chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

John Vincent Kellner
  
Number of games in database: 57
Years covered: 1951 to 1983
Overall record: +23 -27 =7 (46.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

Repertoire Explorer
Most played openings
C10 French (11 games)
B20 Sicilian (8 games)
C03 French, Tarrasch (3 games)
A80 Dutch (3 games)
C32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit (2 games)
A07 King's Indian Attack (2 games)
C00 French Defense (2 games)


Search Sacrifice Explorer for John Vincent Kellner
Search Google for John Vincent Kellner


JOHN VINCENT KELLNER
(born Dec-12-1931, died Dec-1987, 56 years old) Australia

[what is this?]

He was an IMC. John Kellner won the New South Wales state championship in 1954 and 1955, and won the Australian Correspondence Chess Championship in 1959 (shared with Karlis Alexander Ozols) and 1961 (1st outright). Kellner still holds the record for the most games played simultaneously blindfolded by an Australian, with 17 in 1973.

The North Sydney and St George chess clubs each year play a match for the John Kellner/Terrey Shaw trophy. The St George club also holds an annual John Kellner memorial weekend tournament.

He was married to Narelle Kellner.

Last updated: 2019-05-26 03:32:42

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Kellner vs Malcolm Broun 1-0251951NSW-jr chE41 Nimzo-Indian
2. J Kellner vs F Crowl  1-06719513rd Australian OpenE70 King's Indian
3. Peter Johnson vs J Kellner  1-05419513rd Australian OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
4. J Kellner vs S Kruger  ½-½5619513rd Australian OpenA25 English
5. K Ozols vs J Kellner  1-03819513rd Australian OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. J Kellner vs J Hanks  0-17419513rd Australian OpenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. J Kellner vs H Klass  1-0351952AUS-chA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. G Karoly vs J Kellner  1-04319523rd Australian OpenB83 Sicilian
9. J Kellner vs M E Goldstein  0-13219523rd Australian OpenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. C G M Watson vs J Kellner  0-15119523rd Australian OpenA04 Reti Opening
11. S Lazare vs J Kellner  1-07019523rd Australian OpenC18 French, Winawer
12. J Kellner vs F Campomanes  1-0381958Australian Championship 1958/59A43 Old Benoni
13. W Bleicher vs J Kellner  0-1251958Australian Championship 1958/59A80 Dutch
14. J Kellner vs M Wotulo  0-1521959Australian Championship 1958/59A07 King's Indian Attack
15. J Kellner vs O Sarapu  0-1451959Australian Championship 1958/59B23 Sicilian, Closed
16. R Pikler vs J Kellner  1-0271959Australian Championship 1958/59A80 Dutch
17. J Kellner vs W Poder  1-0221959Australian Championship 1958/59C10 French
18. B Kondra vs J Kellner  1-0571959Australian Championship 1958/59A52 Budapest Gambit
19. D Pike vs J Kellner  0-1281959Australian Championship 1958/59B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. J Kellner vs P Viner  1-0241959Australian Championship 1958/59C71 Ruy Lopez
21. H Klass vs J Kellner  1-0511959Australian Championship 1958/59A80 Dutch
22. J Kellner vs V Zagorovsky 1-0381961ICCF Olympiad IIIC70 Ruy Lopez
23. D Hamilton vs J Kellner 1-0281963AUS-ch corrC10 French
24. J Kellner vs L S Fell  0-1651963AUS-ch corrC77 Ruy Lopez
25. J Kellner vs Kotov 0-1171963Sydney InvitationalB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Kellner wins | Kellner loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-25-04  WMD: A Kingpin tribute by John Hawkes:

J V Kellner 1931-1988

John Kellner was a stylist, some would say eccentric. He was born on the 12th of December 1931 in Blayney NSW, Australia. He married Narelle Jorgensen (born 18.10.34) who was also a very good chessplayer.

John had failed to qualify for the 5th World Championship but won his next preliminary section with eleven wins from 14 games.

He finished in joint fifth place in the 6th World Championship, rumour having it that he gave up work to devote all his time and energy to the title chase. He beat the higher finishing Estrin with a King's Gambit, bamboozled Theile with 1 e4 e6 2 b3!?, his Reti-inspired favourite against the French, drew comfortably against the formidable Zagorovsky and narrowly failed to upset the tournament winner Rittner using his speciality 3...Be7 in the French, a line of play he pioneered before Romanishin rolled it out in the mid-70s. However, with the White side of the Sicilian his closed system fell flat and the world title was to rest a dream for a player who could put together some of the most original, profound and complex games to be found in the world of postal chess.

Our tribute to a wonderfully talented player, a staggering example of his variante preferee in the French: Sevecek vs J Kellner, 1968

We will not be seeing any more games by John Kellner, nor by his wife Narelle. He had been suspended from driving his taxi after an accident in which two young people had been killed. He was suffering from an incurable illness and awaiting trial. Narelle took his life, and a few days later her own.

Jul-25-04  HailM0rphy: woah.

*Marks off another tally for another chess player gone crazy/killed themselves*

Jun-23-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: John Kellner won the New South Wales state championship in 1954 and 1955, and won the Australian Correspondence Chess Championship in 1959 (shared with Karlis Ozols) and 1961 (1st outright). Kellner still holds the record for the most games played simultaneously blidfolded by an Australian, with 17 in 1973.

The North Sydney and St George chess clubs each year play a match for the John Kellner/Terrey Shaw trophy. The St George club also holds an annual John Kellner memorial weekend tournament as well.

Mar-26-12  wordfunph: <WMD: Narelle took his life, and a few days later her own.>

sad fate.

rest in peace, IMC Kellner..

Mar-26-12  optimal play: I recall that I used to enjoy reading his chess column in the paper each Sunday. It usually had an interesting game with useful comments and news.
Mar-27-12  twinlark: Me 2. Used to be the Mirror wasn't it? Not that I ever read such a smutty rag...
Mar-27-12  ozmikey: <twinlark> Mirror is probably right, that was before the Telegraph and the Mirror combined (and the Sunday paper became the Sunday Telegraph). Those days in Sydney it was the late and much missed Terrey Shaw in the Bulletin (the best Australian chess column of all in my view), Phil Viner in the Australian (still going), Peter Parr in the SMH (still going) whose contribution was and is not so much a column as a news roundup, and Kellner. I don't think Ian Rogers had his regular Sun-Herald column (which remains excellent, by the way) at that time, but I may be wrong.

I never knew John Kellner but Narelle was a bit of a mother figure to many of the Sydney juniors of my era. She was no mean player herself (she nearly beat Gaprindashvili at one Olympiad in the seventies), and she was a deeply respected coach and arbiter. I remember being devastated at the news of her suicide. There were some very insensitive and inaccurate accounts of their deaths in the subsequent days, too.

Mar-27-12  twinlark: <ozmikey>

It sounds like a really tough time was had by them both, and I must admit I don't know the whole story; what I did read at the time sounded bad - is there a decent account somewhere I can read, or is it pretty much summed up in one of the comments below? Hope that doesn't sound morbid. I do remember seeing them in the Doeberl a few times back in the day, and I always enjoyed John's columns as much as I hated the Mirror.

BTW, do you remember the inaugural story of the merged Mirror and Telegraph, when they actually called it the "Telegraph Mirror"? Ironically its first headline reported Kerry Packer's near fatal heart attack.

Dec-04-14  ljfyffe: Keelner placed 6th (5th =) in the World CC
Championship VI Final (1968-1971).
Jun-12-17  Kashew: Nice to see my Kingpin tribute, WMD

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.


NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2021, Chessgames Services LLC