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Yakov S Vilner
Number of games in database: 64
Years covered: 1914 to 1931

Overall record: +37 -20 =7 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D00 D01 E00 D05 A45
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C66 C77 C79 C62 C60
 French Defense (4) 
    C17 C11
 Sicilian (4) 
    B56 B83 B58 B88
With the Black pieces:
 Semi-Slav (4) 
    D48 D44 D49
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
    B03 B05 B04 B02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Sorokin vs Y Vilner, 1929 0-1
   Y Vilner vs A A Smorodsky, 1927 1-0
   Y Vilner vs B Verlinsky, 1925 1-0
   Y Vilner vs Botvinnik, 1927 1-0
   Y Vilner vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1924 1-0
   A Iglitsky vs Y Vilner, 1923 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1927)
   USSR Championship (1925)

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(born Sep-25-1899, died Jun-29-1931, 31 years old) Ukraine

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Yakov Semenovich Vilner became Odessa Chess Champion four times (1918, 1923, 1925 and 1928) and won the Ukrainian Chess Championship three times (Kiev 1924, Karkov 1925 and Odessa 1928).

English Wikipedia article: Yakov Vilner

Russian Wikipedia article: %D0%92%D0%B8%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D0%B5%D1%80, %D0%AF%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B2 %D0%A1%D0%B5%D0%BC%D1%91%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87


Last updated: 2020-07-21 20:24:27

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 64  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Vilner vs V Borisovsky  1-0201914Chess Messenger corr tC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Y Vilner vs B Koyalovich  1-0251917KislovodskC60 Ruy Lopez
3. Y Vilner vs K A Lerner  1-0341918Ch OdessaD05 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Y Vilner vs B Verlinsky  1-0301918Ch OdessaA84 Dutch
5. V M Vladimirov vs Y Vilner  0-1411922Ch OdessaC45 Scotch Game
6. A Iglitsky vs Y Vilner 0-1351923Ch OdessaA02 Bird's Opening
7. N Grigoriev vs Y Vilner  1-0381923USSR ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
8. P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner 1-0291923USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
9. Y Vilner vs S F Lebedev  1-071923USSR ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
10. Y Vilner vs V Ershov  1-0211924Ch UkraineB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
11. Y Vilner vs Nenarokov  0-1261924USSR ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
12. S K Rozental vs Y Vilner  1-0371924USSR ChampionshipC11 French
13. Y Vilner vs F Duz-Khotimirsky  1-0311924USSR ChampionshipC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
14. Levenfish vs Y Vilner  ½-½451924USSR ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
15. Y Vilner vs P Romanovsky 0-1511924USSR ChampionshipC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
16. P Romanovsky vs Y Vilner 1-0261925USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
17. A S Sergeev vs Y Vilner  1-0481925USSR ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
18. Y Vilner vs N Zubarev  ½-½331925USSR ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
19. Bogoljubov vs Y Vilner 0-1281925USSR ChampionshipD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
20. V Sozin vs Y Vilner  1-0411925USSR ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
21. Y Vilner vs B Verlinsky  1-0231925USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. A Rabinovich vs Y Vilner  0-1311925USSR ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Arkady G Guetsky vs Y Vilner  0-1211925Ch UkraineB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
24. Y Vilner vs Iosif Lvovich Yanushpolsky  1-0361925Ch UkraineB56 Sicilian
25. Romm vs Y Vilner  0-1151925Ch UkraineB20 Sicilian
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  whiteshark: Yakov Vilner (* 1899 – † 29 June 1931, Leningrad) was a Ukrainian chess master.

Vilner won the Odessa chess championships four times (1918, 1923, 1925, and 1928). He won the Ukrainian championships three times; at Kiev 1924 (ahead of Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk), at Kharkov 1925 (ahead of Nikolai Sorokin), and at Odessa 1928 (with Vladimir Grigorevich Kirillov). He also won at Odessa 1926 (ahead of Russo), and at Kiev 1929 (with Bohatirchuk).

He played in several Soviet chess championships. In July 1923, he tied for 11-13th in Petrograd (2nd URS-ch; Peter Romanovsky won). In September 1924, he tied for 6-8th in Moscow (3rd URS-ch; Efim Bogoljubow won). In 1925, he tied for 11-13th in Leningrad (4th URS-ch; Bogoljubow won). In October 1927, he tied for 15-17th in Moscow (5th URS-ch; Bohatirchuk and Romanovsky won). In September 1929, he tied for 8-9th in Odessa (6th URS-ch qual.; Boris Verlinsky won).


Feb-19-08  Resignation Trap: Caricature of Vilner from 1927: .

Vilner is seated on the far left in this group photo from the 4th USSR Championship in Leningrad, 1925: .

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  whiteshark: Interesting photo. Thank you <Resignation Trap>!
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  whiteshark: "In June 1919, Alexander Alekhine e was arrested by the Cheka and imprisoned in Odessa. He was charged with anti-Soviet activity and passing on secret information. He was ordered shot, but saved by Yakov S Vilner, who sent a telegram to the chairman of the Ukrainian Council of People's Commissars. The chairman knew of Alekhine and ordered him freed." (ibid.)


True story?
Any verification/evidence/sources?
Who was <chairman of the Ukrainian Council of People's Commissars> in June 1919?

Feb-20-08  acirce: <whiteshark> Probably Christian Rakovsky.
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  whiteshark: <acirce: <Probably Christian Rakovsky.>> Yes! Thank you <acirce>!

Extensive bio:

Apr-30-09  sleepkid: Died at the age of 32. Anyone know why?
May-02-09  myschkin: . . .

According to the ruwiki entry he passed away because of a disease.

. . .

A different person, but name/dates could confuse the issue:

Yakov Vilner (Korets, 1899 - Warsaw, 1941) - murdered in the Shoah.


Oct-01-09  Resignation Trap: I found another photo, this time a solo shot:
May-31-10  stanleys: An article about Yakov Vilner by the same author:

A lot of interesting facts,chess games and compositions of Vilner

Jun-03-10  vonKrolock: First <All->Ukrainian Championship, Kiev 1924: 1st Vilner 9; 2nd Bogatirchuk 8 1/2; 3rd Sorokin 7 1/2; 4rt Tikhenko 5 1/2; 5th & 6th Grigorenko and Gustsky 5; 7-8-9th Gaevsky, Grimberg and Lerner 4; 10th Lastovetz 2 1/2; 11th Ershov 0

quick transliteration from the crosstable included in that <> article

<All> Not clear that it included players from parts administrated then by Poland - seems to be a just a <Soviet> event

Nov-01-13  Karpova: Ukrainian Championship in Kiev, 1924:

1. Wilner
2. Bogartyrtschuk
3. Sorokin
4. Tichenko

On May 15, Bohartychuk will play a match against Vilner for the title of Champion of Ukraine.

From page 158 of the May 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Telemus: A book about him: "Yakov Vilner, First Ukrainian Chess Champion and First USSR Chess Composition Champion", 2019 by Sergei Tkachenko. See
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  wordfunph: <Telemus> slurpppp :)
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According to Sergei Tkachenko "Yakov Vilner, First Ukrainian Chess Champion and First USSR Chess Composition Champion" (2019), p. 12:

<"Yakov was born on 13 September 1899 (old style calendar)...">

So we should change his birth date here to 25 September 1899 amirite.

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re <Karpova's> post: Yakov S Vilner (kibitz #12)

A match between Yakov S Vilner and Fedor Parfenovich Bohatirchuk for the Ukrainian championship was indeed scheduled for 15 May 1924, but it was canceled because Vilner's chronic lung illness flared up:

<"It was... due to his illness that the ten game match announced to start on 15 May against Fyodor Bogatyrchuk was cancelled. The champion of Ukraine [Vilner] needed to regain his health, as the third tournament-championship of the USSR was approaching- it was planned for August.">

-Sergei Tkachenko "Yakov Vilner First Ukrainian Chess Champion and First USSR Chess Composition Champion" (LLC Elk and Ruby Publishing House 2019), p.52

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