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Amos Burn vs Mikhail Chigorin
Ostend (1905), Ostend BEL, rd 5, Jun-17
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Burn took his king on a long walk which eventually won the game, but it left him exposed to some tactics that Chigorin missed in the melĂ©e.

36...Nd7 might be better than the move played.

43...Rxf4 seems to win.

Most egregious of all was 41...Rxb4; 41...Ba6 mates next move!

There are other improvements - this was a very complicated game; it must have been very tense at the time.

Apr-02-05  iron maiden: Rxf4 wasn't a mistake; it was the unplayed winning move.
Apr-02-05  Calli: <IM> :-o You're right. Didn't even mean to write about the 44th move. and I even typo'd the quote too. Okay lets try it again:

"Perhaps the luckiest victory of Burn's career" - Forster

Chigorin made many other mistakes after the famous 41...Rxb4?? in order to lose the game.

Nov-20-06  syracrophy: 41...♗a6!! was mate next move!
Apr-13-20  Straclonoor: <41...♗a6!! was mate next move!> That's right - 42.Any_white's_move - 42....Rc8#

<43...Rxf4 seems to win.> Right too.

Analysis by Stockfish 260320 64 BMI2:

-+ (-5.62): 43...Rxf4 44.Ra6+ Ke7 45.Rd6 Rc4+ 46.Kb7 Rd4 47.Bf3 Nxe5 48.Rxd5 Nxf3 49.Rxf5 Rd7+ 50.Kc8 Nd4 51.Rh5 Kd6 52.Rh6+ Ne6 53.Rh4 Re7 54.Kb8 Ke5 55.Rb4 Kf6 56.Kc8 Rc7+ 57.Kb8 h5 58.Rb5 Rc5 59.Rb3 Nd4 60.Ra3 Nf5 61.Kb7 Kg5 62.Rb3 Re5 63.Kc6 Re3 64.Rxe3 Nxe3 65.Kd6 Kf6 66.Kc6 Ke5 67.Kd7 h4 68.Ke7 Nd5+ 69.Kd7

44....Nc5? last Chigorin's mistake.

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