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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Jebson
Blindfold simul, 3b (1861) (blindfold), Manchester ENG, Dec-07
Sicilian Defense: French Variation (B40)  ·  1-0



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  Sargon: After 15. Nf6+ what's wrong with ...gxf6?
Dec-25-01  Smartypants: Nothing that I can see!
Nov-26-02  morphynoman2: Magic!
Nov-26-02  drukenknight: can black still save this at the end?
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  Honza Cervenka: I don't think so. 19...Ne5 (What else?) 20.Bxe5 Bb6 (white threatens with Bc7) 21.Bd6 Bd4 22.Bxe7 Bxf6 23.Bxd8 Rxf7 24.Nxf7+ etc.
Dec-30-03  shark62: 15....gxf6 16 exf6 hxg5 17 f6xe7looks strong if 16 Rxf6 then queen takes h6 and black has problems
Dec-20-06  who: After 4.exf5 isn't white just better?
Dec-10-11  Sleeping kitten: After 15...gxf6 16. exf6? ♖xf6 17. ♕xh6 White has hardly any immediate threats, except 18. ♗xf4. So Black plays 17...e5 with a strong position, not only preventing the aforementioned threat, but also indulging a threat of its own (18...e4, cutting the bishop from the attack). However, White can answer 15...gxf6 with 16. ♕xh6 fxg5 17. ♗xg6 ♘xg6 18. ♕xg6+ and perpetual.

Finally, Black could play 15...♖xf6! 16. exf6 e5! 17. ♕h5 ♕xf6 and at the low expense of rook against knight and pawn, Black has repelled White's attack, acquired a dangerous center majority and taken over the initiative.

Jan-14-12  maxx4.68: Qf7!! brilliant move!
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  fredthebear: Great Balls O' Fire!! Did you feel the earth quake?!?!

Black plays uniquely in the opening (albeit during the American Civil War era) and gets off to a quick start but has the bad bishop. This self-obstruction is a recipe for an epic embarrassment.

JOSEPH HENRY BLACKBURNE AMAZES!! He doesn't sweat the three opposing pieces bearing down on his f2-square (17...NxBd3), having just lost a bishop and the other is hanging. Instead, Blackburne shrugs off these concerns and sends his queen (18.Qf7!!!) up in the rook's face just asking for a beat down. Now that's "cruisin' for a bruisin'" as we used to say back in the day.

One move later and the game comes to an abrupt end. Blackburne has 4 White pieces en prise and ALL 4 are immune from capture!!!! This kind of dramatic position for a win is rare indeed, all made possible by the threats of an invading pair of knights. The extreme pressure applied by White is staggering.

Yabba dabba doozy!!!! Fredthebear is so exhilarated by JHB's performance that FTB is gonna pop a cork, eat some Jack Links beef jerky w/Cheshire cheese and crackers, go howl at the moon four times, and walk across the road upright on two feet to make the local folks think they've seen Sasquatch again!!

Aug-05-18  thegoodanarchist: "Beat Poor Jetson"
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  HeMateMe: his wife Judy...
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  piltdown man: Actually, his wife was Jane. Judy was his daughter.
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  Yuridmi: His boy Elroy
Astro the dog
Spacely his boss

1861 was a long time ago, I wonder if any record exists to see if Jetson's given name was "George"

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  MissScarlett: There's a query over whether the name is <Jetson> or <Jebson>. I recently changed the name from <Jebson> to <Jetson> on the strength of Harding's Blackburne biography, but now I'm having second thoughts.
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  Tabanus: Illustrated London News 15 Feb 1862 has "Mr. Jebson". Sheffield Daily Telegraph 11 Dec 1884 and 20 Jan 1885 has an "E. Jebson" playing for the Brightside Chess Club in Sheffield.

The Field, 1 February 1862 has "Mr Jetson".

There was an Edmund Jepson, 31, family man with 4 children living in Over Darwen Lancashire in 1871.

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  MissScarlett: <Illustrated London News 15 Feb 1862 has "Mr. Jebson">

<The Field, 1 February 1862 has "Mr Jetson">

To clarify, neither column is referring in this regard to this game but a later blindfold display that Blackburne gave in Manchester on January 20th 1862, and both reproduce from Stanley's original report in the (Manchester) <Weekly Express and Report> of January 25th - Stanley has <Jetson>, so the <ILN> version is likely only a typo.

What's curious is that Boden in the same <Field> column also gives this game, but doesn't identify the opponent beyond <Mr I --->. As Harding points out, it seems we have Edward Pindar to thank for the survival of this game, as Boden thanks <E. P. (Manchester)> in the correspondence section for his contribution and offer of future games.

The attribution of <Jetson> to this game didn't happen until as late 1889, when it appeared simultaneously in the <Manchester Evening News> and <Birmingham Weekly Mercury> of November 2nd. Harding speculates the game was rediscovered (with the identity of the opponent) by <C. A. Dust>, the editor of the <MEN>, and passed on to <R. J. Buckley> of the <Mercury> because Blackburne was due to visit the city.

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  Tabanus: Very informed :) In case of <Jetson>, the 1861 census has Joseph H(enry) Jetson, 48, Railway Shareholder, and his brother John Jetson, 42, Landed proprietor, + a sister Elizabeth, 32, living together in 64 Wilmot Street, Hulme Township, City of Manchester. With no children in the house, so they could have the time for chess. And they seem to be the only alternative in the 1861 censuses for Lancashire.

John Jetson, 42, Batchelor Gentleman, married Ann Renshaw, 24, on 30 Dec 1862 in Manchester.

All three in Hulme also in 1851 and 1841. In 1871, Joseph & Elizabeth are in Leeds. John is then in Altrincham Cheshire, married, 52, Builder. The he died in 1872.

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