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V Berger 
Victor Berger
Number of games in database: 61
Years covered: 1923 to 1937
Overall record: +14 -32 =14 (35.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D63 D59 D64 D67
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D30 D37 D39
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A40 A46 E10 A50
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B83 B54 B62 B56 B20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Berger vs G A Thomas, 1926 1-0
   E G Sergeant vs V Berger, 1927 0-1
   V Berger vs Alekhine, 1937 1-0
   V Berger vs Tartakower, 1927 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1927/28 (1927)
   Hastings 1926/27 (1926)
   Margate (1937)
   London (1927)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1927/28 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jan-29-1904, died 1996, 92 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Also known as Victor Buerger.

Wikipedia article: Victor Buerger

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 61  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Prokes vs V Berger 0-186 1923 PardubiceA06 Reti Opening
2. Yates vs V Berger  0-144 1926 Second Invitation TournamentB20 Sicilian
3. V Berger vs G A Thomas  1-021 1926 Hastings 1926/27D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. V Berger vs Colle  0-152 1926 Hastings 2627D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
5. V Berger vs G Norman  0-140 1926 Hastings 1926/27A52 Budapest Gambit
6. Yates vs V Berger  1-029 1926 Hastings 1926/27B83 Sicilian
7. V Berger vs Reti  0-128 1926 Hastings 1926/27E73 King's Indian
8. A Teller vs V Berger  0-148 1927 Hastings 1926/27D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. W Fairhurst vs V Berger  0-145 1927 LondonE16 Queen's Indian
10. W Winter vs V Berger  1-049 1927 LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
11. R P Michell vs V Berger  0-130 1927 Hastings 1926/27D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Reti vs V Berger  1-032 1927 LondonA15 English
13. V Berger vs Bogoljubov  ½-½32 1927 LondonD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. V Berger vs Colle  0-152 1927 Hastings 1926/27D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
15. Marshall vs V Berger  1-030 1927 LondonD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. V Berger vs Colle ½-½38 1927 LondonD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
17. V Berger vs Nimzowitsch  0-150 1927 London, EnglandA34 English, Symmetrical
18. E G Sergeant vs V Berger  0-132 1927 Hastings 1926/27B07 Pirc
19. V Berger vs G A Thomas  1-031 1927 LondonD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Bogoljubov vs V Berger  0-145 1927 Scarborough (England)C17 French, Winawer, Advance
21. Nimzowitsch vs V Berger 1-061 1927 LondonA16 English
22. Yates vs V Berger 0-139 1927 Hastings 1927/28C01 French, Exchange
23. V Berger vs Vidmar  0-163 1927 LondonD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. V Berger vs Tartakower  0-156 1927 Hastings 1926/27D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
25. V Berger vs Yates  0-150 1927 LondonA50 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 61  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-11-05  Fr. T: See for a photo of a young Victor Berger with some legendary names. Occasionally, Victor's last name appears as Buerger.
May-03-08  Wone Jone: I take it this isn't the Victor Berger who was a Socialist congressman from Wisconsin in the 1920's. Or is it?
Oct-16-13  Karpova: <Buerger, der Ideenreiche

Als wichtigste Eigenschaft jedes jungen Talents ist vielleicht das selbstständige Denken zu betrachten und in dieser Beziehung hat gerade der Russo-Engländer Victor Buerger in seiner noch kurzen und durch anderweitige Verwendung vielfach abgelenkten Laufbahn bereits mehrere Proben selbstständiger Schachauffassung gegeben.>

(Buerger, the imaginative

Discrete thinking is to be regarded as the most important trait of a young talent, and especially in this respect did the Russo-Englishman Victor Buerger in his still short, and by ulterior use multiple times distracted, career, given several examples of autonomous chess conception)


(1) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bxf6 Qxf6 6.Nc3 c6 7.Qb3 V Berger vs G A Thomas, 1926

(2) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bb3 V Berger vs G A Thomas, 1927

(3) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 c5 6.d5 exd5 7.Ng5 (7...Be7 8.Nc3 0-0 9.0-0 Na6 10.Nh3)

Source: Pages 15-15 of Dr. S G Tartakower, "Neue Schachsterne", Vienna, 1935

Oct-17-13  Karpova: Two tournament successes:

London, September 1926: Fred Dewhirst Yates

London, October 1926: Fred Dewhirst Yates

Oct-03-15  zanzibar: As noted in the bio, his name is sometimes <Buerger>, and <MillBase> sometimes has him as <Burger>.
Oct-03-15  Retireborn: <z> He was certainly Buerger in old tournament books (eg London 1927) that I used to own, but Chessbase consistently has him as Berger.

Edward Winter refers to him as Buerger (later Berger) - the implication is he changed the spelling of his name somewhere in the 30s or 40s, perhaps to avoid anti-German hostility.

Oct-03-15  zanzibar: Thanks for the tip, <rborn>, Winter mentions him (via Horowitz & Reinfeld's book) in CN #6387 (scroll down)

<He was the subject of a tribute article by William Winter on pages 302-305 of CHESS, 14 April 1936, which included Buerger’s win over Bogoljubow at Scarborough, 1927 and referred to his victories against Colle and Réti. It was noted too that ‘Buerger, der Ideenreiche’ was Tartakower’s phrase in Neue Schachsterne (Vienna, 1935); see pages 14-18, which include Buerger’s short victory over Sir George Thomas at Hastings, 1926-27.>

BTW- ‘Buerger, der Ideenreiche’ translates into ‘Citizen who Imaginative’

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Though he may have changed his name at some point in his life, it seems that during his active chess-playing career (at least up to 1937) he was known as Buerger in all contemporaneous reporting I've seen (counter-examples welcome).

Even Winter refers to him as Buerger. I feel that <CG> should do the same.

Oct-03-15  zanzibar: Correction to the above, Winter uses Chernev's <Wonders and Curiosities of Chess> and other sources.

Though the multiple blunders of the Buerger--Alekhine (Margate 1937) game do feature in H & R's "Chess Traps, Pitfalls, & Swindles".

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