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Theophilus Thompson vs Charles H Blood
corr. (1874), USA
Scotch Game: Horwitz Attack (C45)  ·  1-0


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Jun-27-05  aw1988: 6. Be3!
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  TheAlchemist: Thompson was out for Blood
Jun-27-05  korger: <aw1988> I suppose you meant 11. Be3! There is nothing wrong with 6. Be2.

However, 11. Be3! threatens mate at b6. After this, 11. ... Qe5 is more or less forced (there's nothing to prevent the Bishop from moving to b6, and the Black King needs a free square to where it can flee). After this, 12. Bb6+ Ke8 13. Nc7+ picks up the Black Rook, and it's pretty much curtains for Black.

Jun-27-05  aw1988: While 11. Be3 is good, I meant 6. Be3.
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  InspiredByMorphy: Although the sac 9.Nxc7 looks great it actually leaves black with a slight advantage after 10. ...Kb8 11.Nb6 Qd5 12.Nxa8 Kxa8

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Although white's development is better, black has two minor pieces for the rook.

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  DarthStapler: You mean Qe5, not Qd5
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  whiteshark: You can't squeeze Blood out of a turnip.
Jan-18-10  newzild: <korger: However, 11. Be3! threatens mate at b6. After this, 11. ... Qe5 is more or less forced>

Black can also try 11...d6, when 12.Bb6+ Kd7 13.Bg4+ wins queen for bishop.

Jan-18-10  newzild: <aw1988: 6. Be3!>

Why is 6.Be3 so great? I don't geddit. Please explain!

Jan-21-13  pedro123: If this was his immortal then we haven't lost a Morphy to obscurity
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  perfidious: <pedro123> Who can say what might have been, really? When Thompson played this, he was still in his teens.
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