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Yakov Estrin
Yakov Estrin (upper left) overlooks Fischer and Petrosian play blitz
at the Moscow Central Chess Club, 1958. (Associated Press)
Number of games in database: 251
Years covered: 1938 to 1983

Overall record: +71 -92 =87 (45.8%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (45) 
    B43 B67 B32 B44 B99
 Two Knights (24) 
    C59 C57 C56 C55 C58
 French Defense (21) 
    C03 C09 C05 C07 C13
 French Tarrasch (16) 
    C09 C03 C05 C07 C04
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B13 B14 B10 B11 B18
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B99 B90 B91 B97 B95
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C78 C82 C86 C74 C72
 Sicilian (14) 
    B80 B83 B36 B32 B81
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E55 E53 E43 E46 E56
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D38 D35 D39 D30
 English (9) 
    A18 A15 A16 A13
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D92 D80 D85 D87 D91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Krasinski vs Estrin, 1947 0-1
   S Kurkin vs Estrin, 1966 0-1
   J M Boey vs Estrin, 1972 0-1
   Estrin vs M Weiss, 1971 1-0
   Estrin vs Kholmov, 1955 1/2-1/2
   Estrin vs K Klaman, 1957 1-0
   Estrin vs M Skrovina, 1960 1-0
   Estrin vs Taimanov, 1949 1-0
   Estrin vs J Zapletal, 1972 1-0
   Estrin vs Liberzon, 1959 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   6th Correspondence World Championship Final by crawfb5
   8th Correspondence World Championship Final by crawfb5
   1975-80 World correspondence chess championship by gauer
   King's gambit by Retarf

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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 11; games 1-25 of 251  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Estrin vs Y Neishtadt 0-1111938URSC02 French, Advance
2. Y Neishtadt vs Estrin  1-0191938MoscowC18 French, Winawer
3. Keres vs Estrin 0-1271941SimulC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
4. Estrin vs Koptev 0-1181941MoscowC55 Two Knights Defense
5. Estrin vs Libov 1-0131945Moscow USSRC54 Giuoco Piano
6. Estrin vs Smyslov 0-1231946Moscow ChampionshipC56 Two Knights
7. Estrin vs Boleslavsky  0-1371946RSFSR ChB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
8. Simagin vs Estrin ½-½551946Moscow ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Estrin vs Lilienthal  ½-½571946Moscow ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
10. Estrin vs Bronstein 0-1411946Moscow ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. Kotov vs Estrin ½-½371946Moscow ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
12. Krasinski vs Estrin 0-1111947IstraC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. Estrin vs Konstantinopolsky  ½-½291949Moscow-chB10 Caro-Kann
14. Simagin vs Estrin  1-0411949Moscow-chD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. Y E Steinsapir vs Estrin  0-1341949Moscow-chC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. Estrin vs Levenfish 1-0701949URS-ch sfC59 Two Knights
17. Koblents vs Estrin  ½-½191949URS-ch sfD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
18. Estrin vs Krogius  ½-½231949URS-ch sfC56 Two Knights
19. Estrin vs Zamikhovsky  0-1561949URS-ch sfB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
20. Estrin vs Taimanov 1-0451949URS-ch sfC24 Bishop's Opening
21. Randviir vs Estrin 1-0781949URS-ch sfC45 Scotch Game
22. Estrin vs Ufimtsev 0-1511949URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
23. Estrin vs R Nezhmetdinov  1-0681950URS-ch sfB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. Estrin vs Levenfish  0-1641950URS-ch sfC45 Scotch Game
25. Estrin vs Aronin  ½-½311950URS-ch sfB89 Sicilian
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 251  PGN Download
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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.

May-15-06  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!


Apr-21-15  AsosLight: Great player!
Apr-21-15  TheFocus: Discovered estrogen.
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  juan31: This day is about Master Yakov Estrin, but a see the picture of Master Fischer, at that time playing in Russia surrounded by all these people, being so young, ¿ does anyone doubt his masters ?
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  eternaloptimist: IM/GMC Estrin was 1 of the pioneers in correspondence chess. He was a specialist in double king pawn openings.
Apr-21-15  Sally Simpson: Estrin's book on the Two Knights was for quite a while the only book I ever opened.

It actually has some errors in it, not typo's but actual errors in analysis.

This was before computers got good enough to trust so you had to do all the glorious work yourself.

As the Two Knights is probably the most tactical of all openings, hidden within it are - The Max Lange, the Fried Liver, the Wilkes Barre not to mention all the other mainlines, this was wonderful training.

I know I owe that book a lot, we spent many happy entertaining and instructive hours together as Estrin would shoot off on some truly wonderful imagainative flights of fancy.

I was not trying to ground him, I was trying to get him even higher!

More, plus examples of what I am going on about. this and it might appear I'm having a pop at Yakov Estrin.

Far from it. Putting that book together with all those tricks, traps and tactics hidden behind every move was a minefield.

He was not a modern writer hiding behind a computer. He was hands on and often it was a case of 'come fly with me.' and soar we did.

Estrin and I have been to places on the chessboard that other players never knew existed.

May-22-15  TheFocus: <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. The path followed by the chessplayer in his development will thus repeat the historical path followed by the art of chess itself. Its starting point is combinational creativity, on whose basis thereafter was laid the art of positional play> - Yakov Estrin.
Feb-13-16  Christoforus Polacco: I have Glazkov and Estrin book about King's Gambit with Tal preface. This is my chess ''Bible'':)
Apr-21-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Yakov Estrin.
Apr-21-18  rgr459: I think the calling someone 'Yakov' is offensive in the midwest.
Apr-21-20  areknames: <Estrin and I have been to places on the chessboard that other players never knew existed.>

Well, that's a poetic image if I ever saw one. Cheers, <Sally Simpson>

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