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Yakov S Vilner
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1923 to 1931

Overall record: +10 -14 =2 (42.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

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 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
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   Y Vilner vs A A Smorodsky, 1927 1-0
   N Sorokin vs Y Vilner, 1929 0-1
   Y Vilner vs Botvinnik, 1927 1-0
   Y Vilner vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1924 1-0
   Y Vilner vs B Verlinsky, 1925 1-0

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   USSR Championship (1925)
   USSR Championship (1927)

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   More minis from Soviet champships by ughaibu by fredthebear

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(born Sep-13-1899, died Jun-29-1931, 31 years old) Ukraine

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Yakov Semenovich Vilner became Odessa Chess Champion four times (1918, 1923, 1925 and 1928) and won the Ukrainian Chess Championship three times (Kiev 1924, Karkov 1925 and Odessa 1928).

Wikipedia article: Yakov Vilner

Last updated: 2019-01-26 06:46:48

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Grigoriev vs Y Vilner  1-0381923USSR ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
2. P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner 1-0291923USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. Iglinsky vs Y Vilner 0-1351923OdessaA02 Bird's Opening
4. Y Vilner vs Nenarokov  0-1261924USSR ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
5. S Rozental vs Y Vilner  1-0371924USSR ChampionshipC11 French
6. Y Vilner vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-0311924USSR ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
7. Y Vilner vs P Romanovsky 0-1511924USSR ChampionshipC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
8. Y Vilner vs N Zubarev  ½-½331925USSR ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
9. P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner 1-0261925USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
10. Y Vilner vs B Verlinsky  1-0231925USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Sergeiev vs Y Vilner  1-0481925USSR ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. Bogoljubov vs Y Vilner 0-1281925USSR ChampionshipD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
13. V Sozin vs Y Vilner  1-0411925USSR ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
14. Y Vilner vs A A Smorodsky 1-0231927USSR ChampionshipD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
15. Y Vilner vs A Y Model 0-1341927USSR ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
16. I Rabinovich vs Y Vilner  0-1321927USSR ChampionshipD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. Y Vilner vs Botvinnik 1-0421927USSR ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Y Vilner vs V Makogonov  0-1381927USSR ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
19. P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner 1-0661927USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
20. Y Vilner vs Nenarokov  1-0491927USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. Y Vilner vs N Pavlov-Pianov 0-1141927USSR ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
22. F Bohatirchuk vs Y Vilner 1-0401927USSR ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. S Von Freymann vs Y Vilner  1-0401927USSR ChampionshipD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
24. N Sorokin vs Y Vilner 0-1221929USSR ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Botvinnik vs Y Vilner ½-½451930Leningrad ch-cityD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
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  whiteshark: Yakov Vilner (* 1899 29 June 1931, Leningrad) was a Ukrainian chess master.

Vilner won the Odessa chess championships four times (1918, 1923, 1925, and 1928). He won the Ukrainian championships three times; at Kiev 1924 (ahead of Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk), at Kharkov 1925 (ahead of Nikolai Sorokin), and at Odessa 1928 (with Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov). He also won at Odessa 1926 (ahead of Russo), and at Kiev 1929 (with Bohatirchuk).

He played in several Soviet chess championships. In July 1923, he tied for 11-13th in Petrograd (2nd URS-ch; Peter Romanovsky won). In September 1924, he tied for 6-8th in Moscow (3rd URS-ch; Efim Bogoljubow won). In 1925, he tied for 11-13th in Leningrad (4th URS-ch; Bogoljubow won). In October 1927, he tied for 15-17th in Moscow (5th URS-ch; Bohatirchuk and Romanovsky won). In September 1929, he tied for 8-9th in Odessa (6th URS-ch qual.; Boris Verlinsky won).


Feb-19-08  Resignation Trap: Caricature of Vilner from 1927: .

Vilner is seated on the far left in this group photo from the 4th USSR Championship in Leningrad, 1925: .

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  whiteshark: Interesting photo. Thank you <Resignation Trap>!
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  whiteshark: "In June 1919, Alexander Alekhine e was arrested by the Cheka and imprisoned in Odessa. He was charged with anti-Soviet activity and passing on secret information. He was ordered shot, but saved by Yakov S Vilner, who sent a telegram to the chairman of the Ukrainian Council of People's Commissars. The chairman knew of Alekhine and ordered him freed." (ibid.)


True story?
Any verification/evidence/sources?
Who was <chairman of the Ukrainian Council of People's Commissars> in June 1919?

Feb-20-08  acirce: <whiteshark> Probably Christian Rakovsky.
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  whiteshark: <acirce: <Probably Christian Rakovsky.>> Yes! Thank you <acirce>!

Extensive bio:

Apr-30-09  sleepkid: Died at the age of 32. Anyone know why?
May-02-09  myschkin: . . .

According to the ruwiki entry he passed away because of a disease.

. . .

A different person, but name/dates could confuse the issue:

Yakov Vilner (Korets, 1899 - Warsaw, 1941) - murdered in the Shoah.


Oct-01-09  Resignation Trap: I found another photo, this time a solo shot:
May-31-10  stanleys: An article about Yakov Vilner by the same author:

A lot of interesting facts,chess games and compositions of Vilner

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  vonKrolock: First <All->Ukrainian Championship, Kiev 1924: 1st Vilner 9; 2nd Bogatirchuk 8 1/2; 3rd Sorokin 7 1/2; 4rt Tikhenko 5 1/2; 5th & 6th Grigorenko and Gustsky 5; 7-8-9th Gaevsky, Grimberg and Lerner 4; 10th Lastovetz 2 1/2; 11th Ershov 0

quick transliteration from the crosstable included in that <> article

<All> Not clear that it included players from parts administrated then by Poland - seems to be a just a <Soviet> event

Nov-01-13  Karpova: Ukrainian Championship in Kiev, 1924:

1. Wilner
2. Bogartyrtschuk
3. Sorokin
4. Tichenko

On May 15, Bohartychuk will play a match against Vilner for the title of Champion of Ukraine.

From page 158 of the May 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Oct-17-19  Telemus: A book about him: "Yakov Vilner, First Ukrainian Chess Champion and First USSR Chess Composition Champion", 2019 by Sergei Tkachenko. See
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