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Eric Schiller
E Schiller 
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Number of games in database: 726
Years covered: 1969 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 1989
Highest rating achieved in database: 2370

Overall record: +349 -161 =158 (64.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 58 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (66) 
    A46 D05 D02 A40 A45
 Sicilian (41) 
    B90 B31 B22 B70 B45
 French Defense (36) 
    C15 C11 C01 C10
 King's Indian (34) 
    E60 E77 E76 E73 E61
 French Winawer (23) 
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B12 B13 B15 B18 B17
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B18 B12 B17 B10 B13
 Tarrasch Defense (53) 
    D34 D32
 Robatsch (36) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (32) 
    D02 D00 A40 A41 A46
 Sicilian (26) 
    B42 B43 B41 B27 B22
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D31 D30 D06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Schiller vs M Arne, 1995 1-0
   E Schiller vs Busch, 1970 1-0
   Reshevsky vs E Schiller, 1972 0-1
   E Schiller vs V Ossipov, 2005 1-0
   Bafrali vs E Schiller, 1991 0-1
   E Schiller vs P Grieve, 2005 1-0
   S Siyuan vs E Schiller, 2005 1/2-1/2
   Frank vs E Schiller, 1970 0-1
   Roman vs E Schiller, 1970 0-1
   A Mengarini vs E Schiller, 1980 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1994 Hawaii by gauer
   2000 American open by gauer
   1988 Pan-Am intercollegiate by gauer
   Annotated Games by LGTiger
   Annotated Caro-Kans by Petrocephalon
   US Open 1996, Alexandria by Phony Benoni

   Denker vs A R Shayne, 1945
   D D van Geet vs Guyt, 1967
   J Perrier vs F J Wellmuth, 1917
   E Schiller vs M Arne, 1995
   Adorjan vs G Glatt, 1982

   🏆 US Game in 30 Championship
   S Sloan vs E Schiller (Oct-27-12) 0-1
   V Kuehnast vs E Schiller (Feb-01-12) 1-0
   E Schiller vs O Dolgova (Jan-31-12) 0-1
   K Lundback vs E Schiller (Jan-30-12) 0-1
   E Schiller vs W Leimeister (Jan-29-12) 0-1

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(born Mar-20-1955, 63 years old) United States of America

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Eric Andrew Schiller was born in New York. He has served as an international organizer for FIDE, and also an international arbiter most notably for the Kramnik-Kasparov World Championship match. Mr. Schiller also captained several Pan-American Intercollegiate teams, as well as the World Youth Championship in Chicago.

Over-the-board accomplishments include obtaining the USCF Life Master, and FIDE Master titles. He won the 1974 Illinois State Championship, and the 1995 Calchess State Championship. Schiller has also established himself as a prolific and popular author of a wide range of chess books.

Wikipedia article: Eric Schiller

Last updated: 2018-07-23 14:08:49

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 726  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Schiller vs H Pack 1-031969Port Washington (skittles)C20 King's Pawn Game
2. Chaiken vs E Schiller 0-1191970New YorkC23 Bishop's Opening
3. E Schiller vs J Tompkins 1-0231970New York City ReserveC57 Two Knights
4. E Schiller vs Flamberg 1-0281970Eastern High School ChampionshipC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. E Schiller vs Busch 1-0111970New YorkC57 Two Knights
6. E Schiller vs Heeley 1-0191970Eastern High School ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. E Schiller vs Freedman 1-0511970SmithtownD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Roman vs E Schiller 0-1111970New YorkC50 Giuoco Piano
9. Frank vs E Schiller 0-171970New YorkC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
10. R Gruchacz vs E Schiller ½-½371970New York Junior ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
11. E Schiller vs J Jacobs 1-0291971Eastern H.S. ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Lombardy vs E Schiller ½-½361971Simultaneous ExhibitionA52 Budapest Gambit
13. E Schiller vs A Draifinger 1-0311971Eastern High School ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Solomon vs E Schiller 0-1331971Eastern High School ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
15. E Schiller vs Bornack 1-0251971Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. E Schiller vs V Klemm 1-0151971Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
17. E Schiller vs J Jacobs 0-1261971Continental JuniorA02 Bird's Opening
18. Gheorghiu vs E Schiller 1-0421971Simultaneous ExhibitionA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
19. Reshevsky vs E Schiller 0-1421972Simultaneous Exhibition, Manhattan Chess ClubD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. E Schiller vs Zacher 1-0211973Chicago ChampionshipA80 Dutch
21. E Schiller vs D Reents 1-0391973Illinois Junior ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. T Knight vs E Schiller 0-1241974IllinoisE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
23. Hill vs E Schiller 0-1311974IllinoisE07 Catalan, Closed
24. Reynolds vs E Schiller  ½-½161975University of ChicagoB41 Sicilian, Kan
25. E Schiller vs J J Hastings 1-0221975University of ChicagoD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
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  perfidious: <PawnSac> Wonder how Naka might have felt at a tender young age when he was learning from grandmaster games, had someone suggested that he be unable to use such-and-such information, because it was copyrighted.
Mar-20-13  kingfu: Happy Birthday, Boss.
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  Castleinthesky: Happy Birthday!!

Nakamura's statement is totally illogical. Does he mean to say that he never read a book where the author anaylzed a chess game of other chess players. As virtually every opening repetoire book does?

Eric has always brought the fun and novelty into chess. I hope he does for many years to come.

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  tpstar: <Eric Schiller> Happy Birthday!!
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  Eric Schiller: Been ill and busy writing and teaching but hope to visit more frequently.
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  PawnSac: < perfidious: <PawnSac> Wonder how Naka might have felt at a tender young age when he was learning from grandmaster games, had someone suggested that he be unable to use such-and-such information, because it was copyrighted. >

Precisely. An inflated ego distorts the perspective. If he had the same mental disposition as when he was a kid he would consider it an honor to help the young aspiring players.

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  PawnSac: <Eric Schiller: Been ill and busy writing and teaching but hope to visit more frequently.>

Hope you're feeling better.

A CONTACT button on your web page would be helpful. Or post a generic non-personal contact email address, so that if someone wants to contribute a comment it doesn't have to be public. For example..

your web page.. "I teach chess and English skills on the SF Peninsula and online. In < 20011 > I am teaching at Palo Verde, International and Las Lomitas schools for Bay Area Chess."

I know you're a popular guy, but find it astounding that someone would book you 18 thousand years in advance! <grin>

Anyway.. I have proof-read technical material for decades, and even in some of my writing there are occasional typo's. I appreciate it when people bring things to my attention. it is SO easy for stuff to pass the eye test. The problem is the brain does "auto correction".

Just a suggestion.

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  Eric Schiller: New health issues limit my chess activity at present, I hope to be back in the fall.
Jun-19-13  TheFocus: <Eric> I know that we only wish for your well return. Take care of yourself and your health, and everything else will fall in place.

Best wishes.

Jun-19-13  DoctorD: Yes, Mr.Schiller I agree, hope all turns out well for you. I have been critical of some of your work in the past but I certainly appreciate your productivity and your love for chess, which is what binds us all. Get well!
Jul-08-13  TheFocus: <Eric> I must warn you that <AJ Goldsby> is again claiming that I am you. He thinks that I am after him for his bashing of your books.

I am sorry that he attacks you through me. I hope that you get well soon.

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  Eric Schiller: John Watson and I have just finished a major new book, Taming Wild Chess Openings, for eplus chess books, available later this year for ipad and iphone. A print version will appear eventually.
Oct-03-13  MarkFinan: Hi Eric.. Firstly, although AJ Goldsby may have criticised your books, he's not attacking you through <Thefocus> at all, he just flatteringly for ,<Thefocus> thought he was you!

Now the Muppet has promised to give AJ, "No quarter no mercy" for the mistaken identity, so I'd say it's the little runt Thefocus who must not like you.

I know, it's pathetic, but Thefocus is a pathetic little man anyway, so being mistaken for a successful author must really hurt him....not!

Peace out Mr Schiller

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  DrNyet: That eplus chess book reader is the bomb!
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  brankat: Greetings Eric!

Wishing You a very Happy Holiday season!

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  moronovich: Merry Christmas <Eric>

And all the best for the New Year !

Dec-25-13  TheFocus: <Eric Schiller> Merry Christmas!
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  James Demery: Hi Eric. l was curious why didnt u become a GM? l dont mean that in a hateful way l mean it more like why do some people become GM's and others dont? Do they have a knowledge of chess that u lack? U have PhD so obviously u have more than enough intelligence. Did u not have time?
Oct-29-15  parisattack: Anyone with an update on Herr Schiller?

I was studying is Pterodactyl book last night, wondering how he is doing.

Jan-03-16  Caissanist: Eric still posts to Facebook regularly. His health is obviously not great, but he's hanging in there: .
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  Richard Taylor: I saw a book of strange openings written or co-written by Schiller. I also have an old book about defense which has some good games in it and is well written although there are some printing typo errors but it is still good on defence and counter attack etc.

I was also wondering about his health when I saw the 'April Fools Mate' GOTD just now in the Pakham's Attack I think it is...

Maybe specializing in "weird" might help in weekenders and blitz for players who don't like learning main lines (and are ordinary lowish rated club players like myself, when I play which is rare these days...)

Some of those strange openings can be unsettling to face.

Sep-01-18  Octavia: Hello all, I looked at the link on fb but there is only one pic nothing else.

I've been playing the CaroKann for years but only now am I studying Complete Defense for KingPawn Openings! It's an ebook. I hope I'm learning something from it. It's got very many detailed instructions.

I hope Eric is ok. I once watched an event in London where he was the arbiter. He looked quite different from this pic.

He won against Nakamura a long time ago. Why didn't he get to be a GM? presumably he didn't get invited to top competitions at the time when it mattered.

Sep-01-18  Gudrun: yes, his fb is still there. He's got over 1000 friends (so he doesn't need me!) and posted himself last in Oct 2017
Sep-24-18  Gallicrow: "Why didn't he get to be a GM? presumably he didn't get invited to top competitions at the time when it mattered."

Or maybe there's a different reason, one that Mr Schiller shares with me...

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  Gejewe: <Octavia> <Gallicrow> I have met Mr. Schiller repeatedly in the 1990's when he played in the Groningen tournament (the Netherlands) and in the US Masters & US Open that he organised in Hawaii in 1998. The next decade I have met him again when at the Gibraltar masters. That must have been around the same time that he was an arbiter at the Staunton memorial in London. This picture surely is an old one, that is how he looked in the 1990ties. Unfortunately our chessfriend has been suffering from bad illness over a longer period. The reason for not becoming a grandmaster ? Because only a small group of people that combine a lot of talent with complete focus will make that title in the end. Eric was and probably is addicted to chess, but has so many other interests. University studies and politics just to name a few. I presume that is what Gallicrow means. We fall short of GM status in chess, lacking talent or focus, or most of the time both ;-)
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