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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs James Mason
British CC Master tournament (1886), London ENG, rd 4, Feb-27
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Mason Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Mar-08-02  The Young Learner: At move 12. Ng5+ The very obvious move is to capture the knight with bishop as 12...Bxg5 but this is not what black chooses to do. Now this is the very obvious move so what am I missing? -Andrew age 16
Mar-08-02  The Young Learner: Excuse me for that last comment I made a mistake. I meant move 13 for both. I apologize. Andrew age 16
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  Sneaky: So how would it go... 13 Nxg5+ Bxg5 14 Qxh5+ and then Black could choose between 14. ...Kg8 or 14. ...Bh6, both of those moves give up a piece--but that's OK because Black's already up a piece, no?

I almost feel like asking my PC chess program. Or better yet, where's knight?

Mar-09-02  bishop: After 14...Kg8 or 14...Bh6, White remains a pawn up,in the hands of Blackburne this would have been plenty enough to win.
Jun-25-03  mandar: Hats off for Blackburn!!
Jun-25-03  caseyclyde: I like Young Learner's move of 13... Bxg5, even though it loses a pawn. It seemed vital for black to trade off some of the white pieces around his king.
Jun-26-03  drukenknight: Yeah, Bxg5 looks survivable. ANd what was wrong w/ 11...Nxc3?
Feb-07-11  madhatter5: 13...♗xg5? loses to 14.♕xh5+! , right?
Feb-01-16  zanzibar: This game does not belong to <2nd BCA Congress - London (1886)>.

Harding gives that game as having the "SCORE MISSING", although we know it starts "1.e4 e6", and ends as a draw.

Not sure the context for how this game was played.

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  Pawn and Two: <zanzibar> This game is from the British Chess Club Masters tournament in London, played in round 4, on Feb. 27,1886.

Gillam includes this game in his tournament book, "London Feb/Mar 1886", and Harding incudes this game in his book, "Joseph Henry Blackburne".

Feb-01-16  morfishine: Blackburne was one of my favorite players, very colorful and dangerous at any moment.

He holds one record that will never be broken: Age at death vs amount of Scotch consumed during lifetime


Feb-01-16  zanzibar: Thanks <Pawn and Two>.

It would be much easier if people uploaded the games with less generic <Event> tags - though I know it's not always possible.

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  MissScarlett: Or if you read more circumspectly.

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