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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs W J Knight
"Blackburne Singing in the Dead of Knight" (game of the day May-14-2012)
Railway Clearing Hou (1877)
Scandinavian Defense: Ilundain Variation (B01)  ·  1-0


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  Domdaniel: Electric Black Knight Crash.
May-12-12  optimal play: Blackburne singing in the dead of Knight.
May-14-12  Abdel Irada: The punitentiary is open and waiting.
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  andrewjsacks: CG, we again thank you for everything--including your way with great puns. Excellently done!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very good pun.
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  HeMateMe: ...all your life, you were only waiting for h7 to arrive...
May-14-12  ZeejDonnelly: Cool pun, although the quality of the game seems a bit lacking to me.
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  piltdown man: Another excruciatingly awful, but therefore brilliant, pun.
May-14-12  sorokahdeen: Older games fascinate me.

They show a time before television and computers, but also one where there were fewer great chess-players who could turn raw talent into instructive principles.

This game is long before Steinitz, Nimzovitch and Rubenstein and there is no maneuvering: you don't see the attention to the possibility of an endgame and it lacks the cold-blooded attention to detail in modern games that tends to shut-down king-side attacks before they begin.

We tend to admire old games for their fire, but looking at them makes you wonder if there is anything to them but the depth of the player's tactical calculations.

May-14-12  Llawdogg: Great pun. Thanks for the chuckle.
May-14-12  solskytz: What a beautiful, creative and fitting pun!! Loved it

Take these broken wings and learn to fly...

May-14-12  srag: Wonderful pun, specially for old guys like me! Congratulations!
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  whiteshark: Take your broken wings and learn to play...
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  kevin86: White chases the king into the open and takes...the queen.
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  thegoodanarchist: I see that the Beatles' song "Blackbird" is not as obscure as I thought it was. Maybe there is no such thing as an obscure Beatles song
May-14-12  JonathanJ: everybody's got something to hide, except for me and my monkey.
May-14-12  Shams: <I see that the Beatles' song "Blackbird" is not as obscure as I thought it was.>

"Blackbird" is to the guitar what "Imagine" is to the piano: every dabbler knows these songs.

May-14-12  optimal play: Wow, that was quick! Only 2 days!
May-14-12  newzild: I don't think it's such a great pun. What does "dead of knight" have to do with this game?
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  TheTamale: <newzild>: Just that Black's name is Knight, and he loses. I admit that in a way it's a stretch, but it's still kind of nice the way the names play together for the pun.
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  Phony Benoni: Now that that's settled, we just need to know how a railway clearing was named after Yifan Hou.
May-14-12  optimal play: The pun is obviously on the player's names; Blackburne is singing because he's winning; and after 34.Rd1 Knight's game is dead.

Also I can imagine that after Knight blundered with 27...Qd2? an observant onlooker might have turned to Blackburne and said "You were only waiting for this moment to arise..."

Jun-19-14  gars: <newzild>: the pun is about the first phrase of "Blackbird", a song by the Beatles: "Blackbird singing in the dead of night, thake these brokens wing, learn to fly..."
Jun-19-14  RookFile: I like this game. Interesting play on both sides.
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  MissScarlett: I see someone got here before me....
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