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Constant Ferdinand Burille
Number of games in database: 52
Years covered: 1889 to 1897

Overall record: +14 -22 =11 (41.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C70 C84 C80 C62 C65
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C80 C83 C67 C78
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Burille vs Jarvis, 1890 1-0
   Chigorin vs Burille, 1889 0-1
   Burille vs N MacLeod, 1889 1-0
   N MacLeod vs Burille, 1889 0-1
   Burille vs W Pollock, 1889 1-0
   Burille vs Gossip, 1889 1-0
   Burn vs Burille, 1889 1/2-1/2
   Bird vs Burille, 1889 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   6th American Chess Congress (1889)

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(born 1866, died Jul-22-1914, 48 years old) United States of America

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Wikipedia article: Constant Ferdinand Burille

Last updated: 2019-08-20 03:57:24

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 52  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Weiss vs Burille 1-03318896th American Chess CongressC67 Ruy Lopez
2. Burille vs Gossip 1-03718896th American Chess CongressD04 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Showalter vs Burille 1-01618896th American Chess CongressC52 Evans Gambit
4. Burille vs D G Baird 0-13518896th American Chess CongressD05 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Lipschutz vs Burille  1-04518896th American Chess CongressC00 French Defense
6. Burille vs Blackburne 0-13918896th American Chess CongressD94 Grunfeld
7. Gunsberg vs Burille 0-16018896th American Chess CongressC50 Giuoco Piano
8. Burille vs Chigorin 0-14518896th American Chess CongressD04 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Bird vs Burille ½-½5518896th American Chess CongressA03 Bird's Opening
10. Burille vs N MacLeod 1-02118896th American Chess CongressB10 Caro-Kann
11. Burille vs J W Baird ½-½3518896th American Chess CongressC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. E Delmar vs Burille  0-15318896th American Chess CongressC54 Giuoco Piano
13. Burille vs Burn  0-14518896th American Chess CongressC50 Giuoco Piano
14. J M Hanham vs Burille ½-½3918896th American Chess CongressC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Burille vs W Pollock 1-02418896th American Chess CongressC29 Vienna Gambit
16. D M Martinez vs Burille 1-06518896th American Chess CongressC78 Ruy Lopez
17. Burille vs M Judd  ½-½4718896th American Chess CongressC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. J Mason vs Burille ½-½4218896th American Chess CongressA03 Bird's Opening
19. Burille vs Taubenhaus 1-03018896th American Chess CongressC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
20. Burille vs M Weiss 0-13718896th American Chess CongressC67 Ruy Lopez
21. Gossip vs Burille ½-½4718896th American Chess CongressC29 Vienna Gambit
22. Burille vs Showalter  0-12118896th American Chess CongressC25 Vienna
23. D G Baird vs Burille ½-½3618896th American Chess CongressC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. Burille vs Lipschutz  0-13518896th American Chess CongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
25. Blackburne vs Burille  1-05518896th American Chess CongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-28-04  Resignation Trap: Burille was one of the operators of the chess-playing machine "Ajeeb". By the way, "C F" stands for "Constant Ferdinand".
Jun-06-13  Karpova: According to page 15 of the 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung', Burille died in October 1914 while the bio says December 1914.
Jun-06-13  TheFocus: Jeremy Gaige's <USA Chess Personalia> says October also.
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  Phony Benoni: The obituary in the American Chess Bulletin gives no exact date, but was published in the October 1914 issue.
Jun-06-13  TheFocus: Well then, I think we can change it.
Jun-06-13  TheFocus: I changed the Wikipedia article also.
Aug-30-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Constant Burille.
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  jnpope: Looks like someone doing research into Burille was able to nail down a date of death and location (Gage only searched Boston/Mass death records and found nothing).

Gives: "Death on July 22, 1914 in Manhattan County, New York United States".

It looks like this info might have been found on Does anyone have an account on that site and willing to hunt for a death certificate?

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  Stonehenge: I have an account on Familysearch. They have:

<Constant F. Burille
New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949>

Event Type: Death
Event Date: 22 Jul 1914
Birth Date: 30 Aug 186<7> Birthplace: <Germany>

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  Stonehenge: They also have

<Constantinus Ferdinandus Burille> Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898

Christening Date: 20 Aug 1866

Father's Name: Stephani Constantini Burille
Mother's Name: Johannae Josephinae Ertz

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1854, Massachusetts, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1798-1950: Constant Burille, b. 25 May 1837 in Grenoble France, arrived 25 Oct 1854 to Boston

1866, Germany, Select Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898: Constantinus Ferdinandus Burille, baptized 20 Aug 1866 in Roemisch-Katholische, Bischofsdhron, Rheinland, Prussia

1867, Massachusetts, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1963: Constant Barille, b. abt 1836, arrived in Boston 8 Nov 1867

1878, U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992: Constant Burille, b. 25 May 1837 in France, address Boston, naturalized 10 Oct 1878

1888, The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh Wisconsin) 21 Aug 1888: <Constant Ferdinand Burille, a Paris-born Bostonian, is winning fame at chess>

1900, Boston Ward 19 census: Constant Buralle, b. May 1840 in France, immigrated 1867, Francika, wife, b. May 1840, <Constant F., son, b. Aug. 1869 in Germany>, Waiter (Restaurant)

1902, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915: Constant Burille, b. abt 1839 in France, d. 26 April 1902 in Boston

1902, Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915: Constant F Burille, b. abt 1866 in Germany, married in Boston 7 Oct 1902 to Adelaide V MacTavish

1903, Massachusetts, Death Index, 1901-1980: Constant Burille, d. 1903 in Boston

1914, New York, Extracted Death Index, 1862-1948: Constant F Burille, b. abt 1867, d. 22 July 1914 in Manhattan, NY

1914, Find a Grave: Constant Ferdinand Burille, b. 30 Aug 1866 in Paris, d. Oct 1914 in Boston

Go figure :)

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  Stonehenge: The findagrave entry was made by chess player elarpe.
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  Stonehenge: Photo here:

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  Tabanus: Plain Dealer, 13 Feb 1897, p. 6:

<Constant Ferdinand Burille was born in Boston Aug. 30, 1866, and learned to play chess in 1884. He played an admirable game against many of the great masters of the sixth American congress, and for a number of years was considered to be the strongest player in New England, giving Pillsbury pawn and move as late as 1891. Last year he removed to New York and is actively engaged in business here.>

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  jnpope: Great work guys. With all that info I was able to nail a death certificate number.

Certificate Number: 22234
Date of Death: 22 Jul 1914
Place of Death: Manhattan, New York, USA

It's looking more and more like he died in July and the news didn't find it's way into the American Chess Bulletin until October 1914 (which makes sense that people would then assume he died in October).

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  Tabanus: Yes.. probably July 1914. I also think he's the one baptized 1866 in Bischofsdhron (see, cf. the 1900 census (born in "Germany"). But parents names (Constant & Francika in 1900, Stephani Constantini Burille & Johannae Josephinae Ertz in 1866) don't exactly match.
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  Tabanus: 1870 census Needham Norfolk Massachusetts:

Constant Barille, 32, Domestic Servant, b. in France
Francis <Ertz>, 30, Domestic Servant, b. in Prussia

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  Tabanus: Parents are in Massachusetts Death Records, Boston:

Constant Burille, 63, 73½ Centre St. Calvary, Barkeeper, born in France, died 28 April 1902 of Pul. Phthisis (Chr.) (= tuberculosis)

Francisca Burille, maiden name Herse, 67?, born in Germany, 12 Green St. Calvary, died 28 July 1903 of tuberculosis.

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  MissScarlett: In anticipation of the first <Anglo-American Cable Match>, the <New York Tribune> of March 8th 1896, p.20, carried mini-profiles of all the players.

<Constant Ferdinand Burille was born in Boston, August 30, 1866, and learned to play chess in 1884. He played admirable chess against many of the strongest players of the Sixth American Congress, and for a number of years was considered to be the strongest player in New-England, giving Pillsbury pawn and move as late as 1891. He is actively engaged in mercantile business in Boston, but is enthusiastically devoting himself to preparation for the coming match.>

Compare with Constant Ferdinand Burille (kibitz #15).

The point is that the respective teams of the cable matches were supposed to be restricted to native-born players. Which means that Burille - whether he was born in France or Germany - should not have been qualified. If so, was Burille alone responsible for the deception, or were members of the American team and/or the press complicit in this outrage?

As America won the first contest on the strength of Burille's defeat of Bird (1st Anglo-American Cable Match (1896)) I believe it's time that this result was officially reversed.

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