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Amos Burn vs George Hatfeild Gossip
? (1889)
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  FSR: Strange game. 7.Qb5+ or 8.Qb5+ (or even 9.Qb5+, assuming that Black responds to 8.Re1+ with 8...Be7) wins a pawn for minimal compensation. Probably it was the last round and Burn just wanted to collect his 2nd-place check and go home. (Tarrasch won with 13, Burn second at 11.5, Mieses third at 10.5, Gossip last (as usual in strong tournaments) with 6 draws, 11 losses, zero wins.
Nov-14-08  RookFile: It seems tricky. Let's suppose we play 7.0-0 Bd6 8. Qb5+ (instead of 8. Re1+), and black replies 8...Nc6 9. Re1+ Kf8 10. Qxb7 Nb4.

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Black seems to be at least equal here. If you answer the threat on c2, how you deal with ...Rb8 with anything more than a draw is unclear.

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  FSR: <RookFile> True, that line looks like a draw by perpetual attack on the queen after 11.Re2 Rb8 12.Qxa7 Ra8. But 9.Re1+ isn't forced. Instead, 9.Qxb7! Nb4 10.Qb5+ c6 11.Qe2+ leaves White a pawn up.
Aug-10-09  sneaky pete: Further gossipping see
D G Baird vs J Mason, 1889.

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