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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs James E Rabbeth
"Be Vewy Quiet: We're Hunting Rabbeth" (game of the day Jan-11-2008)
Blindfold simul, 8b (1874) (blindfold), London ENG, May-20
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Long Whip (C39)  ·  1-0



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  WannaBe: Alright, it was wabbit's foot, and now we're hunting wabbits, what's up Doc?? =)
Jan-11-08  think: At move 10, Black's Queen has virtually been trapped: ruling out obviously bad moves, 10. ... Qd6 loses to 11. Bxe5, and White will fork on c7 at the very least. If 10. ... Qd8? 11. Bg5! and Black is toast.
Jan-11-08  jkiipli: is 13..Nc6 playable for black, offering the c7 pawn for better pice activity?
Jan-11-08  Samagonka: For so many years I've been waiting to play against Rabbeth. Rabbeth? Who the @!?! is Rabbeth???
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  Phony Benoni: Looks like Black was befuddled.
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  Morten: What an awful game.

Probably an example of the "strategy" an amateur would come up with against a master playing blindfold: Play the strangest moves you can think of to throw the other guy off. Never works.

Jan-11-08  PinnedPiece: <Wannabe> >=)
Jan-11-08  drpoundsign: rabbeth bites bologna
Jan-11-08  twin phoenix: i thought black was crazy for sacking his queen on move 10 until i read the post by <think>. blacks Q really doesnt' have a good move at her disposal. i was wondering why 11. B-g5 and not simply 11. Bxe5 (after 10. --,Q-d8)though? this should pick up at least the exchange if not more...
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  keypusher: <phony benoni><Looks like Black was befuddled.> Funnee!
Jan-11-08  kevin86: Run Rabbeth Run! Black should have done same instead of playing against Blackburne. His ability (or lack of) to deal makes the Rabbeth look like instant rabbit stew. First a queen for two pieces then he gets the queen back for a rook,knight,bishop,and a pin that renders yet another rook and knight useless. Napoleon got a better deal on Louisiana in 1803.
Jan-11-08  whiteshark: <A sly Rabbeth will have three openings to its den>. --proverb
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  Jimfromprovidence: Believe it or not, black was still in the match until move 12, where he then made three bad bishops moves in a row that effectively lost the match.

Now, even though the position looks real ugly, if he had played 12...f3, the match now appears even, for all intents and purposes.

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Jan-11-08  whiteshark: <Jimfromprovidence: <Believe it or not>> I don't. It's never even. :D
Jan-11-08  psmith: <Jimfromprovidence> I don't think so. Yes, Black has a slight material plus, just by the numbers, but his pieces aren't very well co-ordinated, and White controls the center. I think White is better in the position you give, after for example 13. gxf3 gxf3 14. Qf4 c6 15. 0-0-0.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <psmith> <I don't think so. Yes, Black has a slight material plus, just by the numbers, but his pieces aren't very well co-ordinated, and White controls the center. I think White is better in the position you give, after for example 13. gxf3 gxf3 14. Qf4 c6 15. 0-0-0.>

Black won't play 14...c6 but rather 14...Nd7

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See, the position is a lot cleaner now. (I don't know if it's winnable, but it's definitely playable).

cc: <whiteshark>

Jan-11-08  whiteshark: <Jimfromprovidence <13. gxf3 gxf3 14. Qf4 Nd7 <15. 0-0-0>>>.

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Short general assessment:
Material ♕ vs ♘♘♗ might be o.k., but
black lacks development, piece coordination and anchor points for ♘s+♗s in the center. White has a nice pawn majority in the center. Only drawback for white is ♙f3 and the square g4...

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  Jimfromprovidence: <whiteshark> <13. gxf3 gxf3 14. Qf4 Nd7 <15. 0-0-0>>>.

Black would try to continue development with 15...Nb6, seeing 16 Bb3 f2 17 Qxf2 Bg4 18 Rd3 O-O-O

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Jan-12-08  whiteshark: <Jimfromprovidence> I would like to continue in a different way after <13. gxf3 gxf3 14. Qf4 Nd7 15. 0-0-0 Nb6> with

<16.Bb5+> and if <16...c6 17.d5 cxb5 18.d6> sacrifying the 4th minor pieces...

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  Jimfromprovidence: <whiteshark> <<16.Bb5+> and if <16...c6 17.d5 cxb5 18.d6> sacrifying the 4th minor pieces...>

OK. Black responds 18...Ng8

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Jan-12-08  kevin86: It's funny,Bugs Bunny told me it was DUCK season!
Jan-12-08  psmith: <Jimfromprovidence> <whiteshark>

Why not just 13. gxf3 gxf3 14. Qf4 Nd7 15. Qc7... how does Black continue then?

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  Jimfromprovidence: <psmith> <Why not just 13. gxf3 gxf3 14. Qf4 Nd7 15. Qc7... how does Black continue then?>

Black would likely play 15...Ng4, in an attempt to support the advance of his passed pawn.

Jan-17-08  think: <twin phoenix> Both of our moves are strong. After Qd8, Black has all of his pieces except his poorly placed knight still on his back rank. He is being crushed.

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