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Louis Paulsen vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Blindfold simul, 10b (1861), Manchester ENG, Nov-28
Rat Defense: Small Center Defense (C00)  ·  1-0


Annotations by Joseph Henry Blackburne.      [148 more games annotated by Blackburne]

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Kibitzer's Corner
May-04-03  Rookpawn: Blackburne adopts the "Hedgehog" strategy of keeping all of his pieces on the seventh or eighth rank. Such formations are difficult to play against in a blindfold game because of their irregularity.
Oct-05-06  prinsallan: Paulsens finish, is as stated, nothing short of superb!
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  chessamateur: Wow, Blackburne actually annotated one of his losses.
Dec-10-07  sambo: The player of the day takes a hit in a blind simul...but not his blind simul! Surprising to say the least. Blackburne probably had a win earlier (27...Bxc3 28. Bxh4 Bxe1 29. Bxe1 and black is up a rook for a bishop), but didn't take it. Tsk tsk.
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  InspiredByMorphy: Blackburne deserves a lot more credit for this game than he is recieving. As he states himself 27. ...Bxc3 28.Bxh4 Bxe1 29.Bxe1 wins the exchange

Apr-07-09  WhiteRook48: what's up with 30 Bg8?
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Rookpawn>: "Such formations are difficult to play against in a blindfold game because of their irregularity."

As a blindfold simul player, I beg to differ. Their very distinctiveness makes them easier to remember, and the positional compromises make it easier to play against.

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  AnalyzeThis: I guess it depends on whether the hedgehog is done right.
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  Elsinore: Nice annot. at the end, "Mr. Paulsen at that time was, next to Morphy, the greatest living expert at this form of play." Makes you think about all of the players that Morphy should have played but never did.
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  MissScarlett: <what's up with 30 Bg8?>

It blocks the eighth rank, of course, allowing White's rook to enter.

Harding in his Blackburne biography (2015), p.19:

<30.Bg8! Good enough; in a blindfold game Paulsen could hardly be expected to find 30.Re7!! Qxe7 31.Be6+>

Quite, and yet it's always instructive to look at the difference between the great and the good.

After 30.Bg8, Black's only realistic try is 30...Bc6, covering the d7 square.

Then we have the line <31.Re7 Qxe7 32.Be6+ Qxe6 33.Qxe6+> and now 33..Bd7 means that the Bg3 will fall.

Without the interpolation of Bg8-Bc6, 32.Qe6+ can't be met by ...Bd7 and the Bg3 will live on.

Interesting but academic, you say. But more importantly, what does Harding say?

After 30.Bg8, he has: <If 30...Bc6 31.Re7 Kc7 32.Bxf4+ etc.> But ...Kc7 isn't even legal, so Harding's cocked it up. This error seems to have evaded detection, so far:

Even so, there's another consideration - after <30.Bg8 Bc6>, White's only winning line is with 31.Re7. If Paulsen could hardly be expected to find 30.Re7!!, why should he find 31.Re7?

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