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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: +388 -170 =168 (65.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C15 French, Winawer (23 games)
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B12 Caro-Kann Defense (20 games)
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   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.

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 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. E Schiller vs Busch 1-0111970New YorkC57 Two Knights
3. E Schiller vs Heeley 1-0191970Eastern High School ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. Roman vs E Schiller 0-1111970New YorkC50 Giuoco Piano
5. R Gruchacz vs E Schiller ½-½371970New York Junior ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
6. Frank vs E Schiller 0-171970New YorkC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
7. Chaiken vs E Schiller 0-1191970New YorkC23 Bishop's Opening
8. E Schiller vs J Tompkins 1-0231970New York City ReserveC57 Two Knights
9. E Schiller vs Freedman 1-0511970SmithtownD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. E Schiller vs Flamberg 1-0281970Eastern High School ChampionshipC30 King's Gambit Declined
11. Solomon vs E Schiller 0-1331971Eastern High School ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
12. E Schiller vs Bornack 1-0251971Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. E Schiller vs V Klemm 1-0151971Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
14. E Schiller vs J Jacobs 1-0291971Eastern H.S. ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Lombardy vs E Schiller ½-½361971Simultaneous ExhibitionA52 Budapest Gambit
16. E Schiller vs A Draifinger 1-0311971Eastern High School ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
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 D Reents 1-0391973Illinois Junior ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. E Schiller vs Zacher 1-0211973Chicago ChampionshipA80 Dutch
22. T Knight vs E Schiller 0-1241974IllinoisE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
23. Hill vs E Schiller 0-1311974IllinoisE07 Catalan, Closed
24. E Schiller vs J J Hastings 1-0221975University of ChicagoD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
25. E Schiller vs Polikoff 1-0301975IllinoisD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
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  Eric Schiller: I'm proud of my heritage dating back to some Grand Rabbi in Pinsk (or Minsk, we aren't sure) and didn't take it as a slur. I just wanted to set the record straight. My relatives died in Auschwitz, and my mother had her career denied over racial issues. But for over 25 years I have been a political activist in opposition to Israeli policy. To me they are totally separate issues. Ethnic pride is fine, but I draw the line when people claim superioity. I hold those who share my bloodline to a higher standard, admittedly, but I don't think that is a bad thing.
Oct-29-06  eggwipe: <Cause it has so much to do with Wikipedia's reliability, right?> No it was to do with something else Ray said.

<And <Ray Keene> said that <Eric Schiller> was his friend so maybe he doesn't need <> to tell <Ray Keene> about his ancestry. Or do you want to insinuate they had no other possibility to communicate?>

Of course he doesn't 'need' <cg> to tell him. But, given that Ray said 'I have Jewish friends' (e.g. Eric) on <chessgames>, it only makes sense that Eric would reply to that on the same forum.

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  Domdaniel: Eminently sensible, Eric, thank you.

Holding your 'we-group' - whether ethnic, national, tribal, religious or anything else - to a higher standard is good.

I hope this matter is ended now.

Oct-29-06  Kriegspiel: <Domdaniel> It's an opening system for Black. What the proper name is, I still don't know, because nobody here has been able to tell me. Since my original post here, I've learned that the Soviets called it The Scorpion, though whether there are other names, and whether there is any agreement on a definitive name, I don't know. White can respond to it in any of various ways. I've seen it in games as old as the 1860s and as recently as the last few years. Note also this game:

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966


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  Eric Schiller: <Dom><Krieg> Looks like a kind of hippo to me. Also is Moody's "Universal Defense" I wrote about it in UCO in the Formations chapter.
Oct-29-06  Kriegspiel: <Eric Schiller>

I thought that Moody's was a "Universal Attack". Also, you wrote that Pafu's Beginner's Defence uses "the same system as Moody" only without restrictions on move order (I agree, a bad idea), and that you "know of no human games played with such a system". Since there are plenty of "human games" (plenty at master level or above, too) played with that set-up as Black, and you likely were familiar with them at the time you wrote that, it seems likely that you meant something more specific: perhaps no such games where the same set of initial moves is blindly applied in arbitrary order regardless of what White does?


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  IMlday: As I recall, the position discussed has a whole chapter in 'Tiger's Modern' (2005).
Oct-30-06  mack: Yes, I would recommend the chapter in Tiger's Modern (which begins with a line from the Talking Heads) over Andrew Martin's The Hippopotamus Rises any day. The latter doesn't sit quite right, because as he admits himself in the notes to Nezhmetdinov-Ujtelky, 'Maybe I'm the wrong guy to play this slow stuff...'. Somebody with a better understanding of the nuances of fianchetto-y play could have done the hippo justice, but Martin doesn't quite pull it off.
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  Karpova: <Eric Schiller> Thanks for your answer!
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  Domdaniel: <Kriegspiel> That Petrosian-Spassky game is fascinating. I downloaded both of their matches from RusBase ages ago - they're also in the standard databases - but I missed this game. Probably because it was drawn.

Note, though, how White's set-up is quite different to the 'ideal' classic formation in your position. This is more like a King's Indian, with a 3-pawn c-d-e4 centre, and the bishops on e2/e3 supporting it.

In the ideal/classic position, the white bishops on f4 and c4 are (a) biting on the proverbial granite, and (b) asking for trouble once black makes a pawn break.

Oct-30-06  Kriegspiel: <DomDaniel> Isn't it, though! As for the White set-up being different, yes, but as I said, I have seen a number of master level games where Black plays this same set-up against a variety of White opening set-ups, including the one I posted initially.

The very fact that Black could play this in a World Chess Championship game against Petrosian, and draw, shows that it is positionally sound.

Personally, though Eric may disagree with me, I think that there is a lot to be said for this opening. The problem is that, contrary to some who have called it a "Beginner's Game" (Pafu) I think that to play this successfully requires great strategic insight by Black. Lacking that, you will be swept off the board or slowly crushed.

Here, you can find many such games where Black plays this opening (and wins) against a variety of White replies; Black players include Bologan, Ponomariov, and Short:


Oct-30-06  mack: Top of the hippos:

J Gallagher vs Ponomariov, 2000

Nezhmetdinov vs Ujtelky, 1964

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966

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  aw1988: <Eric> How are you doing after your stroke? Any adverse effects?
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  Eric Schiller: <aw1988> I'm mostly recovered but still some lingering effects. I am back to a full teaching schedule, though I have to take breaks because I'm still a bit anemic, which affects my productivity. I've been busy with political work much of the fall but now things are returning to normal and I finally finished a book on the Pterodactyl,which will be out in a few months. I'm now writing a book on English grammar for students, based on my teaching English writing. That will be my focus for a while, then more chess. I do expect to be at Gibraltar for the tournament at the end of January.
Nov-13-06  Lt. Col. Majid: Sorry to hear about your illness Eric. Hope u get fully well soon.
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  aw1988: Yes, but it's also a tremendous waste of time.
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  aw1988: As enticing as it may be, I'd be sorry if I wasn't a casual dipper.
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  Castle In The Sky: Eric, I wish you the best in recovering from your stroke. I had a question on Chessbase vs. ChessAssistant. I have finally reached a level of mediocrity where one of these programs could be useful, we'll say upper C lower B class USCF, depending upon how much moisture affects my synapses. Which program would you recommend?
Nov-15-06  gus inn: May sound a bit fatherlike but I mean it : Remember to relax ,Dear Eric , Life and Yours Life is so precious. All the best.
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  ray keene: eric-under my section there has been some discussion concerning the reliability of one edward winter-you might wish to take a quick look and even comment---
Premium Chessgames Member Hi Eric, I wanted to ask you permission to use a photograph from your website on our page for Karpov-Kasparov World Championship Rematch (1986). Thanks in advance.
Nov-20-06  pazzed paun: <Eric Schiller> Hi Eric! What do you think about the format for the 2007 U.S. Championships?
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  Eric Schiller: <chessgames> Of course! How's the work on named openings coming along?
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  Eric Schiller: <passed paun> Scandalous, if what I've heard is true. The USCF is headed for scandal season, with a big one involving rating manipulation by a board member coming to light. I hope they get a proper championship sorted out, but if it takes another year or two we'll survive.

I'd like to see a more elite competition, with 32 players in a minimatch (4 game) knockout series, which needen't be held in a single location. Perhaps two rounds of rewgionals, with the final 8 in longer matches as a final.

Premium Chessgames Member <Eric> Thanks for that, the new history section is a lot of fun.

About the Caxton opening project: our obsession for perfectionism is slowing our progress, but we very much are eager to start discussion threads on everything from the Pterodactyl to the Picklepuss. Our biggest concern is still the transition between discussions based on ECO to discussion based on Caxton. We think we have a way to do it, that will require some bold moving of posts from the old pages to new ones.

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