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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Johannes Zukertort
B.C.A. Grand Tourney (1872), London ENG, Jun-26
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Paulsen Defense (C39)  ·  1-0



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May-10-04  fred lennox: After white's 24th move Blackburne gives a comment that is supposed to be a Steinitz discovery at least 14 years latter. Such comments are not unusual. The differance is Blackburne treats it as common knowledge, Steinitz treats it as his discovery, and history writes how nobody understood Steinitz. Steinitz is a favorite player, just to note.
May-11-04  bumpmobile: If Blackburn was so eager to trade queens on move 24, why didn't he take the offer on move 27?
May-11-04  fred lennox: Blalckburne was sticking to his plan. If no queen exchange, the N goes to the weak f6. Unless forced, it is a vital habit to stick to a plan. It takes more discipline to aquire this than one might think. It is a necessary step to master strategy.
May-26-06  The17thPawn: 22. Ng5 looks convincing. Anyone care to comment on what I'm missing?
May-26-06  sneaky pete: <The17thPawn> If 22.Ng5 Rb8 would give black a strong attack. 23.Qxh7+ Kf8 24.c3 Qe3+ 24.Kb1 Rxb2+ looks very dangerous; 24.Qh8+? Ke7 only helps black and after 24.b3 Qa1+ black has at least a perpetual.
May-26-06  The17thPawn: <sneaky pete> perhaps I underestimated rxb2 in my own analysis but if your willing give your line after Kxb2. Any feedback is much appreciated
May-26-06  sneaky pete: <The17thPawn> One line is 25.Kxb2 Rf2+ 26.Kb3 .. (26.Qc2 .. may be better but is hardly attractive) 26... Qb6+ 27.Kc4 Qb5+ 28.Kd4 Nf5+ 29.Qxf5 Q/Rxf5. Deviations by white lead to mate and first playing 23.c3? .. (omitting 23.Qxh7+ Kf8) appear to lose.

23.Qxh7+ Kf8 24.b3 Qa1+ 25.Kd2 Rd8+ also looks winning for black. Blackburne was of course playing for a win.

May-26-06  The17thPawn: <Sneaky pete> Thanks. I guess that's why Blackburne is a chess immortal and I'm a patzer. Your analysis seems spot on and is much appreciated.
Jun-27-09  vonKrolock: <29.♘d7> Also winning, and probably even quicker, was 29.♕xb4 ♕xb4 30.♖d7 ♔g7 (Or 30...♖xa2? 31.♖xf7!! ♖a1+ 32.♔b2 etc with mate to follow) 31.♘e8+ ♔f8 32.♘d6 etc

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