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Amos Burn
Number of games in database: 437
Years covered: 1866 to 1912

Overall record: +183 -140 =113 (54.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C77 C67 C65 C79 C66
 Orthodox Defense (34) 
    D60 D63 D52 D53 D55
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D31 D37 D35
 French Defense (15) 
    C01 C11 C00 C10 C14
 Tarrasch Defense (13) 
    D32 D33 D34
 Vienna Opening (11) 
    C25 C29 C26 C28
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (49) 
    C11 C14 C02 C00 C01
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C67 C88 C65 C77 C79
 French (32) 
    C11 C00 C12 C13 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D02 D00 D05 A46 A45
 Vienna Opening (14) 
    C29 C26 C25 C27
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C88 C87
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E MacDonald vs Burn, 1910 0-1
   Burn vs Owen, 1898 1-0
   NN vs Burn, 1866 0-1
   Chigorin vs Burn, 1905 0-1
   Burn vs Owen, 1874 1-0
   Blackburne vs Burn, 1868 0-1
   Burn vs Owen, 1884 1-0
   Burn vs Alekhine, 1911 1-0
   Burn vs E Cohn, 1912 1-0
   Burn vs O Chajes, 1911 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam (1889)
   Breslau (1889)
   11th DSB Kongress, Cologne (1898)
   Munich (1900)
   Paris (1900)
   Ostend (Championship) (1907)
   Vienna (1898)
   Berlin (1897)
   Ostend (1905)
   Hastings (1895)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Barmen Meisterturnier A (1905)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1889 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1898 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Munich 1900 by Phony Benoni

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(born Dec-31-1848, died Nov-25-1925, 76 years old) United Kingdom

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Amos Burn was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England. He learned how to play chess at age sixteen. In 1886 he was 1st= with Joseph Henry Blackburne at London but lost the play-off. He was 1st at Nottingham 1886 , 1st= with Isidor Gunsberg at London 1887, 1st at Amsterdam 1889 and 2nd after Siegbert Tarrasch at Breslau 1889. His best result was at Cologne 1898: 1st ahead of Rudolf Rezso Charousek, Wilhelm Steinitz, Mikhail Chigorin and Carl Schlechter. In 1886 he drew two matches, one against Henry Edward Bird (+9, =0, -9) and one against George Henry Mackenzie (+4, =2, -4). In 1913 he became chess editor of 'The Field', a post he held until his death in Hammersmith London in 1925.

notes: Amos played consultation chess on the teams of Burn / Steinitz / Zukertort & A Burn + J Mieses.

Wikipedia article: Amos Burn

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 437  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs Burn 0-1151866EnglandC60 Ruy Lopez
2. Burn vs De Vere 0-1161868LondonC01 French, Exchange
3. Blackburne vs Burn 0-1171868EnglandC60 Ruy Lopez
4. Burn vs A Steinkuehler 1-0251869Liverpool/ManchesterC21 Center Game
5. Burn vs J Wisker ½-½591870BCA-03 Challenge Cup playoffC25 Vienna
6. J Wisker vs Burn 1-0571870BCA-03.Challenge Cup playoff-1plC60 Ruy Lopez
7. Burn vs J Watkinson  1-0301871BradfordC25 Vienna
8. Burn vs E Frankenstein 0-1331871LondonC51 Evans Gambit
9. Burn vs T H Archdall 0-11418734th C.C.A. CongressC01 French, Exchange
10. Burn vs Owen 1-0341874Liverpool mA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Burn vs Owen 1-0141874Liverpool mB07 Pirc
12. Burn vs Owen 0-1261874Liverpool mC00 French Defense
13. Owen vs Burn 0-1411874Liverpool mA28 English
14. Burn vs Owen 0-1241874Liverpool mB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. Owen vs Burn 1-0501874Liverpool mA00 Uncommon Opening
16. Owen vs Burn 1-0321874Liverpool mA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Owen vs Burn 0-1181874Liverpool MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. A Skipworth vs Burn 0-1361875Challenge CupA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
19. Burn vs W Hunter 1-0301875Challenge CupC41 Philidor Defense
20. Burn vs W Wayte  1-0291876CheltenhamC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Burn vs Owen  1-0361876Challenge CupC00 French Defense
22. Burn vs A Steinkuehler  1-0291883Liverpool-ManchesterA00 Uncommon Opening
23. Burn vs Owen 1-0401884LiverpoolA04 Reti Opening
24. Blackburne vs Burn ½-½291886LondonC45 Scotch Game
25. Owen vs Burn 0-1341886NottinghamC67 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 437  PGN Download
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  perfidious: <zanzibar> Y'all use them there ten cent fuses, yer gonna break down again, y'know.
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  zanzibar: <perfidious> You're right - that's why I'm saving up for one of those big-city, 30 fuses!
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  TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Amos Burn!
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  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.
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  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.
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  TheFocus: It is a great book. I highly recommend it.
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  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).

Sep-14-17  ughaibu: Hey, Offramp! How about uploading the extra games?
Sep-14-17  Howard: Offramp, I got that volume about four years ago! While it may have been a bit questionable to write that much about a player who never was a member of the world's top elite, it's nevertheless a pretty good book.

As for AJ Goldsby's asinine comment, I would just disregard it completely. There's obviously more to a book than how good the player was.

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  offramp: <ughaibu: Hey, Offramp! How about uploading the extra games?>

You can shake your fist and call me names
But I will not upload Burns's games.

Sep-15-17  ughaibu: .

I must say chief, you cause me grief.
And if chief's a name,
I'll bear the shame,
and take the blame,
but if it's all the same
with you, what you can do,
is turn the screw
on a grandkid or two
and they'll do it for you!

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  thegoodanarchist: OMG, I just learned a YUGE!!! Learning!

Here it is:

EVERY...SINGLE....HIPSTER... in existence today....

is modeling himself after AMOS BURN!!!

The well-styled beard. The Lenon spectacles. The Ralphie hair style.

IT... IS... ALL... THERE...!!!!!!

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  thegoodanarchist: Ralphie from the Simpsons, if you don't know already...
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  Sularus: happy birthday!

one of my fave attacking players from the 1800s

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  WorstPlayerEver: Happy birthday, Mr. Burn!
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  MissScarlett: Was he some sort of radical or non-conformist? Has anyone seen a photo of him wearing a tie?
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett: Was he some sort of radical or non-conformist? Has anyone seen a photo of him wearing a tie?>

He wore tie-dyed shirts before they became fashionable.*

* (This statement is unproven and probably false as well.)

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  zanzibar: Huh?

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  zanzibar: This is a good illustration to tie on(*) with the other one:

(*) They don't call me Captain Obvious for nuthin!


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  MissScarlett: This man shamed Britain attending important international tournaments without a tie:

We can only be grateful that the imperious Blackburne was present to redress the balance.

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  zanzibar: There's one in every crowd:

Though perhaps Burn started a new fashion trend?

Or should that be, maintained a tradition the others abandoned?

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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett: This man shamed Britain attending important international tournaments without a tie>

Another rumor, started just now by me, was that Amos also didn't wear socks.

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  zborris8: <Amos also didn't wear socks> Yes, I read that somewhere.
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