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Albert Pinkus
A Pinkus 
Number of games in database: 149
Years covered: 1924 to 1955

Overall record: +60 -42 =45 (56.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C83 C84 C91 C78 C82
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C84 C91 C92 C89 C86
 French Defense (7) 
    C13 C07 C12 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Open (6) 
    C83 C82
 Sicilian (6) 
    B20 B29 B72 B58 B93
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B14 B17 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C83 C77 C86 C88 C98
 Orthodox Defense (10) 
    D61 D51 D55 D60 D52
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D82 D85 D73 D90 D74
 Queen's Gambit Declined (8) 
    D38 D37 D31
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E33 E25 E49 E51 E28
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C86 C84 C98 C88
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Pinkus vs R Durkin, 1941 1-0
   A Pinkus vs Konigsburg, 1934 1-0
   A Pinkus vs Santasiere, 1926 1-0
   W Adams vs A Pinkus, 1941 0-1
   C Pilnick vs A Pinkus, 1939 0-1
   A Pinkus vs Lilienthal, 1945 1/2-1/2
   Lilienthal vs A Pinkus, 1945 1/2-1/2
   Alekhine vs A Pinkus, 1929 0-1
   G Hellman vs A Pinkus, 1939 0-1
   A Pinkus vs S Baron, 1948 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   United States Championship (1940)
   Ventnor City (1944)
   Ventnor City (1941)
   United States Championship (1942)
   49th US Open (1948)
   Ventnor City (1942)
   United States Championship (1946)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   American Chess Bulletin 1944 by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1939, New York = 40th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   Ventnor City 1942 by Phony Benoni
   Ventnor City 1941 by Phony Benoni
   1944 US championship by crawfb5

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(born Mar-20-1903, died Feb-04-1984, 80 years old) United States of America

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Albert Sidney Pinkus was Champion of both the Manhattan (1941, 1945) and Marshall Chess Clubs, and played in the U.S. Championship five times. He became a stock broker in 1939. Younger brother of Milton Pinkus.

Wikipedia article: Albert Pinkus

Last updated: 2022-05-16 04:44:03

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 152  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Marshall vs A Pinkus 0-1641924Dimock themeC54 Giuoco Piano
2. A Pinkus vs H Liebenstein  1-0461924New York ch Stuyvesant Chess ClubC66 Ruy Lopez
3. M Wilenkin vs A Pinkus  1-0361924New York ch Stuyvesant Chess ClubC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. A Pinkus vs Kupchik  1-0331924New York-ch Rice CCC41 Philidor Defense
5. A Pinkus vs Kashdan 0-1491925Albert Hallgarten prelim-AC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. Santasiere vs A Pinkus 0-1241925Dimock Theme TournamentC54 Giuoco Piano
7. O W Field vs A Pinkus  1-0501925Albert Hallgarten prelim-AC88 Ruy Lopez
8. A Pinkus vs F Bartha  1-0221925Albert Hallgarten prelim-AD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
9. A Pinkus vs Marshall 0-1221926Dimock themeC51 Evans Gambit
10. A Pinkus vs Santasiere 1-0301926Dimock themeB20 Sicilian
11. A Pinkus vs Kashdan 0-1331926Manhattan CC-chD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Kashdan vs A Pinkus  1-0401927Manhattan CC-chD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Kashdan vs A Pinkus 1-0391927Junior MastersC45 Scotch Game
14. Kupchik vs A Pinkus 1-0441928Manhattan CC-chD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. A Pinkus vs Kupchik  0-1601928Manhattan CC-chE17 Queen's Indian
16. Kashdan vs A Pinkus  ½-½431928Manhattan CC-chD65 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, Main line
17. A Pinkus vs Kashdan 1-0361928Manhattan CC-chE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Alekhine vs A Pinkus 0-1571929Clock simul, 9bC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
19. A Pinkus vs Kashdan  0-1711929Manhattan CC-chC42 Petrov Defense
20. Kupchik vs A Pinkus  0-1391930Manhattan Chess Club-chC28 Vienna Game
21. A Pinkus vs J H Mathias  1-0131933Metropolitan Chess LeagueC13 French
22. A Pinkus vs Konigsburg 1-0261934Metropolitan Chess LeagueC70 Ruy Lopez
23. C Pilnick vs A Pinkus 0-1231939USA-ch prelA03 Bird's Opening
24. G Hellman vs A Pinkus  0-140193940th ACF Congress-FinalC53 Giuoco Piano
25. C Jaffe vs A Pinkus  0-131193940th ACF Congress FinalD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 152  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-13-04  sleepkid: ...the Indiana Jones of chess...
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: I remember when they wrote about Albert Pinkus in Chess Life back in the 90's. He lived an interesting life it seems.
Apr-04-07  Resignation Trap: For one thing, he was a collector of botanical specimens from South America. Here's a plant named for him, Vochysia pinkusii: .
Apr-04-07  Resignation Trap: I'd be thrilled just to have a fungus named after me!
Mar-20-11  wordfunph: anecdotes in memory of Albert Pinkus..

In 1984, Al Pinkus died from Alzheimer's disease at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn. His son Larry said that the disease ground him down inexorably and that he eventually had difficulty remembering to punch his chess clock after moving.


Robert Byrne remembered watching a fascinating combat between the swashbuckling attacker Arnold Denker and defiant defender Albert Pinkus. After Arnold had got off one of his scintillating pawn sacrifices, Albert snatched it, wrote down "Show me" on his scoresheet, and got up from the table. When he returned to make his move, he was jolted to find the reply in the margin, "Don't worry. I will!" in Denker's inimitable hand. That day he did, too.

i forgot where i lifted these stories, maybe from Chess Life or other source.

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  Phony Benoni: <wordfunph> That story is from Denker himself. It's from his autobiographical collection "If You Must Play Chess", describing the game Denker vs Pinkus, 1946.

I'll put the exact quote on the game page.

Mar-20-11  Caissanist: Pinkus is the subject of an enjoyable chapter of Arnold Denker's memoir "The Bobby Fischer I Knew and Other Stories", which includes the anecdotes <wordfunph> mentions.
Mar-20-11  wordfunph: <Phony Benoni> <Caissanist> thanks for the correction.
Mar-20-12  brankat: Mr.Pinkus did have some good results against very strong players.

R.I.P. Mr.Pinkus.

Mar-20-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Albert Pinkus.
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