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Default Dr. Karl Burger

Dr. Karl Burger was a wealthy man who could afford to travel long
distances to play in tournaments only to play the first round against
a 1500 player and gain two points by beating him and then drop out of
the tournament.

He was a 2300 player who got his rating up to 2400 by doing this.
After he got into the 1965 US Championship this way, they changed the
rules and the rating formula so that he could not do it again. Burger
finished last in the US Championship, scoring 2 1/2 points.

At that time, in the 1960s, you got a minimum of two points
every time you won a game regardless of the rating of your opponent.

Tournaments were relatively rare, unlike today when you can play in
several tournaments per day and over a thousand rated games in a year.

Burger would go as far north as Maine, as far South as Washington DC
and as far West as Pittsburgh. I do not think he went futher than

He told me a story about one time when he played a 1500 player in the
first round in a tournament in Delaware and he played badly and his
opponent offered him a draw.Burger took the draw because his position
was lost.

This draw put him down 14 rating points.

He desperately needed to make up this loss so that he could get into
the US Championship, so he played all the rest of the games in the
tournament. He won them all and in the last round defeated a player
with almost the same rating as his, so he got all the points back with
one to spare.

There was abother scandal involving Burger. He sponsored a tournament
at the House of Spain, donating the prize money. This was in
1980. Dzindzichashvili was in the tournament along with many
other strong players. Burger won almost every game brilliantly and
tied for first.

Some suspected that all the games had been composed. Burger defeated
Alburt, Dzindzichashvili, Mednis, and Shamkovich in that one
tournament. He was a strong player, but not that strong. Would all
those players have taken money to lose to Dr. Karl Burger? Remember,
Burger was very wealthy and could afford to pay top dollar for a

Sam Sloan

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1980.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mednis, Edmar"]
[Black "Burger, Karl"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B06"]

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.f4 Nc6 5.Be3 Nf6 6.Be2 O-O 7.Nf3 a6
8.e5 Ng4 9.Bg1 b5 10.Ng5 Nh6 11.Bf3 Bd7 12.e6 fxe6 13.Bxc6 Bxc6
14.Nxe6 Qc8 15.d5 Bxc3+ 16.bxc3 Rf6 17.Ng5 Bb7 18.Qe2 Nf7
19.O-O-O Rxf4 20.Qxe7 Nxg5 21.Qxg5 Qf5 22.Qh6 Rg4 23.Bd4 Qf4+
24.Qxf4 Rxf4 25.Rhe1 Bxd5 26.Be5 dxe5 27.Rxd5 Re8 28.Rdxe5 Rxe5
29.Rxe5 Rf2 30.g4 Rxh2 31.Re8+ Kf7 32.Rc8 Kf6 33.Rxc7 Kg5 34.Rc6
Kxg4 35.Rxa6 Rf2 36.Rc6 Rf4 37.Kb2 Kg5 38.Rc5+ Rf5 39.Rc7 h5
40.c4 bxc4 41.a4 h4 42.Kc3 h3 43.Rh7 Kg4 44.Rh6 g5 45.Kxc4 Kg3
46.Rh5 h2 0-1

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1980.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Burger, Karl"]
[Black "Shamkovich, Leonid"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A43"]

1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e4 Bg7 6.Be2 O-O 7.O-O Na6
8.Nd2 Nc7 9.a4 b6 10.f3 e6 11.dxe6 Bxe6 12.f4 Re8 13.Bf3 d5 14.e5
Nd7 15.Nb5 Nxb5 16.axb5 c4 17.Nb1 Qc7 18.Be3 Rad8 19.Nc3 d4
20.Bxd4 Nc5 21.Bc6 Rf8 22.Qd2 a6 23.Qe3 axb5 24.Bxb5 Rc8 25.Qe2
Rfd8 26.Be3 Nd7 27.Ne4 Ra8 28.Ng5 Rxa1 29.Rxa1 Bd5 30.Rd1 Nf8
31.Qf2 Ba8 32.Rxd8 Qxd8 33.Bxc4 Qd1+ 34.Bf1 f6 35.exf6 Bxf6
36.Qe2 Qd6 37.Qc4+ Kg7 38.Qf7+ Kh6 39.Qxh7+ 1-0

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1980.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Burger, Karl"]
[Black "Dzindzihashvili, Roman"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A46"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.c4 Nbd7 4.Nc3 e5 5.g3 c6 6.Bg2 e4 7.Nh4 d5
8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Qa4 Be7 10.Nf5 O-O 11.Nxe7+ Qxe7 12.b3 Nb6 13.Qa5
Re8 14.Ba3 Qd8 15.Nb5 e3 16.f3 Be6 17.Rc1 Bd7 18.Nd6 Nc8 19.Qxd8
Rxd8 20.Nxb7 Re8 21.Rc7 Bb5 22.Bh3 a5 23.Rc5 Ba6 24.Nxa5 Nb6
25.Bb4 Nbd7 26.Rc2 Nf8 27.O-O Ne6 28.Bxe6 Rxe6 29.Rfc1 g5 30.g4
h5 31.h3 Kg7 32.Kg2 Rh8 33.Be1 Nd7 34.Bg3 Nf8 35.a4 hxg4 36.hxg4
Reh6 37.b4 Ne6 38.b5 Nf4+ 39.Bxf4 gxf4 40.Rg1 Rh2+ 41.Kf1 Bc8
42.b6 Rf2+ 43.Ke1 Rg2 44.Rf1 Bxg4 45.b7 Bxf3 46.Nc6 Be4 47.Rc3
Rhh2 48.b8=Q Rxe2+ 49.Kd1 Rd2+ 50.Kc1 Ra2 51.Rg1+ Bg6 52.Rxg6+
Kxg6 53.Kb1 Rag2 54.Ne5+ Kg7 55.Qc7 1-0

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1980.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Burger, Karl"]
[Black "Alburt, Lev"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B02"]

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Ne4 4.Nce2 f6 5.d3 Ng5 6.Nf4 e6 7.exf6
Qxf6 8.Qg4 Bb4+ 9.Kd1 O-O 10.Nh5 Qxf2 11.Nf3 Rxf3 12.Qxb4 Nc6
13.Qd2 Qxd2+ 14.Bxd2 Rf5 15.g4 Re5 16.Bf4 Nf7 17.Bxe5 Nfxe5
18.Be2 Nd4 19.c3 Nxe2 20.Kxe2 Bd7 21.Rhf1 Bb5 22.Rad1 Nxg4 23.Rg1
Be8 24.Nxg7 Kxg7 25.Rxg4+ Kh6 26.Rf1 Bg6 27.Rf6 Re8 28.h4 Kh5
29.Rff4 e5 30.Rg5+ Kh6 31.Rf6 Kg7 32.Rff5 h6 33.Rg3 Kh7 34.Rf6
Bh5+ 35.Kd2 e4 36.Rf5 Bf3 37.Rf7+ Kh8 38.Rxc7 e3+ 39.Ke1 Bh5
40.Rd7 Re5 41.d4 1-0

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