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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Steinitz - Blackburne (1876), London ENG, rd 7, Mar-02
Vienna Game: Anderssen Defense (C25)  ·  1-0
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May-07-05  aw1988: 31. Rxf7!
Jan-10-14  MarkFinan: The baffling moves on the way to defeat in a mismatch of extremely poor play! I think I could beat this Blackbourne geezer!?! 😃.. Okay. Here, you just castle. Why play 15...g6? I see no logical reason for it to be played whatsoever.


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Here black plays 27..Rf8?? kf8 followed by Ng5 stops whites attack. Rf8 leaving the knight pinned to the King is just asking for trouble and boy did black get it..


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And here?!? 28...kd6??? Wow! I fail to see why he didn't recapture the a pawn, or at the very least play 28..Ra8. Which incidentally is where blacks rook should have been! (see above diagram for reason!)


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All in all, after going through all 6 games of this match my only conclusions are that a) the chess from this era was extremely poor b) this Blackbourne chap wasn't anywhere near as strong as his opponent, and c) This is DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT 3000 elo rated chess as a certain Floridian player claimed! #bonkers

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