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Amos Burn
Number of games in database: 436
Years covered: 1866 to 1912

Overall record: +184 -139 =112 (55.2%)*
   * 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 (40) 
    C77 C67 C65 C66 C79
 Orthodox Defense (34) 
    D60 D63 D52 D53 D55
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D31 D37 D35
 French Defense (15) 
    C01 C11 C00 C10 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (12) 
    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 C60
 French (32) 
    C11 C00 C12 C13 C10
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D02 D00 D05 A46 D04
 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
   NN vs Burn, 1866 0-1
   Chigorin vs Burn, 1905 0-1
   Burn vs Owen, 1898 1-0
   Burn vs Owen, 1874 1-0
   Burn vs Owen, 1884 1-0
   Blackburne vs Burn, 1868 0-1
   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)
   Ostend (Championship) (1907)
   Paris (1900)
   Vienna (1898)
   Berlin (1897)
   Ostend (1905)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Hastings (1895)
   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 suenteus po 147
   Munich 1900 by Phony Benoni
   Amsterdam 1889 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 436  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs Burn 0-115 1866 EnglandC60 Ruy Lopez
2. Blackburne vs Burn 0-117 1868 EnglandC60 Ruy Lopez
3. Burn vs De Vere 0-116 1868 LondonC01 French, Exchange
4. Burn vs A Steinkuehler 1-025 1869 Liverpool/ManchesterC21 Center Game
5. Burn vs J Wisker  ½-½59 1870 BCA-03 Challenge Cup playoffC25 Vienna
6. J Wisker vs Burn 1-057 1870 BCA-03.Challenge Cup playoff-1plC60 Ruy Lopez
7. Burn vs J Watkinson  1-030 1871 BradfordC25 Vienna
8. Burn vs E Frankenstein 0-133 1871 LondonC51 Evans Gambit
9. Burn vs T H Archdall 0-114 1873 4th C.C.A. CongressC01 French, Exchange
10. Burn vs Owen 1-034 1874 Liverpool mA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Burn vs Owen 1-014 1874 Liverpool mB06 Robatsch
12. Owen vs Burn 0-118 1874 Liverpool MatchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. Burn vs Owen 0-126 1874 Liverpool mC00 French Defense
14. Owen vs Burn 0-141 1874 Liverpool mA28 English
15. Burn vs Owen 0-124 1874 Liverpool mB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
16. Owen vs Burn 1-050 1874 Liverpool mA00 Uncommon Opening
17. Owen vs Burn 1-032 1874 Liverpool mA07 King's Indian Attack
18. A Skipworth vs Burn 0-136 1875 Challenge CupA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
19. Burn vs W Hunter 1-030 1875 Challenge CupC41 Philidor Defense
20. Burn vs W Wayte  1-029 1876 CheltenhamC77 Ruy Lopez
21. Burn vs Owen  1-036 1876 Challenge CupC00 French Defense
22. Burn vs A Steinkuehler  1-029 1883 Liverpool-ManchesterA00 Uncommon Opening
23. Burn vs Owen 1-040 1884 LiverpoolA04 Reti Opening
24. Blackburne vs Burn ½-½29 1886 LondonC45 Scotch Game
25. Owen vs Burn 0-134 1886 NottinghamC67 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 436  PGN Download
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Burn. Have a nice 2012.
May-14-12  Llawdogg: Burn baby, Burn. Disco Inferno.
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  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.
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  LucB: Completely true (and useless) statistic: A. Burn was born exactly 110 years before me!
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  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.)

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  perfidious: Sure is.
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  brankat: Happy Birthday.
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  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>.
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  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.

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  zanzibar: I was driving around <directionaless> for a spell, but fixed it with a 10 fuse.
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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).

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