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Gustav Neumann vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Dundee Congress (1867), Dundee SCO, rd 4, Sep-07
Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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Jun-03-05  paladin at large: With 20. Bc4 white maintains the powerful outpost on e6 which wins the game. Blackburne feels compelled to sacrifice the exchange to remove it with 32......R x e6, but goes into a lost endgame.
Jun-03-05  Shams: why does black delay taking the e4 pawn in the last stages of the endgame?
Jun-03-05  paladin at large: White does not need the e pawn to win. Black does not play 52.... Kxe4 to avoid 53. Rxc4+. More important than taking e4 or the text move would have been to have two queening threats to put a strain on the white rook. 51. Kf4 looks bad, perhaps h4 would have been better. Not sure there is a drawing sequence for black .
Jun-03-05  Shams: I saw 53.Rxc4+ but it's not clear to me just who is gaining the tempo, since black would have 53...Kd3 gaining a move to approach the b-pawn. Besides, how does 52...Ke5 prevent 53.Rxc4? Black could then play 53...h4 but that pawn is not going to queen.

I guess I don't really have any questions about this ending; the result is obvious but it seems both players belabored the point. If anyone can see a draw for white after 52...Ke5 53.Rxc4 please do share.

Jun-04-05  paladin at large: Agree. Ke5 is no good at all. No, the h pawn is not going to queen, but white needs to force the rook to go get it. If black can get c3 in, then the white king cannot get in front of the b and c pawns. If. 51....h4 52. Rg7+ 53. Kf4, If 52. Rh7 Kg4. The e and f pawns are relatively unimportant.
May-01-07  vonKrolock: <23...♕c7> If black will be compelled to take in 'e6' and sacrifice the exchange, now was the right moment (compare with the position after <32.f4>: There the ♖xe6 was already a desperate measure, while here, the position after 23.♗e6 ♖xe6 24.fe ♕xe6 would open two possibilities: first - Black would take the ♙ at 'a2', and the white ♔ should fly from the ♕ side like Louis XVI flew from Versailles; and second - Black would take the 'e4' ♙, and, after an oportune d6-d5, play should develop quite confortably for the tanned army

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