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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 A40 D02 A45
 Sicilian (41) 
    B90 B31 B22 B45 B70
 French Defense (36) 
    C15 C11 C01 C10
 King's Indian (34) 
    E60 E76 E77 E75 E73
 French Winawer (23) 
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B12 B15 B13 B18 B14
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 D05
 Sicilian (26) 
    B42 B41 B43 B22 B27
 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
   E Schiller vs P Grieve, 2005 1-0
   Bafrali vs E Schiller, 1991 0-1
   Frank vs E Schiller, 1970 0-1
   S Siyuan vs E Schiller, 2005 1/2-1/2
   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
   Kasparov vs Najdorf, 1982
   E Schiller vs M Arne, 1995

   🏆 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, died Nov-03-2018, 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.

US Chess Federation's obituary notice:

Wikipedia article: Eric Schiller

Last updated: 2018-11-06 14:27:37

 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 Freedman 1-0511970SmithtownD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. E Schiller vs Heeley 1-0191970Eastern High School ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. Roman vs E Schiller 0-1111970New YorkC50 Giuoco Piano
9. R Gruchacz vs E Schiller ½-½371970New York Junior ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
10. Frank vs E Schiller 0-171970New YorkC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
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
 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 726  PGN Download
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  HeMateMe: my condolences to his family and loved ones. Always difficult to lose someone in the chess family. I first became aware of Mr. Schiller when I browsed the chess section of book stores and saw his books.
Nov-05-18  SugarDom: He's been sick for many years. RIP.
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  moronovich: RIP Eric.

It was nice talking to you.

Nov-05-18  SugarDom: Sorry I scolded you for dumping Shirov in favor of Kramnik vs Kasparov.
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  Keyser Soze: RIp.Sad news.

<SugarDom: Sorry I scolded you for dumping Shirov in favor of Kramnik vs Kasparov.>

And wasn't even his fault on that episode. Garry simply could find sponsor for that match.

Nov-05-18  boz: Sorry to hear about Eric.
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  WannaBe: Very sad to hear tge news =((
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  whiteshark: RIP, Eric Schiller.

Thank you for the many books you have written...

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  Penguincw: Just heard of his passing. RIP to you.

One of my favourite game collections is based on checkmate patterns he gave in a book, which I turned into a collection.

Game Collection: Checkmate: Checkmate Patterns

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  zanzibar: Wiki updated (w/o source) then retracted the notice of his death. The wiki history contains this comment:

<Family requests privacy until fully notified!!!!!>

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  crawfb5: USCF's announcement:

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<Better an end with horror than a horror without end.>

- Schiller.
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  zanzibar: Thanks <crawfb5>. That link should migrate up to the bio.
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  crawfb5: <zanzibar: Thanks <crawfb5>. That link should migrate up to the bio.>

Done. If someone else wants to alter the format, they are welcome to do so.

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  wwall: I wrote a bio on Eric on my chess page at

Bill Wall

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  zanzibar: <Bill W> this is a gem!

<In 1985, both Schiller and I were visited by the FBI because we subscribed to Russian newsletters and Russian magazines such as 64 and Shakhmaty Bulletin. Schiller said that all his packages and envelopes were opened twice, once by the Soviets and once by the Americans (FBI and CIA). He had a few postal games going against some Russian players. The FBI asked both of us for a listing of ranked Soviet players or contacts we had with Soviet chess players.

<I was discrete, but Schiller wrote to FIDE and asked them to mail a list of all ranked chess players to the FBI.>


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  zanzibar: This is pretty rich too...

<n 1995, he was a chess advisor for the music group Phish. >

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  perfidious: <zed>, dang, FBI never contacted me back in the eighties--thought sure they would have!
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  saffuna: <perf> They saw your openings, and said, "Nah, this guy's not in touch with the Russians."
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: RIP Eric.
Nov-07-18  epistle: His books made many strong grandmasters.


Nov-07-18  SugarDom: How come it didn't make you grandmaster?
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  zanzibar: Schiller's old website is archived on wayback - here's a link to the unorthodox openings section (which I think is more apropos than his Autolexical Theory section):

A photograph of him from 2016, in his electric wheelchair:

along with a few other mentions over time.

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  perfidious: <saffuna: <perf> They saw your openings, and said, "Nah, this guy's not in touch with the Russians.">

No doubt--when they heard I tried 6.Bg5 against Browne's Najdorf in a simul as an 1100 player, I got written off, as they had no idea I would actually acquire some sanity, many years on, and open 1.d4 the other time I had White.

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  Annie K.: RIP, Eric Schiller. Sad news... :(
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