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James Mason vs Amos Burn
Hastings (1895), Hastings ENG, rd 8, Aug-14
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-14-02  knight: The knight sacrifice on f7 and the manouver of the queen's rook into the attack are standard operations that a player should be aware of in positions of this type.
Nov-19-13  redwhitechess: in the later stage of tactic it seems like both player did lots of mistakes. Found Pillsbury annotation to this game in old Montgomery Newspaper.

Theatening ♘xf7
17...Bf8 18.Bg5 Be7 19.Rad1
the sacrifice would not be sound at this point : see variation 19...a6 20.Rd3 Rc8 21.Rf3 Nxc3 22.Rxc3 Qxd4 23.Nxf7 Ne4 24.Be3 Rxc3 25. Nh6+ Kf8 26.Qxe6 Qg7
♘f5 is met by ♖x♗ and ♗lack would win.
27.bxc3 Bd6 28.Qh3 Nxc3
♙illsbury suggested 28..♗c8, said to be giving hope for ♗lack. ♗ut actually worse by Stockfish evaluation.
( 29.Nf5 wins here in all variations, here ♙illsbury was correct. ) 29...Bf4 30.Kf1
( 30.Nf5 Ne2+ 31.Kh1
( 31.Kf1 this is the correct answer from White, so again ♙illsbury wrong. 31...Bxg2+ 32.Qxg2 )
31...gxf5 32.Bxf4 ♗lack contains a winning superiority by 32... Bxg2+ 33.Qxg2 Qxg2+ 34.Kxg2 Nxf4+ 35.Kf1 Rxe1+ 36.Kxe1 ) 30...a5 31.Bc4
( 31.Nf5 again wins, if in reply 31...Ba6+ 32.Kg1 Ne2+ 33.Kh1 gxf5 34.Qxf5+ Ke7 35.Bxf4 and must win; and if ♗lack in this variation 33 ♕ueen moves anywhere 34.♕h6 forcing mate in a few moves. ) 31...b5
Of course a frightful error, which loses at once. ( 31...Qc7 is Stockfish first move with -1.5 ) 32.Bc5+ 1-0>

Nov-20-13  Uncertianly: Very nice OTB game. 118 Years ago, seems like yesterday (or today). Almost 12 Years between comments, Thank goodness that has got such cyber stamina.

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