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|Dec-31-11|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday Burn. Have a nice 2012.|
|May-14-12|| ||Llawdogg: Burn baby, Burn. Disco Inferno.|
|Dec-31-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P. master Burn.|
|Feb-18-13|| ||thomastonk: From his biography: <He learned how to play chess at age sixteen but did not play seriously until his mid-thirties.> Hmm, at the age of 21 he tied first in London 1870 with John Wisker, who was British Champion that year ahead of Joseph Henry Blackburne. In the age of 25 he won in Birmingham 1874 the First Class of the annual chess meeting with 10 wins, no draws, no defeats.|
|Dec-31-13|| ||LucB: Completely true (and useless) statistic: A. Burn was born exactly 110 years before me!|
|Dec-31-13|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Amos Burn.|
|Dec-31-13|| ||chesssalamander: Isn't the Burn Variation of the French Defense named after him? |
(1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4.)
|Dec-31-13|| ||perfidious: Sure is.|
|Dec-31-13|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday.|
|Jan-25-14|| ||Chessical: Speaking of some of the players now at Frankfurt, the Daily News says : — " Burn, who is now playing at Frankfurt, is said to enjoy the proud distinction of being tbe only first-class player living whom Wilhelm Steinitz calls his intimate friend. Praise of that kind from Steinitz is praise indeed, for Steinitz is said to be one of the shyest men living".|
Source: <Nottinghamshire Guardian - Saturday 06 August 1887, p.8.>
|Feb-28-14|| ||LIFE Master AJ: Got a big book on this player recently ...|
|Mar-01-14|| ||RedShield: Manuscripts don't burn.|
|Mar-02-14|| ||RedShield: I cocked that up. Should be <Manuscript does Burn>.|
|May-19-14|| ||offramp: <LIFE Master AJ: Got a big book on this player recently>|
Thank you for that interesting critical analysis. I have seen Richard Forster's book on Amos Burn but there is no way I would ever buy it. It is almost as directionaless and futile a waste of resources and brainpower as the autobiography of Pal Benko.
All Amos Burn needed was a 32-page A5-sized home-printed smudgy crappy-diagrammed buck and a half paperback, on yellow paper that looks like toilet paper. Nothing more.
|May-19-14|| ||Howard: Frankly, I think the book is worth getting if one can afford its somewhat expensive price---I got it last year.|
Its layout is excellent, plus it contains plenty of biographical information.
Granted, I never understood though why a relatively unknown player like Burn warranted such a huge, doorstop-sized book. He wasn't exactly of the same caliber as, say.......Lasker.
|May-19-14|| ||zanzibar: I was driving around <directionaless> for a spell, but fixed it with a 10¢ fuse.|
|May-19-14|| ||perfidious: <zanzibar> Y'all use them there ten cent fuses, yer gonna break down again, y'know.|
|May-19-14|| ||zanzibar: <perfidious> You're right - that's why I'm saving up for one of those big-city, 30¢ fuses!|
|Dec-31-15|| ||TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Amos Burn!|
|Feb-05-16|| ||zanzibar: Comments about his good performance in the <2nd BCA Congress - London (1886)> (tied for 1st with Blackburne with 8.5/12, losing 0.5-1.5 in tiebreak):|
<... (B)ut to have ranked above Bird, Gunsberg, Mackenzie, Mason, Schallopp, Taubenhaus, and Zukertort in this important Tourney settles for ever Mr. Burn's position amongst the Chess Masters of the world."
-- BCM v7 p346>
|Feb-24-16|| ||Smyslov57: What's the connection between Korchnoi and Burn? I see he wrote the foreword to the Forster book.|
|Mar-04-16|| ||zanzibar: <Smyslov57> The best I know is this one sentence from wiki:|
<In 2004, the Swiss IM Richard Forster published the 972-page Amos Burn: A Chess Biography. Viktor Korchnoi observed in its foreword that "this work accords [Burn] the recognition he deserves, painstakingly assembling and analysing all available games and biographical material about him.">
|Apr-20-16|| ||Smyslov57: If the great Korchnoi praises this biography, that's enough recommendation for me!
I've ordered it today.|
|Apr-20-16|| ||TheFocus: It is a great book. I highly recommend it.|
|Nov-05-16|| ||offramp: <offramp: <LIFE Master AJ: Got a big book on this player recently>
Thank you for that interesting critical analysis. I have seen Richard Forster's book on Amos Burn but there is no way I would ever buy it. It is almost as directionaless and futile a waste of resources and brainpower as the autobiography of Pal Benko.|
All Amos Burn needed was a 32-page A5-sized home-printed smudgy crappy-diagrammed buck and a half paperback, on yellow paper that looks like toilet paper. Nothing more.>
It has become necessary for me to eat my words. Literally! I printed them on a scrap of rice paper and ate them.
The reason I literally ate my own words is that yesterday on Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street I bought that colossal, directionless and futile waste of resources and brainpower for thirty quid. It is a very good-looking book, and it has 800 games almost all of which are annotated. I'll be going slowly through it over the coming weeks (reading, not eating).
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