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Henry Bird vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
British CC Invitational (1892), London ENG, rd 5, Apr-01
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Mestel Variation (A02)  ·  0-1



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  waddayaplay: Steinitz is a master at work.
Nov-19-04  aw1988: <waddayaplay> Yes, he is. Except this is a game between Bird and Blackburne. Perhaps Steinitz was watching from the audience, munching on popcorn.
Nov-19-04  Knight13: <wa1988> There are no machines that could make popcorns in the late 1800's.
Nov-19-04  Lawrence: <Popcorn carts were seen on every street always following the crowds after their invention in 1885. These were steam and gas poppers easily pushed through parks, fairs, carnivals, conventions and expositions.>
Jan-14-05  aw1988: Oh, whatever. Munch Munch Munch Munch much much much much butter/salt/junky stuff yumm.
Aug-27-10  Xeroxx: <There are no machines that could make popcorns in the late 1800's.>

Not before they invented the popcorn machine.

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  MissScarlett: Harding points out that < 14.c3 Rab8 15.Qd2> is the move order in Graham's <Mr. Blackburne's Games At Chess>, reflected in the notes above, but the <Standard> report of April 2nd, p.6, has <14.Qd2 Rab8 15.c3 Nb6> noting after <14.Qd2>: <The correct continuation was [14.Be7], threatening [15.Qg5], challenging the exchange of Queens. Mr. Blackburne acknowledged that in that case he would have played for a draw, by retiring [14...Qe8 15.Bg5 Qh5 16.Be7 etc.]. After [Qd2] White's position becomes untenable.>

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