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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Simon Winawer
Berlin (1881), Berlin GER, rd 10, Sep-09
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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Aug-19-03  Kenkaku: Interesting little story at the end of this one. Blackburne knew how to play the crowd (as well as his opponent!)!
Aug-19-03  pawntificator: heh heh
Aug-19-03  mdorothy: Back in the time of entertainment, not greed.
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  Benzol: Interesting stalemate trap at the end.
Nov-25-06  jackmandoo: Very Very cool there at the end.
Nov-26-06  hitman84: LOL nice stalemate trap!

28...Bf5 simply loses a pawn.

Oct-17-07  qskakaley: Obviously, I'm an idiot because I don't see how it is perpetual check with Blackburne's notes...can White NOT just take Black's queen after Qc1+??? And same with Qf4+??? The newly queened pawn could take...even if he tries Qd1+, there is no way to check White again without trading queens, which means White will be a queen up...
Oct-17-07  Shams: <qskakaly> you're not an idiot-- check Benzol's comment below.
Sep-02-08  ughaibu: It would've been nice if Blackburne had promoted to a bishop.
Sep-02-08  kellmano: Blackburne's notes are marvellously unhelpful. Up to black's 28th the game looks even.
May-26-09  Tom Bird: Very nice drawing trap at the end. It might have worked in a blitz game.
Nov-26-13  dat dude: It's a drawing trap because the black knight is pinned. If white takes the black queen then it's stalemate as black cant move.
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  zanzibar: Compare BCM's account:

<A funny incident occurred in his game with Winawer, given in our present number. At the point in the game illustrated by the accompanying diagram, M. Wiuawcr's position, as will be seen, was utterly desperate. As a last resource, however, he very cleverly manoeuvred in such a manner that if Mr. Blackburne had incautiously advanced his Pawn to the eighth square and claimed a Queen, the game would have been drawn by stalemate or perpetual check.

Black (Herr Winawer)

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White (Mr. Blackburne)

Mr. Blackburne pretended at first not to see the dodge, and kept his fingers hovering over the Pawn with the apparent intention of queening it, during which feigned hesitation his opponent's feelings can be better imagined than described ; but at length with a sudden movement, the cat made a speedy end of the mouse by capturing the Kt with his Bishop, upon which M. Winawer at once resigned, joining himself heartily in the chorus of laughter which burst from the amused spectators.>

BCM v1 (Oct 1882) p319/328

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