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Savielly Tartakower vs Amos Burn
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 15, Sep-09
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  0-1



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Nov-16-04  kostich in time: This game won a brilliancy prize at Carlsbad 1911. Burn is usually known as a defensive, slow player, but here the "doyen"of British chess outplays the youngster in dashing style.
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  hesyrett: 7. Bb5 looks like pseudo-development, after seeing Burn's brilliant refutation. In the same position, my computer played 7. b5 against me, and after 7... Na5 8.Qa4 Black has problems, with Ba3 and maybe Bb4 coming up.
Sep-05-05  Calli: 10...Nxe4! is a beauty. Your choice Savielly! If 11.Bxe4 then of course Qh4+ and Qxe4. And if he takes the rook, 11.Bxa8 then Bf2+ and Ba6+ wins.
Sep-10-07  ForeverYoung: This game is a marvelous example of how to conduct a king hunt!
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  Gypsy: Clearly, this time Burn was smoking right from the commencement of the hostilities.

(Cf., Marshall vs Burn, 1900)

Feb-06-09  Cibator: Amos Burn, at his best, was among the world's top ten. And Steinitz (no less) rated him among the very best defensive players of his day.

It's a pity he's best remembered now (if at all) for Marshall's rather cheapskate jesting in that annotation. Though to be fair to Marshall, I don't think he would have wanted it that way either.

Feb-07-09  Cibator: Aaah no, my mistake .... Nimzowitsch (in Chess Praxis), not Steinitz.
Feb-07-09  whiteshark: <Cibator> And he also mentioned Friedrich Samisch, but maybe there is a subtle irony in it as Saemisch was Nimzo's 'punching bag' over the board.
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  GrahamClayton: 15.♕a8 ♕f2+ 16.♔d3 ♗a6+ winning.
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  FSR: <Cibator: Amos Burn, at his best, was among the world's top ten.>

Chessmetrics ranked him as high as No. 2 in the world, in September 1876. He had a long career, from 1870 to 1914.

Mar-20-14  Makavelli II: I've just been reading a book called chess strategy and came across this game. I immediately thought of this site and just thought I'd post some of the annotation here in case others are interested :)

GAME No. 1

White: Tartakower. Black: Burn.

King's Gambit declined

1. P-K4 P-K4

2. P-KB4 B-B4

3. Kt-KB3 P-Q3

4. PxP

On principle this exchange cannot be commended, as the opening of the Queen's file increases the Black Queen's mobility. White derives no benefit from the KB file so long as the Black Bishop makes castling impossible. White intends to play P-B3 and P-Q4, but the manoeuvre is doubtful, and the whole opening includes an inordinately large number of pawn moves. In the present game Black exposes the failings inherent to this system unequivocally.

4. ... PxP

5. P-B3 Kt-QB3

Black cannot put off White's P-Q4 by B-KKt5, for White can give a check with the Queen and unpin the Knight.

6. P-QKt4

The object of this move is not clear, as P-Kt5 does not win a pawn (Kt-R4; 8. KtxP; 9. Q-R5ch). It does not promote development either, and only compromises the QBP and QKtP.

6. ... B-Kt3

7. B-Kt5 Kt-B3

This is aimed at the White King's pawn, which is deprived of its natural support by the QKt. In this position Black does well to attack White's KP rather than to defend his own, because an open King's file can only benefit him. Being able to castle, he can occupy the file with his Rook before White has time to bring his King into safety.

8. KtxP

It would have been better to protect the pawn by Q-K2 or P-Q3.

8. ... Castles!

Diag. 100

The beginning of a brilliant attack. Whether White exchanges the Bishop or the Knight, he is overwhelmed.

9. KtxKt

After 9. BxKt, PxB; 10. KtxP, Q-K1 wins; 10. P-Q4 would also lose because Black gains two pawns after KtxP; 11. O-O, KtxP. It is interesting to note how speedily the weakness at White's QB3 is brought to book.

9. ... PxKt

10. BxP KtxP!!

Now White can neither take the Kt nor the R. In the first case Q- R5ch forces mate very soon, in the second B-B7ch, followed by B-Kt5ch or B-R3ch, wins the Queen.

11. P-Q4 Q-B3!

12. BxKt Q-R5ch

13. K-Q2 QxB

14. Q-B3 Q-R5!

15. P-Kt3

Not QxR, because of Q-B7ch and the loss of the Queen by a discovered check by the Bishop.


16. Q-K3 Q-Q4

17. R-K1 B-Kt5

18. K-B2 P-QR4

Such is the price to pay for premature advances.

19. PxP RxP

20. B-R3 P-QB4

Black shatters White's pawn position, and his Bishops and Rooks have full play along open files and diagonals.

21. PxP RxB!

22. KtxR

or PxB, RxRPch; 23. RxR,QxRch; 24. K-Bl,B-B4.

22. ... BxP

The rest speaks for itself.

23. Q-K5 B-B4ch

24. K-Kt2 Q-Kt2ch

25. K-B1 BxKtch

26. K-Q2 R-Q1ch

27. K-K3 R-Q6ch

28. K-B2 Q-B6ch

29. K-Kt1 R-Q7

30. Q-Kt8ch B-KB1


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  Domdaniel: <Makavelli> Thanks for the annotations. Who is the book by, plz?
Dec-22-15  JimNorCal: Speaking of books and speaking of Karlsbad chess tournaments....

If you had a choice, which tournament book would you choose? Karlsbad 1907, Karlsbad 1911 or Karlsbad 1923?

In English, Dover Publications put out a book on Karlsbad 1929, but it only covers a dozen or two games. Is there is a K1929 tournament book that is considered best?

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  keypusher: <JimNorCal>

I can't answer your question, because I have only the 1907 and 1929 books. But I can strongly recommend the 1907 book, published by Brandreth, translated by Robert Sherwood, annotations by Marco and Schlechter, checked by Sherwood and Rybka. 210(!) games, most of them interesting, some of them great. Marco and Schlechter are good annotators, and Marco is extremely entertaining -- even prescient.

<"Another Spanish, and a Four Knights Game to boot! This boring stuff should be outlawed once and for all!" say the well-informed amateurs. And the chorus of half-wits and chessic illiterates cry out, "Away with theory, start with other opening positions, place the pawns behind the pieces and Kings in the middle of the board -- then let your wisdom be demonstrated!" Such utterances can only arouse sympathy in the masters, for they know that so-called theory is merely a tiny island in the immeasurable ocean of our ignorance.>

Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1907

Rubinstein's first big tournament win, Chigorin's last tournament. Others: Maroczy, Leonhardt, Schlechter, Nimzowitch, Marshall, Janowsky, Tartakower, Duras, Vidmar, Marco, Spielmann, etc.

Really a lot to like.

The 1929 Dover book is an eccentric offering by Nimzowitch, aimed at showing that he should get a shot at Alekhine's title. But it's not all propaganda -- his condescension towards Spielmann, his genuine affection for Rubinstein, contempt for Gruenfeld, etc. (the leading players all get a chapter) make for very interesting reading.

There used to be a books forum here -- not sure if it's still active. Maybe check the Biographer Bistro?

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  Domdaniel: I quite liked Nimzowitsch's book on Carlsbad 1929. True, it did not feature very many games, and some contestants were almost entirely ignored ... but it's still Nimzo. His comments are valuable.
Dec-22-15  john barleycorn: <Domdaniel: I quite liked Nimzowitsch's book on Carlsbad 1929. True, it did not feature very many games,...>

Huh, My "Karlsbad 1929" by Nimzowitsch et al. has all the games. Is there an abridged version around?

Dec-22-15  TheFocus: <john barleycorn> <Huh, My "Karlsbad 1929" by Nimzowitsch et al. has all the games. Is there an abridged version around?>

No. Nimzowitsch wrote a book about Carlsbad 1929 that showed how the other players were playing like HIM! Even Capablanca. It is a very good book.

The book with all the games has Nimzowitsch as one of the annotators.

Dec-22-15  john barleycorn: <TheFocus> thanks. I did not know that

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