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Kevin Bonham
17-01-2017, 05:45 PM
Hans Berliner, former World Correspondence Champion and early chess computer programmer, has died age 87. This was his best known correspondence game, widely ranked as one of the greatest games of all time:

Estrin-Berliner

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5 6.Bf1 Nd4 7.c3
Nxd5 8.Ne4 Qh4 9.Ng3 Bg4 10.f3 e4 11.cxd4 Bd6 12.Bxb5+ Kd8
13.O-O exf3 14.Rxf3 Rb8 15.Be2 Bxf3 16.Bxf3 Qxd4+ 17.Kh1 Bxg3
18.hxg3 Rb6 19.d3 Ne3 20.Bxe3 Qxe3 21.Bg4 h5 22.Bh3 g5 23.Nd2
g4 24.Nc4 Qxg3 25.Nxb6 gxh3 26.Qf3 hxg2+ 27.Qxg2 Qxg2+ 28.Kxg2
cxb6 29.Rf1 Ke7 30.Re1+ Kd6 31.Rf1 Rc8 32.Rxf7 Rc7 33.Rf2 Ke5
34.a4 Kd4 35.a5 Kxd3 36.Rf3+ Kc2 37.b4 b5 38.a6 Rc4 39.Rf7
Rxb4 40.Rb7 Rg4+ 41.Kf3 b4 42.Rxa7 b3 0-1

Adamski
17-01-2017, 05:50 PM
More sad news. Was white the Russian Yakov Estrin? He wrote a comprehensive book on the 2 Knights Defence.

Kevin Bonham
17-01-2017, 06:56 PM
More sad news. Was white the Russian Yakov Estrin? He wrote a comprehensive book on the 2 Knights Defence.

Yes.

Capablanca-Fan
25-01-2017, 02:26 AM
An informative obituary of Berliner (1929–2017) at Chess News (https://en.chessbase.com/post/hans-berliner-chess-master-and-programmer-dies-at-87), an OTB IM and computer chess programmer. This obit includes a lot about that famous win over Estrin, an expert on the Two Knights. In that tournament, the 5th World Correspondence Champs (http://www.serverchess.com/01ctable.htm#5th), Berliner outclassed the field with 14/16, three points ahead of the 2nd= players which included the 4th Champ Vladimir Pavlovich Zagorovsky (1925–1994), and way ahead of his victim Yakov Borisovich Estrin (1923–1987) , who would become the 7th Champ.

MichaelBaron
25-01-2017, 12:53 PM
I did not know he was an OTB IM as well (know he played for the USA though). When did he get the title?