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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Amos Burn
"Burn Burns Burne" (game of the day Dec-12-2011)
Casual game (1870), London ENG, Oct-??
Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. General (C60)  ·  0-1



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Oct-27-04  holierthanthou: <sneaky pete> NN vs Burn, 1866
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  luzhin: Unfortunately the 'rook diversion' here is refuted by 14.Bxf4! after which White is much better: objectively Burn should have played the mundane 12...Rb8. The end is cute, though: if 17.Bf2 then 17...Nf3+! 18.gxf3 Nh3+ 19.Kg2 Qxf3 mate!
Dec-20-10  TheBish: Shouldn't that be "Burn Burns Burne"?
Dec-20-10  TheaN: Eh..... blasphemacy! <TheBish> is right. Tssss CG.
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  Pawn and Two: According to R.N. Coles, in "Amos Burn, The Quiet Chessmaster", this game was played in London at the BCA's Challenge Cup of 1870.

Coles describes this tournament as virtually a national championship, the participants being restricted to those of British birth. This tournament was won in 1866 by de Vere, and in 1868 by Blackburne.

Coles indicates that Burn took up chess in about 1866, and he was introduced to the Liverpool chess club in 1867. He was put into the club's Class II - the Pawn & Move class, and in his first season he won the club's handicap tournament. With practice at the club against experts such as the Rev. John Owen, young Burn soon proved himself to be a match for anyone at the club.

It was a bold venture for Burn, at the age of 21, to play in the 1870 BCA Challenge Cup. Nevertheless, he tied for first place, (+5-1), with Wisker, ahead of Blackburne and Owen, but he lost the play-off, (=1-1), to his more experienced opponent.

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  Calli: Richard Forster in "Amos Burn, A Chess Biography" says that this is a casual game played in October 1870 (Source :Westminster Papers Supplement, Nov 1, 1870). He also comments: "Mistakenly, the game has often been attributed to the B.C.A. Challenge Cup." page 37
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  Pawn and Two: <Calli> Thanks for doing the research to verify this game is not from the 1870 BCA Challenge Cup tournament.

Coles indicates the 1870 BCA Challenge Cup tournament was held in the autumn. Perhaps this casual game was played at the tournament site.

Does Forster provide all of Burn's games from the 1870 BCA tournament? If he does, it would be good to have them included here, as it was Burn's first important tournament.

I am guessing the two early games with Wisker on this site, may be from the BCA tournament. They may have played three games in the tournament, including the two game play-off.

Dec-20-10  waustad: scorching attack
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  Calli: <pawn and two> Forster says that few games survived. There was no tournament book and the chess columns of the day did not seem interested. He found only five Burn scores. The two playoff games against Wisker and games against Gossip, Owen and Green.
Dec-12-11  sleepyirv: Shouldn't it be Burn Burns Burne?
Dec-12-11  rilkefan: I take it this was skittles? 14.Bxf4 was winning, so 13...Qxc4 was bad - instead ...exd3 was crushing. Qxb7 was just greedy unless followed up by Bb5. Bd7 looks like a waste to me, as Nc6 is still pinned. 11...Rb8 looks natural and strong.
Dec-12-11  Llawdogg: Burn baby, burn!
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  Penguincw: Looks like a game I viewed recently ago. Not sure what the game is though...
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  whiteshark: Burn burns black.
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  sfm: <sleepyirv: Shouldn't it be Burn Burns Burne?> Yup.
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  sfm: Was just changed!
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  kevin86: The pipe smoke got Blackburne burned!
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  whittaker: @rilkefan:

7 ... Bd7 threatens ... Nxe5 winning a piece.

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  FSR: Amazingly enough, Blackburne managed to transpose from the lightly-regarded (for Black) Cozio Defense to the lightly-regarded (for White) Ponziani Opening - specifically 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 dxe4 5.Nxe5 Qd5 6.Bb5 Ne7 7.f4 Bd7 8.Nxd7 Kxd7 9.Bc4 Qf5 - Opening Explorer See also A Olsson vs Hector, 2003, which reached the same position the "normal" way.
Dec-12-11  dejavu: black day for Blackburne who got burned by Burn with black
Dec-12-11  Yafazuda: another version of the inmortal xD
Dec-12-11  MindCtrol9: that is a great game which goes to my colection!!!!! i have allways said,those players were fantastic.
Dec-13-11  MindCtrol9: Those games were no player had access to computers only their talents,are allways's amazing how a normal chess game between humanas can be,and that is the beaty of it.
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  Penguincw: < Dec-12-11 Penguincw: Looks like a game I viewed recently ago. Not sure what the game is though... >

I found what it was. Not the same game, but same player. Marshall vs Burn, 1900

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  gezafan: Burn had the reputation as a staid, conservative player but he played in some intersting tactical battles.
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