chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Alexander Steinkuehler vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Manchester - (1863), Manchester ENG
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  0-1
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 63 times; par: 32 [what's this?]

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

explore this opening
find similar games 6 more A Steinkuehler/Blackburne games
sac: 20...Qg1+ PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To access more information about the players (more games, favorite openings, statistics, sometimes a biography and photograph), click their highlighted names at the top of this page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Mar-11-04  Whitehat1963: I'm surprised I actually saw today's puzzle solution pretty quickly, considering it's a Thursday puzzle. Maybe I'm getting better ... hope so.
Mar-11-04  sisyfus: well, it wasn't hard for us to find it, but blackburne was playing blindfolded!
Mar-11-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  beenthere240: It's a little like Philidor's legacy, but with an extra kick at the end from the bishop.
Mar-11-04  sooner22: This is a perfect example of smother mate, with a twist!
Mar-11-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <sooner22 "...smother mate, with a twist!"> Perfect epitaph for Blackburne.
Mar-11-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: Blackburne did this blindfold! I believe that he once announced a mate in 16 or 17 moves blindfold!!

A great mate! Artistic and useful!

Mar-11-04  alphee: Nice puzzle, first time I find it so fast. Either I improve or it becomes easier. Rodolpheb's solution I did not see.
Mar-11-04  Larsker: <Nice of Blackburne to tell us that his mate is considered one of the most beautiful ever.> Yea, these chess champs were always very self-effacing. Reminds me of the Epaulet mate.
Mar-11-04  yoniker: Rodolpheb is,of course ,wrong.
Mar-11-04  Akavall: This was a really nice mate, I didn't see it, and now I am @#$%*, because it really wasn't hard.
Mar-11-04  midknightblue: I saw it and was so proud of myself. Thanks for spoiling my fun everyone, and announcing that you saw it too, and it was easy. :(
Feb-22-05  aw1988: Eek! Nfxd2 is a painful move.
Feb-22-05  TheParadigm: <kevin86>Blackburne once announced mate in 15 while blindfolded, and was kind enough to include 3 variations, just in case his opponent thought he was lying.
Jan-14-06  Ludamad: I believe a clean mate is where every piece blocking the opponents king is nessacary, and that there are no extra or "messy" pieces performing the mate
Oct-05-06  prinsallan: <Shadout Mapes: 8.Nfxd2?? Even beginners don't make moves like that.>

I must agree, its a solidly bad move ^^
White has the choice of...
a) Develop another piece
b) Undevelop a developed piece

And he picks the latter - lol.

Oct-05-06  prinsallan: And a fine checkmate by Blackburne finishes.
Jan-29-07  Rubenus: <Sneaky> Not true. A pure mate is when every square is attacked once, but to be a perfect mate it also needs to be economical, that is when all pieces except king and pawns are needed. The rook on a8 is not necessary for the mate so it is not economical and therefore not perfect.

Oct-09-07  sanyas: <Rubenus> If a mate is constructed using all pieces from the attacking side's army, it is a <<>model mate>. And if it involves every piece on the board, it is an <<>ideal mate>. Pretty much the only place you can find ideal mates is in helpmate studies, eg.


click for larger view

Helpmate in two (dual).

Mar-12-10  morphyesque: If there are any British readers who are as old as me (born 1946), you may remember a series of animated films originally shown in the late 50s on tv by the BBC (then later in the early 60s by ITV) entitled "Chess Miniatures" devised by one Horace Shepherd and photographed by Harry Long.In this series of films the pieces appeared to move by themselves.One of the films was entitled "Traitor in the Camp" and Horace Shepherd used some ornate antique Indian chess set for this film portraying this game won by Blackburne.This particular and rather whimsical film shows the "traitor" to be the white king's rook (elephant) as it is occupying an escape square needed by the white king,
Sep-09-10  sevenseaman: The most economical mate I've seen. You can smell the antiseptic.
Oct-10-10  sevenseaman: Or a tough game made to look simple and easy. The test however is 'would have I thought of that move?'
Dec-22-10  SamAtoms1980: The final mating position in this game is all kinds of wootzor.
Sep-01-16  razetime: Well, that steinkh!
Jul-01-17  Villar: I am a 86 years old who became interested in chess after my grandchildren did so. I enjoy replaying the games played by GM and admire their skills. However, I have a problem with the game played in 11863 by Steinkuhler and Blackburn. All the final disaster could have been avoided if: 19. Knight to D1, rook X bishop at F7 20. Queen to E3. Am I overlooking something?
Jul-03-17  Villar: Correction: The year is 1863 , not as posted before.
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
good idea
by hartkoka
DubbleX's favorite games
by DubbleX
The Clean Mate!
from Collections in Idleness 1 by Trigonometrist
zz85#__How to get away with Checkmate otb
by whiteshark
Italian Classical. Greco G. Traditional (C54) 0-1The Clean Mate
from Italiano Job c3d4s Mobbed Fredthebear by fredthebear
Operettas
by Fischer of Men
Italian Classical. Greco G. Traditional (C54) 0-1The Clean Mate
from Spearheads (Batteries w/a Q) Prod Fredthebear by fredthebear
Best Chess Games of All Time
by JoseTigranTalFischer
Game collection: old
by tomo6
The Clean Mate!
from Collections in Idleness 1 by kishchess
A clean mate. Similar to Phildor with pawn from g7 moved
from Important attacking patterns by nimzo knight
GregorMendel's favorite games
by GregorMendel
Clean Game - Beauty
from Favorites by Ravenheart
Italian Classical. Greco G. Traditional (C54) 0-1The Clean Mate
from Pins Ins and Outs, ECO C 20s, 40s, 50s, 60s-90s by rbaglini
20...? (Thursday, March 11)
from Puzzle of the Day 2004 by Phony Benoni
20...? (March 11, 2004)
from Thursday Puzzles, 2004-2010 by Phony Benoni


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC