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Amos Burn
Number of games in database: 516
Years covered: 1866 to 1920

Overall record: +230 -158 =125 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (47) 
    C77 C67 C65 C79 C66
 Orthodox Defense (37) 
    D60 D50 D63 D52 D55
 Queen's Gambit Declined (33) 
    D31 D37 D35 D39 D06
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D02 D05 D04 A40
 French Defense (19) 
    C01 C11 C10 C00 C14
 Tarrasch Defense (14) 
    D32 D33 D34
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C67 C84 C65 C77 C79
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C02 C00 C14 C01
 French (37) 
    C11 C00 C12 C13
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    D02 D05 A46 D00 D04
 Vienna Opening (13) 
    C29 C26 C27 C25
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D60 D55 D61 D63 D52
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Burn vs Owen, 1898 1-0
   E MacDonald vs Burn, 1910 0-1
   Chigorin vs Burn, 1905 0-1
   Burn vs Owen, 1874 1-0
   NN vs Burn, 1866 0-1
   Burn vs Alekhine, 1911 1-0
   Blackburne vs Burn, 1870 0-1
   Burn vs Owen, 1884 1-0
   Burn vs E Cohn, 1912 1-0
   Tartakower vs Burn, 1911 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam (1889)
   3rd BCA Congress, London (1887)
   6th DSB Congress, Breslau (1889)
   11th DSB Congress, Cologne (1898)
   12th DSB Congress, Munich (1900)
   Ostend (1906)
   Paris (1900)
   Ostend (Championship) (1907)
   6th American Chess Congress, New York (1889)
   Vienna (1898)
   Berlin (1897)
   Ostend (1905)
   5th DSB Congress, Frankfurt (1887)
   Hastings (1895)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1889 by Mal Un
   New York 1889 by suenteus po 147
   0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 13 by 0ZeR0
   Vienna 1898 by Mal Un
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1898 by JoseTigranTalFischer

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(born Dec-31-1848, died Nov-25-1925, 76 years old) United Kingdom

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Amos Burn was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England. He learned how to play chess at age sixteen. In 1886 he was 1st= with Joseph Henry Blackburne at London but lost the play-off. He was 1st at Nottingham 1886 , 1st= with Isidor Gunsberg at London 1887, 1st at Amsterdam 1889 and 2nd after Siegbert Tarrasch at Breslau 1889. His best result was at Cologne 1898: 1st ahead of Rudolf Rezso Charousek, Wilhelm Steinitz, Mikhail Chigorin and Carl Schlechter. In 1886 he drew two matches, one against Henry Edward Bird (+9, =0, -9) and one against George Henry Mackenzie (+4, =2, -4). In 1913, he became chess editor of 'The Field', a post he held until his death in 1925.

notes: Amos played consultation chess on the teams of Burn / Steinitz / Zukertort & A Burn + J Mieses.

Wikipedia article: Amos Burn

Last updated: 2019-12-14 13:57:31

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 516  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs Burn 0-1151866EnglandC60 Ruy Lopez
2. Burn vs A Steinkuehler 1-0251869Liverpool CC - Manchester CC mC21 Center Game
3. Burn vs De Vere 1-0281870Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
4. Blackburne vs Burn 0-1171870Casual gameC60 Ruy Lopez
5. Burn vs J Wisker ½-½591870BCA-03 Challenge Cup play-offC25 Vienna
6. J Wisker vs Burn 1-0571870BCA-03 Challenge Cup play-offC60 Ruy Lopez
7. Burn vs De Vere 0-1161870City of London CC Handicap tC01 French, Exchange
8. De Vere vs Burn  1-0411870City of London CC Handicap tC51 Evans Gambit
9. Burn vs J Watkinson 1-03018713rd BCA CongressC25 Vienna
10. Burn vs E Frankenstein 0-1331871LondonC51 Evans Gambit
11. Burn vs T H Archdall 0-11418734th C.C.A. CongressC01 French, Exchange
12. Burn vs Owen 0-1231873Casual gameA30 English, Symmetrical
13. Owen vs Burn  0-1431874Casual gameA00 Uncommon Opening
14. Burn vs Gossip  1-01818745th CCA CongressC45 Scotch Game
15. A Skipworth vs Burn  0-12518745th CCA CongressC11 French
16. Burn vs J Halford 1-04318745th CCA CongressC41 Philidor Defense
17. Burn vs Owen 1-0141874Burn - Owen mB07 Pirc
18. Burn vs Owen 0-1241874Burn - Owen mB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. Owen vs Burn 1-0321874Burn - Owen mA07 King's Indian Attack
20. Burn vs J Allaire  0-1221874Casual gameC01 French, Exchange
21. Owen vs Burn 0-1181875Burn - Owen mD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Burn vs W Hunter 1-0301875Challenge CupC41 Philidor Defense
23. Owen vs Burn 0-1211875Casual gameD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. A Skipworth vs Burn  0-1361875Challenge CupA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
25. Owen vs Burn 1-0501875Burn - Owen mA00 Uncommon Opening
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 516  PGN Download
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Aug-13-18  morfishine: For "WX": Wu Xibin

Wu Xibin

Aug-13-18  morfishine: For "QR": Quincy Redmon (Wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins who plays chess from time-to-time)


Aug-13-18  morfishine: A better ST = Sergei Tiviakov

Sergei Tiviakov

Aug-13-18  Cibator: Savielly Tartakower, surely? (To be fair, he changed his forename to Xavier after taking up residence in France).
Aug-13-18  Cibator: Found someone called Quincey Redmond at, but at a rating of 833 his games are unlikely to feature on here for a while.

Irishman Rory Quinn would fit, but only if he wrote his names the other way round, Chinese style.

There's also a Quentin Rashad Chess to be found on Facebook, though that appears to be his full name.

Jun-26-19  Pyrandus: "Amos" = echte j├╝dische Name!
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  MissScarlett: 900 games in the Forster volume(s) - 450 here....ffs!
Feb-15-20  shallowred: Pillsbury said Burn was 'a man without nerves'.

Here is proof:

He started off his match with Mackenzie (career record of 64.8%) down 4 losses (5 wins takes the match) and ended with 4 wins 4 losses and 2 draws.

People say 'When you get knocked down... get back up!'

What I am interested in is this: what do your eyes look like when you get back up?

Does your opponent see your self-pity reflecting in your eyes?

Or (when your head rises and lids open) does he see cold steel.

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  MissScarlett: <Pillsbury said Burn was 'a man without nerves'.

Here is proof:>

A source would be preferable!

Feb-15-20  shallowred: My source is the very book from your Sep-09-19 post: 'Amos Burn a Chess Biography' by Forster, bottom of page 891.

Most of the Burn / Mackenzie match can be found here in, but not all of the games show up.

Not only did Burn and Mackenzie play evenly in the match, but they had a dead even career head-to-head record: 5 wins each and 3 draws.

Burn had a winning record against Pillsbury: 2 wins 2 draws and 1 loss.

Kibitzers wonder where Burn got is high career scores (50% against the worlds best and 75% against National Masters), because they only look at his chess moves. Look deeper. Look at his character. Fortune favors the brave.

Feb-16-20  shallowred: Pillsbury witnessed Burn's equanimity first-hand in their game played at Paris in 1900. In that key game his approach seems to have been to test Burn's nerves; only to find iron.
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  MissScarlett: <My source is the very book from your Sep-09-19 post: 'Amos Burn a Chess Biography' by Forster, bottom of page 891.>

I'm supposed to commit 900 pages to memory!?

<Most of the Burn / Mackenzie match can be found here in, but not all of the games show up.>

You know what to do then.... PGN Upload Utility

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  MissScarlett: Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News, December 15th 1888, p.364:

<The following is Mr. Blackburne's record during the last two or three weeks :- At Liverpool he conducted 22 games simultaneously, of which he won 18, drew 3, and lost 1 to Mr. Amos Burn. At the British Chess Club he played 8 games blindfolded, winning 5 and drawing 3; amongst his opponents being several of the strongest amateurs, Messrs. Locock, Hunter, Busse, and Michael. On 3rd December, at Huntingdon, he encountered 17 players, and defeated all of them in less than two hours. On the 5th December, at Huntingdon, he played 8 games blindfold, of which he won 6 and drew 2; and on the next day he visited Norwich and conducted 29 games against 29 players, and in less than four hours he finished all the games, winning 26 and drawing 3. Truly a marvellous record. The champion has out-Blackburned Blackburne. Of the 88 games played on five different occasions and in the course of a fortnight he won 76, drew 11, and lost 1. Lost 1, be it observed! And to whom? To Mr. A. Burn, of Liverpool. Now, Mr. Burn is a well-known "master," quite competent to cope on even terms with Mr. Blackburne, and yet to show his respect and admiration for the "simultaneous" performer, he condescended to form one of the twenty-nine [sic] who were arrayed against Blackburne. This was about the greatest compliment one master could pay to another, and bespeaks on the part of Mr. Burn a humility and a magnanimity not always conspicuous in chess champions.>

Feb-17-20  Nosnibor: <shallowred> Burn did not achieve an even score against Blackburne.In their meetings he lost by 6 wins to 7 losses and 8 draws Discounting of course the blindfold game which he won whilst Blackburne was playing 7 other games!
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  MissScarlett: <Pillsbury said Burn was 'a man without nerves'.>

I say Burn was a man without neckties.

Feb-17-20  shallowred: Blackburne was an amazing talent. Similar to Pillsbury he had an incredible mind, and I am a big fan of those players. I am also impressed that Burn managed to compete with them. I am interested in emulating Burn in an attempt to become more self-aware of my composure during a tough chess game or a bad day.

Burn played 892 games over his career and averaged 50% against World Class Masters. This does not mean he had an even scores against all of them. He (like all players) did well against some and less-so against others. Forster has Burn's career score against Blackburne at 47%.

I have no comment on the riveting tie / sock debate.

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  MissScarlett: < I am interested in emulating Burn in an attempt to become more self-aware of my composure during a tough chess game or a bad day.>

Amos Burn, Zenmaster

Feb-18-20  Nosnibor: An earlier photograph of Burn shows him with a tie. This is depicted at page 107 of "The English Morphy "He lost two games to De Vere in the City of London Chess Club Handicap Tournament.1870/1871.Perhaps he lost because he was wearing a tie ?
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  MissScarlett: <Most of the Burn / Mackenzie match can be found here in, but not all of the games show up.>

Hey, wait a minute...what abooot?

Game Collection: Mackenzie - Burn (1886)

Feb-18-20  shallowred: The Game 9 record is missing.
Forster couldn't find it either, but his research produced the following report: 'On Saturday Mackenzie lost the game by weak play after winning a piece in the opening." - Morning Post, 23 August 1886
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  MissScarlett: There are around 400 games missing from here - why single that one out? You're beginning to annoy

Wanna do something about it? The missing games, I mean.

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  fredthebear: This article seems well down, with various references:
Mar-28-22  shallowred: Burn shows up for 25 straight years on the YouTube graphic 'The Best Chess Players Over Time (Estimated By Accuracy)' -- Not bad
Mar-15-23  stone free or die: Nobody has commented on it here, afaik, but Burn lived in Chicago for an extended period of time (~2yrs), maybe even more than once:

<In his early teens he was apprenticed to a firm of Liverpool cotton brokers. Most of the year l870 was spent in London. At least once, and probably three times in his life, he made prolonged business visits to America; the occasion as to which there is most certainty was about 1893-5, when he was a year or two at Chicago; Liverpool information puts another visit about 1902-3 (which would account for his non-participation in the Monte Carlo tournaments); and hints dropped by himself point to such a visit in 1882-3 ; this would account for his not competing in either event at the London congress of 1833, and for the non-inclusion of his portrait in the large group picture painted by A. Rosenbaum about 1882, and now hanging in the City of London Chess Clubroom. Upon returning to England he always settled down again in business at Liverpool, where he was occupied, for some time at any rate, in sea insurance. From which it will be seen that at no time of his life was he dependent upon chess-playing as a means of livelihood; although it is difficult to resist the impression that at some periods, particularly 1886, 1B89 and 189B, the claims of business sat very lightly upon him.>

It's from Blake's BCM obit, but I cribbed it was this online source:

Stephan Mann's bio over at Yorkshire Chess has this note:

<The American Chess Magazine, Vol. II. No. 2, August 1889, page 55, said of Amos Burn that after the New York chess tournament of 1889 he had lived in the United States for several years, making Chicago his home. He may, of course, have maintained some kind of home on both sides of the pond, as he was nevertheless listed in the 1891 England census.>

Funny, it looks as if the BCM obit wasn't consulted.


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  Gottschalk: More games of old GM Burn are placed here:
A Burn
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