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Emmanuel Schiffers vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Hastings (1895), Hastings ENG, rd 6, Aug-12
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0

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Mar-13-08  Knight13: 16...f5 not only weakens e6 pawn, but also weakens e5 square, and locks Black's light-squared bishop up in prison for life.

<22...h5> Useless, but there wasn't anything Black could do.

Dec-24-08  Ychromosome: If 31...Bd7 32.Qg8+ Kh6 33.Qh8+ Kg6 34.Bf7+ Kxf7 35.Qxh5+
May-04-09  sfm: CvB writes about 6.Nxf6+: "Better than 6 Nf3 for then ...Nxe4 7.Bxe4,Nf6 and Black gains time for his development" It is nonsense as White could continue 8.Bd3, giving the same position as in the game and with the same player to move.
May-04-09  sfm: CvB does not like 16.-,f5 and writes "Preferable was 16.-,e5" But 17.Nd6 looks like a strong move.
Jul-01-16  zanzibar: Compare to Von Bardeleben vs Lasker, 1895 (kibitz #14)

Here <CG> is better than <CB>, <NIC>, and <365>, having 16.c3 vs 16.a3.

<BritBase> agrees with <CG> here.

Dec-07-19
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  MissScarlett: Harding's book on Blackburne has 16.a3, but:

<Page 345, Game 783 (Blackburne-Schiffers): We followed Schallopp’s Hastings 1895 book and many databases with 16 a3, but the English tournament book and two magazines say 16 c3 was played. We now think that was correct.>

http://www.chessmail.com/research/B...

Oct-17-20
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  Messiah: Not a very convincing play from Blackburne.
Oct-03-21
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  Honza Cervenka: Already 15...Nc6 seems to be a suboptimal decision of black. 15...Kh8 preparing e6-e5 looks like a more useful plan here. But thanks to better development white's game is better anyway.

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