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Zygmunt Frankel
Number of games in database: 23
Years covered: 1952 to 1985
Overall record: +5 -17 =1 (23.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1921, died Oct-14-2001, 80 years old) Poland (federation/nationality New Zealand)

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Zygmunt Frankel was born in 1921 in Krakow, Poland. He and his Jewish parents escaped the European holocaust by fleeing to the Soviet Union, initially in Siberia and then via the Urals and Soviet Asia. In 1949 he emigrated to New Zealand and became active in administration in the New Zealand Chess scene. He also was the editor of the New Zealand Chess Magazine during two different periods, 1962-65 and 1985-86. A strong player he played in the New Zealand Championship on a number of ocassions. He passed away in Wellington in 2001 after a brief illness.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. O Sarapu vs Z Frankel 1-040195259th New Zealand ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. Z Frankel vs O Sarapu ½-½16195260th New Zealand ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
3. O Sarapu vs Z Frankel  1-030195461st New Zealand ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
4. Z Frankel vs O Sarapu  0-144195562nd New Zealand ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
5. R Court vs Z Frankel 0-1321959Wellington Easter tournamentB03 Alekhine's Defense
6. Z Frankel vs O Sarapu 0-141196067th New Zealand ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Z Frankel vs G G Haase 1-040196067th New Zealand ChampionshipA15 English
8. Z Frankel vs O Sarapu 0-129196168th New Zealand ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
9. O Sarapu vs Z Frankel 1-030196269th New Zealand ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Z Frankel vs R Court 1-0251963NZ Correspondence Chess Association ChC46 Three Knights
11. O Sarapu vs Z Frankel  1-025196370th New Zealand ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. C A Evans vs Z Frankel  1-064196370th New Zealand ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
13. O Sarapu vs Z Frankel  1-025196471st New Zealand ChampionshipA90 Dutch
14. Z Frankel vs R Court 1-044196471st New Zealand ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Z Frankel vs O Sarapu  0-139196572nd New Zealand ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
16. O Sarapu vs Z Frankel  1-023196673rd New Zealand ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
17. O Sarapu vs Z Frankel  1-041196976th New Zealand ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
18. P D Hawkes vs Z Frankel  1-0581979Queens Birthday Weekend TtC47 Four Knights
19. Z Frankel vs T Spiller 0-1271979Queens Birthday Weekend TtB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. P D Hawkes vs Z Frankel 1-0211979Labour Weekend TtB27 Sicilian
21. R A Dowden vs Z Frankel 1-018198188th NZ Ch Premier ReserveC34 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Z Frankel vs J N Metge  0-1291982North Island ChC15 French, Winawer
23. I Rogers vs Z Frankel 0-1381985Simul, 9bC11 French
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  Jonathan Sarfati: An unpublished obituary I wrote for New Zealand Chess:

One good thing to come out of World War II (if one may talk of such trivia compared to such a tragedy) was the considerable enrichment of NZ chess. This was from players fleeing to this safe haven from a Europe ravaged by the quasi-religious philosophies of Nazism and Communism. The most significant of course was the late Estonian Ortvin Sarapu, who helped raise the standard of NZ chess by several hundred Elo points. Another significant figure was Arcadii Feneridis from Crimea. He was one of the leading players, NZ co-Champion in 1957, dominant in Wellington for two decades, was still playing reasonable blitz chess against me last aged 92, and last I heard was still alive at 98.

Zygmunt Frankel, a long-term friend and chess rival of ‘Fenny’s’, was also alive and playing at the Wellington/Civic Chess Club back in until just before his death. He was a Jew from Krakow, Poland, who fled Nazi persecution into the Samarkand region of Uzbekistan, then part of the USSR, and after the War found his way to NZ. The younger players at the Wellington Club who encountered him may not have realized that Zyg had played in the New Zealand Championship many times in the 1950s and 60s. Since this was a 12-player round robin, this made him one of the top dozen players in the country for all that time.

Zyg had a very good knowledge of both chess history and the classic games, and had a sharp eye for tactics. He also liked to try new ideas in opening theory and strategy. This was not unreasonable, as the thesis of IM John Watson’s fine book Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy is that modern chess is very ‘rule independent’. I.e. the ‘rules’ of strategy are descriptions of features that confer an advantage in a statistical number of actual games, but are by no means absolute. However, to balance that, GM Eduard Gufeld told me in 1988 that the rules do genuinely apply in 80% of cases. It must be honestly said that Zyg’s play was fairly often objectively unsound, which explains why his score against Sarapu in NZ Championships was one draw in 12 games. But in all fairness, Sarapu in those days scored heavily against everyone else in NZ too, while Zyg scored well against lesser players who couldn’t solve the new problems he set them. In fact, some strong scalps show that Zyg’s original style could be dangerous to anyone.

Zyg also had two spells as editor of New Zealand Chess, 1962–5 and 1985– 6. His opinions on many topics shone through with ample supporting arguments, not always sound in my view. But I agree, for example, with his cogent defence of the Soviet grandmasters against Fischer’s charge of cheating at the Curaçao Candidates in 1962. Probably his main achievement as editor was a whole double issue devoted to the Petrosyan–Botvinnik World Championship match, 1963. This was one of the first English accounts of this match, and Zyg’s fluency in Russian enabled him to read many articles inaccessible to most English speakers.

I knew Zyg from the late 70s when I started playing as a child, while Zyg was already a hardened veteran. He was famous for his heavy accent that disguised an excellent command of spoken and written English, as well as for is chain smoking. Fortunately for his health he gave up smoking in later years, as did Sarapu.

Zyg is survived by three children, of whose academic achievements he was very proud.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Feneridis died in Jan 2007, a few days short of 99.
May-03-10  Mac3: I recall when he was editor of the NZ Chess magazine in 1985-6 a "mysterious author" wrote a letter to the editor.

The author of the letter was T K Z Gunman Flyer,
which upon closer scrutiny was an anagram of the editor!

May-18-11  newzild: I stumbled onto this page today after finding an old game I played against Zyg (a draw in a 30-30 game). Coincidentally, I played fellow-poster Jonathan Sarfati in the same tournament (if I recall correctly, it was a Spanish Marshall, which he won):

[Event "Civic Quickplay"]
[Site "Wellington"]
[Date "1996.04.08"]
[Round "04"]
[White "Frankel, Zygmunt"]
[Black "MacLeod, Scott"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C05"]
[WhiteElo "1846"]
[BlackElo ""]

1. e4 c5 The player of the White pieces, popularly known as "Zyg" was an 84 or 85 year old Jew who escaped the ♘azis by fleeing from ♙oland to ♘ew Zealand. He was one of the top dozen ♘Z players in the 1950s and 60s, and a former editor of ♘Z Chess 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Bd3 Zyg was renowned for his offbeat opening setups. The game soon transposes to a French Defence, an opening with which I was, and am, unfamiliar Nc6 5. Bc2 d5 6. e5 Nd7 7. d4 b6 8. 0-0 Ba6 9. Re1 Qc7 10. Be3 Rc8 11. a3 Be7 12. Bd3 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Na5 14. Nbd2 cxd4 15. cxd4 0-0 16. b4 Nb7 ♙assive. 16...♘c4 looks more natural 17. Bg5 Bxg5 18. Nxg5 Qc2 19. Qxc2 Rxc2 20. Ngf3 Rfc8 21. Nb3 R8c3 22. Nfd2 Kf8 The score says 22...a5, but this move is played later 23. Rac1 Ke7 24. Rxc2 Rxc2 25. Rc1 Rxc1 26. Nxc1 b5 27. Kf1 Nb6 28. Ncb3 Nc4 29. Nxc4 dxc4 30. Nc5 Nd8 31. Ke2 Nc6 32. Ke3 a5 ? Trying too hard to win. White benefits more than ♗lack from mixing up the ♕-side 33. bxa5 Nxa5 34. Kd2 f6 35. f4 Kf7 White is better but the game was eventually drawn 1/2-1/2

Apr-06-19  Frankel: From time to time I look at this page. Thank you Jonathan Sarfati for your obituary.

Richard Taylor your post is offensive for many reasons. At least two of these are:

1. Repeating racist comments in this way.

2. I am one of the daughters you refer to. At the date your observation seems to have been made, I was about 10 or 11 years old and my sister 3 years older. We were children.

Richard Taylor and administrators of this page I expect you to take Richard Taylor’s post down.

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  Richard Taylor: <Frankel> I may withdraw this or ask The Admin to but I feel in essence it is o.k. ... But I can understand you feel strongly about something written about your father and I will remove it, given what I write below is considered or acted on.

The problem is I am not able to ascertain whether this is indeed "you" (that is the supposed daughter of Frankel himself) as I (and others on here) am / are targeted frequently by rather crazed right wingers and others pretending to be someone they are not as well as simply crackpots of various kidney shall we say.

Or Trump supporters if this is different from the above!

So it would be good if you could verify for sure who you are and some way I can verify who you are. All I see on clicking the above is <Frankel> and there is 'no bio' or other information.

All that said I have trouble contacting myself. An email I sent was ignored or failed to get through and messages posted on their forum here were either ignored or not seen for some reason.

If you really feel strongly re this it might be best to email themselves.

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