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Paul F Johner
Number of games in database: 324
Years covered: 1904 to 1936

Overall record: +112 -132 =79 (46.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (22) 
    D52 D63 D60 D51 D67
 Queen's Gambit Declined (22) 
    D30 D31 D37 D06 D35
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C87 C88 C79 C77 C91
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    D02 D05 A40 E10 A50
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E23 E47 E24 E54 E32
 Slav (11) 
    D15 D11 D17 D10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (35) 
    C77 C87 C79 C88 C66
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D02 D00 D05 D01 E00
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C87 C88 C84 C99 C97
 Orthodox Defense (12) 
    D55 D52 D64 D60 D63
 Tarrasch Defense (8) 
    D34 D33 D32
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E15 E16 E12 E17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P F Johner vs W M Gattie, 1906 1-0
   Levenfish vs P F Johner, 1911 1/2-1/2
   P F Johner vs Saemisch, 1929 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs P F Johner, 1929 0-1
   H Suechting vs P F Johner, 1911 0-1
   P F Johner vs Teichmann, 1912 1/2-1/2
   Marshall vs P F Johner, 1911 0-1
   Colle vs P F Johner, 1929 0-1
   P F Johner vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   Alekhine vs P F Johner, 1911 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gothenburg B (1920)
   Debrecen (1925)
   New York Masters (1911)
   Baden-bei-Wien (1914)
   Dresden (1926)
   16th DSB Kongress, Duesseldorf (1908)
   Berne (1932)
   Berlin (1926)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Vienna (1908)
   Teplitz-Schönau (1922)
   Bad Pistyan (1912)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Karlsbad (1907)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Düsseldorf 1908 - DSB Kongress XVI by Calli
   Gothenburg B 1920 by Tabanus
   Debrecen 1925 by Phony Benoni
   1911 New York Masters by crawfb5
   Dortmund 1928 Compiled by suenteus po 147 by fredthebear
   Dortmund 1928 by suenteus po 147

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(born Sep-10-1887, died Oct-25-1938, 51 years old) Switzerland

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Paul F. Johner was born in Zürich. A noted musician, he was Nordic Champion in 1916 and won the Swiss Championship in 1907 (joint), 1908 (joint), 1925, 1928 (joint), 1930 and 1932 (joint). However, his most notable victory came in Berlin in 1924, when he won a four-way round robin ahead of Akiba Rubinstein, Richard Teichmann, and Jacques Mieses. Older brother of Hans Johner. He won the Manhattan Chess Club championship in 1907. He passed away in Berlin, Germany in 1938.

Wikipedia article: Paul Johner

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 324  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P F Johner vs Vidmar  0-129190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC49 Four Knights
2. Maroczy vs P F Johner  1-0271906OstendC87 Ruy Lopez
3. P F Johner vs Salwe 1-0401906OstendD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. Tartakower vs P F Johner  1-0301906DSB-15.Kongress mB01 Scandinavian
5. P F Johner vs Znosko-Borovsky ½-½251906OstendC11 French
6. Tartakower vs P F Johner  1-0291906DSB-15.Kongress mC11 French
7. P F Johner vs A W Fox  0-1211906Fox - Johner mC87 Ruy Lopez
8. P F Johner vs A W Fox 0-1221906Fox - Johner mB72 Sicilian, Dragon
9. A W Fox vs P F Johner  0-1541906Fox - Johner mC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. A W Fox vs P F Johner  ½-½491906Fox - Johner mC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
11. P F Johner vs A W Fox  ½-½571906Fox - Johner mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. P F Johner vs W M Gattie 1-0441906OstendC11 French
13. Burn vs P F Johner  1-0371906OstendD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
14. P F Johner vs Z von Balla 1-0321906OstendD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
15. Blackburne vs P F Johner  1-0361907Ostende-B+ ;HCL 10D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. P F Johner vs Salwe 0-1401907Ostend-BD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Teichmann vs P F Johner  1-0241907Ostend-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. P F Johner vs Teichmann 0-1361907KarlsbadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Spielmann vs P F Johner 1-0211907KarlsbadC55 Two Knights Defense
20. P F Johner vs Leonhardt 0-1291907KarlsbadC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Marshall vs P F Johner  1-0411907KarlsbadD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. P F Johner vs Schlechter 0-1581907KarlsbadC87 Ruy Lopez
23. Maroczy vs P F Johner 1-0331907KarlsbadC87 Ruy Lopez
24. P F Johner vs E Cohn  0-1311907KarlsbadC87 Ruy Lopez
25. Chigorin vs P F Johner  1-0301907KarlsbadB24 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 324  PGN Download
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Sep-10-08  DoctorD: Paul F Johner
Deutsche Schachzeitung 1904

Mate in 3

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Nice corner to corner movements and sacrifices of the queen.

Jan-07-09  thebribri8: Doesn't anyone know this guy's middle name?
Apr-19-09  Sem: I thought the musician was Hohner ;-)
Apr-19-09  WhiteRook48: I thought the musician was Giuseppe Verdi.
Apr-21-09  Sem: He was, WhiteRook, but he produced opera's, not mouth organs.
Jul-30-09  myschkin: . . .


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  whiteshark: Bio:
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  Naniwazu: Johner had an awful record against Spielmann (10 to 1 with 2 draws according to database), but his only win was nice and is annotated extensively in Tarrasch 'The Game of Chess' (Hays Publishing, pp. 263-267).

Spielmann vs P F Johner, 1908

Sep-10-13  JimNorCal: Wait. Brothers Hans and Paul duelled for the Swiss Championship over all those years but there are no games showing them playing each other?
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  Tabanus: <JimNorCal> There will be one soon, uploaded for the Game Collection: Berne 1932.
Sep-10-13  JimNorCal: <Tabanus> Thanks! As the Moody Blues song puts it "I know you're out there somewhere" :) Although, being brothers and probably having played against each other all their lives, I suppose it is conceivable that they may have agreed draws or asked TDs for alternate pairings.
Sep-10-13  JimNorCal: For example, I once saw Joel Benjamin and John Fedorowicz in a bar after a round of one of the Pan-Pacific tournaments in SF. They had played an Alekhine's and it seemed to me that White had developed some pressure before an early draw was agreed. When I asked, they essentially said that no, neither one was trying to win and the line was well-known and equal. Benjamin made a comment to the effect "Still, John, after your 12th I was almost tempted to start pushing on you..." I had not been exposed to the concept of the "GM draw" before. But clearly JB and Fed had already played each other enough times over the years and no longer could muster much aggression.
Sep-12-13  JimNorCal: I see that Johner vs Johner game available at 365chess.

Out of curiosity...365 has no obvious community or commenting but they seem to have more games online. Does anyone know about that site, who runs it, why, what their goal is, ...?

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  Tabanus: <JimNorCal> Read the site's F.A.Q. etc.

I believe his name is Alberto Mancuso of Uruguay, but I'm not sure if Mancuso is him :)

Dec-10-13  Karpova: After Mariotti's bad performance at London (1922), the <Federazione Scacchistica Italiana> decided to arrange an International Master Tournament in Trieste, August 30 to September 11, 1923:

1. P Johner 9.5 (+9 -1 =1)
2. Canal 8.5 (+6 -0 =5)
3. Yates 7.5 (+7 -3 =1)
4. Tarrasch 7.0 (+5 -2 =4)
5. Rosselli 6.5 (+5 -3 =3)
6-7. Asztalos 6.0 (+4 -3 =4)
6-7. Seitz 6.0 (+3 -2 =6)
8. Miliani 4.5 (+3 -5 =3)
9. Chancelliere 4.0 (+2 -5 =4)
10. Vecsey 3.5 (+2 -6 =3)
11. Mariotti 2.0 (+0 -7 =4)
12. Singer 1.0 (+1 -10 =0)

Johner lost to Canal and drew Yates.

Alekhine told Reti that he considers Canal to be the currently greatest living chess talent.

Although Tarrasch's result was disappointing, in some games his play was reminiscent of his heyday.

Rosselli played very well and proved that he deserved the Italian Championship title he won against Mariotti in that year. Furthermore, he achieved winning positions against Vecsey and Miliani, but lost both games.

Asztalos hadn't played in a tournament for 5 years, so he was out of practice.

Vecsey was a last minute substitution for Marco, who had passed away on August 28.

Although Leone Singer is known to be a strong player, he ended up last. He organized the whole event (there was also a National Master Tournament and a Main Tournament at the same time) and he even got sick. He lost against Tarrasch, Vecsey and Yates despite reaching winning positions, and also a drawn position against Asztalos.

The Italian Chess Federation announced its intention to arrange an International Master Tournament every two years.

From pages 249-251 of the October 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jul-24-14  jerseybob: He won the Manhattan C.C. title in 1907? The one in NYC? Any games from that?
Sep-10-15 Of his games the one I'm most familiar with has P. Johner on the White side of a Nimzowitsch brilliancy at Dresden, 1926.
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  whiteshark: <> P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926
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  zanzibar: Is he the same guy as the one who won a 10-game match against Herbert Rosenfeld? (Herbert Rosenfeld)

<ACM v10 (1910) p18>

Any of those Oct-Nov 1909 games preserved?

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  MissScarlett: Yes and yes. A few of the scores are littered around. But at this moment I'm more occupied with a mouse infestation. This means war!
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  MissScarlett: Barbed wire laid:


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  zanzibar: A night at <MissScarlett>'s:

May-09-16  Retireborn: A common sight on the tube in London. You'd be amazed how quickly the little bastards can hop about.
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  MissScarlett: I was going to make a joke about Japanese tourists, but on second thoughts...

Anyway, all London members of the <> massive, are invited around to my place for a musical evening:

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