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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs David Forsyth
"The Forsyth Saga" (game of the day Jan-05-2014)
Glasgow (1883), Glasgow SCO
Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation (C22)  ·  1-0



Annotations by Joseph Henry Blackburne.      [148 more games annotated by Blackburne]

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  offramp: Typical Blackburne notes; very terse! But he's one of my favourite annotators.
Jan-05-14  YoungEd: How are Blackburne's annotations like limbo? There's no variation!
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  al wazir: Black should have moved his ♖ to the b-file earlier, e.g., 38. Rb8.
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  Penguincw: As some people say, "Connected passed pawns on the 6th rank are equivalent to a rook."

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  Domdaniel: <Penguincw> -- "Equivalent?" *Better*, in this case. Although, in your diagram position, whoever has the move wins.
Jan-05-14  RandomVisitor: After 29.Rxb7 black stands well

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-7.01] d=17 29...Ne5> 30.Qg2 g4 31.Kh1 Qe8 32.Rd5 g3 33.fxg3 Rxg3 34.Qh2 Nd3 35.Qxg3 Bxg3 36.Kg1 Ne5 37.Rd1 Bh2+ 38.Kg2 Qc8 39.Rbd7 Nxd7 40.Kxh2 Qb8+ 41.Kg1 Qb6+ 42.Kh1 Nf6 43.Rd2 Nxe4 44.Rg2 Qh6

Jan-05-14  RandomVisitor: After 17.Nf7 black needs to coordinate his pieces - the bishop on a5 is out of play. Perhaps black should try:

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.53] d=20 17...Bc7> 18.Qg2 Kg7 19.e5 Bxe5 20.Rae1 Nh6 21.Nxe5 fxe5 22.f4 Nf7 23.Bxf7 Qxf7 24.Rxe5 Qxf4 25.Rxg5+ Kf6 26.Rg3 Qe5 27.Rd1 Re8 28.h4 Bf5 29.Qxb7 Rg8 30.Qc6+ Kf7 31.Qc4+ Be6 32.Qd3 Rxg3+

Jan-05-14  RandomVisitor: After 6.Qg3 black can play 6...Nf6

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Rybka 4.1 x64:

<[-0.24] d=21 6...Nf6> 7.Be3 0-0 8.Bh6 Nh5 9.Qg4 Re8 10.Qxh5 gxh6 11.Nd2 Qg5 12.Qxg5+ hxg5 13.f3 Bb6 14.Ne2 d6 15.h4 g4 16.Nf4 gxf3 17.gxf3 Ne5 18.Nd5 Kg7 19.Nxb6 axb6 20.Rg1+ Kf6 21.Kf2 Be6

Jan-05-14  morfishine: I Googled "The Forsyth Saga" and still don't know what that has to do with this game
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  HeMateMe: It might be a reference to Frederick forsythe, who wrote thrillers like The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File. Most of those guys, like Len Deighton, Robert Ludlum, et. al., have a theme that was presented as two books or as a trilogy.
Jan-06-14  Jim Bartle: It's from "The Forsyte Sags," the "downton Abbey" of its day.

Jan-06-14  Jim Bartle: It's from "The Forsyte Saga," the "Downton Abbey" of its day.

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  tamar: Can you imagine Blackburne as the host of Masterpiece Theatre?

Glass of whiskey or port in hand, and making jokes from his study.

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  kevin86: Forsyth gets Blackburned.

Two pawns far advance can overwhelm a rook.

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  fredthebear: There seems to be a certain lurking magical charm in Blackburne's games, as if a carefree twinkle dances in his eye, ready to pull that ace out of his sleeve. FTB would certainly buy him a drink!

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