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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Francis Burden
"Burden of Proof" (game of the day Jun-11-2017)
London (1862), London ENG
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky Variation (C58)  ·  0-1



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  heuristic: this was played in July, after the London tournament. according to the "weekly northern whig" of july 19 1862, the game ended : 35.Kd1 Ng1 "and wins"
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  heuristic: I read an interesting article that pointed out the main difference between past and present masters is in the endgame. The endgames of past masters have more mistakes here than in other parts of the game. Hoping to improve my endgame technique, i decided to look at endgame mistakes of historical games.

White lost a won game due to a flawed endgame strategy.

18.Ne6 seems better
18.Ne6 fxe6 19.Bxc5 Re8 20.f4 Ng4 21.Nb1 exd5 22.Nc3 Qd7

19...f5 overlooks
20.Ne6 Bxe3+ 21.fxe3 Qe7 22.Nxf8 Rxf8 23.Nd4

22.Rhf1 seems better
22...Qf8 23.Bxf6 Qxf6

27...Nxh1 seems better
28.Rxh1 b6

Giving up the Rook for the pawn isn't the right strategy. Better is 31.Rg5 e3 32.N5d4 Nf2 33.Nxa5 h2
Better is 32.Re3 h2 33.Re1 g5 34.Nd6 Rf8

34.Kc1 loses immediately, a KNT needs to stop the pawn. 34.Nd4 Rc7 35.N6f5 etc ...

35...Ng1 secures the win. 36.Ke1 Rf2 37.Nd4 Rd2 38.N6b5 g5

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  offramp: I doubt that the Weekly Northern Whig is still published.

If it is - I apologise.

Nov-01-13  RookFile: No doubt Morphy would look at a game like this and smile. He could probably have taken either side of this at various points and navigated it towards a win for his side.
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  FSR: <offramp> The <Weekly Northern Whig> was reportedly discontinued after World War II began. btw, <Whig> apparently has quite a few different meanings.
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  al wazir: What happens after 26. d6 ? Can black stop the passed d-P? If 26...Bf5, then 27. Rhf1, and after that I suppose 27...Bd7 28. c5 e3 29. Rfe1 or 27...e3 28. d7 Bxd7 29. Rxd7 e2 30. Re1.
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  morfishine: <al wazir> Good point; I've tried various tricks but failed so far


Nov-01-13  Kikoman: position after 35...Ng1

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nice endgame tactics by Burden.

Nov-01-13  hellopolgar:
Nov-01-13  Bob Loblaw: <al wazir> Looks like d6 was the move alright. I downloaded the pgn and ran it through Fritz, who came with this as best play 26. d6! ♗e3+ 27. ♔b1 ♘xd1 28. ♖xd1 ♗f5 29. g6! ♗f2 30. ♘d5 e3 31. ♘e7 ♔f8 32. ♘d4 ♗a4 33. ♘xc8 ♗xc8 34. c3 with a winning game for white.
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  kevin86: This time the "Austrian Morphy" goes down and goes down hard. The winner doesn't even bother to rescue his rook.
Feb-14-17  Marcelo Bruno: Beautiful mate position threatened!
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  offramp: Hier Steinitz was him to the vesher's around taken.
Jun-11-17  clement41: One īd almost Forget that such things can happen to world champs, too. Nice dynamic Play by black.
Jun-11-17  The Kings Domain: Good game from the olden days, well played by black with a nice exquisite finish.

Sometimes the best puns are the most glaringly obvious ones. :-)

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  offramp: <clement41: One īd almost Forget that such things can happen to world champs, too. Nice dynamic Play by black.>

Quite right. Fischer said it best.... "That's chess. One day you give the guy a lesson, another day he gives you a lesson." Isn't it great that he didn't mention defeats, just lessons? That's a lesson in itself.

I suppose the phrase could apply to other sports. Even the Harlem Globetrotters were beaten every now and then, but I suppose they didn't learn much.

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  morfishine: Alas, if 36.Nd4 to stop 36...e2, then 36...Rf1# oops

Steinitz probably gave his whiskers a furious going over


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  tamar: Burden was a beast.
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  dorsnikov: I am in total amazement of how an "Also Ran " like Burden just cleaned Steinitz's clock, as they say!

Simply amazing !

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  morfishine: <dorsnikov> If you really pushed yourself, you could utilize and implement the over-worked and nauseating word 'amazing' multiple times over

I have faith in you


Jun-11-17  RandomVisitor: After 26.d6!

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Stockfish_17052608_x64_modern: <7 hours computer time>

0.00/56 26...Nxd1 27.Kxd1 Rd8 28.Ke2 Rxd6 29.Nb5 Ra6 30.Nxa7 Rxa7 31.Nd4 b6 32.Ke3 Rc7 33.b3 Rf7 34.Rd1 Rf8 35.c3 Kh7 36.Rh1 Kg8 37.Rd1

0.00/56 26...Be3+ 27.Kb1 Nxd1 28.Rxd1 Bf5 29.g6 Bf2 30.Nd5 Bg4 31.Ne7+ Kf8 32.Rf1 e3 33.Nxc8 Bxc8 34.Nc1 Bg4 35.c5 Ke8 36.Nd3 Be2 37.Rxf2 exf2 38.Nxf2 h4 39.Kc1 Bh5 40.Kd2 Bxg6 41.c3 Kd7 42.Ke3 Bc2 43.Kf4 Bxa4 44.Kg4 b6 45.cxb6 Kxd6 46.Nd3 Kc6 47.Kxh4 Kxb6 48.b4 axb4 49.cxb4

Jun-11-17  RandomVisitor: After 30...h3

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Stockfish_17052608_x64_modern: <6 minutes computer time>

<+3.59/37 31.Rg1> Nf2 32.Nd6 Rf8 33.c5 h2 34.Re1 h1R 35.Rxh1 Nxh1 36.c6 bxc6 37.dxc6 g5 38.Nd4 g4 39.N4f5 g3 40.Ne3 Kg7 41.c7 Kf6 42.Kc1 Ke5 43.c8Q Rxc8 44.Nxc8 Kf4 45.Kd2 Nf2 46.Nd6 Nh3 47.Ng2+ Kf3 48.Ne1+ Kf4 49.Ke2 Ke5 50.Nc4+ Kd4 51.Nxa5 Nf4+ 52.Kf1 e3 53.Nb3+ Kd5 54.Nc1 Ke4 55.Ne2

+3.45/37 31.Rg5 e3 32.N5d4 Nf2 33.Nf3 Rf8 34.Nbd4 Ne4 35.Rg1 Nd2+ 36.Nxd2 h2 37.Rh1 exd2 38.c3 Rf2 39.Kc2 Kf7 40.Nf3 Rxf3 41.Rxh2 d1B+ 42.Kxd1 Ke7 43.Rg2 Kf6 44.Kc2 g5 45.d6 Rh3 46.c5 Rh7 47.Kd3 Rg7 48.Ke4 Ke6 49.b4 Rg8 50.Re2 g4 51.Kf4+ Kd5 52.Kg3 axb4 53.cxb4 Kc6

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  kevin86: Steinitz goes down in flames! Remarkable!
Jun-12-17  Howard: Well, let's kindly bear in mind that Steintz was only about 26 when this game took place. Ya think he'd have been blown off the board like this, say, ten years later ?
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  WorstPlayerEver: Well, Burden was 'only' 32. May I have another one, sir?
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