|Aug-02-11|| ||Phony Benoni: Probably the most interesting thing about this game is that Black, one of the outstanding problem composers of his day, was blind.|
|Aug-02-11|| ||Oceanlake: Hope Black was treated to a tot of rum.|
|Aug-02-11|| ||sevenseaman: Amazing ploy after 13...Qf6.
<PB> I think we never need mention chess blindness.
I was a soldier; my opposite no. (in a training exercise) failed to spot me at 3 yards. No camouflage; we were in a cluster of trees and I had aligned my self motionless along a tree in his full view, a mere 3 yds away. He swept his vision over me but missed spotting.
|Aug-02-11|| ||HeMateMe: "You can have any color you want--as long as it's black."|
|Aug-02-11|| ||PaulLovric: love it wen you can announce a mate|
|Aug-02-11|| ||Once: A very pretty little mate.
Another attractive finish, if slightly longer, would have been 16...Ne3+ 17. Be6 Bxe6+ 18. g4 Bxg4#
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But I guess that's just showboating.
|Aug-02-11|| ||IRONCASTLEVINAY: only one game in database|
|Aug-02-11|| ||abuzic: abuzic: If J L Main was sighted then a blind with vision, a sighted without:
7.Ng5?, the blind saw it and castled (he probably "saw" other things but chose the best"; the sighted didn't see what's coming and played 14.Nf3; the blind saw the mate, announced and executed it: 14...Qf4+|
|Aug-02-11|| ||Sho: Fun, fun, fun game.
And Jamaica (1880s) no less!
It's like the last game of the swashbuckling-era of chess--in Jamaica!
How cool is that? Thanks CG.
|Aug-02-11|| ||TheTamale: Very nice mate, It's neat when a piece that hasn't even moved can play a part in it.|
|Aug-02-11|| ||kevin86: The bishop and the knight's attack on the queen are just window dressing. The knight mate is adequate enough...|
|Aug-02-11|| ||rapidcitychess: <Winning is too mainstream for me>|
The mate was just beautiful.
|Aug-02-11|| ||Mkhitar: I tought 14.Qf3 is better. However, it leads to another checkmate after 14..Qh6! with 15..Qh4# or 15..Qh2#, or whites are forced to give the Quin with 15.Qg4 and any way resign due to material loss:)|
|Aug-02-11|| ||50movesaheadofyou: 13.Kg3?? it's suicide mon!|
|Dec-17-11|| ||jomugl: Mackenzie would not have been blind in 1880; he went blind in the mid-1890s as a result of contracting Hansen's disease/leprosy.|
I am not a chess player, merely an historian in Jamaica who has a great interest in A F Mackenzie and his career.
|Dec-18-11|| ||Phony Benoni: <jomugl> Thank you for that information. I had no idea.|