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Amos Burn vs Edward Nathan Frankenstein
"Frankenstein's Monster" (game of the day Oct-31-2007)
London (1871), London ENG
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  0-1


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  kevin86: It's funny that over the years we have blurred the difference between the inventor:Frankenstein and his invention :THE MONSTER.

Students of the book,movies,or the best (IMHO) version,YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN-pronounced Fraank n steen-and his sidekick-IGOR-pronounced (eye gore)(not al gore,btw) know the difference.

The game was great-too bad Mr. Burn ran out of stakes,silver bullets,or worst of all,pipe tobbacco.

Black's attack seemed to make puppets of white's defenders.

Oct-31-07  zb2cr: Hi <kevin86>,

You mention the blurring between Dr. Frankenstein & his monster. This comes from the bad sequel movies, e.g. "Bride of Frankenstein", etc. So, blame the Hollywood of that era, which wanted snappy titles, for the cultural blurring. Recall that many Americans do not read the classic books, so their understanding of them comes from movies--and of course, Hollywood has never been shy about changing the story when they felt it needed greater drama--usually to the detriment of the finished version.

Oct-31-07  xrt999: It appears to me both players are trying their hardest to lose, and fail miserably in their attempts.


Oct-31-07  Chicago Chess Man: I'm not sure how black missed 27. ...Re1+. It would be fairly obvious even to a mediocre player, I'd think
Oct-31-07  xrt999: Considering that in 20th century top level play, white is only +59 -73 =67 with the evans gambit, I dont know why anyone would ever play it, other than an experiment, boredom, or both. I think it has pretty much been proven dubious for white.

That being said, Kasparov beat Anand with the evans as white in 95. In that game after move 6, the only other moves to date ever played were 7.Bd3 and 7.Nxe5, and Kasparov played 7.Be2

Kasparov vs Anand, 1995

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  Chessmensch: Burn baby, burn.
Oct-31-07  rozumim: <It appears to me both players are trying their hardest to lose, and fail miserably in their attempts.>

Not so! One of them succeeds brilliantly in his attempt to lose.

Oct-31-07  rozumim: <I'm not sure how black missed 27. ...Re1+. It would be fairly obvious even to a mediocre player, I'd think>

...and that mediocre player would then lose a rook for nothing after Bxe1, wouldn't he?

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  keypusher: <Rozumin> No, he would get 28...Qxf3# in exchange.
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  playground player: This could be Lesson One in a course, "How Not to Play the Evans Gambit." A truly horrifying job by Mr. Burn.
Oct-31-07  zahbaz: What the hell is this??!
Oct-31-07  porgue: Frankenstein totally Burned that guy
Oct-31-07  tatarch: I'd rather see a good halloween atack-- should stick with the halloween gambit every year, because when else would it be a game of the day?
Oct-31-07  tatarch: Ah whoops, didn't see that the halloween attack was the opening of the day. My mistake, keep up the good work
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  Calli: I was playing at the club late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight 9.Re1?! 11.gxf3?
My pieces from last rank began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

They did the mash 10...Bxf3
They did the monster mash 12...Qxa1

The monster mash 19...Ne5
It was a graveyard smash 20...Qh3!
They did the mash 21...Nxf3+
It caught on in a flash 24...f5
They did the mash 26...Rde8
They did the monster mash 29...Qf1+! (Burn missed 29.Nxe2!)

From our table in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes
(probably why Burn played badly)

My apologies to Bobby "Boris" Pickett

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  Domdaniel: "Have you watered the brains, Igor?"
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  Benzol: Just tell them Boris (Spassky) sent you.
Oct-31-07  Guguni: At some point white should have at least threatened with the knight maneuver Nd5-b4-c6#. Defending all the time is not a good strategy.
Oct-31-07  RookFile: Ah yes. Amos Burn getting slapped around by a mummified corpse.

Don't worry, I'm sure that chessmetrics says that both players are higher rated than Morphy.

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  Calli: <Guguni>

After the game, Burn's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He setup the board and shook his fist and said,
"How could I miss the Transylvania twist?" 29.Nxe2! Bxc1 30.Nd4!

Then he did the mash
All across the room
He did The Monster mash
It's a chessclub smash
The monster mash

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  Calli: The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
I studied the board, what had Burn found?
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
But suddenly I saw, how to keep the win alive!

29.Nxe2! Qxg3!!

I did the Mash ah-oo
I did the Monster Mash
All over poor Amos
The Monster Mash

Nov-01-07  xKinGKooLx: It would have been really funny if Frankenstein had played the Halloween attack.
Apr-22-09  bengalcat47: Beware the monster. I remember Young Frankenstein for one good reason -- actress Teri Garr looks gorgeous even in black-and-white!
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  offramp: Fire bad!
Jan-30-16  TheFocus: This was an off-hand game played at the City of London Chess Club in England.

This is game #23 in Richard Forster's <Amos Burn A Chess Biography>, page 42.

Originally source is <Illustrated London News>, 09/23/1871.

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