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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs John James O'Hanlon
Blindfold simul, 8b (1896) (blindfold), Belfast NIR, Nov-28
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Hamppe Allgaier Gambit (C25)  ·  1-0



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Nov-14-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: 17.Qd3+ and 20.Kf2

Nice attack.

Feb-03-10  bastiaan0740: indeed.
Dec-31-17  Cibator: Isn't this the game where Black is said to have proposed a draw (wanting to get to the station on time), only for Blackburne to then launch the final mating attack, adding the remark: " ... and now the gentleman can catch his train"?

And the event! I wonder what "BMX Belfast" can mean - surely nothing to do with BMX bikes, not back in the 1890's?

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  MissScarlett: <And the event! I wonder what "BMX Belfast" can mean - surely nothing to do with BMX bikes, not back in the 1890's?>

<BMX> is new to me, but I'm familiar with <BFX> which denotes <Blindfold Exhibition>.

Harding's biography lists a blindfold display in Belfast on November 28th, and contemporary reports confirm O'Hanlon as one of the line-up. I found the game itself, with correct details, in the Hong Kong paper, <Overland China Mail> of May 20th 1897, p.5. The given notes are by James Mason which suggests the game was taken from the <BCM>. Unfortunately, the online edition of the 1897 volume that I have access to, is missing the April to June editions, as well as the yearly index.

Apr-04-21  Nosnibor: According to Harding in his notes this should be B.N.L. and following an advertisement for the event on the 28th November,1896 and a report on the 30th November. Does B.N.L. stand for the Belfast News Letter?
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  MissScarlett: Yes, see pg.5.

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