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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Vienna (1873), Vienna AUH, rd 2, Jul-24
Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. General (C60)  ·  1-0



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Oct-06-03  Kenkaku: A fine win by Blackburne, showing off both his positional and tactical skills.
Sep-01-04  Calli: If Steinitz plays 23...Qa1+ then 24.Kd2 Qa4 25.b3 Qe4 26.Bd3 Qd5 27.Qh2 wins. Old Wilhelm played a bad opening and Blackburne pounced.
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  tamar: Brief, but valuable annotations. Blackburne rocked Steinitz twice with 4. d4 ("The correct move, which gives White superiority at once.") both times getting virulent attacks against the C60 line. The other encounter was Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1873 Previously Blackburne had tried the slower 4. c3 lines.
Feb-21-05  Hinchliffe: <tamar> thanks for the link.As a Ruy Lopez player it is invaluable to see how to punish these minor opening errors. Pressure and then more pressure is the way to turn opening blemishes into victory. Strong play from Blackburne capitalises on an inferior opening and brings home the bacon.Most instructive particularly when one considers what a fine player and World Champion Steinitz was.
Apr-12-05  aw1988: Valuable notes?? By Blackburne?? Surely you are sarcastic.
Oct-12-05  Averageguy: What's this check on d5 on move 19 if the bishop goes to f5?
Nov-13-05  asuka: Averageguy: What's this check on d5 on move 19 if the bishop goes to f5?

Perhaps after 18...Bf5 19.Qd5+ Rf7 20.e6!

What do you think?

Nov-14-05  Averageguy: <asuka><Perhaps after 18...Bf5 19.Qd5+ Rf7 20.e6!

What do you think?>
What happens after 20...Re7 ?

May-19-06  offramp: Contd from Steinitz vs C Pitschel, 1873:

"The Englishman having the advantage of the move scored the first and third games...."

See Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1873

Oct-26-06  GufeldStudent: I think Blackburne's annotations are a little off. Be6 is clearly good here.
Nov-26-06  Maatalkko: 3...Nfe7 isn't considered to be an opening error. It's called the Cozio and it's thought to be OK. I beat it last week with 4. 0-0 d6 5. d4.
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  pawn to QB4: Definitely. I suspect there's a bit of analysis by hindsight from Blackburne here: Steinitz will have been happy enough with his position, at least to move 13. I have Black against this chap: M Alcock next week; he usually traps me with something or other in more conventional Spanish lines so I think I'll risk 3...Nge7 myself on the ground I can't do much worse.
Apr-16-18  Big Pawn: Blackburne doesn’t seem to get enough credit in chess history. He played a monster game here in positional attacking style that would rank well if played in any era. What a great player!
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  nizmo11: Blackburne after move 12...g6: "He had no good move, but the present"

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But after 12...Nd4 Black is at least equal. Black's counter play on Q-side is coming fast.

Dec-08-20  sudoplatov: 19...Bf5,
20...Qd5 Rf7
21. Bc4
Apr-10-21  cehertan: Calli, after 23...Qa1+ 24.Kd2 Qa4 you’re missing mate in 2 with 25.Bd7+ which is why the final position is really lights out.
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  beatgiant: <cehertan>
Calli was talking about move 23, not the final position.

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