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Amos Burn (1848 - 1925) was born in Hull, England. He learned how to play chess at age sixteen but did not play seriously until his mid-thirties. His best result was at Cologne 1898: 1st ahead of Rudolf Rezso Charousek, Wilhelm Steinitz, Mikhail Chigorin and Carl Schlechter. In 1886 he drew two matches, one against Henry Edward Bird (+9, =0, -9) and one against George Henry Mackenzie (+4, =2, -4). In 1913 he became chess editor of 'The Field', a post he held until his death in Hammersmith London in 1925. (source : chessgames.com)

His most famous game must be the so-called "Pipe game" against Marshall in 1900. You find it below, with Marshalls funny comments added. Unfortunately he lost that one. In the off-hand game against MacDonald, Liverpool 1910 he delivered the astonishing queen sac you find in the diagram below. Follow the game if you like to see how it turned out. And then, fire up your own chess-engine and see if you can see clear through the fog of war to find Burns finishing moves. Do not forget smoking is dangerous. Enjoy!


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