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Amos Burn vs Oscar Chajes
"Slow Burn" (game of the day Nov-21-2018)
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 25, Sep-24
Sicilian Defense: Closed. Fianchetto Variation (B24)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-04  Marnoff Mirlony: Great show.
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  keypusher: I am copying a note from <gypsy> to this page:

<If I remember correctly, it was a game of the last round of Carlsbad 1911. Burn and Chajes got a special dispensation to play the game a day early, during the day for finishing adjournments, so that they could depart. Then they played the game for two days straight, stopping only for food and/or sleep. It was the last game finished and they both received a standing ovation from other players and spectators. The tourney organizers voted to create a special prize and award it to both for their fighting spirit.>

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  Gypsy: <If I remember correctly,...> I probably should clarify matters: I was not there. I just read an epic description of the circumstances of the game somewhere but now I cannot find/figure-out the source. :-)
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  keypusher: <Gypsy: <If I remember correctly,...> I probably should clarify matters: I was not there. I just read an epic description of the circumstances of the game somewhere but now I cannot find/figure-out the source. :-)>

Down with this false modesty!

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  TheAlchemist: <It was the last game finished and they both received a standing ovation from other players and spectators>

The good old days... today, others would be angry, because the prize giving ceremony was delayed because of them :-)

Jun-22-06  RookFile: Burn wins a game!!
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  chancho: Sometimes a punching bag will hit back. :)
Aug-19-06  biglo: From Edward Lasker _The Complete Self Tutor_ (London: Batsford, 1973), 8 "Burn had much the better of the game, but Chajes would not resign when Burn refused his draw offer. ... Chajes was checkmated just as the new day dawned ... but they missed the train and Chajes had to wait a whole week before he could get another boat to New York."
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: what a multiple queen game!! How often is it that there are 5 different promotions?
Aug-17-09  WhiteRook48: and people say the endgame is boring
Mar-07-10  Rama: One for the record books, and the 25th round, too.

One time, out of the prize running after a week-long 9-rounder, I vowed my final game would not last long either way. I pulled a double-dis-check and it was over by move 25. It will always be one of my favorites. :)

I wonder how Burns felt about this game?

Mar-07-10  Calli: with 42...Qb8 , Oscar sets up the famous "Chajes Gun".


Apr-12-10  bengalcat47: This game reminds me of the "eight queens" logic puzzle, where the idea is to place eight queens on an empty board in such a way that no queen is attacking any of the others.
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  Sastre: Black missed 23...Nd4 24.cxd4 Qxd4 .
Jun-26-17  Straclonoor: <Black missed 23...Nd4 24.cxd4 Qxd4 .> I wanna add a variation
Analysis by Stockfish 260417 64 POPCNT:
(-2.93): 23...Nd4 24.cxd4 Qxd4 25.Bg2 Qxa1 26.Rf1 Qb1 27.Rf2 h4 28.gxh4 Rb4 29.Nf3 c4 30.dxc4 Nxe4 31.Re2 Bd6 32.Qxe4 Qxc1 33.Rc2 Qf4+ 34.Qxf4 exf4 35.c5 Rc8 36.c6 Rb6 37.Bf1 Rbxc6 38.Rxc6 Rxc6 39.Nd4 Rb6 40.Kg2 Be5 41.Nb3 Rc6
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  thegoodanarchist: This is an entertaining game. Definitely worthy of "GOTD" status.
Nov-21-18  Ironmanth: Wow. Not seen this before - I believe :))! Great game; thanks Chessgames. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Nov-21-18  Cheapo by the Dozen: I don't recall a section on queens-and-pawn endgames in Reuben Fine's book. :)
Nov-21-18  Russo: I enjoyed this game. Before the age of the computer, when only hairy chested men and women played chess.
Nov-22-18  Straclonoor: Little update of my last year analysis
Analysis by Stockfish 201118 64 POPCNT:

-+ (-3.95): 23...Nd4 24.cxd4 Qxd4 25.Bg2 Qxa1 26.Rf1 Qb1 27.Rf2 Qxc2 28.Rxc2 Ne8 29.Nf3 f6 30.Nh4 Kf7 31.Nf3 Nc7 32.Rf2 Kg6 33.Nd2 Ne6 34.Nc4 Rb1 35.Bd2 Nd4 36.h4 Nc6 37.Bf3 Rd8 38.Be2 Nd4 39.Bf1 Nb5 40.Kg2 Ra1 41.Ba5 Rd4 42.Rc2 Rd7 43.Ne3 Nd4 44.Rf2 Rb1 45.Nd5

Nov-22-18  ndg2: The women too were hairy-chested? Eww...
Nov-23-18  Retireborn: John Nunn addresses this game in one of his books (Chess Puzzle Book) and he points out that with 87...Qbg1 Black is threatening 88...Qh8 mate.

Burn plays 88.d4 to prevent that, but an alternative is 88.Qd7+ Kb8 89.Qd8+ Ka7 90.Qf3 Qaf1+ 91.Qxf1 Qxf1+ 92.Kg3 Qf4+ 93.Kg2 Qxg4+ 94.Kf2 Qf5+ 95.Kg2 (or 95.Ke3) Qxe6; it would be interesting to know what the 7-man Tablebase says about this position, or the similar one with the white king on e3/d4.

Nunn further points out that after 88.d4 Black can force a draw with 88...Qc3+! 89.Qdf3 Qh1+! 90.Kg3 Qg1+ 91.Kh3 Qh1+ and repetition; White can't play 91.Qeg2 because 91...Qce1+ mates. The black pawn on g5 is worth more than all the white pawns!

With 87.e6? Burn blows the win, or at least makes it much harder. 87.Qg8+ should win handily.

Nov-26-18  Straclonoor: <95.Kg2 (or 95.Ke3) Qxe6; it would be interesting to know what the 7-man Tablebase says about this position> Draw in both ways.
Chajes probably was really upset on this game. He had won position after 22 moves and lost after very long four queen ending....
Nov-26-18  Retireborn: <Straclonoor> Many thanks for that. Yes, 23...Nd4 as set out below should be winning for Black.
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  nizmo11: Forster in his book (p. 862) also points out that 87.e6 is a mistake

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He then continues
"After 87. Qg8+ Kc7 88.Qg7+ Kc8 89.Qf3 White wins easily since Black does not have a single check". But this variant is not correct, (or 88. Qg7+ is a typo) there is a check and it is good enough to draw:

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89...Qh1+!! 90. Qxh1 Qe3+ 91.Kg2 Qd2+! 92.Kg3 Qf4+ and White can't escape perpetual.
Of course White is winning after 87. Qg8+ Kc7, for example 88. Qf8+ Kc7 89.Qef3 (but not 89.Qff3 when Qh6+ mates)

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