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Carl Pilnick
Number of games in database: 61
Years covered: 1939 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 2111
Highest rating achieved in database: 2136
Overall record: +25 -25 =11 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-24-1923, died Mar-07-2013, 89 years old) United States of America

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Carl Pilnick was born in New York City. He moved to Los Angeles in 1961 and was active in Southern California. He tied for 1st place in the 1971 American Open.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Pilnick vs A Pinkus 0-1231939USA-ch prelA03 Bird's Opening
2. C Pilnick vs Yanofsky 0-1271939US Open Consolation FinalC13 French
3. Santasiere vs C Pilnick 1-0301942Marshalll CC chA06 Reti Opening
4. Kashdan vs C Pilnick 1-0331942United States ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
5. I A Horowitz vs C Pilnick  1-0331942United States ChampionshipC10 French
6. C Pilnick vs Reshevsky ½-½931942United States ChampionshipD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
7. Evans vs C Pilnick 1-0291946Marshall Club ChampionshipC13 French
8. C Pilnick vs H Rossetto 1-0321948Buenos AiresC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. O Ulvestad vs C Pilnick  0-147194849th US OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. C Pilnick vs W Adams  1-037194849th US OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
11. Woody Young vs C Pilnick  0-128194849th US OpenA48 King's Indian
12. C Pilnick vs Kashdan 0-139194849th US OpenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. J F Donovan vs C Pilnick  0-144194849th US OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
14. C Pilnick vs L Isaacs  1-040194849th US OpenC41 Philidor Defense
15. M Pavey vs C Pilnick  1-039194849th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
16. C Pilnick vs E McCormick  0-148194849th US OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. P Le Cornu vs C Pilnick  0-143194849th US OpenA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
18. L T Magee vs C Pilnick  ½-½31195253rd US OpenC14 French, Classical
19. C Pilnick vs M Colon Romero  1-041195253rd US OpenE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
20. R Brieger vs C Pilnick  0-131195253rd US OpenB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
21. C Pilnick vs K R Jones  1-035195253rd US OpenA16 English
22. A Pomar Salamanca vs C Pilnick  ½-½40195253rd US OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. C Pilnick vs J Sherwin  ½-½48195253rd US OpenD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. C Pilnick vs E McCormick  1-041195253rd US OpenD05 Queen's Pawn Game
25. I Romanenko vs C Pilnick  0-140195253rd US OpenC11 French
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Jun-08-09  amolv: Is this all one guy? This has to be one of the largest spanning time-ranges on this site. 64 years!!
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  GrahamClayton: Excellent biography and game scores at:

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  perfidious: Carl Pilnick is an object example of when not to judge a player by FIDE rating: many years ago, while not in the class of Reshevsky/Kashdan/Fine, he was one of the strongest American players.
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  FSR: <amolv> (belatedly) He's way, way up there, but Samuel Reshevsky beats him by a decade (1917-91).
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Francisco Benko has 77 years (1928-2005), but of course NN eats everyone else alive.
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  keypusher: <FSR: <amolv> (belatedly) He's way, way up there, but Samuel Reshevsky beats him by a decade (1917-91).>

By rather bitter coincidence, the same years the USSR was extant.

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  FSR: <SwitchingQuylthulg> Good catch on Francisco Benko. And yes, NN has hung his face to everyone from Greco in 1497 to Kasparov in 2010.

<keypusher> Interesting point, although Wikipedia says the Soviet Union as such wasn't established until 1922.

Jul-17-13  Abdel Irada: <And yes, NN has hung his face to everyone from Greco in 1497 to Kasparov in 2010.>

On the other hand, he has also recorded some startling upsets.

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  Phony Benoni: Another guy with 74 years is Edward Lasker (1902-1976). Only 72 years for Arnold Denker (1929-2001), but he seems to be the only other nine-decade player along with Francisco Benko and Reshevsky.
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  Stonehenge: Obituary:

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