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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Prize game (1869), London ENG, May-01
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Steinitz plays a remarkably modern attack with an early <h4> thrust against the Closed Sicilian, to quickly and decisively penetrate Blackburne's K-side. Steinitz shows that he is master strategist by completely neutralising Blackburne's tactical skill.

17...<d5> is a possible improvement.

After 24.g4 fg 25.Ng3 Rh8 26.Ne4 wins.

Aug-01-04  Knight13: Good game.
Jun-24-18  Tal1949: 8...f5 was very bad for Mr Blackburne here. When he saw the h4-h5 reply he should have just got up and left the building. Instead of castling or trying a solid b6 the black death went on the attack- against a superior player...never a good idea.
Jun-24-18  paul1959: A crude game unworthy of those two greats. Steinitz got the right idea with the h pawn push but 13 Bxd4 ( Bg5 was better) was hasty since 14 Qh6 did not work. Blackburne could have equalized by exchanging queens but his 14... Nb4 simply allowed his opponent to resume his plan.
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  OhioChessFan: <Blackburne could have equalized by exchanging queens but his 14... Nb4 simply allowed his opponent to resume his plan.>

Really inexplicable. By refusing to trade Queens, he left his Knight pinned, and the Queen endangered by an eventual Nc4, which White would have wanted to play even if it didn't gain a tempo. I might expect that out of a 1400.

Jun-25-18  alphamaster: Last move 24.g4! was killing here. Apparently Steinitz had see it and Blackburne didn't.

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