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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs H Stelling
Simul, 22b (1886) (exhibition), Manchester ENG, Oct-01
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Steinitz Gambit (C25)  ·  1-0



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Jan-22-06  Chessography: Fantastic forcing of promotion on d8.
9... Qxb2? was a noteworthy blunder and 12... Bb4?? plausible but even worse.
Oct-18-08  thebribri8: What an amazing game! "He who laughs last laughs best."
May-07-15  DanielHoseano: Is'nt this checkmate?
May-07-15  Sally Simpson: Not mate yet Daniel, Black has 17...Bxd6 then 18.Qxd6 is checkmate.

One of the rare, infact very rare, cases where the winner in a game v N.N. has two Queens on the board. You would think if one side was going to have two Queens then it would be N.N. and N.N. would lose.

Sporting of Black here...

click for larger view play 14...Kxc7. 14...Ke7 would still win for White but there is no (none that I can see right away) clear cut clean crisp finish as happened in the game.

But there again N.N. was always the sporting type of player. I see here

search "N.N".

he actually has his own page and has even a wins v Alekhine and Kasparov.

'The Best of Games of N.N.' is a chess book just waiting to be published.

May-16-15  DanielHoseano: But, I don't see the bishop? The bishop is dead
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  MissScarlett: C.N. #2047 (dates from 1994):

<A favourite Blackburne brilliancy from pages 182-183 of <Mr Blackburne's Games at Chess> by P. Anderson Graham:

[above score]

No date is given, but the book's chronological order suggests 1894 or 1895. In fact, the score had already been published much earlier in a number of sources, such as pages 44-45 of the 15 December 1886 issue of the <Brooklyn Chess Chronicle> and pages 171-172 of the <Columbia Chess Chronicle> of 2 June 1888; Blackburne's opponent was identified as H. Stelling, and the occasion indicated as a 22-board simultaneous exhibition in Manchester. Moreover, the conclusion was given as the less spectacular <14...Ke7 15.d8=Q+ Resigns>; the finish published in the Blackburne book is in the <Columbia Chess Chronicle>'s notes.>

Manchester Evening News, October 2nd 1886, p.2:

<MR. J.H. BLACKBURNE AT THE MANCHESTER CHESS CLUB. - The local chess season was opened last evening, when Mr. J. H. Blackburne played twenty-two games simultaneously against as many opponents (including a lady visitor) at the Manchester Chess Club. After nearly four hours' play Mr. Blackburne defeated 17 of his opponents, and drew with five, viz., Messrs. J. Thompson, R. B. Hardman, E. Haslam, J. Green, and H. W. Hart. With one gentleman (Mr. H. Stelling) Mr. Blackburne played two extra games, of which he won one and drew the other. Arrangements have been made for a match between Mr. Blackburne and Mr. A. Burn, to commence at Liverpool, probably on the 25th inst.>

Did Stelling also play in the simul? It's unclear if this should be marked 'Simul' or 'Casual'.

Where was this game first published? That might explain the route by which the game made its way to Brooklyn by December.

Jan-21-21  mifralu: < MissScarlett: Did Stelling also play in the simul? It's unclear if this should be marked 'Simul' or 'Casual'.

Where was this game first published? >

Simul 22b, Manchester Post

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