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Karl Helling
K Helling 
Number of games in database: 81
Years covered: 1925 to 1937

Overall record: +35 -33 =12 (51.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D02 A45 D00 A46 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D95 D93 D86 D94
 Scandinavian (5) 
 Slav (4) 
    D16 D11 D12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Steiner vs K Helling, 1928 0-1
   Grob vs K Helling, 1936 0-1
   K Helling vs Keres, 1936 1-0
   K Richter vs K Helling, 1928 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dresden (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Berlin BSG 1928 by Pawn and Two

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(born Aug-10-1904, died Aug-15-1937, 33 years old) Germany

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Karl Helling was a prominent Berlin player from about 1926 until his death in 1937. He was 5th at Berlin 1928, 2nd at Berlin 1930 and represented Germany on board five at the Prague Olympiad in 1931.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 81  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Helling vs Lasker ½-½451925Simul, 10bD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. K Helling vs Reti 0-1251928It BSGA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. L Steiner vs K Helling 0-1181928It BSGC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
4. K Helling vs Tartakower  0-1381928It BSGC01 French, Exchange
5. K Helling vs Saemisch 1-0751928It BSGD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Ahues vs K Helling  ½-½261928It BSGD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. K Helling vs Stoltz  1-0631928It BSGA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. B Koch vs K Helling  0-1441928It BSGD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. K Helling vs P F Johner  ½-½301928It BSGA47 Queen's Indian
10. Bogoljubov vs K Helling  1-0481928It BSGE90 King's Indian
11. K Helling vs Leonhardt  1-0471928It BSGE10 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Nimzowitsch vs K Helling 1-0211928It BSGA52 Budapest Gambit
13. K Helling vs A Brinckmann  1-0241928It BSGD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. W Schlage vs K Helling  1-0301928It BSGC26 Vienna
15. K Richter vs K Helling  0-1651928It Cafe KoenigA07 King's Indian Attack
16. P List vs K Helling 0-1521928It Cafe KoenigD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
17. K Helling vs Bogoljubov  0-1401928It Cafe KoenigA15 English
18. S Rotenstein vs K Helling  1-0271928It Cafe KoenigB02 Alekhine's Defense
19. K Helling vs W Von Holzhausen  ½-½531928It Cafe KoenigA17 English
20. Gruenfeld vs K Helling 1-0201928It Cafe KoenigE60 King's Indian Defense
21. K Helling vs Ahues 1-0651928It Cafe KoenigD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. P F Johner vs K Helling 1-0511928It Cafe KoenigD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
23. K Helling vs L Steiner  0-1501928It Cafe KoenigA17 English
24. Saemisch vs K Helling  1-0381928It Cafe KoenigD95 Grunfeld
25. W Von Holzhausen vs K Helling  0-1231929DSB-26.KongressB01 Scandinavian
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 81  PGN Download
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Aug-10-06  BIDMONFA: Karl Helling


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  whiteshark: Here is a contingency table of <27th DSB-Kongreß> in Swinemünde 1931, where Helling was placed 5th:
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  whiteshark: <sneaky pete>: "Karl Helling, born August 10, 1904, Luckenwalde, died August 15, 1937, Berlin. Strong amateur, who played only a handful of tournaments, usually ending up around 50%. Represented Germany in the Prague Olympiad, 1931. In Dresden, where Alekhine won, he finished 8th equal (with Keres) with 3,5 out of 9 games. Information from Feenstra Kuiper's book. I couldn't find an obituary, so I don't know how he died so early.

From an article by Tony Gillam in Kaissiber # 9 (1999): Helling won the championship of Berlin, 1932, with 9 out of 11 games, ahead of Rellstab, K.Richter, B.Koch, Saemisch, Ahues and 6 others. Quite impressive! The games from this tournament are not in this database, probably most have never been published." ...

"An obituary in Deutsche Schachblaetter, 1937, says Helling died unexpectedly "nach kurzem schweren Leiden", so after (heavy suffering caused by) some unidentified fatal illness. "

I copied this general information given by <Sneaky Pete> from here K Helling vs Keres, 1936 page, where Helling win against Keres.

Thanks <Sneaky Pete> !!

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  Peligroso Patzer: According to Wikipedia ( ) Helling’s highest historical Elo rating was 2474 (reached in 1933).

Concerning his death, Wikipedia only reports that he died in 1937 after serious illness.

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  Calli: Fotographie an
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  whiteshark: wonders where he has been a year ago to the day?

r.i.p. Meister Helling

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  Chessical: "Sad news has reached our German chess friends, Master Karl Helling died suddenly in Berlin after suffering a short but severe illness on August 15th. All who knew this lively and friendly person are deeply shocked at his tragic fate in being cut down in the prime of life at the age of 33.

Helling originally trained for the engineering profession, but then turned quickly to chess. By 1926, he won the the German Chess Association's Master title at Perleberg. In 1928, he crowned his previous achievements by his excellent performance in the international tournament marking the anniversary of the Berlin Chess Club. Great hopes were now invested in the young master, but Helling resisted the temptation to devote himself entirely to chess, and joined the editorial staff of the Scherl publishing house, where he took over the Chess, Bingo and Bridge section. He still participated in tournaments then every now and then, but he did not maintain a regular training regime, which prevented him from achieving greater successes. In 1928, and again in 1932, he won the championship of Berlin, which was covered very heavily hard fought.

Helling always played a positive role in Berlin tournaments, and also in the Saxony Chess Federation's events, in which he often took part successfully. In 1930, he was a member of the German team at the the World Chess Federation's Olympiad in Prague.

Helling was one of the first methodical-scientific players who sharply fought his opponent with the weapons of psychology and tactics, weapons of which he was a master. It was not his ambition to find in any position the "best move" (is it possible anyway?), but he was looking to set his opponent problems which he would be unable to solve. Here his knowledge of human nature, his rich imagination and his great ingenuity was of great service to him. With such a style of play material played only a minor role; Helling's gambit openings were feared, and many of them have secured a permanent place in theory.

It is no wonder that this stirred the hearts of chess friends, he would rather be dynamic using bold combination play with constantly its changing vistas, rather than being masterfully strategic yet cautious

With Helling they found in his play a spray of amusing ideas, sparkling play using brilliant combinations and risky adventures.

Such a game is exciting not only for spectators but also for the opponent who has to be prepared at every move for new surprises. An original player, a creative master, an impressive personality - this is the picture of the deceased before us.

German chess will not forget him, in future years the lovers of the royal game will still enjoy the pearls of Helling's chess artistry. Honour his memory!"

Deutsche Schachblätter Nr.17, 1.September 1937, S.257/258

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  ketchuplover: The future of chess is Lykke-Merlot Helliesen
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Karl Helling.

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