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|May-14-11|| ||parisattack: <Sneaky: The System is one of the most brilliant chess books of the modern era. I'll match "The System" up against "My System" any day. That's a strong statement, I know.>|
'Ich bin ein Berliner.' The System has taken a very bad rap, undeservedly because of its tone, perhaps. But it is an excellent chess tome.
|Sep-18-11|| ||Cemoblanca: I am currently reading "The System: A World Champion's Approach to Chess" by Hans Berliner. I really liked the part "I am not Alone" at the beginning and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy! :0)|
<Over 60 years ago Alekhine appreciated something that is still not common knowledge today.
After the moves:
1 d4 d5
2 c4 c6
"In my opinion this move gives White more chances of obtaining an opening advantage..."
"It is almost incredible that this quite natural move has not been considered by the so-called theoreticians. White obtains now an appreciable advantage in development, no matter what Black replies."
Alexander Alekhine, 1937>
P.S. HB looks a bit like Christopher "Dracula" Lee ;0) >>> http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2235602...
|Jan-27-12|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday (yesterday)!|
|Jan-27-12|| ||Marmot PFL: <After the moves:
1 d4 d5
2 c4 c6
"In my opinion this move gives White more chances of obtaining an opening advantage...">
Many play 3 Nf3 to avoid the complications of 3 Nc3 e5 4 de d4, even if it isn't quite sound.
|Jan-27-12|| ||King Death: <Marmot PFL> Most players were using 3.Nf3 before that gambit became popular as the result of this game: Karpov vs Bareev, 1992.|
|Jan-27-12|| ||waustad: I confess that for today's B'day I'd be hard pressed not to pick Captain Evans. Happy B'day to Hans Berliner too, but buckle my swashes matey!|
|Jan-30-12|| ||Hesam7: <Poisonpawns: Berliner crushes 12..Qa3 in Grunfeld in response to critics http://www.fortunecity.de/olympia/m>...|
Berliner's analysis did not stand the test of time. In fact Black' main line (10. Rc1 cxd4 11. cxd4 Qa5+ 12. Kf1 Qa3 13. Rc3 Qd6 14. h4 h5 15. f3 Rd8 16. Bd5 <e5!>) is missing from his analysis.
|Aug-26-13|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
<" Castle if you must, or if you want to, but not because you can! ">
-- Hans Berliner
|Aug-26-13|| ||JoergWalter: <whiteshark> to my knowledge this quote is attributed to Pillsbury. don't have the source right now.|
|Aug-26-13|| ||Karpova: W.E. Napier's 'Paul Morphy and The Golden Age of Chess' (New York, 1957 and 1971), page 18: <Once I asked Pillsbury whether he used any formula for castling. He said his rule was absolute and vital: castle because you will or because you must; but not because you can.>|
|Jul-24-15|| ||zanzibar: Researching Yankton (1957) finds this bio snippet:
<Hans J. Berliner, 28-year old Naval Research Laboratory engineering psychologist, won the Labor Day Champion of Champions Chess Tournament at Yankton, S.D.
The District's chess master took the trophy after winning a tie-breaking game with Curt Brasket of Minneapolis. Both men had scored 5 1/2 points in earlier games.>
Washington Post and Times Herald, 1957-09-04, pg B8
|Jan-27-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, CC World Champion Hans Berliner.|
|Jan-17-17|| ||FSR: He died on January 13. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/...|
|Jan-17-17|| ||savagerules: Berliner was the left handed version of Weaver Adams who famously said 1 e4 and wins. Berliner said 1 d4 and wins. Some years ago he did a lengthy analysis which he claimed busted the Gruenfeld forever but overlooked a rather simple resource for Black around move 15 or 16 that destroyed all his analysis. He also said back in the early 1960s he tried to talk Fischer into playing 1 d4 by showing him some of his analysis.|
|Jan-17-17|| ||Everyone: RIP CC World Champion Hans Berliner
On a long enough timeline the survival rate for <Everyone> drops to zero.
|Jan-17-17|| ||Eastfrisian: R.I.P. Master Berliner.|
|Jan-17-17|| ||Howard: If I remember correctly, the late Larry Evans said in his CL column many years back that Berliner--among others--suspected that the initial starting position was probably a forced win for White, and that computers would eventually find that "win".|
As for Everyone's comment, who was it who said, "In the long run, we're all dead." ?
|Jan-17-17|| ||todicav23: RIP Hans Berliner. I remember reading somewhere that he started a PhD when he was 40 years old and he finished it at 45. He is an example that people can achieve great things later in life.|
|Jan-17-17|| ||wordfunph: rest in peace, master Hans.|
|Jan-17-17|| ||cro777: "Hans Berliner won the 5th World Correspondence Chess Championship, which began in 1965 and lasted three years. His margin of victory in the final was the largest in history: his final score was 14.0/16 (twelve wins, four draws), three points ahead of any opponent. |
But it was the game Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 from the Championship that followers of chess particularly remember. Andy Soltis ranked the game No. 1 in his book 'The 100 Best Chess Games of the 20th Century'(2000)."
R.I.P. International Master and Correspondence Grandmaster Hans Berliner, a legend of correspondence chess, and a pioneer in chess programming. He built the first machine that exceeded 2400 Elo points.
|Jan-17-17|| ||wwall: I added a Berliner bio to my chess page at http://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/a...|
|Jan-20-17|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: RIP, Champion. According to crawfb5's game collection, Berliner won his qualifying section 6-0 and his semifinal 11.5-0.5. If my calculations are correct, that means he won the WCC with 29 wins, 5 draws--and 0 losses.|
|Jan-20-17|| ||chessgames.com: I had a brief encounter with Mr. Berliner that, to me, spoke volumes.|
Back in 2009 or so, my partner Alberto Artidiello gave me a copy of "The System", claiming that it was must-read material for any chess player. I ended up reading it at least twice, and gained great appreciation for the man.
Then I came to learn that he lived only a half hour drive away from me in West Palm Beach, Florida. So I called him on the phone, explaining what Chessgames is, and enquiring if he would be willing to be a participant in the Chessgames Challenge.
Sadly, he explained that he doesn't play chess any more due to health issues.
I clarified that he would be able to use computers for assistance, and made it clear that he would be financially compensated. What impressed me is that he didn't even stop to ask "how much?" — he simply said that he didn't believe that his chess would be as good as possible.
I will cherish that well-thumbed book, until I too pass it on. You will never be forgotten, Hans Berliner.
|Jan-20-17|| ||Ironmanth: Thank you, Grandmaster, for your wonderful contribution to our game, and for your fighting spirit in life to believe and achieve. RIP, Mr. Hans Berliner.|
|Aug-13-18|| ||swampdragon: I encourage everyone to read Mr. Wall's bio of Berliner at the link he provided. Although his pioneer status in computer chess is probably objectively more impressive, I mostly remember picking up Chess Reviews decades apart and seeing Berliner still sitting on top of the correspondence rankings, with no one else within a light year of him.|
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