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Yosef Porat
Y Porat 
Photograph courtesy of Michael Porat.  
Number of games in database: 251
Years covered: 1928 to 1973

Overall record: +56 -89 =106 (43.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (24) 
    E60 E62 E69 E63 E64
 Nimzo Indian (21) 
    E32 E38 E22 E33 E59
 Reti System (16) 
    A04 A06
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D51 D55 D67 D69 D58
 English, 1 c4 c5 (9) 
    A31 A32 A33
 Slav (8) 
    D11 D13 D12 D14 D10
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (22) 
    C11 C02 C07 C00 C09
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E59 E34 E42 E53 E30
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B18 B14 B12 B11 B13
 French (13) 
    C11 C00 C12
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C98 C93 C86 C77 C99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C98 C93 C85 C99 C86
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   B Koch vs Y Porat, 1931 0-1
   Y Porat vs U Cala, 1952 1-0
   Gligoric vs Y Porat, 1964 0-1
   M Czerniak vs Y Porat, 1967 0-1
   Y Porat vs Fischer, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Y Porat vs J H Donner, 1952 1/2-1/2
   S Moshe vs Y Porat, 1965 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Buenos Aires Olympiad qual-4 (1939)
   Netanya (1961)
   Netanya (1968)
   27th German Chess Federation Congress (1931)
   Hilversum Zonal (1947)
   Helsinki Olympiad Final-B (1952)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-3 (1964)
   Helsinki Olympiad qual-3 (1952)
   Netanya-A (1973)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939)
   Havana Olympiad Final-B (1966)
   Leipzig Olympiad qual-1 (1960)
   Warsaw Olympiad (1935)
   Leipzig Olympiad Final-B (1960)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad Final-A (1964)

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(born Jun-07-1909, died May-18-1996, 86 years old) Germany (federation/nationality Israel)
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Yosef Porat (born Heinz Yosef Foerder) was born in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland). Having learned chess at the age of 9, in 1927 he was awarded the title of German Master, being the youngest German to have ever received that title at that time. In 1928 he was included in the German Olympic Chess Team to Den Haag.

In 1934 he immigrated to Palestine after the Nazis came to power. He changed his named to Yosef Porat in 1951.

He won the Palestinian Championships of 1937 and 1940 (after a play-off) and then later the Israeli Championships of 1953, 1957, 1959 and 1963. He played for Palestine in the Olympiads of 1935 in Warsaw and 1939 in Buenos Aires and then later for Israel from 1952 through to 1968, mainly playing on the first board. He was awarded the IM title in 1952. In 1964 he won the Asian zonal tournament in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Last updated: 2018-05-10 12:37:12

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 289  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Porat vs H Mueller  ½-½191928The Hague OlympiadA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
2. W Orbach vs Y Porat  1-0401929DSB-26.KongressA47 Queen's Indian
3. K Helling vs Y Porat  1-0341929DSB-26.KongressA47 Queen's Indian
4. Y Porat vs K Richter 0-1241929DuisburgA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
5. Bogoljubov vs Y Porat  ½-½26193127th German Chess Federation CongressE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
6. Y Porat vs L Roedl  ½-½31193127th German Chess Federation CongressA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. B Koch vs Y Porat 0-128193127th German Chess Federation CongressA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Y Porat vs J Mieses  ½-½41193127th German Chess Federation CongressB30 Sicilian
9. Rellstab vs Y Porat  1-052193127th German Chess Federation CongressB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
10. Ahues vs Y Porat  ½-½31193127th German Chess Federation CongressE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Y Porat vs K Richter  ½-½38193127th German Chess Federation CongressB20 Sicilian
12. L Engels vs Y Porat  1-047193127th German Chess Federation CongressC11 French
13. Saemisch vs Y Porat  1-031193127th German Chess Federation CongressE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
14. Y Porat vs K Helling  1-051193127th German Chess Federation CongressA16 English
15. Y Porat vs B Moritz  1-033193127th German Chess Federation CongressC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Y Porat vs G Weissgerber 0-132193127th German Chess Federation CongressC59 Two Knights
17. Petrov vs Y Porat  1-0341935Warsaw OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
18. Y Porat vs Alekhine 0-1251935Warsaw OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
19. E Andersen vs Y Porat  1-0371935Warsaw OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
20. Y Porat vs Gruenfeld  ½-½191935Warsaw OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
21. E E Book vs Y Porat  ½-½371935Warsaw OlympiadC01 French, Exchange
22. Y Porat vs V Mikenas  1-0241935Warsaw OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
23. Keres vs Y Porat 1-0421935Warsaw OlympiadC02 French, Advance
24. Y Porat vs R Grau  1-0511935Warsaw OlympiadA06 Reti Opening
25. Fine vs Y Porat 1-0441935Warsaw OlympiadE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 289  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-10-05  Eastfrisian: His German name was "Heinz Foerder" and changed his name 1952. Porath died at the end of the 80's.
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  Benzol: <Eastfrisian> See also H Y Foerder.

In your profile you say you're interested in chess history which is great. I'm sure your biographic information on players would be warmly received by the administrators.

Sep-10-05  Eastfrisian: <Benzol> If it is not so, not really bad for me. The reader should read "all" about the players incl. the commentaries. Some of the comments are not interesting, but sometimes you'll find really big stuff.
Aug-23-06  Mibelz: Yosef Porath died in 1996.
Aug-24-06  vonKrolock: <Mibelz> What do You know about Antoni Wojciechowski It seems that he died young and that his famous game against Tylkowski is not enough documented...
Aug-24-06  Mibelz: <vonKrolock> Antoni Wojciechowski (6 June 1905 – 19 January 1938) was a foremost Poznań (Posen) chess player in 1920-1930s. In 1926, he tied for 2nd-3rd in the Poznan championship. The same year, he won at the Poznan Chess Club Championship. In 1928, he won again in the Poznań championship. Wojciechowski represented Poznań at the Polish Team championships (1st at Królewska Huta (Königshütte) 1929, and 2nd at Katowice 1934). He took 16 th place in the 3rd Polish Championship at Warsaw 1935, and 11 th in the 4th POL-ch at Jurata 1937. He played for Poland at eighth board (+7 –2 =5 ) in unofficial Chess Olympiad at Munich 1936. He won team silver medal there.
Aug-25-06  vonKrolock: <Mibelz>Thank You! - I will transfer the data to AW's page
Mar-14-07  Whitehat1963: Very nice! I wonder if he was from Kazakhstan and had son named Borat.
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  Benzol: He looks a gentle kind of soul in the picture and bears a resemblence to Edward Lasker.
Mar-10-08  zooter: Only 102 games in such a long career?
Mar-10-08  MichAdams: <He participated in all the Israel Olympic Chess Teams from 1935 in Warsaw through 1968 in Lugano, mainly playing on the first board.>

In 1935 and 1939, it was the Palestinian team.

Mar-10-08  eyalbd: <zooter> Of course not. He obviously played many more games that are not listed in the chessgames database.

His career was indeed long and impressive . He played against 7 world champions, won against big names such as Larsen, Keres and Gligoric.

Jun-07-09  BIDMONFA: Yosef Porat


Jun-07-09  hedgeh0g: Hello, my name-a Porat. I come from Kazakhstan.
Jun-07-09  Hossam Hassan: <He participated in all the Israel Olympic Chess Teams from 1935 in Warsaw through 1968 in Lugano, mainly playing on the first board.> THERE IS NOTHING CALLED ISRAEL IN THE 1935...IT IS PALESTINE
Jun-07-09  Hossam Hassan: In 1934 he immigrated to Israel ...AGAIN THERE WAS NOTHING CALLED ISRAEL ...IT IS PALESTINE
Jun-07-09  myschkin: . . .

<Hossam> your statement is true, but IMO it is a legitim common position in a chess DB to handle the "geographic structure" as it is seen with "today's eyes". I know this is often misleading/plain false or not politically correct. On the other hand I highly doubt this is hidden prejudices or arroganz. So don't get fed UP ;)


Jun-07-09  Hossam Hassan: myschkin.........u can see this in many sport federations day they will correct sure..thanx for the reply
Jun-07-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday
Jun-07-09  myschkin: . . .

You're welcome <Hossam>


Photo (1926):


For those players who complain about how they lost games due to stress, poor playing conditions, being distracted by other concerns, etc. - a lesson from Yosef Porat, in a letter to Shachmat, (May 1983, vol. 22 no. 5, issue 240:155):

"In my hometown of Breslau in lower Silesia there were two large chess clubs: the Anderssen, which had only a few Jewish members, and the Morphy, which most local Jewish players joined and had a few prominent Jewish members among its officials. A few weeks after Hitler came to power the city championship began in the Morphy’s rooms (as is known Hitler originally was the head of a coalition government and only a few weeks later became a dictator [sic] and then the “illegal” attacks against Jews and other increased.) [Porat presumably means the great increase in Hitler’s power after the passing of the so-called “Enabling Act” of March 23, 1933-A.P.]

"The championship began in the middle of March 1933 and lasted about two months. There were a few rounds left when rumors began to circulate that the Nazis might invade the club at any minute (the anti-democratic and anti-Semitic forces then becoming stronger by the day). In all of the later rounds I came to play with a feeling of great mental stress: will the round end peacefully? It is very possible this stress affected my play, in any rate I didn’t win first place as previously but only second place (after the non-Jewish master Gottlieb Machate, who also led the tournament most of the time—A.P.).

"Indeed, until the end of the championship nothing happened, but a few days later a group of SA men entered the club, expelled the Jews present, dismissed the management, and made the club into a 'National-Socialist chess club'. Some thought the Nazis would have done this sooner if I were leading the tournament!"

Jun-07-09  myschkin: . . .

From the book "Yosef Porat, The Chess Master"

"He (Porat) learned chess at the age of 9 from a relative, his late uncle Dr. Alfred (Aharon) Weiner, a lawyer first in Berlin and later in Jerusalem. This man had an extremely deep understanding of chess, but for certain reasons he didn't play in a single tournament, and limited himself to offhand games with friends. He had one of the largest chess libraries (in Israel), which he donated to the city of Jerusalem."

"For decades Weiner had corresponence with Porat, starting in Berlin in 1925 and ending soon before his (Weiner's) death in 1971. These letters are saved in Porat's house in three thick folders. Some of it is discussin about general matters, but Weiner would usually would get Porat's games and comment on them. Occassionally a certain subject would be discussed for a few letters. These letters greatly influenced Porat: 'Neither once nor twice I realize where I've gone wrong.'"

Porat was an International Master when there were less than 200 IMs in the world. By today's standards he would have been at least a Grandmaster, probably a rather strong one. Mr. Weiner is a unique, or at least very rare, case of a chess enthusiast who hasn't played in a single tournament - and yet has a Grandmaster's understanding of the game.

One of the uneforseen downsides of the chess programs' revolution is that, today, it is hard to tell by someone's analysis how good a player they are. Everybody can use Fritz! Back then, however, when someone gave you grandmaster - level analysis of your games, you could be sure they really knew chess.

(by Yosef Porat and Eliyahu Fasher)

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  whiteshark: Here is a picture of <Yosef Porat> amid the Palestine 1939 Olympiad team:

Zelman Kleinstein, Meir Rauch, Heinz Foerder (Yosef Porat), Moshe Czerniak, Salome Reischer, Victor Winz

Jun-07-12  solskytz: Palestine 1935 shouldn't be confused by what is named similarly today. The concept is way different.

In 1935 it refers to the name given to a territory by the superpowers. Later it became a political statement bearing a totally different meaning.

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  GrahamClayton: One of Porat's original scoresheets from the 1929 Duisburg congress sold recently on eBay for $US25.

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