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Bela Berger
Number of games in database: 29
Years covered: 1953 to 1968
Overall record: +3 -16 =10 (27.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-12-1931, died Dec-2005, 74 years old) Hungary (federation/nationality Australia)

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He was an IM (1954).

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 29  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Berger vs P Dely 1-0281953HUN-ch 09thA20 English
2. G Szilagyi vs B Berger  ½-½411953HUN-chE07 Catalan, Closed
3. B Berger vs G Kluger  ½-½481953HUN-ch 09thD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. F Csiszar vs B Berger  ½-½321955Voros LobogoE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
5. O Sarapu vs B Berger ½-½331963Jakarta ZonalB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
6. L Lengyel vs B Berger  1-0611964Amsterdam InterzonalA06 Reti Opening
7. B Berger vs Reshevsky 0-1341964Amsterdam InterzonalE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
8. Larry Evans vs B Berger 1-0221964Amsterdam InterzonalB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
9. B Berger vs Z Vranesic  0-1411964Amsterdam InterzonalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
10. Ivkov vs B Berger  1-0291964Amsterdam InterzonalB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
11. B Berger vs H Rossetto 1-0431964Amsterdam InterzonalB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. Larsen vs B Berger 1-0251964Amsterdam InterzonalC24 Bishop's Opening
13. B Berger vs O Quinones Carrillo  ½-½821964Amsterdam InterzonalA06 Reti Opening
14. K Darga vs B Berger  1-0411964Amsterdam InterzonalB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
15. B Berger vs Tringov 0-1191964Amsterdam InterzonalA02 Bird's Opening
16. Bronstein vs B Berger 1-0201964Amsterdam InterzonalD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
17. B Berger vs Tal 0-1271964Amsterdam InterzonalA05 Reti Opening
18. Stein vs B Berger 1-0271964Amsterdam InterzonalB10 Caro-Kann
19. B Berger vs Spassky 0-1371964Amsterdam InterzonalB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
20. Smyslov vs B Berger 1-0451964Amsterdam InterzonalA09 Reti Opening
21. B Berger vs Pachman  ½-½421964Amsterdam InterzonalE58 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3
22. Foguelman vs B Berger  0-1401964Amsterdam InterzonalE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. B Berger vs Gligoric  0-1441964Amsterdam InterzonalE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
24. Y Porat vs B Berger  ½-½421964Amsterdam InterzonalE60 King's Indian Defense
25. B Berger vs F J Perez Perez  0-1271964Amsterdam InterzonalB42 Sicilian, Kan
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-04  salokin: This is Berger Bela = Bela Berger
Jun-08-09  myschkin: . . .

Béla Berger (1931-2005) was a Hungarian-Australian chess master.

After the failure of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956*, Berger left Hungary for Australia, where he won the New South Wales state title in 1957 and 1961. He played in the Australian Championship in Sydney in 1958/59, finishing second with 11.5 points, behind Lajos Steiner 's 12.5.




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(by Neil Bennetts, 1981)

Jun-08-09  ozmikey: I wonder if Berger is still the only Australian to play in an Interzonal. I think he might be, actually; certainly there were no Aussies in the interzonals for the next three WC cycles at least.

You have to feel sorry for Max Fuller, though. He tied with Ortvin Sarapu in the zonal playoff for Sousse in 1967, and they drew lots to decide the winner. Sarapu got the IM title and the ticket to Tunisia, and poor Max got nothing.

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  whiteshark: Bela Berger <(12 August 1931, Szombathely, Hungary - December 2005, Sydney, Australia)> was a Hungarian-Australian chess master.
Mar-07-11  SvetlanaBabe: Max Fuller also tied in the Zonal with IM Tan and Kan for a position in the Leningrad Interzonal of 1973. The play off was a three way draw with Fuller losing out on countback.
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