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Hans Berliner
Berliner 
 
Number of games in database: 126
Years covered: 1945 to 2003

Overall record: +55 -33 =37 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (14) 
    E94 E81 E77 E86 E89
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E30 E25 E27 E31
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D35 D36 D31 D06
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D86 D85 D87
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (17) 
    E67 E97 E60 E80 E62
 Alekhine's Defense (11) 
    B03 B04 B05 B02
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    D29 D27 D23 D25
 Sicilian (4) 
    B33 B32 B25
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 0-1
   Berliner vs A Rott, 1956 1-0
   Berliner vs Bisguier, 1960 1-0
   Berliner vs G Sanakoev, 2003 1/2-1/2
   Berliner vs R H Steinmeyer, 1963 1-0
   Berliner vs Fischer, 1957 1/2-1/2
   Berliner vs S E Almgren, 1946 1-0
   Berliner vs J Sloth, 2003 1-0
   Berliner vs G Borisenko, 1965 1-0
   Berliner vs Seidman, 1957 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   58th US Open (1957)
   US Championship (1962)
   56th US Open (1955)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   0 -- 5th Correspondence World Championship Final by crawfb5
   US Championship 1957/58 by suenteus po 147
   98_D70-D99_WHITE storming the Grunfeld with h4 by whiteshark

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HANS BERLINER
(born Jan-27-1929, died Jan-13-2017, 87 years old) Germany (federation/nationality United States of America)

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IM and GMC (1968) Hans Jack Berliner was born in Berlin.

Berliner entered public school just as Hitler was rising to power. In 1937, his family immigrated to the Washington, D.C. area to escape Nazi persecution. A nephew of his uncle Emile Berliner, Joseph Sanders, arranged for several members of the extended Berliner family to immigrate to America. (1)

He learned chess at age thirteen and went on to play in several U.S. Championships and earn a spot on his country's Olympiad team in 1952. However, he is famous primarily for his feats in correspondence play, most notably his victory in the 5th World Correspondence Championship with the record score of 14/16, making him the ICCF World Champion from 1965-68.

His controversial book The System describes his rigorous and scientific approach to chess analysis. In his later years, he worked to help develop chess computers such as Hitech (Computer). He died in Riviera Beach, Florida on January 13, 2017.

(1) Biography by Bill Wall http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/a...
(2) Wikipedia article: Hans Berliner

Last updated: 2017-01-23 12:29:57

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 126  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Koltanowski vs Berliner  1-0391945SimulD04 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Berliner vs S E Almgren 1-035194647th US OpenC11 French
3. M Aleman Dovo vs Berliner  1-021194647th US OpenC11 French
4. G Kramer vs Berliner  ½-½44194647th US OpenD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Robert E Byrne vs Berliner 1-053194647th US OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
6. Berliner vs A Mengarini 1-0261949RochesterC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
7. Berliner vs G Kramer  1-0581950US OpenB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
8. Santasiere vs Berliner  1-0411950US OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. F Zita vs Berliner  ½-½291952Helsinki ol (Men)A04 Reti Opening
10. H Fajans vs Berliner  0-144195354th US OpenB33 Sicilian
11. M Pavey vs Berliner  ½-½41195354th US OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
12. Dake vs Berliner  ½-½21195354th US OpenE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
13. Berliner vs C Henin  1-0361953US OpenE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
14. H Steiner vs Berliner  ½-½30195354th US OpenD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
15. Berliner vs C Brasket  0-137195354th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
16. I A Horowitz vs Berliner  1-0441953US OpenD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. Berliner vs K Burger  0-134195354th US OpenD85 Grunfeld
18. Kujoth vs Berliner  0-1351953US OpenE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
19. Berliner vs M Colon Romero  1-0421953US OpenE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
20. C Pilnick vs Berliner  1-0481954USA-chB25 Sicilian, Closed
21. Berliner vs K Burger  1-0221954U.S. ChampionshipE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
22. Larry Evans vs Berliner  ½-½301954USA-chC00 French Defense
23. Berliner vs J Sherwin  ½-½421954USA-chE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
24. M Pavey vs Berliner  ½-½231954USA-chE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Berliner vs Seidman  0-1271954USA-chD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
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Feb-06-11  theagenbiteofinwit: I was rereading the Silman review of Berliner's System and had a chuckle at this gem:

<My angst towards postal chess began when I read that many postal aficionados honestly felt that a postal World Champion would beat an over-the-board World Champion in a postal game. The postal caste never seemed to realize that their understanding of chess as a whole was so far below any over-the-board World Champion's as to make the argument virtually laughable. >

If Berliner could draw against a future World Champion OTB, what is so ridiculous about saying that he could beat a OTB champ in a CC match?

May-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <Sneaky: The System is one of the most brilliant chess books of the modern era. I'll match "The System" up against "My System" any day. That's a strong statement, I know.>

'Ich bin ein Berliner.' The System has taken a very bad rap, undeservedly because of its tone, perhaps. But it is an excellent chess tome.

Sep-18-11  Cemoblanca: I am currently reading "The System: A World Champion's Approach to Chess" by Hans Berliner. I really liked the part "I am not Alone" at the beginning and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy! :0)

<Over 60 years ago Alekhine appreciated something that is still not common knowledge today.

After the moves:

1 d4 d5
2 c4 c6
3 Nc3

"In my opinion this move gives White more chances of obtaining an opening advantage..."

3...dxc4
4 e4!

"It is almost incredible that this quite natural move has not been considered by the so-called theoreticians. White obtains now an appreciable advantage in development, no matter what Black replies."

Alexander Alekhine, 1937>

P.S. HB looks a bit like Christopher "Dracula" Lee ;0) >>> http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2235602...

Jan-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday (yesterday)!
Jan-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: <After the moves:

1 d4 d5
2 c4 c6
3 Nc3

"In my opinion this move gives White more chances of obtaining an opening advantage...">

Many play 3 Nf3 to avoid the complications of 3 Nc3 e5 4 de d4, even if it isn't quite sound.

Jan-27-12  King Death: <Marmot PFL> Most players were using 3.Nf3 before that gambit became popular as the result of this game: Karpov vs Bareev, 1992.
Jan-27-12  waustad: I confess that for today's B'day I'd be hard pressed not to pick Captain Evans. Happy B'day to Hans Berliner too, but buckle my swashes matey!
Jan-30-12  Hesam7: <Poisonpawns: Berliner crushes 12..Qa3 in Grunfeld in response to critics http://www.fortunecity.de/olympia/m>...

Berliner's analysis did not stand the test of time. In fact Black' main line (10. Rc1 cxd4 11. cxd4 Qa5+ 12. Kf1 Qa3 13. Rc3 Qd6 14. h4 h5 15. f3 Rd8 16. Bd5 <e5!>) is missing from his analysis.

Aug-26-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<" Castle if you must, or if you want to, but not because you can! ">

-- Hans Berliner

Aug-26-13  JoergWalter: <whiteshark> to my knowledge this quote is attributed to Pillsbury. don't have the source right now.
Aug-26-13  Karpova: W.E. Napier's 'Paul Morphy and The Golden Age of Chess' (New York, 1957 and 1971), page 18: <Once I asked Pillsbury whether he used any formula for castling. He said his rule was absolute and vital: castle because you will or because you must; but not because you can.>

Source: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Jul-24-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Researching Yankton (1957) finds this bio snippet:

<Hans J. Berliner, 28-year old Naval Research Laboratory engineering psychologist, won the Labor Day Champion of Champions Chess Tournament at Yankton, S.D.

The District's chess master took the trophy after winning a tie-breaking game with Curt Brasket of Minneapolis. Both men had scored 5 1/2 points in earlier games.>

Washington Post and Times Herald, 1957-09-04, pg B8

Jan-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, CC World Champion Hans Berliner.
Jan-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: He died on January 13. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/...
Jan-17-17  savagerules: Berliner was the left handed version of Weaver Adams who famously said 1 e4 and wins. Berliner said 1 d4 and wins. Some years ago he did a lengthy analysis which he claimed busted the Gruenfeld forever but overlooked a rather simple resource for Black around move 15 or 16 that destroyed all his analysis. He also said back in the early 1960s he tried to talk Fischer into playing 1 d4 by showing him some of his analysis.
Jan-17-17  Everyone: RIP CC World Champion Hans Berliner

On a long enough timeline the survival rate for <Everyone> drops to zero.

Jan-17-17  Eastfrisian: R.I.P. Master Berliner.
Jan-17-17  Howard: If I remember correctly, the late Larry Evans said in his CL column many years back that Berliner--among others--suspected that the initial starting position was probably a forced win for White, and that computers would eventually find that "win".

As for Everyone's comment, who was it who said, "In the long run, we're all dead." ?

Jan-17-17  todicav23: RIP Hans Berliner. I remember reading somewhere that he started a PhD when he was 40 years old and he finished it at 45. He is an example that people can achieve great things later in life.
Jan-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: rest in peace, master Hans.
Jan-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: "Hans Berliner won the 5th World Correspondence Chess Championship, which began in 1965 and lasted three years. His margin of victory in the final was the largest in history: his final score was 14.0/16 (twelve wins, four draws), three points ahead of any opponent.

But it was the game Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 from the Championship that followers of chess particularly remember. Andy Soltis ranked the game No. 1 in his book 'The 100 Best Chess Games of the 20th Century'(2000)."

https://en.chessbase.com/post/hans-...

R.I.P. International Master and Correspondence Grandmaster Hans Berliner, a legend of correspondence chess, and a pioneer in chess programming. He built the first machine that exceeded 2400 Elo points.

Jan-17-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  wwall: I added a Berliner bio to my chess page at http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/a...
Jan-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: RIP, Champion. According to crawfb5's game collection, Berliner won his qualifying section 6-0 and his semifinal 11.5-0.5. If my calculations are correct, that means he won the WCC with 29 wins, 5 draws--and 0 losses.

Yikes.

Jan-20-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessgames.com: I had a brief encounter with Mr. Berliner that, to me, spoke volumes.

Back in 2009 or so, my partner Alberto Artidiello gave me a copy of "The System", claiming that it was must-read material for any chess player. I ended up reading it at least twice, and gained great appreciation for the man.

Then I came to learn that he lived only a half hour drive away from me in West Palm Beach, Florida. So I called him on the phone, explaining what Chessgames is, and enquiring if he would be willing to be a participant in the Chessgames Challenge.

Sadly, he explained that he doesn't play chess any more due to health issues.

I clarified that he would be able to use computers for assistance, and made it clear that he would be financially compensated. What impressed me is that he didn't even stop to ask "how much?" he simply said that he didn't believe that his chess would be as good as possible.

I will cherish that well-thumbed book, until I too pass it on. You will never be forgotten, Hans Berliner.

Jan-20-17  Ironmanth: Thank you, Grandmaster, for your wonderful contribution to our game, and for your fighting spirit in life to believe and achieve. RIP, Mr. Hans Berliner.
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