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Remembering Eric Schiller (1955-2018)

 

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In 2018 I lost a good friend and excellent coach, Eric Schiller. Eric was a true gentleman and scholar who during his journey through life acquired a PhD in Linguistics and FIDE Master title in chess. Most will probably remember Eric as the most prolific chess author in history (he wrote over 100 chess books) or for being the arbiter for the 2000 FIDE World Chess Championships. I will always remember Eric for the way he inspired scores of  chess students at our chess camps and classes.

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Some of Eric Schiller’s books on display at a chess camp.

 

Below is a game between Eric Schiller and Emory Tate (another friend who has since passed.) Eric and Emory showed this game to a packed house in our Fremont Chess Camp at MSJE. All notes are Eric’s. Enjoy…

 

[Event "US Masters"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Emory Tate"]
[Black "Eric Schiller"]
[ECO "C41"]


1.e4 e52.Nf3 d63.d4 exd44.Qxd4 a6

Tate-Schiller1
Position after 4… a6
5.Bg5 Nf66.Nc3 Be77.O-O-O Nc68.Qd2 Be69.Kb1 O-O
Tate-Schiller2
Position after 9… 0-0
10.Qe1 Nd7
11.h4 Bf612.Be2 Re813.Nd2 {! ?}13... b5 { 13...Bxg5 14.hxg5 Qxg5 15.g3 scared me a bit. }
Tate-Schiller3
Position after 13… b5
14.f4 b415.Na4 Nd4 {!}16.g4 c5

Tate-Schiller4
Position after 16… c5
17.b3 { 17.Rh2 Nxe2 18.Qxe2 h6 19.Rdh1 ! ? } 
17... Bd518.Qf1 Bc6 {18...Rxe4 19.Nxe4 Bxe4 Black is clearly better. }
Tate-Schiller5
Position after 18… Bc6
19.Nc4 {? Way too ambitious.} 
19... Bxe420.Bd3 Bxh121.Qxh1 Nb5 
22.Bf5 Nf8
23.Ncb6 h6 {? ! 23...Ra7 24.Nd5 Bxg5 25.hxg5 Nd4 }
Tate-Schiller6
Position after 23… h6
24.Nxa8 Na3+25.Kc1 hxg526.N8b6 {? ! 26.fxg5 ! Be5 27.N8b6 Bf4+ 28.Kb2 g6 29.Bd3 Be5+ } 
26... gxf4 {!}
Tate-Schiller7
Position after 26… gxf4
27.Nd5 Bd428.Bd3 f329.g5 {29.Qxf3 Qxh4 } 
29... f2
Tate-Schiller8
Position after 29… f2
30.Qf1 Re531.Nf4 {? 31.c3 was needed. }
31... Be3+

Tate-Schiller9
Position after 31… Be3+
32.Kb2 Bxf433.Qxf2 Be334.Qf3 Qe735.Nb6 Rxg5
Tate-Schiller10
Position after 35… Rxg5
36.c3 Re5
37.Nc8 Qxh438.Rc1 bxc3+ {? 38...Bxc1+ 39.Ka1 Bb2+ ! 40.Kxb2
bxc3+ 41.Kxc3 Qd4+ 42.Kd2 Qb4+ 43.Kc1 Qc3+ 44.Kd1 Qe1# }
Tate-Schiller11
Position after 38… bxc3+
39.Ka1 Bf440.Bb1 {White resigned.} 0-1

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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