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Yakov Estrin
Yakov Estrin (upper left) overlooks Fischer and Petrosian play blitz
at the Moscow Central Chess Club, 1958. (Associated Press)
Number of games in database: 223
Years covered: 1938 to 1983

Overall record: +64 -81 =77 (46.2%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B43 B99 B41 B44 B97
 Two Knights (23) 
    C59 C57 C56 C55 C58
 French Defense (19) 
    C09 C03 C04 C07 C05
 French Tarrasch (15) 
    C09 C07 C04 C03 C05
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B13 B14 B10 B18
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B99 B97 B98 B91 B90
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C78 C82 C72 C74 C92
 Sicilian (13) 
    B80 B83 B36 B40 B81
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E53 E55 E46 E44 E56
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D38 D30 D35 D39
 English (8) 
    A18 A15 A16 A13
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D92 D89 D97 D75 D91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Boey vs Estrin, 1972 0-1
   Estrin vs Kholmov, 1955 1/2-1/2
   Estrin vs Taimanov, 1949 1-0
   Estrin vs J Zapletal, 1972 1-0
   Estrin vs M Weiss, 1971 1-0
   Estrin vs J Boey, 1978 1-0
   S Kurkin vs Estrin, 1966 0-1
   Krasinski vs Estrin, 1947 0-1
   Keres vs Estrin, 1941 0-1
   Estrin vs Nunn, 1978 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   6th Correspondence World Championship Final by crawfb5
   1975-80 World correspondence chess championship by gauer
   8th Correspondence World Championship Final by crawfb5
   King's gambit by Retarf

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(born Apr-21-1923, died Feb-02-1987, 63 years old) Russia
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Yakov Borisovich Estrin was born in Moscow. After a brief foray into over-the-board play, he turned to correspondence chess in the early 1960's with immediate success (joint first place in the U.S.S.R. Correspondence Championship in 1962). He became a GMC (Correspondence Grandmaster) in 1966, and would go on to compete in the final of the World Correspondence Championship five times. He emerged as champion of the 1972-76 edition of this event. In 1975 he was awarded the OTB title of International Master.

Wikipedia article: Yakov Estrin

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 223  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Estrin vs Y Neishtadt 0-111 1938 URSC02 French, Advance
2. Keres vs Estrin 0-127 1941 SimulC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. Estrin vs Koptev 0-118 1941 Moscow (Russia)C55 Two Knights Defense
4. Estrin vs Libov 1-013 1945 Moscow USSRC54 Giuoco Piano
5. Estrin vs Bronstein 0-141 1946 Ch MoscowB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
6. Simagin vs Estrin ½-½55 1946 Ch MoscowD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Estrin vs Smyslov 0-123 1946 MoscowC56 Two Knights
8. Estrin vs Boleslavsky  0-137 1946 RSFSR ChB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
9. Kotov vs Estrin ½-½37 1946 Ch MoscowE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. Estrin vs Lilienthal  ½-½57 1946 Ch MoscowC55 Two Knights Defense
11. Krasinski vs Estrin 0-111 1947 IstraC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. Simagin vs Estrin  1-041 1949 Ch MoscowD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
13. Estrin vs Taimanov 1-045 1949 LeningradC24 Bishop's Opening
14. Randviir vs Estrin 1-078 1949 URS-ch sfC45 Scotch Game
15. Estrin vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½29 1949 Moscow-chB10 Caro-Kann
16. Y E Steinsapir vs Estrin  0-134 1949 MoscowC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
17. Koblents vs Estrin  ½-½19 1949 URS-ch sfD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
18. Estrin vs Krogius  ½-½23 1949 URS-ch sfC56 Two Knights
19. Estrin vs Levenfish  1-070 1949 Ch URS (1/2 final)C59 Two Knights
20. Estrin vs Ufimtsev 0-151 1949 Ch URS (1/2 final)B06 Robatsch
21. Estrin vs Zamikhovsky  0-156 1949 URS-ch sfB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
22. Estrin vs Aronin  ½-½31 1950 GorkyB89 Sicilian
23. Estrin vs Levenfish  0-164 1950 Ch URS (1/2 final)C45 Scotch Game
24. Estrin vs Spassky 0-119 1951 RigaC44 King's Pawn Game
25. Estrin vs L Shamkovich  1-036 1951 Ch URS (1/2 final)B50 Sicilian
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Feb-06-05  pawn52: <Benzol> No, I didn't. But now I wish I did. Can I still get into it.
Feb-06-05  shor: RFC?

no, I play magic the gathering.

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  Benzol: <pawn52> I don't know if you still can but I would suggest contacting <> by e-mail to see if it's possible.
Feb-06-05  TheEyeOfMordor: Who is the Correspondance Champion now? It has been some time since 2002...
Feb-06-05  pawn52: <Benzol> I just e-mailed <> about volunteering for the effort. Hopefully I'll hear from them tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm going to hit the sack after I take care of some business on my computer. It's coming up on 2:00 AM Mountain Time.
Feb-06-05  pawn52: <Benzol> Btw, I've literally been covered up with so much junk on my computer It's not even funny. But I'll save that story for another day. I am upset that I lost two UCCCT games and my lead in the tournament because of the internet connection problems.
Sep-29-05  who: I didn't realize it, but his brief foray into OTB chess includes wins against people like Taimanov.
Apr-20-06  BIDMONFA: Yakov Estrin

ESTRIN, Yakov B.

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  refutor: < > wow that is still floating around? i figured it would have been relegated to dust in the internet wind by now ;)
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  DarthStapler: Estrin's birthday
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  whiteshark: Bio:
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  whiteshark: "Only by playing gambits will the chessplayer begin to understand that getting active positions, with the possibility of landing combinative shots, will compensate him for the material sacrificed."


Apr-21-09  WhiteRook48: he's just a bit younger than my deceased grandfather!
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  wordfunph: In 1946, Averbakh, then a 24-year-old engineering student in Moscow, discovered an idea in the Vienna Variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined. It was a neat discovery but the Vienna was falling out of fashion in the 1940s and Averbakh had to wait a long time for an opportunity to use it. The chance finally came against Yakov Estrin, a celebrated opening theoretician, in the 1964 Soviet Championship Semifinals. Estrin walked into the 18-year-old land mine, and the game ended almost immediately on the 17th move.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <wordfunph>, you mean Averbakh vs Estrin, 1964?
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  GrahamClayton: [Event "?"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "1945.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Estrin, Yakov"]
[Black "Zivcov"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. ♗c4 ♗c5 4. c3 ♕e7 5. d4 exd4 6. O-O d3 7. b4 ♗b6 8. e5 d6 9. ♗g5 f6 10. exf6 gxf6 11. ♖e1 ♘e5 12. ♘xe5 dxe5 13. ♕h5+ ♔d8 14. ♗h4 a5 15. ♖xe5 ♕f8 16. ♗xg8 ♖xg8

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17. ♖e8+ ♕xe8 18. ♗xf6+ ♕e7 19. ♕d5+ 1-0

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Italian Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1987

Apr-21-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, Champ!


Apr-21-15  AsosLight: Great player!
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  TheFocus: Discovered estrogen.
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  juan31: This day is about Master Yakov Estrin, but a see the picture of Master Fischer, at that time playing in Russia surrounded by all these people, being so young, ¿ does anyone doubt his masters ?
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  eternaloptimist: IM/GMC Estrin was 1 of the pioneers in correspondence chess. He was a specialist in double king pawn openings.
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  Sally Simpson: Estrin's book on the Two Knights was for quite a while the only book I ever opened.

It actually has some errors in it, not typo's but actual errors in analysis.

This was before computers got good enough to trust so you had to do all the glorious work yourself.

As the Two Knights is probably the most tactical of all openings, hidden within it are - The Max Lange, the Fried Liver, the Wilkes Barre not to mention all the other mainlines, this was wonderful training.

I know I owe that book a lot, we spent many happy entertaining and instructive hours together as Estrin would shoot off on some truly wonderful imagainative flights of fancy.

I was not trying to ground him, I was trying to get him even higher!

More, plus examples of what I am going on about. this and it might appear I'm having a pop at Yakov Estrin.

Far from it. Putting that book together with all those tricks, traps and tactics hidden behind every move was a minefield.

He was not a modern writer hiding behind a computer. He was hands on and often it was a case of 'come fly with me.' and soar we did.

Estrin and I have been to places on the chessboard that other players never knew existed.

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  TheFocus: <Only by playing gambits will the chessplayer begin to understand that getting active positions, with the possibility of landing combinative shots will compensate him for the material sacrificed. The path followed by the chessplayer in his development will thus repeat the historical path followed by the art of chess itself. Its starting point is combinational creativity, on whose basis thereafter was laid the art of positional play> - Yakov Estrin.
Feb-13-16  Christoforus Polacco: I have Glazkov and Estrin book about King's Gambit with Tal preface. This is my chess ''Bible'':)
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Yakov Estrin.
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