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Amos Burn vs Eugene Delmar
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 25, Apr-24
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation (C10)  ·  1-0



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Nov-01-11  Skakalec: 31...Nxe5 32.f4#
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  Phony Benoni: Eugene Delmar was one those "natural" players you hear about. Not a great depth of theoretical knowledge, but he had the opposite advantage of being able to look at the board without preconceptions. He comes up with an imaginative (albeit futile) idea here, after <17.Rxe4>:

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Two pawns down, Delmar gave up the exchange hoping he could eventually win the pinned rook. Unfortunately, 17...Re8 18.Rxe8+ is out of the question, so Delmar decides to get his king off the back rank. But where? After 17...Kh7 18.Bg5 followed by 19.Rh4+, the rook escapes. Black wouldn't mind his king being on g7, but that's not possible. Or is it?

Delmar played the bizarre <17...Qh8>, and when White retreated by <18.Bd2> followed with <18...Kg7>. I can't recall another game with this sort of maneuver: queen to the corner followed by king stepping in front of her. It didn't help Delmar's situation, but it was imaginative.

Another memorable moment here:

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When Burn's <30.Bg7> closed the mating net in much the same way as was seen in Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 over seventy years later.

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