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Amos Burn vs Wilhelm Steinitz
11th DSB Congress, Cologne (1898), Cologne GER, rd 5, Aug-05
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna. Quiet Variation (D44)  ·  1-0



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May-08-06  percyblakeney: Burn considered this win over Steinitz the best game he ever played. It was also one of the reasons that he won Cologne 1898 ahead of Charousek, Chigorin, Cohn and Steinitz.
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  keypusher: Did Steinitz have to play 55...h5?
May-08-06  percyblakeney: It looks like a trap hoping for 56. e5 fxe5 57. fxe5 Bxe5 and 58. Rxe5 would be followed by Rh6#
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  keypusher: Aha! Very sneaky fellow, that Steinitz.
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  keypusher: Fritz finds a nice line after 55...Rb6: 57. e5 Be7 58. Rd7 Rb8 59. Rxe7!! Kxe7 60. Kxg7 Rb6 61. g4, and the pawns march on.
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  keypusher: Here is another nice line, courtesy of Tartakower/Fritz:

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56...h4 57. gxh4 Bxf4 58. Rd8+ Ke7 59. Ra8 Bh6 60. Ra7+! Kd6 61. h5! Ke5 62. Re7+ Kd4 (62....Kd6 63. Re6+ Kd7 64. e5! fxe5 65. Rxc6 Kxc6 66. f6 ) 63. Bd5! (63. e5 works here too) Rd6 64. Rxg7!

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  keypusher: 62. Kg6 with the idea of Rxe7 was a quicker win. But Burn was certainly not in a hurry...
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  Gypsy: The star of the show is the White white-sq bishop and the game is rich in subtlety. Here is a few tactical finesses (of positional impact) I noted:

<12.Bxd5> The trick is that the tempting 12...Nxd5 13.Nxd5 Qa7 14.Nc7+... (13...Qa5 14.Bd2 Nb4 15.Qc4...; or 13...Qb3 14.Ra3...) puts Black position into a disarray.

<20.a5!> A key move. It separates Black pawns which, in turn, cramps Black lifestyle for many moves to come.

<23.Na4!> Black can not hold on to his twin bishops because the c5-pawn is too much of a liability. <23...Bxa4> at least brings on an off-collor bishops situation; 23...Bxd5 24.exd5 would bring on a terrible bind.

<25...Be7> Yet another place where I initially took a double take. Of course, the trick is that 25...Bd4 fails to 26.b4. Throughout the game, White weak points are always sufficiently covered and Black just can not find a toehold to mount a substantial shakeup.

<29...Rc7> Black pieces are stumbling over each other. Since it is typical that weaknesses easily trade against each other, one would assume that it would be fairly easy to either trade the Black c5-pawn for the White pawn on a5; or, at least, to tie down one White rook to the a5-pawn's defense. But, of course, if now 29...Bd8, then 30.Rxc5 and the rook also protects the a5 pawn sidewise. Sometimes, a player is just fortuous when good things like that happen. But in Burn's case it seems to be just as much a result of conscious design as a result of fortune.

<48.Kh5> White can collect the a-pawn (say, 48.Bc4). But, it seems, he judges it not worth the extra range for the Black rook (or of a rook trade).

<72.Bc4> A mate comes in just a few moves.

Jul-11-06  percyblakeney: No tournament book was printed at the time and no game scores exist for Burn's games against for example Charousek, Chigorin and Schlechter in Cologne 1898.
Aug-22-07  sanyas: Steinitz took great care to make sure that he was left with the worse bishop in the endgame...
Feb-07-17  Marcelo Bruno: Pupil vs. Teacher - last game between them.
Sep-08-20  Marcelo Bruno: <percyblakeney> They must have been great games with these masters.

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