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Yakov Estrin (upper left) overlooks Fischer and Petrosian play blitz
at the Moscow Central Chess Club, 1958. (Associated Press)
Yakov Estrin
Number of games in database: 222
Years covered: 1938 to 1987
Overall record: +65 -80 =77 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B43 B44 B99 B41 B97
 Two Knights (23) 
    C59 C57 C56 C55 C58
 French Defense (18) 
    C09 C04 C03 C05 C07
 French Tarrasch (14) 
    C09 C04 C03 C05 C07
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B13 B14 B10 B18
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B99 B97 B91 B90 B98
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C78 C82 C74 C86 C72
 Sicilian (13) 
    B80 B36 B83 B46 B81
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E55 E53 E30 E52 E51
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D38 D39 D30 D35
 English (8) 
    A18 A15 A16 A13
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D92 D75 D91 D85 D97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Estrin vs Taimanov, 1949 1-0
   Estrin vs M Weiss, 1971 1-0
   J Boey vs Estrin, 1972 0-1
   Estrin vs J Zapletal, 1972 1-0
   Estrin vs Nunn, 1978 1-0
   S Kurkin vs Estrin, 1966 0-1
   Estrin vs J Boey, 1987 1-0
   Krasinski vs Estrin, 1947 0-1
   Estrin vs Kholmov, 1955 1/2-1/2
   Estrin vs V Liberzon, 1959 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   6th Correspondence World Championship Final by crawfb5

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(born Apr-21-1923, died Feb-02-1987, 63 years old) Russia
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Yakov Borisovich Estrin was born in Moscow. After a brief foray into over-the-board play, he turned to correspondence chess in the early 1960's with immediate success (joint first place in the U.S.S.R. Correspondence Championship in 1962). He became a GMC (Correspondence Grandmaster) in 1966, and would go on to compete in the final of the World Correspondence Championship five times. He emerged as champion of the 1972-76 edition of this event. In 1975 he was awarded the OTB title of International Master.

Wikipedia article: Yakov Estrin

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 222  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Estrin vs Y Neishtadt 0-111 1938 URSC02 French, Advance
2. Keres vs Estrin 0-127 1941 MoskvaC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. Estrin vs Koptev 0-118 1941 Moscow (Russia)C55 Two Knights Defense
4. Estrin vs Libov 1-013 1945 Moscow USSRC54 Giuoco Piano
5. Estrin vs Boleslavsky  0-137 1946 RSFSR ChB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
6. Kotov vs Estrin ½-½37 1946 Ch MoscowE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
7. Estrin vs Bronstein 0-141 1946 Ch MoscowB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. Estrin vs Lilienthal  ½-½57 1946 Ch MoscowC55 Two Knights Defense
9. Estrin vs Smyslov 0-123 1946 MoscowC56 Two Knights
10. Simagin vs Estrin ½-½55 1946 Ch MoscowD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Krasinski vs Estrin 0-111 1947 IstraC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
12. Koblents vs Estrin  ½-½19 1949 URS-ch sfD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
13. Estrin vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½29 1949 Moscow-chB10 Caro-Kann
14. Estrin vs Taimanov 1-045 1949 LeningradC24 Bishop's Opening
15. Simagin vs Estrin  1-041 1949 Ch MoscowD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
16. Estrin vs Zamikhovsky  0-156 1949 URS-ch sfB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
17. Y Steinsapir vs Estrin  0-134 1949 MoscowC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
18. Randviir vs Estrin 1-078 1949 URS-ch sfC45 Scotch Game
19. Estrin vs Levenfish  1-070 1949 Ch URS (1/2 final)C59 Two Knights
20. Estrin vs Krogius  ½-½23 1949 URS-ch sfC56 Two Knights
21. Estrin vs Ufimtsev 0-151 1949 Ch URS (1/2 final)B06 Robatsch
22. Estrin vs Levenfish  0-164 1950 Ch URS (1/2 final)C45 Scotch Game
23. Estrin vs Aronin  ½-½31 1950 GorkyB89 Sicilian
24. Levenfish vs Estrin  0-173 1951 Ch URS (1/2 final)E30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
25. Estrin vs Spassky 0-119 1951 RigaC44 King's Pawn Game
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Feb-06-05  pawn52: <shor> If that last post was meant for me, what do you mean?
Feb-06-05  pawn52: <Benzol> <Chess Champ> claims that he was a world correspondence champion up to 2003, but I have no way to confirm it and I have a hard time believing that.
Feb-06-05  pawn52: <Benzol> Just a minor correction H Berliner was champion from 1967-1971. As for the 11th World Correspondence Champion, it was Fritz Baumbach from 1981-1984. Take a look for yourself:

Feb-06-05  shor: in some sites you can send a private message to admins to ask questions and stuff, is there such an option here?
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  Benzol: <pawn52> Thanks mate. The Craig Sadler site is very interesting. I got my original info from Tim Harding's book on the first ten correspondence championships. Unfortunately I haven't had the time to play all the games yet.
Feb-06-05  pawn52: <shor> You can send messages to the moderators of the FRCEC site, but it isn't "private" because this site doesn't have the features like has. Btw, do you even know how to play FRC?
Feb-06-05  pawn52: <Benzol> Anytime, if you need anymore info, holler and I'll see if I can find it.
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  Benzol: <pawn52> Did you volunteer to be a biographer. The only two I know of are <iron maiden> (bless him) and myself. If it is only the two of us it's going to take a bit of time. LOL. :)
Feb-06-05  pawn52: <Benzol> No, I didn't. But now I wish I did. Can I still get into it.
Feb-06-05  shor: RFC?

no, I play magic the gathering.

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  Benzol: <pawn52> I don't know if you still can but I would suggest contacting <> by e-mail to see if it's possible.
Feb-06-05  TheEyeOfMordor: Who is the Correspondance Champion now? It has been some time since 2002...
Feb-06-05  pawn52: <Benzol> I just e-mailed <> about volunteering for the effort. Hopefully I'll hear from them tomorrow. In the meantime, I'm going to hit the sack after I take care of some business on my computer. It's coming up on 2:00 AM Mountain Time.
Feb-06-05  pawn52: <Benzol> Btw, I've literally been covered up with so much junk on my computer It's not even funny. But I'll save that story for another day. I am upset that I lost two UCCCT games and my lead in the tournament because of the internet connection problems.
Sep-29-05  who: I didn't realize it, but his brief foray into OTB chess includes wins against people like Taimanov.
Apr-20-06  BIDMONFA: Yakov Estrin

ESTRIN, Yakov B.

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  refutor: < > wow that is still floating around? i figured it would have been relegated to dust in the internet wind by now ;)
Apr-21-08  DarthStapler: Estrin's birthday
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  whiteshark: Bio:
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  whiteshark: "Only by playing gambits will the chessplayer begin to understand that getting active positions, with the possibility of landing combinative shots, will compensate him for the material sacrificed."


Apr-21-09  WhiteRook48: he's just a bit younger than my deceased grandfather!
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  wordfunph: In 1946, Averbakh, then a 24-year-old engineering student in Moscow, discovered an idea in the Vienna Variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined. It was a neat discovery but the Vienna was falling out of fashion in the 1940s and Averbakh had to wait a long time for an opportunity to use it. The chance finally came against Yakov Estrin, a celebrated opening theoretician, in the 1964 Soviet Championship Semifinals. Estrin walked into the 18-year-old land mine, and the game ended almost immediately on the 17th move.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <wordfunph>, you mean Averbakh vs Estrin, 1964?
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  GrahamClayton: [Event "?"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "1945.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Estrin, Yakov"]
[Black "Zivcov"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. ♗c4 ♗c5 4. c3 ♕e7 5. d4 exd4 6. O-O d3 7. b4 ♗b6 8. e5 d6 9. ♗g5 f6 10. exf6 gxf6 11. ♖e1 ♘e5 12. ♘xe5 dxe5 13. ♕h5+ ♔d8 14. ♗h4 a5 15. ♖xe5 ♕f8 16. ♗xg8 ♖xg8

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17. ♖e8+ ♕xe8 18. ♗xf6+ ♕e7 19. ♕d5+ 1-0

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Italian Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1987

Apr-21-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, Champ!


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