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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs W Hamilton
Blindfold simul, 10b (1862) (blindfold), Manchester ENG, Apr-26
King's Gambit: Accepted. Traditional Variation (C38)  ·  1-0



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  InspiredByMorphy: Boy Blackburne does have a sneaky style doesent he. I suppose they dont call him a tactician for nothing.
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  Sneaky: I'm very flattered, but I think at best you could say that I have a Blackburne style. ;-)
Feb-20-06  tefjlives: What does it mean, "hoist by his own petard"?
Feb-20-06  Jim Bartle: I don't know the original meaning of the phrase or its source, but "hoist by his own petard" means being ruined by your own strategy or trickery.
Feb-20-06  Calli: "a petard was a 19th Century animal trap, consisting of a rope and a bent branch that caught the desired beast by one leg as it stepped into a loop in the rope and pulled it up into the air."
Feb-20-06  azaris: The word 'petard' means literally 'to break wind', and was used to refer to a small bomb used to breach forts in the Middle Ages. It is nowadays seldom used outside the common phrase from Hamlet.
Feb-20-06  LoFarkas: ^^^It's a quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet (those Will wrote "with his own petard"). It means what Jim Bartle said. See
Feb-20-06  Jim Bartle: Thank you, I didn't know that.

Of course, Shakespeare was terribly overrated, never deserved to be WC; all he did was string a bunch of cliches together...

Feb-20-06  azaris: <Jim Bartle> I know what you mean, I mean "To be or not to be?", how many times have we heard that one? What a hack.
Feb-20-06  Jim Bartle: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be." Takes a lot of nerve to use that one.
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  tamar: Shakespeare was good in his time, but could not handle the modern English language :)
Feb-20-06  Jim Bartle: Seriously, could you imagine Shakespeare "pitching" a play (script) to a modern-day movie studio?

Years ago there was a "Twilight Zone" on that exact subject (Burt Reynolds played Shakespeare, I kid you not), and of course the execs made him change everything until it was unrecognizable.

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  OBIT: Actually, Burt Reynolds (in one of his first roles) played a Marlon Brando wannabe who ridicules everything Shakespeare has to say, claiming the Old Bard knows nothing about drama. It's a genuinely funny Twilight Zone that almost never appears on TV because it's a 60-minute episode. Alas and alack....
Feb-20-06  Jim Bartle: My motto: Why think, when you can look it up?

Obit is right. Jack Weston played Shakespeare, and Reynolds was the vain actor.

Hilarious, I'd love the chance to see it again.

Apr-06-06  DeepBlade: I dont get Blackbourne's comment on move 14.
''If ...fxe6 then Qxe5+ winning.''
Could someone explain that to me?
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  OBIT: I'd say the main point to Blackburne's comment is 14...fxe5 15. Qxe5+ Bxe5 16. Rf8 mate. Also:

15...Ne7 16. Qxg7

15...Qe7 16. Qh5+ wins the queen

15...Kd8 16. Rf8+ Bxf8 17. Bxf8 followed by Qxh8 wins a piece

Apr-07-06  DeepBlade: <OBIT> Thanks for the explaination, my main error was looking at the position after 0-0-0, so Qxe5 would not give check at all, I thought it was an illegal move!
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  Stonehenge: I'm sure Hamiliton should be Hamilton.

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