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Hillar Karner
Number of games in database: 169
Years covered: 1958 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2251
Highest rating achieved in database: 2405

Overall record: +41 -75 =53 (39.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 D02 E10
 Sicilian (7) 
    B40 B31 B30 B83 B55
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E16 E15 E17
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E46 E42 E41
 French Defense (4) 
    C07 C00 C16 C11
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Indian (13) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16
 Sicilian (9) 
    B80 B84 B60 B97 B30
 Robatsch (8) 
 French Defense (7) 
    C03 C02 C01 C12 C16
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A46 A41 E00 D02 D05
 English, 1 c4 e5 (4) 
    A25 A27 A21
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Karner vs Karpov, 1972 1-0
   H Karner vs V Rozhdestvensky, 1958 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
   H Karner vs Westerinen, 1973 1-0
   G Uusi vs H Karner, 1981 0-1
   Timman vs H Karner, 1973 1/2-1/2

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

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

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

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Hillar Kšrner 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: 2018-12-26 06:30:54

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 169  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Karner vs V Rozhdestvensky 1-0241958EstoniaD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
2. H Karner vs Kotov  0-1461962Ch URS ttB06 Robatsch
3. Keres vs H Karner  1-0321966Tallinn Kalev-JoudD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
4. H Karner vs Keres 0-1401966Tallinn Kalev-JoudE10 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Keres vs H Karner 1-0401967Tallinn Kalev-JoudC49 Four Knights
6. H Karner vs Keres  1-0461967Tallinn Kalev-JoudE15 Queen's Indian
7. Y Kagan vs H Karner  1-0261967USSR ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
8. H Karner vs Tal 0-1361967USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
9. V Zhuravliov vs H Karner  ½-½3419686th Soviet Team CupC16 French, Winawer
10. A Alekseev vs H Karner  ½-½2119686th Soviet Team CupA34 English, Symmetrical
11. H Karner vs A Butnorius  ½-½4519686th Soviet Team CupE09 Catalan, Closed
12. H Karner vs Y N Sakharov  0-14319686th Soviet Team CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. H Karner vs Gufeld  0-14119686th Soviet Team CupA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
14. H Karner vs Zhidkov  ½-½1819686th Soviet Team CupE16 Queen's Indian
15. Klovans vs H Karner  1-05019686th Soviet Team CupC12 French, McCutcheon
16. H Karner vs G Borisenko  1-04219686th Soviet Team CupA04 Reti Opening
17. Taimanov vs H Karner  1-02919686th Soviet Team CupE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I Nei vs H Karner  ½-½2519686th Soviet Team CupB54 Sicilian
19. H Karner vs Suetin  0-1401969URSA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
20. Keres vs H Karner  1-0481969Tallinn Kalev-JoudA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
21. H Karner vs Keres  0-1361969Tallinn Kalev-JoudD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Lomaia vs H Karner  1-0321970Beltsi, MoldovaA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
23. H Karner vs Mass 1-091971BjelzyE17 Queen's Indian
24. H Karner vs H Pohla  ½-½391971ParnuB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. T Oim vs H Karner  ½-½471971ParnuE15 Queen's Indian
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  whiteshark: Here is a picture taken 2005:

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  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.
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  whiteshark: You are welcome! I sometimes mix it with 28th April 2006 on the Euston Road.
Sep-30-08  jon01: K√§rner 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.
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  cro777: Rest In Piece IM Hillar K√§rner (27 July 1935 ‚Äď 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).

K√§rner is the author of book - ¬ęKuus aastak√ľmmet Caissa lummuses¬Ľ (¬ęSix decades under the spell of Caissa¬Ľ), Published by Argo, Tallinn, 2012 (the book contains 200 of his games including his wins against Tal, Karpov and Keres):

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  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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