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Amos Burn vs Alexander Alekhine
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 4, Aug-25
French Defense: Classical. Tartakower Variation (C13)  ·  1-0


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May-07-05  RookFile: I think this idea comes from the fact that Capablanca and Lasker would routinely beat Alekhine before 1927.

In NY 1927, Capablanca essentially
lapped the field, he dominated so much.

Yet when they played their world
championship match, there was a shocking upsurge in strength by Alekhine.

After 1927, he certainly was a favorite if he played old Lasker, and he did put up a plus score
against Capa in the games they played
from 1927 on.

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  aw1988: Suprisingly, it was New York 1918 that Capablanca did his highest performance rating, against people like Janowski and Kostic, not Lasker or Alekhine. Odd.
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  Gypsy: <and he did put up a plus score against Capa in the games they played
from 1927 on>
+1 -1 =1.
May-07-05  RookFile: From 1927 on includes the games
they played in 1927.
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  McCool: Black should have forfeit earlier because h had the wrong coloured bishop.
Apr-08-08  Knight13: Extremely well performance by Burn!!
Jan-22-09  WhiteRook48: Alekhine got Burned!
Feb-28-09  WhiteRook48: Burn beats Alekhine. Amazing!
Mar-27-09  WhiteRook48: so where was Alekhine's blunder? Or were there several? I don't like to analyze, and I have no chess engine
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  YoungEd: I first saw this game in Reinfeld's "100 Instructive Games of Alekhine," which is quite good. Burn takes a while, but gets the job done!
Apr-17-09  darook: >>> "The Burn Supremacy".
May-01-09  WhiteRook48: <Except for Morphy, Alekhine has the highest lifetime wining percentage.> Alekhine does not whine in chess!
Oct-04-09  TheWizardOfOz: Kmoch, in the errata at the beginnig of the book, points out that instead of 26...Bc6, Black should have played 26...Nc8!, intending Nb6 and Ba4
Apr-23-11  AVRO38: A text book demonstration of a good knight vs. bad bishop ending.
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  davide2013: 27...Bc6 is a mistake, based on the erroneous evaluation that the Pc3 would fall if black would be able to play Nb5. Black should have played 26...,Nc8; followed by Nb6 and Ba4, trying to exchange the bad bishop.
Dec-05-14  lentil: Burns' methods to constrain W's bad bishop are truly inspiring.
May-05-16  GrandMaesterPycelle: I was wondering if there is a reason Burn took so long before playing Ba4, but of course Nxd4 had to be prevented - which makes Alekhine's mistake subtler than it originally seemed
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  keypusher: Position after 64.Na6:

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If (like me), you were wondering why Alekhine gives away a pawn here with 64....Be8, it's because he has no choice. After 64....Bc8 (64....Ka7 65.Nc5 Bc8? 66.Kb5 is even worse) 65.Nc5+ Kc7 66.Kb5 the bishop is completely dominated, and if the pieces are traded the king gets dominated subsequently: 66....Bd7+ 67.Nxd7 Kxd7 68.Kb6 and His Majesty goes to the wall after 68....Kd8 69.Kc6 Ke7 70.Kc7 Ke8 71.Kd6 Kf7 72.Kd7, etc.

So Alekhine gives up the pawn, but in exchange his bishop finally gets some air. Unfortunately for Black, after some more maneuvering we get to this position:

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and Burn uncorks 76.f5! gxf5 77.Kf4 Bg4 78.Kg5 Bh3 79.Ne8! Kf7 80.Nf6

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Basically, <all> the black pawns are doomed. Really a nice ending.

Jun-21-17  ughaibu: But Keypusher, after Bc8 and Nc5, why not Kc6?
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  keypusher: <ughaibu: But Keypusher, after Bc8 and Nc5, why not Kc6?>

Well, this is what I get for trying to play pedagogue -- I didn't even analyze the most obvious move. Luckily for me, after 64....Bc8 65.Nc5+ Kc6 66.Kb4 the bishop still has nowhere to go. 66....Kb6 67.Ka4 Kc6 68.Ka5 is zugswang: 68....Kc7 69.Kb5 and we're back in a line I posted.

Jun-21-17  sudoplatov: This game reminds me a bit of the Olafsson-Fischer game from the Porotoz Interzonal. Fischer, like Alekhine was at the beginning of his career and falls into a strategic loss to a more experienced opponent. Both Alekhine and Fischer seemed to have learned a lot from these games and later they win games using similar techniques
Jun-22-17  ughaibu: Keypusher: Nice!
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  morfishine: Burn's Immortal!

Everybody gets a ribbon, so everybody gets an "Immortal"


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  keypusher: < morfishine: Burn's Immortal! Everybody gets a ribbon, so everybody gets an "Immortal">

OK, for starters, Burn has a good candidate for the most spectacular OTB move ever.

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E MacDonald vs Burn, 1910

He's got this, which doesn't even make his top games list on

Burn vs Steinitz, 1898

Amos Burn deserves better than to be patronized by a fish like you.

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  HeMateMe: Great game, but doesn't Burns waste some time shuffling his king around in the b2 c2 area? It seemed he could grab the opposition any time he wanted.
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