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Karl Helling
K Helling 
Number of games in database: 81
Years covered: 1925 to 1937

Overall record: +35 -33 =12 (51.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    A45 D02 A46 D00 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D93 D95 D94 D86
 Scandinavian (5) 
 Slav (4) 
    D16 D12 D11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Grob vs K Helling, 1936 0-1
   L Steiner vs K Helling, 1928 0-1
   K Helling vs Keres, 1936 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dresden (1936)

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(born Aug-10-1904, died Aug-15-1937, 33 years old) Germany

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Karl Helling was a prominent Berlin player from about 1926 until his death in 1937. He was 5th at Berlin 1928, 2nd at Berlin 1930 and represented Germany on board five at the Prague Olympiad in 1931.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 81  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Helling vs Lasker ½-½45 1925 Simul displayD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. K Helling vs Reti 0-125 1928 It BSGA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. S Rotenstein vs K Helling  1-027 1928 It Cafe KoenigB02 Alekhine's Defense
4. K Helling vs Stoltz  1-063 1928 It BSGA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. K Helling vs L Steiner  0-150 1928 It Cafe KoenigA17 English
6. Nimzowitsch vs K Helling 1-021 1928 It BSGA52 Budapest Gambit
7. K Helling vs Bogoljubov  0-140 1928 It Cafe KoenigA15 English
8. Ahues vs K Helling  ½-½26 1928 It BSGD04 Queen's Pawn Game
9. P F Johner vs K Helling 1-051 1928 It Cafe KoenigD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
10. K Helling vs Leonhardt  1-047 1928 It BSGE10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. P List vs K Helling 0-152 1928 It Cafe KoenigD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
12. K Helling vs Saemisch 1-075 1928 It BSGD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. K Helling vs Ahues 1-065 1928 It Cafe KoenigD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Bogoljubov vs K Helling  1-048 1928 It BSGE90 King's Indian
15. K Richter vs K Helling  0-165 1928 It Cafe KoenigB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. K Helling vs Tartakower  0-138 1928 It BSGC01 French, Exchange
17. Gruenfeld vs K Helling 1-020 1928 It Cafe KoenigE60 King's Indian Defense
18. K Helling vs P F Johner  ½-½30 1928 It BSGA47 Queen's Indian
19. W Schlage vs K Helling  1-030 1928 It BSGC26 Vienna
20. L Steiner vs K Helling 0-118 1928 It BSGC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
21. K Helling vs W Von Holzhausen  ½-½53 1928 It Cafe KoenigA17 English
22. B Koch vs K Helling  0-144 1928 It BSGD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
23. Saemisch vs K Helling  1-038 1928 It Cafe KoenigD95 Grunfeld
24. K Helling vs A Brinckmann  1-024 1928 It BSGD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. W Von Holzhausen vs K Helling  0-123 1929 DSB-26.KongressB01 Scandinavian
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 81  PGN Download
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Aug-10-06  BIDMONFA: Karl Helling


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  whiteshark: Here is a contingency table of <27th DSB-Kongreß> in Swinemünde 1931, where Helling was placed 5th:
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  whiteshark: <sneaky pete>: "Karl Helling, born August 10, 1904, Luckenwalde, died August 15, 1937, Berlin. Strong amateur, who played only a handful of tournaments, usually ending up around 50%. Represented Germany in the Prague Olympiad, 1931. In Dresden, where Alekhine won, he finished 8th equal (with Keres) with 3,5 out of 9 games. Information from Feenstra Kuiper's book. I couldn't find an obituary, so I don't know how he died so early.

From an article by Tony Gillam in Kaissiber # 9 (1999): Helling won the championship of Berlin, 1932, with 9 out of 11 games, ahead of Rellstab, K.Richter, B.Koch, Saemisch, Ahues and 6 others. Quite impressive! The games from this tournament are not in this database, probably most have never been published." ...

"An obituary in Deutsche Schachblaetter, 1937, says Helling died unexpectedly "nach kurzem schweren Leiden", so after (heavy suffering caused by) some unidentified fatal illness. "

I copied this general information given by <Sneaky Pete> from here K Helling vs Keres, 1936 page, where Helling win against Keres.

Thanks <Sneaky Pete> !!

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  Peligroso Patzer: According to Wikipedia ( ) Helling’s highest historical Elo rating was 2474 (reached in 1933).

Concerning his death, Wikipedia only reports that he died in 1937 after serious illness.

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  Calli: Fotographie an
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  whiteshark: wonders where he has been a year ago to the day?

r.i.p. Meister Helling

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  Chessical: "Sad news has reached our German chess friends, Master Karl Helling died suddenly in Berlin after suffering a short but severe illness on August 15th. All who knew this lively and friendly person are deeply shocked at his tragic fate in being cut down in the prime of life at the age of 33.

Helling originally trained for the engineering profession, but then turned quickly to chess. By 1926, he won the the German Chess Association's Master title at Perleberg. In 1928, he crowned his previous achievements by his excellent performance in the international tournament marking the anniversary of the Berlin Chess Club. Great hopes were now invested in the young master, but Helling resisted the temptation to devote himself entirely to chess, and joined the editorial staff of the Scherl publishing house, where he took over the Chess, Bingo and Bridge section. He still participated in tournaments then every now and then, but he did not maintain a regular training regime, which prevented him from achieving greater successes. In 1928, and again in 1932, he won the championship of Berlin, which was covered very heavily hard fought.

Helling always played a positive role in Berlin tournaments, and also in the Saxony Chess Federation's events, in which he often took part successfully. In 1930, he was a member of the German team at the the World Chess Federation's Olympiad in Prague.

Helling was one of the first methodical-scientific players who sharply fought his opponent with the weapons of psychology and tactics, weapons of which he was a master. It was not his ambition to find in any position the "best move" (is it possible anyway?), but he was looking to set his opponent problems which he would be unable to solve. Here his knowledge of human nature, his rich imagination and his great ingenuity was of great service to him. With such a style of play material played only a minor role; Helling's gambit openings were feared, and many of them have secured a permanent place in theory.

It is no wonder that this stirred the hearts of chess friends, he would rather be dynamic using bold combination play with constantly its changing vistas, rather than being masterfully strategic yet cautious

With Helling they found in his play a spray of amusing ideas, sparkling play using brilliant combinations and risky adventures.

Such a game is exciting not only for spectators but also for the opponent who has to be prepared at every move for new surprises. An original player, a creative master, an impressive personality - this is the picture of the deceased before us.

German chess will not forget him, in future years the lovers of the royal game will still enjoy the pearls of Helling's chess artistry. Honour his memory!"

Deutsche Schachblätter Nr.17, 1.September 1937, S.257/258

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  ketchuplover: The future of chess is Lykke-Merlot Helliesen
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Karl Helling.
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