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Paul Johner
Number of games in database: 340
Years covered: 1904 to 1936

Overall record: +123 -136 =80 (48.1%)*
   * 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:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (23) 
    D30 D31 D06 D37 D39
 Orthodox Defense (23) 
    D63 D52 D60 D51 D61
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C84 C87 C91 C77 C79
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    D02 A40 D05 E10
 Slav (12) 
    D15 D12 D11 D10 D17
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E23 E47 E58 E38 E53
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (37) 
    C87 C77 C84 C79 C66
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D02 D00 D05 E10 D04
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C87 C84 C88 C97 C99
 Orthodox Defense (14) 
    D55 D52 D63 D60 D51
 Tarrasch Defense (8) 
    D33 D34 D32
 Queen's Indian (8) 
    E16 E15 E17 E12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P F Johner vs W M Gattie, 1906 1-0
   Alekhine vs P F Johner, 1911 0-1
   P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1928 1/2-1/2
   P F Johner vs Marshall, 1908 1-0
   Najdorf vs P F Johner, 1936 0-1
   P F Johner vs K Havasi, 1925 1-0
   P F Johner vs Reti, 1928 1-0
   P F Johner vs Teichmann, 1912 1/2-1/2
   Bogoljubov vs P F Johner, 1929 0-1
   Spielmann vs P F Johner, 1908 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Gothenburg B (1920)
   Trieste (1923)
   Scheveningen (1923)
   Debrecen (1925)
   New York Masters (1911)
   Baden-bei-Wien (1914)
   Berlin Cafe Koenig (1928)
   Dresden (1926)
   16th DSB Kongress (1908)
   Berne (1932)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Vienna (1908)
   Karlsbad (1929)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Karlsbad (1907)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Gothenburg B 1920 by Tabanus
   Düsseldorf 1908 - DSB Kongress XVI by Calli
   Debrecen 1925 by Phony Benoni
   Berlin BSG 1928 by Pawn and Two
   1911 New York Masters by crawfb5

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(born Sep-10-1887, died Oct-25-1938, 51 years old) Switzerland

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Paul F. Johner was born in Zürich. A noted musician, he was Nordic Champion in 1916 and won the Swiss Championship in 1907 (joint), 1908 (joint), 1925, 1928 (joint), 1930 and 1932 (joint). However, his most notable victory came in Berlin in 1924, when he won a four-way round robin ahead of Akiba Rubinstein, Richard Teichmann, and Jacques Mieses. Older brother of Hans Johner. He won the Manhattan Chess Club championship in 1907. He passed away in Berlin, Germany in 1938.

Wikipedia article: Paul Johner

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 351  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Johner vs Vidmar 0-129190414th DSB Congress - Hauptturnier AC49 Four Knights
2. Tartakower vs P Johner 1-0291906DSB-15.Kongress mC11 French
3. Tartakower vs P Johner 1-0301906DSB-15.Kongress mB01 Scandinavian
4. A W Fox vs P Johner  ½-½491906Fox - Johner mC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
5. A W Fox vs P Johner  0-1541906Fox - Johner mC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. P Johner vs A W Fox 0-1221906Fox - Johner mB72 Sicilian, Dragon
7. P Johner vs A W Fox 0-1211906Fox - Johner mC87 Ruy Lopez
8. P Johner vs A W Fox  ½-½571906Fox - Johner mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. Janowski vs P Johner  1-0351906OstendD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. P Johner vs Blackburne 1-0271906OstendD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. Duras vs P Johner  0-1271906OstendA00 Uncommon Opening
12. P Johner vs W M Gattie 1-0441906OstendC11 French
13. Burn vs P Johner  1-0371906OstendD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
14. P Johner vs Leonhardt  1-0301906OstendD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. G Oskam vs P Johner  0-1431906OstendC29 Vienna Gambit
16. P Johner vs Z von Balla 1-0321906OstendD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
17. O Bernstein vs P Johner  1-0371906OstendD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
18. P Johner vs Salwe 1-0401906OstendD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. P Johner vs Znosko-Borovsky ½-½251906OstendC11 French
20. Maroczy vs P Johner  1-0271906OstendC87 Ruy Lopez
21. P Johner vs Salwe 0-1401907Ostend-BD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Teichmann vs P Johner 1-0241907Ostend-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Blackburne vs P Johner 1-0361907Ostend-BD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. P Johner vs Teichmann 0-1361907KarlsbadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Spielmann vs P Johner 1-0211907KarlsbadC54 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 351  PGN Download
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Jan-07-09  thebribri8: Doesn't anyone know this guy's middle name?
Apr-19-09  Sem: I thought the musician was Hohner ;-)
Apr-19-09  WhiteRook48: I thought the musician was Giuseppe Verdi.
Apr-21-09  Sem: He was, WhiteRook, but he produced opera's, not mouth organs.
Jul-30-09  myschkin: . . .


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  whiteshark: Bio:
Aug-14-12  Naniwazu: Johner had an awful record against Spielmann (10 to 1 with 2 draws according to database), but his only win was nice and is annotated extensively in Tarrasch 'The Game of Chess' (Hays Publishing, pp. 263-267).

Spielmann vs P F Johner, 1908

Sep-10-13  JimNorCal: Wait. Brothers Hans and Paul duelled for the Swiss Championship over all those years but there are no games showing them playing each other?
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  Tabanus: <JimNorCal> There will be one soon, uploaded for the Game Collection: Berne 1932.
Sep-10-13  JimNorCal: <Tabanus> Thanks! As the Moody Blues song puts it "I know you're out there somewhere" :) Although, being brothers and probably having played against each other all their lives, I suppose it is conceivable that they may have agreed draws or asked TDs for alternate pairings.
Sep-10-13  JimNorCal: For example, I once saw Joel Benjamin and John Fedorowicz in a bar after a round of one of the Pan-Pacific tournaments in SF. They had played an Alekhine's and it seemed to me that White had developed some pressure before an early draw was agreed. When I asked, they essentially said that no, neither one was trying to win and the line was well-known and equal. Benjamin made a comment to the effect "Still, John, after your 12th I was almost tempted to start pushing on you..." I had not been exposed to the concept of the "GM draw" before. But clearly JB and Fed had already played each other enough times over the years and no longer could muster much aggression.
Sep-12-13  JimNorCal: I see that Johner vs Johner game available at 365chess.

Out of curiosity...365 has no obvious community or commenting but they seem to have more games online. Does anyone know about that site, who runs it, why, what their goal is, ...?

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  Tabanus: <JimNorCal> Read the site's F.A.Q. etc.

I believe his name is Alberto Mancuso of Uruguay, but I'm not sure if Mancuso is him :)

Dec-10-13  Karpova: After Mariotti's bad performance at London (1922), the <Federazione Scacchistica Italiana> decided to arrange an International Master Tournament in Trieste, August 30 to September 11, 1923:

1. P Johner 9.5 (+9 -1 =1)
2. Canal 8.5 (+6 -0 =5)
3. Yates 7.5 (+7 -3 =1)
4. Tarrasch 7.0 (+5 -2 =4)
5. Rosselli 6.5 (+5 -3 =3)
6-7. Asztalos 6.0 (+4 -3 =4)
6-7. Seitz 6.0 (+3 -2 =6)
8. Miliani 4.5 (+3 -5 =3)
9. Chancelliere 4.0 (+2 -5 =4)
10. Vecsey 3.5 (+2 -6 =3)
11. Mariotti 2.0 (+0 -7 =4)
12. Singer 1.0 (+1 -10 =0)

Johner lost to Canal and drew Yates.

Alekhine told Reti that he considers Canal to be the currently greatest living chess talent.

Although Tarrasch's result was disappointing, in some games his play was reminiscent of his heyday.

Rosselli played very well and proved that he deserved the Italian Championship title he won against Mariotti in that year. Furthermore, he achieved winning positions against Vecsey and Miliani, but lost both games.

Asztalos hadn't played in a tournament for 5 years, so he was out of practice.

Vecsey was a last minute substitution for Marco, who had passed away on August 28.

Although Leone Singer is known to be a strong player, he ended up last. He organized the whole event (there was also a National Master Tournament and a Main Tournament at the same time) and he even got sick. He lost against Tarrasch, Vecsey and Yates despite reaching winning positions, and also a drawn position against Asztalos.

The Italian Chess Federation announced its intention to arrange an International Master Tournament every two years.

From pages 249-251 of the October 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jul-24-14  jerseybob: He won the Manhattan C.C. title in 1907? The one in NYC? Any games from that?
Sep-10-15 Of his games the one I'm most familiar with has P. Johner on the White side of a Nimzowitsch brilliancy at Dresden, 1926.
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  whiteshark: <> P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926
May-08-16  zanzibar: Is he the same guy as the one who won a 10-game match against Herbert Rosenfeld? (Herbert Rosenfeld)

<ACM v10 (1910) p18>

Any of those Oct-Nov 1909 games preserved?

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  MissScarlett: Yes and yes. A few of the scores are littered around. But at this moment I'm more occupied with a mouse infestation. This means war!
May-08-16  zanzibar:
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  MissScarlett: Barbed wire laid:


May-09-16  zanzibar: A night at <MissScarlett>'s:

May-09-16  Retireborn: A common sight on the tube in London. You'd be amazed how quickly the little bastards can hop about.
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  MissScarlett: I was going to make a joke about Japanese tourists, but on second thoughts...

Anyway, all London members of the <> massive, are invited around to my place for a musical evening:

Sep-10-18  diagonal: This is the site of Paul Johner.

The Swiss chess master was a solid top twenty player between 1917 and 1926 with a peak ranking as of <no. ten of the world> (Chessmetrics).

Wikipedia gives a good survey of his numerous international tournament achievements:

<In 1916, Paul Johner won the 9th Nordic Chess Championship at Copenhagen. He shared for 1st with Walter John at Berlin 1917, and won at Göteborg 1920 B-tournament.

He was individual best alongside with Rudolf Spielmann at the strong Scheveningen tournament 1923, organised to celebrate 50th anniversary of The Royal Chess Federation, above players like Richard Réti, Géza Maróczy, Jacques Mieses, Edgar Colle, Frederick Yates, or young Max Euwe (20 players).

A brand new system was introduced in this event, which since then is known as the 'Scheveningen system' after the suburbs of Hague where the tournament took place. Every player from the first team played against every player of the second team (i.e. Foreigners versus The Netherlands). Paul Johner remained the only unbeaten player, scoring 8.5/10.

Paul Johner triumphed at the Trieste International Festival 1923 (organized as a singular invitation tournament), finishing clear first in the top group ahead of 2. Esteban Canal, 3. Frederick Yates, 4. Siegbert Tarrasch, 5. Stefano Rosselli, 6.= Lajos Asztalos, etc. (12 players).

Paul Johner also took the Berlin 1924 tournament, a Quadrangular, ahead of Akiba Rubinstein, Richard Teichmann, and Jacques Mieses.

In 1925, he finished joint second after Hans Kmoch, together with Savielly Tartakower (12 players, including Ernst Gruenfeld, David Przepiorka, Lajos Steiner and Lajos Asztalos) at Debrecen.>

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