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Hillar Karner
H Karner 
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Number of games in database: 219
Years covered: 1958 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2251
Highest rating achieved in database: 2405

Overall record: +49 -99 =71 (38.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A46 D02 E10 D00
 Sicilian (10) 
    B40 B51 B55 B31 B83
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A28 A27 A21 A20
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D92 D85 D90 D82 D91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B92 B80 B63 B30 B84
 Queen's Indian (13) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
 French Defense (11) 
    C03 C16 C02 C07 C01
 Robatsch (8) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 D05 D02 E00 A41
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E21 E24 E38 E41 E20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Karner vs V Rozhdestvensky, 1958 1-0
   H Karner vs Karpov, 1972 1-0
   H Karner vs Mass, 1971 1-0
   Tal vs H Karner, 1971 0-1
   Drasko vs H Karner, 1985 0-1
   H Karner vs Suba, 1983 1/2-1/2
   I Vovk vs H Karner, 2001 0-1
   G Uusi vs H Karner, 1981 0-1
   H Karner vs Westerinen, 1973 1-0
   Timman vs H Karner, 1973 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Estonia vs. Finland (1989)
   Parnu (1977)
   Parnu (1971)
   Keres Memorial 3rd (1981)
   Keres Memorial (1977)
   Tallinn (1985)
   Tallinn (1973)
   Tallinn (1975)
   Keres Memorial Open (1998)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tallinn 1977 by Chessdreamer
   Tallinn 1981 by Chessdreamer

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(born Jul-27-1935, died Feb-19-2017, 81 years old) Estonia

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Hillar K�rner was born in Tallinn. He was Estonian Champion in 1970, 1975, 1977, 1983 (=Alexander Veingold), 1984, 1985 and 1987 and was awarded the IM title in 1980.

Wikipedia article: Hillar Kärner

Last updated: 2021-08-09 18:39:55

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 246  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Karner vs V Rozhdestvensky 1-0241958EstoniaD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
2. V Heuer vs H Karner  0-1211962TartuC34 King's Gambit Accepted
3. H Karner vs I Nei  ½-½231962TartuD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
4. H Karner vs Kotov  0-1461962URS-chTB06 Robatsch
5. H Karner vs Y Kots  1-03919639th Soviet Team Championship qual-3D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
6. Keres vs H Karner  1-0321966Tallinn Kalev-JoudD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
7. H Karner vs Keres 0-1401966Tallinn Kalev-JoudE10 Queen's Pawn Game
8. H Karner vs A Vitolinsh  0-1351967URS-chTE93 King's Indian, Petrosian System
9. V Doroshkievich vs H Karner  ½-½42196710th Soviet Team Championship qual-3A22 English
10. Keres vs H Karner 1-0401967Tallinn Kalev-JoudC49 Four Knights
11. H Karner vs Keres  1-0461967Tallinn Kalev-JoudE15 Queen's Indian
12. H Karner vs Tal 0-1361967USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
13. Y Kagan vs H Karner  1-0261967USSR ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
14. H Karner vs A Vitolinsh  0-1261968LAT-ch Chess ClubA15 English
15. H Karner vs Gufeld  0-14119686th Soviet Team CupA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
16. H Karner vs V S Zhidkov  ½-½1819686th Soviet Team CupE16 Queen's Indian
17. V Zhuravliov vs H Karner  ½-½3419686th Soviet Team CupC16 French, Winawer
18. H Karner vs Y Sakharov  0-14319686th Soviet Team CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. H Karner vs A Butnorius  ½-½4519686th Soviet Team CupE09 Catalan, Closed
20. Klovans vs H Karner  1-05019686th Soviet Team CupC12 French, McCutcheon
21. Alekseev vs H Karner  ½-½2119686th Soviet Team CupA34 English, Symmetrical
22. H Karner vs R Klovsky  ½-½7419686th Soviet Team CupE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
23. H Karner vs G Borisenko  1-04219686th Soviet Team CupA04 Reti Opening
24. Taimanov vs H Karner  1-02919686th Soviet Team CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. I Nei vs H Karner  ½-½2519686th Soviet Team CupB54 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  whiteshark: Here is a picture taken 2005:

Sep-30-08  offramp: Thanks for that. It is nice to be able to visualize the face of the man that owns The Hand That Shook The World.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: You are welcome! I sometimes mix it with 28th April 2006 on the Euston Road.
Sep-30-08  jon01: Kärner is currently playing Tallinn Champioships 2008.

Here is a video of him from January 2008 Estonia-Finland 100 boards match. It's a quite hilarious game, if you look at 0:50-1:30.

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  whiteshark: From the youtube video (start at 0m:40s), Nevanlinna-Karner:

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<1...d2 2.Ra5 d1Q 3.Bxd1 Bxd1 4.Ke3=> (tablebase draw) <4... Bc2 5.Rc5 Bd3 6.Rd5 Bf1 7.Ra5 Bg2 8.Kf2 Bh1 9.Ke3> (karner is doing some sipping now and uncorked...) <9...Bf3 10.Rb5 Bh5 11.Ra5 Bf7 12.Rc5 Bg6 13.Ra5 Ke6 14.Ra6+ Bd6 15.Kd4 Kd7 16.Kd5> shake hands, draw agreed

Was White Risto Nevanlinna ?

Apr-24-15  zanzibar: In the video he queens the pawn, but removes both pawn + bishop... oops!

Then his opponent stops the clock and offers his hand?! I suppose Karner had offered a draw or what?

(Is he really 73 in the video?)

I stopped by he to note that he's listed as <Karner, Hillary> in <RUSbase>'s version of <URS Cup (1970)>.

Oh, and here's another picture of the player (<whiteshark>'s chessbase link is now stale):

from here (Estonian):

Feb-19-17  nimh: Unfortunately he died today at the age of 81. RIP

Feb-19-17  Eastfrisian: R.I.P.
Feb-19-17  cro777: Rest In Piece IM Hillar Kärner (27 July 1935 – 19 February 2017).

Kärner was known for his sharp and uncompromising playing style. He recorded wins against two world champions, Tal (1971 and 1983) and Karpov (1972). He was also the only Estonian player who beat Paul Keres (1976) in a tournament game. At the Estonian Chess Championships he won 11 medals (seven gold, three silver and one bronze).

Kärner is the author of book - «Kuus aastakümmet Caissa lummuses» («Six decades under the spell of Caissa»), Published by Argo, Tallinn, 2012 (the book contains 200 of his games including his wins against Tal, Karpov and Keres):

Feb-20-17  offramp: This is a real shame, but I am glad he lived into his 80s. I first saw H Karner vs Karpov, 1972 when I was very young and it was a revelation to me. It showed that a good player can create problems for his opponent even with very limited material, and that one should never give up a game too early.

His many Estonian championships show how strong he was, and it's a shame he never managed the last step of becoming a grandmaster. Some players, like Emory Tate and Karner, seem to operate outside of a standard ranking system.

Jul-25-20  BIDMONFA: Hillar Karner

KARNER, Hillar

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