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2008 Jim Burden Award Winner?

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM

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The Jim Burden Award began back on February 25, 2005 in LM Brian Wall's Yahoo! Group ([email protected]):


"Announcing the annual Jim Burden...award April 1, 2005.


This award goes to anyone who drops their Queen for no reason, gets so mad they don't resign and goes on to win anyway.


Let me be clear. Jerry Hanken style "Parting with the Lady" games where the Queen is pseudo-sacrificed for full compensation are unwelcome here.


These games have to be full farces where one side starts out playing like a complete idiot, hangs their Queen for almost nothing ( the less the better! ) and still wins by a miracle.


Blitz games are worth less than rated games. A postal game would be priceless.


Annotations should stress the psychological component since real analysis would be mostly pointless.


I will post all entries and announce the winner every April 1.


Games between 3 digit players are welcome although the higher rated the opponent the better.


Games chosen mostly for humorous content.


The name of the award is in reaction to two events. Jim Burden lost a famous game to Grandmaster Larry Christiansen over 10 yaers ago after trapping his Queen. The key moment is reprised by Bardwick ( one of only 15 active Masters in the Country, I mean County ) in this month's Chess Life..."


Anyway, this award is one of my favorite emails Brian has done! Certainly, I enjoy the fact that I got 2 games into the 2009 finals with all the nice things the master wrote about my games:

"Actually giving his oppnent a takeback in order to take his Queen takes my breath away, similar to the infinite mercy of the Lord. The Chess equivalent of Jesus at the Last Supper telling everyone he knows Judas has betrayed him but going ahead with the crucifixion anyway. The value for this act approaches infinity. A first."

These comments are even more humbling now that I finally got to see the masterpiece of noted Polish artist Jan Styka on my recent trip to California. He painted The Crucifixion, which is the largest framed mounted to canvas painting in the world, standing 195' long by 45' high.

But also, I have always liked the humor and spirit behind this award. You just cannot play chess without making a lot of mistakes. Sometimes those mistakes can really get to you, but this award reminds me that there are more things at stake than just losing a chess game. It is a metaphor for life. Are you just going to quit when you make a mistake or are you going to fight to overcome it?


The only complaint I would have about the award is the lack of consistency in awarding the prize. The first 2 awards came out annually, and then there was a gap of 2 years, and now another winner.

However, I think that problem can be easily remedied. We just need to lobby Brian for three winners this year one for 2009, one for 2008, and one for 2007. Of course, I would hate to lose my sacrificial reputation so I will lay down my games so as to raise up the games of others.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

John 15:13 (King James Version)

I would recommend Chris Peterson's game for the 2007 winner as it was played in 2007 and finished 2nd in this year's contest.

For 2008, I would recommend Tim Fisher's game. It was submitted in 2008 to me, but I held off on making it the Game Of The Week in case that would disqualify it from receiving this award. I forwarded it to Brian and he put it in his top 4:

"Tim Fisher gets very high marks for getting in the spirit of the award with his own Rambo annotations, saving Paul Anderson and I the trouble of writing them. Double extra credit bonus points for making correct pgn annotations that can be popped right into Fritz or Chessbase with notes intact. Chris Peterson has been begging me to learn that simple trick for months."

In addition, it is now the 50th contributed game I have published.

"Spirited Rambo annotations in the spirit of Baltier deserves something."

(B. Wall)


2008 Jim Burden Award Winner?


[Event "ICC 2 10"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2008.01.30"]

[Round "?"]

[White "PegLeg"]

[Black "Fisher, Tim"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B01"]

[BlackElo "1601"]

[Annotator "Fisher,Tim"]

[PlyCount "88"]

[EventDate "2008.01.30"]


1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 a6 6. Ne5 e6 7. Be2 Nbd7 8. Bf4 Be7 {!?} 9. Qd2 {but now that the bishop is guarded, the knight must be taken.} ({I wasn't afraid of} 9. Nxf7 {because Black has decent compensation after} Qxf4 10. Nxh8 Kf8) 9... b5 {?? is one cute move too many.} 10. Nc4 ({of course now the simple} 10. Nxf7 {should also win easily.}) 10... Qb4 11. a3 {Ever get that feeling that the walls are closing in on you?} Ne4 12. Qe3 Nxc3 13. axb4 {Here, any sane person would have resigned. But I dug down deep and those immortal words came to me: "It's not over! Nothing is over! Nothing!! You can't just switch it off!"} Nd5 {! Attacking his queen and two minor pieces.} 14. Qd2 bxc4 {! So long, little stallion!} 15. Bxc4 N7f6 16. Be5 Nxb4 {! Ha! Another warrior falls, surely momentum must be swinging in my favor!} 17. Bxc7 {I didn't need him anyway.} Bb7 {! Developing the mighty bishop to its best diagonal with tempo!} 18. O-O {Yes, castling CAN be a blunder!} (18. Ba5 {was preferred.}) 18... Rc8 {! Challenging him to defend them both.} 19. b3 Rxc7 {! Another enemy soldier pays the ultimate price!} 20. c3 Nc6 21. Bxa6 {Flank pawns merely limit the scope of my pieces. Good riddance!} Nd5 {! The knight centralizes and dominates the position!} 22. Bxb7 Rxb7 {! And now my forces are practically invulnerable on the light squares!} 23.Ra8+ Rb8 24. Rxb8+ {? The enemy has traded off his most active piece!} Nxb8 25. Ra1 O-O {My king enters his fortress while the rook is now ready to decimate anyone who stands in his way!} 26. c4 Nf6 {A charge to the rear!} 27. b4 Rd8 28. c5 {It's going to take more than a few puny foot soldiers to conquer my troops!} Nc6 {The evil twin knight enters the fray with a devastating double attack!} 29. Qc3 {? Never send a woman to do a MAN's job!} Nxd4 30. Rd1 {?? Is that supposed to scare me?} Ne2+ {!! --the inevitable death blow from a highly motivated fighting force!} 31. Kf1 Nxc3 {! Goodnight Saigon!} 32. Rxd8+ Bxd8 33. c6 Bb6 34. Ke1 Nfd5 35. Kd2 Ne4+ 36. Kd3 Nxf2+ 37. Kc4 Kf8 38. Kb5 Ke7 39. Ka6 Kd8 40. Kb7 Be3 41. b5 Ne4 42. c7+ Nxc7 43. b6 Bxb6 {Have one for the road!} 44. Kxb6 Kd7 0-1


This Week In Chess


On March 31st, the CSCC had 12 members in attendance. The night's event was Player's Choice. Most players opted for pick-up games and no record was kept despite quite a bit of discussion about score keeping. There are no results.


Spring Is Sprung Open III

By Jerry Maier


Results of the Spring Is Sprung Open III, April 4, 2009.


Score Place Prize Player


4.5 1st $50.00 Anthea J Carson

4.0 U1600 $35.00 Robert Rountree

3.0 Ted K Doykos

3.0 Michael C Davis

3.0 Dean W Brown

2.5 U1400 $14.00 Gerald J Maier

2.5 U1400 $14.00 Russel J Stark

2.5 U1200 $25.00 Liz Wood

2.0 Thomas Mullikin

2.0 Isaac Martinez

1.0 Kathy A Schneider


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4/16 April 2008 G/29 Grand Prix Event, CSCA

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