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Joseph Henry Blackburne
British Chess Magazine Vol 42 (1922)  
Number of games in database: 1,038
Years covered: 1861 to 1916

Overall record: +461 -247 =233 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 97 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 French Defense (66) 
    C11 C01 C00 C14 C13
 Scotch Game (55) 
 Ruy Lopez (53) 
    C77 C65 C60 C67 C70
 Vienna Opening (42) 
    C25 C29 C26 C28 C27
 French (40) 
    C11 C00 C13 C10
 Evans Gambit (38) 
    C51 C52
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (86) 
    C01 C11 C00 C14 C02
 Ruy Lopez (52) 
    C61 C62 C66 C71 C60
 French (38) 
    C11 C00 C10 C13
 Sicilian (31) 
    B45 B21 B73 B22 B30
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    D00 D02 D05 A46 D04
 Scandinavian (24) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   NN vs Blackburne, 1880 0-1
   Blackburne vs NN, 1863 1-0
   NN vs Blackburne, 1871 0-1
   A Steinkuehler vs Blackburne, 1863 0-1
   Blackburne vs J Schwarz, 1881 1-0
   Blackburne vs Mr. L, 1886 1-0
   Blackburne vs NN, 1894 1-0
   Bird vs Blackburne, 1886 0-1
   Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1883 1-0
   Blackburne vs Blanchard, 1891 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Berlin (1881)
   Vienna (1873)
   Nuremberg (1883)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Paris (1878)
   London (1883)
   Berlin (1897)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   New York (1889)
   Vienna (1882)
   London (1899)
   Breslau (1889)
   Hastings (1895)
   Vienna (1898)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Anderssen - Blackburne - Charousek - Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Anderssen, Blackburne, Charousek by monet11
   1870s - 1890s Classic Chess Principles Arise by fredthebear
   tactics 2 by tactics
   Annotations by Various Authorities & Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Blindfold Blackburne by ughaibu
   New York 1889 by suenteus po 147
   London 1883 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   London 1883 by suenteus po 147
   Challenger Blackburne by Gottschalk
   Vienna 1873 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Vienna 1873 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1882 by suenteus po 147
   FAVORITE PLAYERS by gambitfan

   NN vs Blackburne, 1880
   NN vs Blackburne, 1871
   Blackburne vs NN, 1863
   A Steinkuehler vs Blackburne, 1863
   Bird vs Blackburne, 1886

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(born Dec-10-1841, died Sep-01-1924, 82 years old) United Kingdom

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Joseph Henry Blackburne was born in Chorlton, Manchester. He came to be known as "The Black Death". He enjoyed a great deal of success giving blindfold and simultaneous exhibitions. Tournament highlights include first place with Wilhelm Steinitz at Vienna 1873, first at London 1876, and first at Berlin 1881 ahead of Johannes Zukertort. In matchplay he lost twice to Steinitz and once to Emanuel Lasker. He fared a little better with Zukertort (Blackburne - Zukertort (1881)) and Isidor Gunsberg, by splitting a pair of matches, and defeating Francis Joseph Lee, ( Blackburne - Lee (1890) ). One of the last successes of his career was at the age of 72, when he tied for first place with Fred Dewhirst Yates at the 1914 British Championship.

In his later years, a subscription by British chess players provided an annuity of 100 (approx 4,000 in 2015 value), and a gift of 250 on his 80th birthday.

In 1923 he suffered a stroke, and the next year he died of a heart attack.

Note: Blackburne played on the teams of Steinitz / Bird / Blackburne, Blackburne / Bird / MacDonnell, Bird / Blackburne, Blackburne / Aloof, Steinitz / Blackburne, Blackburne / Steinitz / De Vere, Blackburne / Potter, Blackburne / Horace Chapman & Joseph Henry Blackburne / Allies.

Wikipedia article: Joseph Henry Blackburne

1 Source: Grantham Journal - Saturday 17 December 1921, p.3.

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,038  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Steinkuehler vs Blackburne 0-1241861ManchesterC44 King's Pawn Game
2. Paulsen vs Blackburne 1-0501861Casual GameC15 French, Winawer
3. Paulsen vs Blackburne 1-0331861Blindfold simul, 10bC00 French Defense
4. Blackburne vs Jetson 1-0191861Blindfold simul, 3bB40 Sicilian
5. Blackburne vs A Steinkuehler 1-0211862Manchester CC chC51 Evans Gambit
6. Blackburne vs W Hamilton 1-0161862Blindfold simul, 4bC38 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Blackburne vs W Hamilton  0-1341862Blindfold simul, 7bC38 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Blackburne vs G Tegeler  1-0321862Blindfold simul, 10bC66 Ruy Lopez
9. Blackburne vs J B Payne 1-0301862Blindfold simul, 10bC45 Scotch Game
10. S Wellington vs Blackburne  0-1281862Liverpool CC - Manchester CCC40 King's Knight Opening
11. Blackburne vs S Wellington 1-0271862Manchester CC - Liverpool CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Blackburne vs Lomax 1-0391862Blindfold simul, 10bC01 French, Exchange
13. Blackburne vs W Hamilton 1-0281862Blindfold simul, 10bC38 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Blackburne vs Lewis  1-0261862Blindfold simul, 10bC41 Philidor Defense
15. Blackburne vs Max Kyllmann  0-1231862Blindfold simul, 10bC41 Philidor Defense
16. Blackburne vs Anderssen 1-0241862Casual gameC37 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Anderssen vs Blackburne 1-0291862Casual gameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
18. Blackburne vs V Green 1-0431862B.C.A. Grand TourneyC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
19. G MacDonnell vs Blackburne 1-0501862B.C.A. Grand TourneyC54 Giuoco Piano
20. Steinitz vs Blackburne 0-1701862B.C.A. Grand TourneyC01 French, Exchange
21. Blackburne vs F Deacon  0-1441862B.C.A. Grand TourneyC41 Philidor Defense
22. Blackburne vs Owen 1-0231862B.C.A. Grand TourneyB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. Anderssen vs Blackburne 1-0531862B.C.A. Grand TourneyC01 French, Exchange
24. Paulsen vs Blackburne  ½-½361862B.C.A. Grand TourneyA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Dubois vs Blackburne ½-½411862B.C.A. Grand TourneyC00 French Defense
 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,038  PGN Download
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  zanzibar: Blackburne interview excerpt:

Edward Pindar (kibitz #12)


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  Tabanus: There is an excellent drawing (worthy of inclusion IMO) in the Illustrated London News, 8 Oct 1881.
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  zanzibar: <Tab> is it online anywhere?

Where did you see it?

If it's not available online can you mail me a scan? I could post it for you (well, for the www - whole wide world) if you'd like.

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  zanzibar: Ah, I see, he's got the "I just won Berlin" shine.
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  zanzibar: I always thought this one was rather grand:

(Maybe it's the hat?)

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  Tabanus: <z> That's a good one too, but not the one I found in ILN, 8 Oct 1881 (via the steadily improving http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.... who are constantly adding new periodicals). Oh, please, don't have me go through the OneNote (or whatever it was) process again.
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  zanzibar: What's the OneNote process?
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  Tabanus: Nah it was something else. The process of taking a screenshot and then making it available on the web. I did it a year or three back, and you told me how.
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  zanzibar: <Tab> I really can't imagine doing my research without being able to save snippets of text and pictures.

Certainly for visuals/portraits out of the old magazines and newspapers.

Of course, most of them go into various folders for personal use - but very many make their way to both <CG> and Zanchess.

You should start your own blog - it could be in Norwegian and showcase your research/writing, in addition to being a launching-pad for <CG> contributions.


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  Tabanus: My website would go stale after some years.
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  Sally Simpson: I was reading 'The Story of the Dundee Chess Club' by Peter Walsh.

The famous story about Blackburne taking a drink en passant apparently took place in Dundee in 1911.

The piece on page 29 starts off with "The following true story illustrates the good fellowship between him [Blackburne] and the Dundee players."

It continues with Blackburne taking a drink by mistake and then being jokingly forgiven. Then comes the famous en passant quip. He is giving another drink and another then Blackburne leaves a piece en prise and resigns.

Blackburne liked Dundee. Between 1897 and 1911 he visited the club every year bar 1910 to play simuls and give a lecture.

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  zanzibar: <My website would go stale after some years.>

Perhaps, but so does pretty much every website, though some might last as long as a good bottle of whiskey. The real idea is to get a framework out there which others will copy and propagate.

<jnpope>'s site is one I hope lasts a long, long time.

What happens to <Winter>'s site will be interesting. <CG> will be OK as long as Daniel is around I think, but it will always run the risk of going the way ChessCafe did.

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  MissScarlett: Glory is fleeting but obscurity is forever.
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  zanzibar: Entropy wins in the end.
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  zanzibar: <Blackburne was a stone worker>

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  MissScarlett: <We're all indebted to Harding for his wonderful biography.>

But not enough to buy a copy.

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  zanzibar: <<Missy> But not enough to buy a copy.>

I know this is an attempt at a snarky-knock, but really, it's rather presumptuous of <Missy> to represent Dr. Harding.

The good doctor and I have a reciprocal relation - he's able to use my research, like the stone worker find.

But let's examine the role of <Missy> to complain about $$ or ... given his complaining about <ChessBase> policies,

Nils Grandelius (kibitz #72)

or his outright solicitation of <CG> funding for personal gain,

Kibitzer's Café (kibitz #222074)
Santa Claus (kibitz #1881)
Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (kibitz #3233)

or his unending reliance of <Tab> for genealogical research:

Biographer Bistro (kibitz #17487)
Biographer Bistro (kibitz #17238)
Biographer Bistro (kibitz #17059)

How could anyone think <MissS> was <Edward Winter> is a bit beyond me.

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  MissScarlett: <The good doctor and I have a reciprocal relation - he's able to use my research, like the stone worker find.>

I saw this before and was going to let it pass, but isn't that my find?

Joseph Henry Blackburne (kibitz #182)

I don't know what your game is, but if you annoy me further I'm going to add you to my little black book just below <Edward Winter>.

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  zanzibar: <MissS> yes, I've updated my blog page to credit you making the find first.

I really only recalled <offramp>'s promise to visit the site from that period of time - and just stumbled across the original article again when doing some research on another topic.

My page didn't really have me making an original find, and while I'd normally put your posts at the top of the page, I think it reads better as is (especially given the fun little drawing of Blackburn aside the article).

Your attribution is at the bottom, in plain-view. Still wondering if Harding ever came across it, and just deemed it not worthy of inclusion, or not creditable enough.

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  Joshka: This guy never played Morphy I don't believe, was it for the same reasons as Steinitz? Didn't get really good until he was in his 30's?? Any help appreciated!
Apr-12-18  WorstPlayerEver: <Joshka>

Maybe Blackburne took up chess because of Morphy, I suppose. Because only after Morphy retired Blackburne became professionally interested in chess :)

Apr-12-18  Nosnibor: <Joshka> Blackburne was already in the world`s elite players in his late twenties finishing in third place at Baden-Baden in July 1870 beating Steinitz,De Vere,Paulsen,Winawer,etc. He was less than 18 when Morphy left England but there is no doubt that he was influenced by his blindfold play which he himself took up later.
Nov-28-18  Blue Morphine: I heard that Blackburne was a huge fan of Morphy. He was an amazing successor though. Not as accurate as morphy, but surely as stylish as him.
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  MissScarlett: I'm wondering what he was usually called apart from <Mr. Blackburne> and <Sir>. Did people just call him <Joe>?
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  zanzibar: <<The British Committee having charge of the testimonial for J. H. Blackburne, the celebrated English blindfold player, and who for many years was the chess champion of Great Britain, and who is now seventy years of age, having been born December 10, 1842, announce that they have made a definite arrangement whereby an annuity of 104 will be secured to Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn for their lives, on the death of either, the same amount will be paid to the survivor for his or her life. The trustee of this fund is Mr. A. Bonar Law, M. D., a member of Parliament. Certainly the trustees have made good disposition of this fund, as both Mr. and Mrs. Blackburne will now be absolutely secured from want for the balance of their days. >

Phil-Inq 1912-12-15 p6

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