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Hillar Karner
Number of games in database: 161
Years covered: 1958 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2251
Highest rating achieved in database: 2405

Overall record: +41 -71 =49 (40.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Sicilian (7) 
    B40 B83 B51 B55 B30
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A46 D02 E10
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E46 E41 E42
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E15 E17 E16
 French Defense (4) 
    C07 C00 C16 C11
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Indian (13) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
 Sicilian (9) 
    B80 B62 B63 B30 B84
 Robatsch (7) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 E00 D02 A41 D05
 French Defense (5) 
    C03 C02 C01 C15
 Modern Defense (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Karner vs V Rozhdestvensky, 1958 1-0
   H Karner vs Mass, 1971 1-0
   H Karner vs Karpov, 1972 1-0
   Drasko vs H Karner, 1985 0-1
   H Karner vs Suba, 1983 1/2-1/2
   Timman vs H Karner, 1973 1/2-1/2
   H Karner vs H Westerinen, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Estonia vs. Finland (1989)
   Tallinn (1973)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tallinn 1977 by Chessdreamer
   Tallinn 1981 by Chessdreamer

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(born Jul-27-1935, died Feb-19-2017, 81 years old) Estonia

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Hillar Kärner was born in Tallinn. He was Estonian Champion in 1970, 1975, 1977, 1983 (=Alexander Veingold), 1984, 1985 and 1987 and was awarded the IM title in 1980.

Wikipedia article: Hillar Kärner

Last updated: 2018-12-26 06:30:54

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 161  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Karner vs V Rozhdestvensky 1-0241958EstoniaD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
2. H Karner vs Kotov  0-1461962Ch URS ttB06 Robatsch
3. Keres vs H Karner  1-0321966Tallinn Kalev-JoudD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
4. H Karner vs Keres 0-1401966Tallinn Kalev-JoudE10 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Keres vs H Karner 1-0401967Tallinn Kalev-JoudC49 Four Knights
6. H Karner vs Keres  1-0461967Tallinn Kalev-JoudE15 Queen's Indian
7. Y Kagan vs H Karner  1-0261967USSR ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
8. H Karner vs Tal 0-1361967USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
9. H Karner vs G Borisenko  1-04219686th Soviet Team CupA04 Reti Opening
10. Taimanov vs H Karner  1-02919686th Soviet Team CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. I Nei vs H Karner  ½-½2519686th Soviet Team CupB54 Sicilian
12. H Karner vs Suetin  0-1401969URSA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
13. Keres vs H Karner  1-0481969Tallinn Kalev-JoudA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
14. H Karner vs Keres  0-1361969Tallinn Kalev-JoudD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Lomaia vs H Karner  1-0321970Beltsi, MoldovaA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
16. H Karner vs Mass 1-091971BjelzyE17 Queen's Indian
17. H Karner vs H Pohla  ½-½391971ParnuB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
18. T Oim vs H Karner  ½-½471971ParnuE15 Queen's Indian
19. H Karner vs A Vooremaa  ½-½371971ParnuD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Stein vs H Karner  ½-½221971ParnuE09 Catalan, Closed
21. H Karner vs U Tarve  1-0381971ParnuE46 Nimzo-Indian
22. H Karner vs R Etruk  1-0581971ParnuA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
23. I Nei vs H Karner  ½-½201971ParnuE17 Queen's Indian
24. Lutikov vs H Karner  ½-½561971ParnuE41 Nimzo-Indian
25. H Karner vs Bronstein  ½-½311971ParnuE15 Queen's Indian
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  whiteshark: Here is a picture taken 2005:

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  offramp: Thanks for that. It is nice to be able to visualize the face of the man that owns The Hand That Shook The World.
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  whiteshark: You are welcome! I sometimes mix it with 28th April 2006 on the Euston Road.
Sep-30-08  jon01: Kärner is currently playing Tallinn Champioships 2008.

Here is a video of him from January 2008 Estonia-Finland 100 boards match. It's a quite hilarious game, if you look at 0:50-1:30.

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  whiteshark: From the youtube video (start at 0m:40s), Nevanlinna-Karner:

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<1...d2 2.Ra5 d1Q 3.Bxd1 Bxd1 4.Ke3=> (tablebase draw) <4... Bc2 5.Rc5 Bd3 6.Rd5 Bf1 7.Ra5 Bg2 8.Kf2 Bh1 9.Ke3> (karner is doing some sipping now and uncorked...) <9...Bf3 10.Rb5 Bh5 11.Ra5 Bf7 12.Rc5 Bg6 13.Ra5 Ke6 14.Ra6+ Bd6 15.Kd4 Kd7 16.Kd5> shake hands, draw agreed

Was White Risto Nevanlinna ?

Apr-24-15  zanzibar: In the video he queens the pawn, but removes both pawn + bishop... oops!

Then his opponent stops the clock and offers his hand?! I suppose Karner had offered a draw or what?

(Is he really 73 in the video?)

I stopped by he to note that he's listed as <Karner, Hillary> in <RUSbase>'s version of <URS Cup (1970)>.

Oh, and here's another picture of the player (<whiteshark>'s chessbase link is now stale):

from here (Estonian):

Feb-19-17  nimh: Unfortunately he died today at the age of 81. RIP

Feb-19-17  Eastfrisian: R.I.P.
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  cro777: Rest In Piece IM Hillar Kärner (27 July 1935 – 19 February 2017).

Kärner was known for his sharp and uncompromising playing style. He recorded wins against two world champions, Tal (1971 and 1983) and Karpov (1972). He was also the only Estonian player who beat Paul Keres (1976) in a tournament game. At the Estonian Chess Championships he won 11 medals (seven gold, three silver and one bronze).

Kärner is the author of book - «Kuus aastakümmet Caissa lummuses» («Six decades under the spell of Caissa»), Published by Argo, Tallinn, 2012 (the book contains 200 of his games including his wins against Tal, Karpov and Keres):

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  offramp: This is a real shame, but I am glad he lived into his 80s. I first saw H Karner vs Karpov, 1972 when I was very young and it was a revelation to me. It showed that a good player can create problems for his opponent even with very limited material, and that one should never give up a game too early.

His many Estonian championships show how strong he was, and it's a shame he never managed the last step of becoming a grandmaster. Some players, like Emory Tate and Karner, seem to operate outside of a standard ranking system.

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