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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Celso Golmayo Zupide
Blackburne - Golmayo (1891), Havana CUB, rd 6, Feb-23
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Main Line (D37)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-01-06  Saruman: Perhaps Golmayo overlooked the 63.h6 tactic?
Jan-01-06  who: What else could he have done? The white pieces are just far better placed than the black ones at move 56, and the threat of 57.Re6 is looming. The basic problem black has is that white simply has too many tempi wasting moves available.
Jan-01-06  who: I don't see why white doesn't simply play 61.Kb6
Jan-01-06  Saruman: I think Blackburne did not want to allow a move like g5!? although it would still lose for black, so instead he played it save and didnt look for a faster win. Well, thats what I think.
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Amazing game by Blackburne. If you had shown me the game and asked who played White, I would have guessed Rubenstein from around 1910, perhaps from his match vs. Salwe. Just goes to show how much more well rounded the 19th Century players were than their reputation would indicate.
Jan-01-06  Assassinater: Isn't c5 necessary at some point, probably around move 15? As it is, white removed black's ability to play c5, a typical freeing maneouvre. With his cramped game, black shuffles around until his inevitable demise.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Black definitely needs ...c5, but I suspect you meant move 25--he has no c-pawn on move 15. ...c6-c5, creating the hanging pawns, won't solve all of Black's problems, but he will have a latent threat of forcing a passed pawn with either ...d4 or ...c4. This, combined with the lack of easy invasion squares for White's King, will give him counterchances.

Therefore Blackburn, anticipating Nimzowitsch, restrains, blockades and destroys the Queen side pawns. It's a pretty nice display of avant-garde thinking in chess.

Jan-02-06  Assassinater: Wow, I got it screwed up yesterday. Okay, what I meant is that wasn't <d4> necessary for black at move 15?
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: 15...d4 is interesting and poses new problems for both sides. Blackburne would probably have played 16.e4 and then plan to blockade and eventually win the d4 pawn. Not as easy as it sounds.

Another advantage to 15...d4 is that it keeps more pieces on the board. Golmayo's policy of swapping pieces at every opportunity was flawed (indeed, 8...exd5 was probably better). The Queen-less middlegame after 15...d4 might not be better in theory, but in practical play might offer better chances for the draw.

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