|Jun-13-04|| ||Gypsy: Austrian master, endgame theoretician, and problem composer; "nemesis' of Maroczy +3 -0 =2. |
|Jul-03-05|| ||WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles from Johann's games: http://www.wtharvey.com/berg.html|
|Jul-03-05|| ||Honza Cervenka: <... but only achieved modest results for the rest of his career.> |
Well, it is true that he was not usually in the head of field in strong tournaments but on the other hand he was quite often hard nut even for the best players of his era. He was solid positional player and firm defender, but he did not lack combinational talent. He had active score not only against Maroczy, but also against three WCH challengers - Zukertort, Gunsberg and Marshall - and tied with two other - Chigorin and Schlechter.
|Jul-03-05|| ||chessgames.com: We've instructed those who write the biographies to avoid subjective commentary like that.|
|Jul-05-07|| ||sneaky pete: Berger played most of his tournament games rather late in life. In 1905, master tournament in Barmen, he took 6th place with 8 from 15, ahead of Chigorin, Alapin, Burn and Mieses. Not bad for a 60 year old, but quite remarkable is how he did it. He scored 4 points against the 5 players finishing above him in the table (Janowski, Maroczy, Marshall, Bernstein and Schlechter) and 4 points against the 10 players below him.|
|Apr-11-08|| ||brankat: A strong master, no doubt, although better known as a writer and editor. Wrote some fine books on chess theory, most notably, on endgames.|
|Apr-11-08|| ||BIDMONFA: Johann Nepomuk Berger|
BERGER, Johann N.
|Apr-11-08|| ||whiteshark: The 'obligatory' links:
|Sep-07-08|| ||GrahamClayton: Berger was also a keen correspondence player, winning the tournament organised by the "Monde Illustre" newspaper in the late 1880's and early 1890's with a final score of +45, =3, -0.|
Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", 2nd edition, OUP, 1992.
|Apr-11-11|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Player of the Day.Without going through the games,I think this is his best game,J N Berger vs Marshall, 1905.|
|Apr-11-12|| ||brankat: A prolific and important author.|
|Dec-20-12|| ||thomastonk: Berger published two times a "Schach-Jahrbuch", one for 1892/93 and one for 1898/99. The later one can be found and read at Google books. Does anybody know whether the first one can be read online anywhere?|
|Dec-21-12|| ||Calli: <Thomas> 1893 http://books.google.com/books?id=KB...|
Not sure that it works in every country.
|Dec-21-12|| ||TheFocus: Bachmann did "Schach-Jahrbuch" 1891.
Can also be found at Google Books.
|Dec-22-12|| ||thomastonk: <Calli> Thank you for the link. I am in Germany, and so books after 1870 are not readable there without tricks. Now I will try again, since I know that it has to work somehow.|
<TheFocus> Thank you. I know Bachmann's book, which has not much more in common with Berger's books than the title. The largest chapter of Berger's book from 1898/99 provides addresses, biographies and other information on chess players, problemist etc.
|Dec-24-12|| ||TheFocus: <thomastonk> Yes. I took a look at Bachmann's. Not good in comparison to Berger's.|
|May-17-14|| ||Phony Benoni: <"It was humorously said of Berger that he had conscientious principles against playing for a win, even when he had one, because of his strong conviction that every good game ought to be a draw."> -- Minneapolis Journal, February 3, 1900.|
|Oct-24-14|| ||ljfyffe: ...the first Austrian to win an important international correspondence tournament, the "Monde Illustre 1889-1892"...ICCF Gold 2002.|
|Apr-11-15|| ||redwhitechess: he share the same first and middle name with another Austrian composer
Johann Nepomuk HUmmel
|Jul-22-15|| ||thomastonk: Interesting battle.
[Event "Correspondence game"]
[White "Johann Nepomuk Berger"]
[Black "Fritz Riemann"]
(2 August 1877 - 18 January 1878, DSZ 1878, pages 144-148) 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 d5 4. Bxd5 Qh4+ 5. Kf1 g5 6. Nf3 Qh5 7. h4 Bg7 8. Kf2 g4 9. Ng5 g3+ 10. Ke1 Qxd1+ 11. Kxd1 Nc6 12. Bxc6+ bxc6 13. Nc3 Nf6 14. d3 Nh5 15. Nf3 Bg4 16. Rf1 f5 17. e5 O-O 18. Ne2 Rfe8 19. Bxf4 Nxf4 20. Nxf4 Bxe5 21. Ne2 Bxb2 22. Rb1 Be5 23. Kd2 Bd6 24. Nfg1 c5 25. Nf4 c4 26. Nd5 Kf7 27. d4 Re4 28. Kc3 Ke6 29. Kxc4 Be5 30. c3 c5 31. Nf3 cxd4 32. Ng5+ Kd6 33. Nf7+ Kc6 34. Nb4+ Kd7 35. Kd5 Bf6 36. Nc6 Rc8 37. Rb7+ Rc7 38. Nb8+ Kc8 39. Nd6+ Kd8 40. Nc6+ Kd7 41. Rxc7+ Kxc7 42. Rb1 Re5+ 43. Nxe5 Bxe5 44. Kxe5 d3 45. Rb2 Bd1 46. Rd2 Bc2 47. Nxf5 Kb6 48. Nd4 1-0
Something went wrong for White in the early middlegame, but when both kings marched into the centre, the game became unclear.
After 31.. cxd4
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White begun to chase ...
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Here Black went wrong with 35.. ♗f6? (better is 35.. ♗c7 and Black's material should count). Now White had 36. ♘c6 , of course. Hard to believe that Black overlooked this simple move with the threat ♖b7+ in a correspondence game!
|Oct-14-15|| ||saturn2: So they dont name places in Vienna after chessplayers.
|Oct-14-15|| ||thomastonk: <saturn2: So they dont name places in Vienna after chessplayers.> That's possibly not true. See http://www.chess.at/meldungen/rudol..., or http://www.meinbezirk.at/leopoldsta.... But the Rudolf-Spielmann-Platz is not in Google maps.|
|Apr-11-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Johann Berger.|
|Apr-06-17|| ||MissScarlett: The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29th, 1906, Comic sec. p.2:|
<...that master mind J. Berger, of Gratz, Styria.
Professor Berger for many years was instructor in the Higher Public Commerical Institute of his native city. Outside of his native city he has for years been properly recognized as one of the greatest problem solvers and composers of modern times.
In the World's Championship Solving Tournament of 1886, which was the greatest international solving tourney ever held, there were 109 solvers:
J. Berger was first with a score of 204 points out a possible 206.
G. Reichhelm was second with a score of 203 points out of a possible 206.
B. G. Laws, of London, third with a score of 201 points out of a possible 206.
J. A. Kaiser, Philadelphia, fourth with a score of 200 points out of a possible 206.
In this tournament were such great solvers as Sam Lloyd, C. Planck, Joseph Ney Babson, James Raynor and many others who held world records as solvers.>
|Jun-23-17|| ||MissScarlett: The Falkirk Herald and Midland Counties Journal, May 10th 1899, p.8:|
<Prof. J. Berger's Annual issued shows Great Britain is the leading chess nation, in regard to number of existing clubs, etc. In Britain, according to this report, there are 2 periodicals, 132 chess columns, 41 associations, and 736 chess clubs. The United States comes second with 1 periodical, 58 chess columns, 18 associations, and 194 clubs. Next are Germany, Austria, and Russia. France comes in eighth. In connection with this, a London chess editor remarks — "It is a curious fact that the upward march of a nation may be gauged by the flourishing condition of its chess. When Spain was great it had its Ruy Lopez (confound him!), Damiano, Lucena, etc. Italy its Lolli, Greco, Polerio, Ponziani, etc. Spain has had no first-class player for centuries, and France none since the time of Philidor and Labourdonnais." France has a bright jewel at present in Mons. de Janowski, of Paris, but he is of Polish extraction.>