of those. I can submit them if you there is demand.

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  offramp: ...And he has the same last name as Yuri Averbakh.
Jul-17-05  Calli: He does? What about Red Auerbach? His real name was even Arnold.
May-28-08  whiteshark: A rather vague bio: (English);

maybe better: (Polish)

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  GrahamClayton: <Calli>Unfortunately, IIRC, Aurbach turned to the dark side after 1925.

What do you mean?

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  MissScarlett: I doubt chess prowess alone would merit informal matches with Alekhine and Capablanca. He must have been generous with his hospitality. I also doubt it's a coincidence that his victories over them made their way into print. C.N.3963 relates an exhibition game he played against Yates:

Polish Wikipedia refers to a chess 'holiday' he shared with British PM, Bonar Law, which may well account for this record: http://discovery.nationalarchives.g...

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  MissScarlett: <C.N.3963> mentions the promoter, Leo Nardus, so it's possible that he supported Aurbach's career, such that it was.
Feb-06-16  waustad: When I saw his name I though of a cigar joke, but I hate cigars, so I won't even go there.
Feb-06-16  siggemannen: According to mobile wikipedia, he died in 32 January 2017...
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  HeMateMe: How did he make time for chess, while building all of those great Celtics teams?
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  perfidious: <HMM> He had his minions rip off opponents to get high draft picks for next to nothing.
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  kingscrusher: He has only 20 games in the Chessgames database yet has beaten Capablanca and played also Alekhine and Spielmann - seems like there might be a number of other interesting games to find for this player.

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