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Hans Berliner is one of the most successful correspondence chess players of all time, and was utterly dominant in the 5th World Championship. Here, for the first time, he explains the set of principles - The System - that he used to guide him to the right moves. Readers will be astonished by the simplicity and power of Berliner's methods as he takes several major openings and subjects them to System principles, and finds radically new approaches to them.

Gambit Publications specialises in chess and has an unrivalled reputation for originality and editorial excellence. The company is owned and staffed entirely by leading chess masters and grandmasters. Dr. Hans Berliner enjoyed considerable success as an over-the-board player before turning to correspondence chess, and in this form of the game, his systematic approach made him a world-beater. His lifetime score was 94 wins, 1 loss, and 10 draws. After winning the 5th World Championship by a margin of three clear points, he turned his efforts toward computer programming. He first wrote a backgammon program that beat the reigning world champion in 1979, then he moved on to chess programming. His Hitech program won the World Computer Championship twice and was one of the first programs to score good results against top-level human players.

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  • PDF | 176 pages
  • Gambit Publications; First Edition edition (March 1, 1999)
  • English
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  • By Marcon on November 5, 2016

    Although I have not fully embraced 'The System' as presented in this book, nevertheless it is a book that I have come back to off and on over the last three years. It is well written, logical, and is filled with some very impressive ideas. It is the kind of system that you can take as little or as much of it as suits your style.For example, in the (early) exchange variation of the Queens Gambit declined: 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 Bf5 8.Qf3 Qb6 (Pachman's idea) 9.Qxf5 Qxb2 10.Qc8+ Ke7 (Smyslov vs. Pachman 1956) he suggests 11.Rb1! (instead of Smyslov's 11.Nd5+) And then if 11. . . Qxc3+ 12.Kd1 g5 13.Bg5 Ne4 14.Nf3 Bg7? 15.Rb7 Kf6 16.Be5 Kg6 17.Nh4! winning. However, it would have been even better to include the queen sac after 17. . .gxh4 18.Qe6!! with mate to soon follow. Fritz found that his suggested alternate line 14. . . Nd7 15.Qxa8 is also winning for White. Starting from the position after 8.Qf3, this is all part of his system while explaining why White should not fear Blacks 7. . . Bf5.Since I like to play 1.d4, I find the book to be very helpful. Others may not find it as entertaining, but it is still a good book!

  • By Frederick H. Jarmuz on March 4, 2017

    Great book. Spending time going through it right now. Great service

  • By Kindle Customer on March 4, 2009

    Hans Berliner has written an interesting book, unusual no doubt, but worthy of being considered seriously by those interested in either the theory or practice of chess. It may not be to everyone's taste, but absurd? I doubt it.[...]In that spirit, I suggest you also look up, on the same site, an article by Mark Dvoretsky called "Dvoretsky on Berliner".Dvoretsky, for those unfamiliar with his work, is widely considered the best chess trainer in the world, and maybe ever. According to Wikipedia: "Kasparov, Anand, Topalov, Bareev, Lautier and Van Wely were just a few of the players who benefited from his coaching. Four of his students went on to become Junior World Champions."What does Dvoretsky think of Berliner? First, he compares him to Yevgeny Sveshnikov, while not agreeing himself with either's "philosophy" of chess openings. Later, he mentions that "Berliner is an outstanding analyst."Finally, before examining two of Berliner's games along with another using one of his ideas, he says: "And his strategic conceptions are indubitably based on rock-solid foundations - practical players would do well to study them. Just don't "absolutize" them: look at them as possible, and only sometimes the strongest, ways of treating the position."With all due respect to Watson and Silman (I have many of their books and have learned from both of them), if forced to chose between their judgment of Berliner and that of Dvoretsky, it is an easy call.Give the book a try and decide for yourself.Also, give Dvoretsky's books a try. But be warned. They aren't easy going, though even for lower rated players they can give you insight into chess at the highest levels. If you love chess, how can that be bad?

  • By A customer on April 24, 1999

    Although not widely available yet, I managed to get a copy directly from the author. I highly recommend it. Not for the novice, but presents the theory of chess in a unique way - the success of which is born out by the author's past professional correspondence chess record of 94 wins, 1 loss and 10 draws. New "SYSTEM" concepts and a unique theory on "chunking" of the position makes this a must buy for all serious students of the game of chess. The author (also a Grand Master in over-the-board play) developed a computer chess program that dominated the computer chess algorithm field until late 1988, and the software itself even obtained the class of US Chess Federation Senior Grand Master.

  • By Garik Tal on July 10, 2001

    When you read - page 174 - "we wanted to claim that this is The theory of chess, not just my theory" you may think that the author is a joker or the innocent victim to german and american culture. OK, Berliner was an average chess player - US results were meaningless in years when soviet players dominated - and 30 years ago was a succesful correspondence chess player, then quitted active chess. he dedicates himself to computer science and designed and programmed Hitech a succesful chess playing software until late 1988. So now he writes this book pretending to reveal the chess truth. Here Berliner comments 13 games, most recent of which is 30 years old, when in the chess world 30 years are 300 years. He explains how to choose each move it's true, but this leads to variations and every chess lover knows variations are confuted all saints day by chess practice. Berliner thinks he is Prometeus but chess is an unrevealable fire. However the book contains some interesting idea so I'm happy having read it.

  • By A customer on May 3, 1999

    "THE SYSTEM IS A SCIENTIFIC THEORY; A THEORY OF HOW TO PLAY CHESS." THE BOOK PRESENTS SYSTEM PRINCIPLES OF HOW TO PLAY BOARD-CONTROL GAME IN GRADUALLY TAKING CONTROL OF THE BOARD AND GAINING SMALL ADVANTAGES. HOW TO DETERMINE THE BEST LOCATION FOR EACH PIECE AND RECOGNIZING POSITIONAL ADVANTAGES AND HOW THEY CHANGE THE VALUE OF A PIECE OR A CLUSTER OF PIECES. IN THE LATE FIFTIES WHEN DR. BERLINER WAS STILL PLAYING OTB CHESS HE WAS ONE OF THE TOP U.S. PLAYERS, ALONG WITH SHERWIN,LOMBARDY, RESHEVSKY,BYRNE,EVANS AND FISCHER. DR. HANS BERLINER WON THE 5TH CORRESPONDENCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THE FANTASTIC SCORE OF 14 - 16 THREE POINTS AHEAD OF SECOND PLACE, THE HIGHEST EVER BEEN DONE. HIS PHENOMENAL RECORD IN CORRESPONDENCE CHESS 94 WINS 10 DRAWS AND 1 LOSS STAND UNSURPASSED. THE ESTRIN V BERLINER IS VOTED THE BEST CORRESPONDENCE GAME EVERPLAYED! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED A GREAT CHESS BOOK!


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