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Carl Schlechter vs Johann Nepomuk Berger
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUH, rd 15, Apr-11
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Their lifetime record (two wins apiece and three draws) might seem to indicate that Berger was a tough opponent for Schlechter. Well, certainly not in this game, which looks like something out of <Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur>.
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  Pawn and Two: Berger's tournament and match career spanned from Graz 1870 to Vienna 1908.

Two of his best results were a 4th place finish at Nurnberg 1883, with a score of +7 -2 =9, and 5/6th place finish at Frankfort 1887, with a score of +6 -2 =12.

He had no poor results until a 16/18th place finish at Karlsbad 1907, with a score of +2 -7 =11.

The next year at Vienna he finished 15th with a score of +3 -8 =8. The above game with Schlechter was played in the 15th round on April 11th, 1908, Berger's 63rd birthday.

After 14 rounds at Vienna 1908, Berger's score was a respectible +3 -3 =8. After losing to Schlechter, he then lost all of his remaining games, finishing the tournament with 5 straight losses.

His loss against Suchting in the 18th round was especially tragic. In a strong position, with a Pawn advantage, Berger overlooked a mate in one threat, losing the game in just 26 moves.

After such a finish, Berger may well have decided it was time to retire from the strain and pressures of master chess tournaments.

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  Phony Benoni: <Pawn and Two> Thanks for this note, as well as for all your interesting and perceptive comments. They always add a helpful sense of perspective.
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