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Steinitz / Bird / Blackburne
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Years covered: 1873

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Wilhelm Steinitz, Henry Edward Bird & Joseph Henry Blackburne played on this team at Vienna (1873).

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1. Steinitz / Bird / Blackburne vs Anderssen / Paulsen / Rosenthal 0-1291873Consultation gameA13 English

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Feb-10-12  Knight13: <Wilhelm Steinitz, Henry Edward Bird & Joseph Henry Blackburne incidently describe a story of 6 years previous where the latter allegedly punched & threw the former out of a Paris tournament window after the former spat on the latter.> Who is "former" referring to, and who is "latter" referring to? There are three names.
Feb-10-12  AlphaMale: This little thing between Steinitz and Blackburne was bigger than Fischer versus Spassky.

To cut a tall story short: Blackburne dissed Steinitz, who, in turn, gobbed in his face, whereupon Blackburne settled matters by throwing him out of a first-floor window.

Feb-20-14  Karpova: <AlphaMale>

Actually, Winter's feature article <Chess with Violence> does not support the apocryphal story you summarized, but refutes it.

Winter quotes Steinitz ('International Chess Magazine', November 1889, pp. 332-333):

<And on one occasion at Purssellís about 1867, in a dispute between us, he struck with his full fist into my eye, which he blackened and might have knocked out. And though he is a powerful man of very nearly twice my size, who might have killed me with a few such strokes, I am proud to say that I had the courage of attempting to spit into his face, and only wish I had succeeded, Dreckseele. And on the second occasion, in Paris, we occupied adjoining rooms at the same hotel, and I was already in bed undressed when he came home drunk and began to quarrel, and after a few words he pounced upon me and hammered at my face and eyes with fullest force about a dozen blows, until the bedcloth and my nightshirt were covered with blood. But at last I had the good fortune to release myself from his drunken grip, and I broke the window pane with his head, which sobered him down a little.> (Dreckseele is Hoffer, who gave a wrong account of the incident(s))

So 2 separate incidents, Steinitz didn't spit into Blackburne's face (only attempted to), and Blackburne came into contact with a window - the 2nd incident was most likely Paris 1878, where Steinitz was also present (although not as a participant).


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  offramp: <Karpova> Thank you for providing some sort of basis for these flibbertigibbet stories.
Feb-20-14  RedShield: <Actually, Winter's feature article <Chess with Violence> does not support the apocryphal story you summarized, but refutes it.>

Like, duuuuh!!! Not to speak on someone else's behalf, but does the expression <To cut a tall story short> not tell you something?

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