|Jun-04-04|| ||Honza Cervenka: 24...Nd4 was a serious mistake but after 24...Bf6 25.Nxf6+ exf6 26.Qxf6 Bxe4 27.Bxe4 Qxe4 28.Re1 white is clearly better too. |
|Mar-12-06|| ||offramp: It is unusual to see Steinitz opening with 1.a3. Blackburne gives up a pawn with 3...c5 but then seems to have second thoughts and instead of making a real gambit out of it he rushes out with his queen to get the pawn back.|
By the time his queen gets back home with 10...Qd8 white has a large lead in development.
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Steinitz gains a lot of space and Blackburne play becomes more and more surreal.
|Mar-12-06|| ||An Englishman: Good Morning: Actually, both players conducted the opening poorly. Steinitz can't play 1.a3 and then expect to continue 2.d4 and 3.e4 as if he still has the White pieces--the whole point of the Anderssen is that White plays Black with a surprisingly useful a2-a3.|
If we apply the ideas of the variation 1.e4,d6; 2.d4,Nf6; 3.Nc3,g6; 4.f4,Bg7; 5.Nf3,0-0; 6.Be2,c5; 7.dxd5,Qa5 to this game, we can see where Black burned himself (no pun intended). He played well with 3...c5! and 4...Qc7!, but he should have played ...Nf6 at move 6, 8, 9 or 11.
6...Nf6 (or 6...d6; 7.Be3,Qc7; 8.Nbc3,Nf6) allows an easy retreat to c7 for the Black Queen and reserves the possibility of playing ...Nbd7. The QB can deploy to b7 after ...a6 and ...b5.
|May-19-06|| ||offramp: Blackburne's Long Goodbye.|
|May-19-06|| ||madlydeeply: I think Steinitz' a3 is his way of scoffing at Blackburn's pet Owen's defense (g6, Bg7). Blackburn was stubburn enough to go through with it anyway...I can see two furious balding beard-shaggy men furiously puffing away at their pipe and cigar with the forehaeads sweating and wheezing and angry crazy fierce squinty eyes in a true Sumo style staredown...|
probably wasn't exactly like that...
|May-19-06|| ||ganstaman: Owen's defense is b6 and Bb7, while g6 and Bg7 is the Modern/Robatsch/50 other names. But the description, I'm pretty sure that's accurate enough.|
|May-19-06|| ||keypusher: <Steinitz gains a lot of space and Blackburne play becomes more and more surreal.> Good summary!|
|Aug-08-08|| ||jimx: "Madlydeeply: I can see two furious balding beard-shaggy men furiously puffing away at their pipe and cigar with the forehaeads sweating and wheezing and angry crazy fierce squinty eyes in a true Sumo style staredown...|
probably wasn't exactly like that..."
I think it might have been very similar to that actually. These two men had a long standing feud and they were still probably treating each other with contempt in 1873. Here's an interesting read about it -
(it's probably been quoted in other Steinitz/Blackburne games, my apologies if so)
|Dec-18-09|| ||ariel el luchador: año 1873 las negras trrataron de jugar en forma hipermoderna pero les salió mal ,una partida olvidable|
|Aug-23-10|| ||fetonzio: haha a3 to finish off a monster tournament|
|Sep-03-12|| ||ariel el luchador: No entiendo porque jugó tan mal el desempate Blackburne , estoy seguro que si a alguien que no conozca las partidas les ponen estas partidas y las 2 que jugó en la primera ronda todos dirían que las 2 últimas partidas son de un queso jugando contra Steinitz.|
|Dec-02-12|| ||pureredwhiteblu: I was playing the Endless Chess Quiz on chess.com and read this:
"Joseph Blackburne was nicknamed 'The Black Death', given to him by a comment in the tournament book of Vienna 1873. He was known for his temper. After losing to Steinitz in a match, he threw him out of a window. Luckily for Steinitz that they were on the first floor" |
- I can only assume that it was due to this game.