Two studies composed by

Robert Eugene Burger

(USA, 21.6.1931 - 6.2.2019)


Burger, Robert Eugene was born on June 21, 1931 in Yerington, Nevada, United States.

Son of Edmund Ganes and Rose Catherine (Kobe) Burger.

He was also a FIDE Master.


At ChessComposerBlogspot we can see him at work in two YouTube videos and read:

Robert Eugene Burger composed direct mates (mostly twomovers)

but he was also a known chess player and publicist, author of

"The Chess of Bobby Fischer", "Grandmaster Chess" and in "The Californian Chess Reporter issues"


Some more information about him here.

Marjan Kovačević writes about him:

Most of the contemporary problemists knew this outstanding person only by his name above some excellent chess compositions. Even that part of his enormous creativity remained largely uncovered. He didn't send his problems to the Album FIDE, neither he published a collection of his problems, and it is questionable if he held the records of them. His only visit to world congresses of chess composition was in 1980, and contacts with chess composers out of USA were mostly by mail and email.
In chess composition, Bob seemed to care more about good chess play and ideas than about formalities. However, he was gladly and successfully composing for team thematic matches and tourneys, including the last WCCT. I had the privilege to communicate and compose with him from 2010 to the end of 2016, when Bob stopped using email. The joint composing was a pleasure of communication, and exchanging letters in the first place.
This was the way to learn he had been the same Burger who won the famous simultaneous game against Bobby Fischer, in 12 moves, and the one who later wrote the outstanding book about legendary World champion. Bob had ten children and tens of different jobs, hobbies, and interests, including passion for marathon running. His joyful and imaginative letters, always brought new and exciting projects. We shall never know all the articles and books he authored, co-authored or ghost authored in different fields - from advertising, nutrition and sport to science and art.

(All his studies, more exact dates, possible corrections or cooks and exact details about sources can be found in the

Harold van der Heijden (HHdbVI))