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Amos Burn vs Alexander Halprin
"Slow Burn" (game of the day Nov-22-2020)
Vienna (1898), rd 29, Jul-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1-0



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Aug-06-04  capablancakarpov: Hey Benjamin Lau! The position after White´s 53 move could be a picturesque position, something like " Rook prisoners in enemy territory ".
Aug-06-04  suenteus po 147: <capablancakarpov> Sadly, Benjamin Lau is no longer with us. I haven't seen that he's been updating his collections either. He may still visit once in a while, though, as you can't tell when he "last visited" so he may pop up unawares and see your post. I suppose there's always hope.
Aug-17-05  DanRoss53: 82... e5+ appears to be the last chance at a draw. After 83. ♔d5 ♔f6 84. ♘e7 ♖ed2+ 85. ♔e4 ♖d4+ 86. ♔f3 ♖c3+ 87. ♔e2 ♖c2+ repitition is inevitable.
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  FSR: According to Richard Forster, Burns' biographer, 108.Rxe5? was a blunder allowing Black to achieve a drawn ending. Correct was 108.Kc5 intending Kc6; after Black checks the king away, it settles on a6, with an easy win. "Until his slip on move 128 Halprin defends superbly, avoiding countless traps." After 128...Ka6! White could not force a win.
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  Chessical: <FSR> I do not understand why "After <128...Ka6!> White could not force a win".

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After <128... Ka6> 129. Kc3 Ra1 (not <129... Rxa5?> 130. Rxa5+) 130. Kd4 Rd1+ 131. Ke5 Rd7 132. Rd5 Rg7 133. Kd6 Rg1 134. Kc6 White is surely winning?

Nov-01-09  Manic: <Chessical> is correct.

The tablebase gives a win in 33, which involves black checking from the side as this is the toughest defence, because if white brings the rook back the black rook can block the white king from moving up the board.

The king ends up all the way on b1 after these checks, giving up the a pawn to reach the lucena position which is a theoretical win.

Perhaps we can say that Richard Forster did not see this plan. It is not the most obvious plan but in a sense it is clearly the only way for white to make progress due to all the checks. Maybe Forster was thinking narrowly in that white needed both pawns to win. Obviously he did not have the benefit of a tablebase.

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  FSR: Thanks for the correction, guys. I'm not sure how IM Forster, whose book is meticulously researched (and who did use computers to aid his analysis) missed this.
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  dernier loup de T: For the fun, after such a long game, Burn could try the terrible trap 139...Rh7; maybe, angry with this shameless provocation, Burn would just have punished it by burning this insolent rook: 140. Rxh7 and Black will at last surrender?
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  dernier loup de T: Halprin could try it of course, not Burn, who was well known as a gentleman......
Jul-04-16  zanzibar: Unnormalized Site tag, needs fixing.
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  FSR: Slow Burn.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: White's play from moves 62 through 69 look quietly amazing, as he manages to win two pawns and Bishop for a Rook whilst simultaneously defending the seemingly helpless g2 pawn. The R & 2 Pawn finish probably took much longer than necessary, but if memory serves--for once--the theory of winning such a position (and the King side equivalent of R & g-pawn and h-pawn vs. R) did not exist for another half century.
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  Messiah: This "pun" is at least 2750 in being unfunny.
Nov-22-20  schnarre: ...White's light-squared Bishop was virtually a surgeon's needle: poking, prodding, & guarding as Black seemed to have difficulty responding to it for so long.
Nov-22-20  morfishine: My mum used to say "Sometimes its best just not to say anything"
Nov-22-20  Ironmanth: Love this game; any data on how long this took?! Thanks chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there.
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  OhioChessFan: Decent pun, a bonus point for how well it fits the game. Instructive endgame. White's patient advance of his Pawns was rewarded in the end.
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  Breunor: Really like 84 Ne3!

I thought white played a very interesting game, and R + P's are always tense.

Like the pun as it is directly related to the game.

Nov-22-20  Granny O Doul: Yes, the pun is simple and apposite. Not every pun needs be a knee-slapper. Sometimes a good stern talking-to is sufficient.
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  perfidious: Agreed, contrary to the protestations of <mucker the omniscient>.
Nov-22-20  TheTamale: <FSR> 9 times out of 10 I'm going to hate a song like that, but that one is really sweet. Even my favorite tag team of Messiah and morfshine can't deny it!
Nov-22-20  morfishine: <TheTamale> You are correct sir, when I saw the game had 139 moves, I went no further, closed the browser and went about my chores

but that is a sweet song

Nov-25-20  TheTamale: <morfshine> Same... 139 moves is about 109 more than I'm likely ever to play out.

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