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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Ford
"Crossing the Ford" (game of the day Mar-20-2006)
Blindfold simul, 10b (1877), Bury St. Edmunds ENG, Jun-14
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0
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Mar-20-06  AlexanderMorphy: nice game...hey <cogano> are you still willing to play a game against me?
Mar-20-06  Steppenwolf: 20. Qh8+ is a bit weak and gives a small break to black. Much stronger was 20. Ne7+ where the knight must be take by the queen, to save mate from 21. Qh8. Best defense is: 20. Ne7+, QxN; 21. RxQ, and if Be6 or Be8, 22. Qe5!
Mar-20-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Black's play is very weak, that probably explains most of the pretty moves. Still the way Blackburne mops this player up is impressive! Nice pun too! :)

My favorite move of the game: 19.Re7! (after which mate is unavoidable)

Mar-20-06  nuwanda: <Steppenwolf>, i dont understand. where is the break after 20.Qh8 ? All black moves forced. and your suggestion 20.Ne7 is no mate after 20...Kf8 21.Qh8 Kf7
Mar-20-06  Castle In The Sky: Black's first major mistake is 7...h6?? This is a premature defensive manouever that unnecessarily weakens the g6 square and set's up a nice target for Black's black bishop. White fully exploits the weakness in move 14.♘xg6. This is a very common mistake among beginning players in that what seems like a prophylactic move is really an unnecessary weakening of the king side. The pin is often not as bad as it seems when it is weighed against the defensive function of the pawns.
Mar-20-06
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  kevin86: Blackburne pulls off a neat sac at the end.

The pun was a little weak-I would have expected something of an automobile-related. "Blackburne crashes Ford"

Mar-20-06  chessmann1950: hi jackmandoo--actually Blackburne took up chess professionally circa 1870 leaving his business ventures behind--also he did poorly in matches with both Steinitz and Lasker as his style and nature were more suited to tournament play
Mar-20-06  miguel12: Is this considered a good way to meet the Winawer - change it into an exchange variation - any thoughts?
Mar-20-06  weary willy: <Is this considered a good way to meet the Winawer - change it into an exchange variation - any thoughts?>

Bent Larsen played it for a while in the 1960s - with some success - then abandoned it when it became popular. Here's an example: Larsen vs Portisch, 1964

Mar-20-06  nuwanda: <Castle In The Sky> i agree, and if he dont like the pin, he still has Be7 at his disposal. I would think about 7...Bg4, giving white a bit to worry about his d4 pawn and having the manouever Bh5, Bg6 to neutralize the d3 bishop. So maybe white should have thought of 7.h3 instead of 0-0, leaving black with a little problem where to develop his bishop and keeping his own bishop on d3.

Isnt it funny, we critize blacks 7...h6 and i think about 7.h3 in an almost symmetrical position.

Mar-20-06  ajile: Nice King hunt for White but Black's 7...h6 was horrible.
Mar-20-06  itz2000: wow! great game by white!!!!!!!!!!
Mar-20-06  kansasofunitedstates: Ford was the first car haved by Margaret Blane McTyce, one of the finest players in Kansas history!
Mar-20-06
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  al wazir: <nuwanda, Castle In The Sky>: At move 14 black was already two ♙s down. If Blackburne had wanted to, he could have just traded down to a won endgame: 15. Nxe7 Rxe7 16. Rxe7 Qxe7 17. Bxf6 gxf6.

Yours are the only posts that try to analyze where black went wrong. Was 7...h6 the losing move? That's scary. If the French is that dangerous to play, what is a safe defense?

Maybe black would have been better off accepting the sac: 11. Bxh6 gxh6. How does white win now? I see checks along the g file, threats against the ♙ on h6, and the possibility of bringing up the ♖, but I don't see a quick kill.

Mar-20-06
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  OhioChessFan: <Maybe black would have been better off accepting the sac: 11. Bxh6 gxh6. How does white win now? I see checks along the g file, threats against the on h6, and the possibility of bringing up the , but I don't see a quick kill.>

<Alwazir> that is what I was thinking. The Kingside attack is there anyway. At least taking the Bishop removes one attacking piece.

Mar-21-06  nuwanda: <al wazir> and <OhioChessFan> 11.Bh6 is no sac, its a simple win of a pawn cause of the obvious 12.Qf6, now black can stop the attack immediately with 12...Nf5, white has to exchange queens. OK black has the two bishop, but white is a sound pawn up, it should be won.

7...h6 the losing move ? i dont know, but definitely 10...c6, overlooking the obvious threat. what should black play instead ? 10...Nc6 ? i dont like the black position

Mar-21-06  Cogano: Hello again <AlexanderMorphy> & I sincerely hope this finds you well. Yes, of course I am. As I said on <WannaBe>'s site, I need to know where, when & how. For example, if we're going to do it here, meaning on chessgames.com, then we need someone to generously lend us their forum for that purpose (& I can't bring myself to bother anyone for that, but that's just me) or we could always use the kibitzer's cafe. If you want to use another site, then I'll need your help. I'm not that technologically & Internet adept & until today, I've had a very hard time figuring my way around chess playing sites. I look forward to your reply. Take very good care & have a great day. Cheers mate!
Mar-21-06  Cogano: Hello again <AlexanderMorphy> & I sincerely hope this finds you well. I just wanted to let you know that I've just registered on Queen Alice under the same username that I use here, Cogano. I sincerely hope & pray that I'll be able to figure out my way around the site & how to play there. I look forward to your reply. Take very good care & have a great day. Cheers mate!
Mar-22-06
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  al wazir: <nuwanda: 11.Bh6 is no sac, its a simple win of a pawn cause of the obvious 12.Qxf6>

OK, you're right, it's obvious (now that you've pointed it out). But is black any worse off than he was in the actual game?

I don't think the game was lost after 7...h6. For one thing, the attack succeeded because white was able to post a ♘ on e5. That was possible because black blocked the check 8. Re1+ by playing 8...Ne7; but he could have played 8...Be6 instead, which would have kept open the possibility of castling long.

Mar-22-06  AlexanderMorphy: Hey <cogano>, i'd prefer it if we played over here, as i'm rather like you when it comes to getting myself around the Internet...so i guess it would be easier for both of us to play over here! You've obviously know more people on here than i, and i was hoping you could ask someone if we could use their forum? well i look forward to your reply!
Mar-22-06  Cogano: Hello again <AlexanderMorphy> & I sincerely hope this finds you well. Glad to hear from you again. Even though I'm such a computer & Internet klutz, I still got myself on queenalice.com & gameknot.com & I'm playing a few games on both sites! If you want I could try to help you getting on there too. It's Sooooo easy! But, if you prefer, we can play here. That's fine too. But, I'll have to find someone who would be willing to lend us their forum so we can play our game. I think I know just the person. I'll get back to you on that. Take very good care & have a great day.
Mar-28-06
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  OhioChessFan: <I don't think the game was lost after 7...h6. For one thing, the attack succeeded because white was able to post a on e5. That was possible because black blocked the check 8. Re1+ by playing 8...Ne7; but he could have played 8...Be6 instead, which would have kept open the possibility of castling long.>

<Alwazir> Looking it over, Ne7 is a strategically disasterous move. Ne5 is overwhelming.

Jan-25-09  WhiteRook48: great king hunt
Mar-06-09  WhiteRook48: the final position looks funky from Black's view
May-06-13  thomastonk: I found this game elsewhere, and now I know: "BFX" = "BlindFold, 10 games simultaneously". Have I missed to read a manual?

BTW, Blackburne announced a mate in 8 moves, when he played 20.♕h8+. The final position is quite funny, but the queen on h6 is sooo useless. But sacing it, say 26.♕f6+, makes it a mate in 9. ㋛

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