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Amos Burn vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 20, Jun-28
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Move Order (D31)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Quite original and powerful handling of Semi-Slav turned to Dutch Stonewall from Tarrasch. 20...Nxe5 was possible too as 21.dxe5 Ng3+ 22.Kg1 (22.Kg2 Rxh2+ 23.Kxh2 Qh8+ with quick mate.) 22...Bb6+ is hopeless for white.
Feb-26-10  gauer: Burn vs Tarrasch, 1895 gives annotations in one of his earlier stonewalls.

Mackenzie stopped his Colle/Stonewall ideas in: Mackenzie vs Tarrasch, 1885, but some somewhat related flank set-ups by Tarrasch up until 1898 went: O Mueller vs Tarrasch, 1890, W Hahn vs Tarrasch, 1890, H W Trenchard vs Tarrasch, 1898, making this type of Stonewall one of his regular weapons against non-e4 defences.

Taubenhaus vs Tarrasch, 1885 didn't involve d4, but black got his favourite flank-♙ storm again.

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  offramp: Slightly provocative play from Tarrasch which paid off. Play is standard up to 5.Nf3

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But then Tarrasch decides to play for an attack. For no reason! Just <because it is there>. Weren't we warned not to do that? He plays ...f5 and ...Qf6; but this attack should really go nowhere. But Burn gets rattled and plays the rather pointless 8.Nf3-e1 followed by 9.g3 and 10.f3.

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...So now black <does> have objects of attack. Burn! Get with the program!

But Mr Burn does <NOT> get with the program. He ponces around on the kingside like Jimmy Savile at a paddling pool, and then in a fit of annoyance he opens up the h-file for black. 16.gxh5 Rxh5

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Play revolves for a while about the expected appearance of the bishop on b6. When it gets there it is a major factor in the destruction of white's centre pawns.

White ends up devastated on the kingside where he moved all those pawns. If he hadn't wasted so many moves he might have arranged some counterplay against that black king, which stayed in the centre throughout.

Apr-13-22  Canadian chesser: I was looking at Gerald Abraham's old _The Pan Book of Chess_ (1966 revised edition) again, and in particular this QGD game that is annotated in it in G.A.'s usual enlightening and elegantly-written way (pages 157 to 165). One problem I can't figure out with it is that at White's move 29, G.A. says that instead of Kt-K4 which was played, "Burn had intended QxBP, but after 29. .... R-R8ch 30. K-B2 RxKt is unanswerable". I find this is NOT true. Is there a typo or error at this point in the book and 29.Qxf4 is unplayable as a defensive resource, but NOT because of the just-quoted sequence Abrahams gives? I will try and post a diagram --my first time!-- to illustrate the situation.

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