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Victor Berger
V Berger 
Number of games in database: 64
Years covered: 1923 to 1937

Overall record: +17 -32 =14 (38.1%)*
   * 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 (6) 
    D63 D67 D59
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A40 E10 A50 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D30 D39 D37
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B56 B20 B62 B57 B83
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Berger vs Alekhine, 1937 1-0
   V Berger vs G A Thomas, 1926 1-0
   S Landau vs V Berger, 1932 0-1
   Bogoljubov vs V Berger, 1927 0-1

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 64  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Prokes vs V Berger 0-1861923PardubiceA06 Reti Opening
2. V Berger vs Colle  0-1521926Hastings 2627D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
3. Yates vs V Berger  0-1441926Second Invitation TournamentB20 Sicilian
4. V Berger vs Reti  0-1281926Hastings 1926/27E73 King's Indian
5. Yates vs V Berger  1-0291926Hastings 1926/27B83 Sicilian
6. V Berger vs G Norman  0-1401926Hastings 1926/27A52 Budapest Gambit
7. V Berger vs G A Thomas 1-0211926Hastings 1926/27D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. V Berger vs Nimzowitsch  0-1501927LondonA34 English, Symmetrical
9. Bogoljubov vs V Berger 0-1451927Scarborough (England)C17 French, Winawer, Advance
10. A Teller vs V Berger  0-1481927Hastings 1926/27D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. V Berger vs Tartakower  0-1561927Hastings 1926/27D59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
12. E G Sergeant vs V Berger  0-1321927Hastings 1926/27B07 Pirc
13. V Berger vs Colle  0-1521927Hastings 1926/27D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
14. R P Michell vs V Berger  0-1301927Hastings 1926/27D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. V Berger vs Bogoljubov  ½-½321927LondonD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. W Winter vs V Berger  1-0491927LondonE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
17. V Berger vs Tartakower  ½-½321927LondonA40 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Nimzowitsch vs V Berger 1-0611927LondonA16 English
19. V Berger vs Colle ½-½381927LondonD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
20. Reti vs V Berger  1-0321927LondonA15 English
21. V Berger vs Vidmar  0-1631927LondonD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. W Fairhurst vs V Berger  0-1451927LondonE16 Queen's Indian
23. V Berger vs Yates  0-1501927LondonA50 Queen's Pawn Game
24. V Berger vs G A Thomas  1-0311927LondonD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Marshall vs V Berger 1-0301927LondonD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 64  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’

* * * * *

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".

Nov-26-16  Retireborn: The latest iteration of Chessbase Playerbase now calls him Victor Buerger, seemingly to distinguish him from another Victor Berger who had Swiss nationality.
Nov-26-16  zanzibar: Wonder where/when that photo of him (pictured above) is from?

Here's another:

Wherein he is listed as Buerger, circa 1937, the last year where <CG> has his games.

Nov-26-16  zanzibar: Glad to hear of <CB>'s recent "improvements".
Nov-26-16  JimNorCal: Mr Buerger provided substantial motivation for GM Ray Keene to author a tournament book on London 1927. Terrific book, fascinating hyper modern chess, highly recommended.
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  Pawn and Two: <zanibar> Buerger's above photo is part of the group photo for the 1927 London tournament. The group photo appears in the tournament book, 'London 1927', B.C.M. edition.
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