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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: 340
Years covered: 1938 to 1983

Overall record: +95 -129 =115 (45.0%)*
   * 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 (60) 
    B62 B43 B32 B99 B44
 French Defense (27) 
    C09 C05 C03 C07 C13
 Two Knights (24) 
    C59 C57 C56 C55 C58
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B14 B13 B18 B15 B16
 French Tarrasch (19) 
    C05 C09 C03 C07 C04
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B91 B99 B98 B97 B90
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C78 C82 C77 C86 C92
 English (18) 
    A18 A13 A15 A16 A12
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E55 E46 E44 E53 E43
 Sicilian (16) 
    B83 B80 B36 B32 B21
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D38 D35 D39 D30
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C86 C84 C92 C91 C89
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Krasinski vs Estrin, 1947 0-1
   S Kurkin vs Estrin, 1966 0-1
   Estrin vs M Weiss, 1971 1-0
   J M Boey vs Estrin, 1972 0-1
   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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lublin (1978)
   Moscow Championship (1961)
   Moscow Championship (1946)

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 19; games 1-25 of 452  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. Estrin vs Koptev 0-1181941MoscowC55 Two Knights Defense
4. Keres vs Estrin 0-1271941SimulC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
5. Estrin vs E Zagoryansky  0-135194424th Ch Moscow (sf-Group 1)B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
6. Estrin vs A Konstantinopolsky  0-150194424th Ch Moscow (sf-Group 1)B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
7. Estrin vs Libov 1-0131945Moscow USSRC54 Giuoco Piano
8. Estrin vs A Zhivtsov  1-019194525th Ch Moscow (sf-group A)C53 Giuoco Piano
9. Estrin vs M Bonch-Osmolovsky  0-1391946Moscow ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
10. Panov vs Estrin  1-0491946Moscow ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. Estrin vs Boleslavsky  0-13719466th Ch RSFSRB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
12. Alatortsev vs Estrin  1-0241946Moscow ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Estrin vs M Kamyshov  0-1241946Moscow ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
14. Estrin vs G Ravinsky  1-0181946Moscow ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
15. A Chistiakov vs Estrin  ½-½391946Moscow ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. Averbakh vs Estrin  0-1711946Moscow ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
17. Bondarevsky vs Estrin  0-1431946Moscow ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. V Baturinsky vs Estrin  1-0401946Moscow ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
19. Estrin vs Y Solntsev  1-0661946Moscow ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
20. Estrin vs Smyslov 0-1231946Moscow ChampionshipC56 Two Knights
21. Simagin vs Estrin ½-½551946Moscow ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Estrin vs Lilienthal  ½-½571946Moscow ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
23. Estrin vs Bronstein 0-1411946Moscow ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. Kotov vs Estrin ½-½371946Moscow ChampionshipE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Krasinski vs Estrin 0-1111947IstraC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 452  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
Apr-21-09  whiteshark: Bio:
Apr-21-09  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!
Apr-21-10  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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