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|May-13-16|| ||zanzibar: Still waiting for that link...
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Blackburne commenting on the <Ruy Lopez>:
<This, the most fashionable opening of to-day, was in not great favour in the sixties. It is a game I never play in a tournament, except when I feel a little off colour and am content with a draw, and then it means losing half a point. In a match this does not matter, as it leaves the two opponents precisely where they were before, but in a tournament every draw costs something, as the leaders usually win the majority of their games.>
|May-25-16|| ||zanzibar: I haven't scanned all the previous pages, so this might have been noted before...|
Q- What is the shortest game Blackburne played and lost?
(Wonder if Harding has this story?)
|Jun-12-16|| ||diagonal: Kingpin review on Harding's Blackburne biography: http://www.kingpinchess.net/2016/05...|
|Jun-14-16|| ||TheFocus: Today's Quote:
<Whiskey stimulates the imagination--but eating a big meal before the game is equivalent to giving knight odds> - Blackburne.
|Sep-02-16|| ||MissScarlett: Acting on a lead from the <ACB>, Sept-Oct 1918, p.179. I found this in the <Falkirk Herald>, May 29th, 1918, p.4:|
<Huns raid J. H. Blackburne: Readers will be sorry to hear that the Huns have treated the veteran chess-master's residence as a "fortified place" (!) and glad to know that their bomb did no personal damage to the aged player and his wife. Mr H. W. Butler, of Brighton, sends us these particulars :- "Mr J. H. Blackburne and Mrs Blackburne have had a most dangerous and nerve-shattering experience. In the last air-raid of Sunday night a bomb dropped close to their residence, damaging the house very much, but, fortunately, neither of them were personally injured. But both have suffered such a shock that it has been deemed wise for them to go into the country to recuperate." British chess players fully sympathise with Mr and Mrs Blackburne in their trying experience, and are delighted to know the "present from Germany" missed its mark.>
The account in the <ACB> had the additional information that <Mrs. Blackburne was thrown down by the force of the explosion and the veteran international player was rendered temporarily deaf>, but their source for this remains unknown.
Having the proximate date of attack, and the knowledge (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...) that Blackburne lived in Lewisham, London, at the time, it wasn't difficult to locate the details:
<The last and largest aeroplane raid of the war took place on the night of 19 May 1918, when 38 Gothas and 3 Giants took off against London. Six Gothas were shot down by interceptors and anti-aircraft fire and a seventh aircraft was forced to land after a protracted close quarters engagement with a Bristol fighter of 141 Squadron from Biggin Hill, crewed by Lieutenants Edward Eric Turner and Henry Balfour Barwise. This was the first victory of the war for Biggin Hill, for which Turner and Barwise were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The British estimated that 2,724 lb (1,236 kg) of bombs were dropped, although the German figure was 3,200 pounds (1,500 kg). 49 people were killed, 177 injured and damage was £117,317.>
More info on the general damage in Lewisham: http://lewishamwarmemorials.wikidot...
|Dec-10-16|| ||WorstPlayerEver: Happy birthday, Joseph Henry!|
|Dec-10-16|| ||zanzibar: The grand man gets a grand day from <CG>.|
He was the embodiment of Victorian chess and its history.
Joseph Henry Blackburne (kibitz #188)
We're all indebted to Harding for his wonderful biography.
PS- still waiting for those links from <offramp>
|May-25-17|| ||zanzibar: Harding, via Graham's son Stephan, relates this anecdote where Blackburne imitates Steinitz:|
<That is the back story of the
semi-autobiographical novel Lost Battle (1934), written by his son
Stephen Graham (born 1884), in which his father is called John Rae
Belfort and Blackburne appears as a drunken acquaintance. The author
probably exaggerated his early memories of the chess master, writing a
quarter of a century later. In an early chapter Blackburne joins the
Belforts for Sunday tea. The veteran champion "with the big red face"
is also described as "vinous, swollen-veined, dead-featured, but with
back of his head colossal." When Belfort tells Blackburne he has
played over all Steinitz's games, Blackburne closes his eyes and
parodies the ex-world champion's fractured way of speaking English: "I
do not vant to vin a pawn. It is enough if I only veekens a pawn."
They play chess in Belfort's study after tea. The more whisky
Blackburne drinks, the better he plays and he leaves only in time to
catch the last train.
Harding - Blackburne p404
|May-25-17|| ||zanzibar: And, from ibid p405, we have Harding quoting Buckley's review of Blackburne's book, specifically commenting on Graham:|
<In the Birmingham Weekly Mercury, of 18 November 1899, Buckley first praised
the games, the collection of which "must be an endless pleasure to
amateurs of many succeeding generations."
Then he wrote:
The editor's work is less satisfactory, though Mr. P. Anderson Graham
has at least one requisite for the task. He possesses enthusiasm, and,
moreover, is a sincere admirer of his hero. But his biographical
sketch is lamentably incomplete and unsatisfactory, The sketch of the
history of blindfold chess is little more than a pretence, and both
sketches have the painful air of amateurishness which is the almost
invariable characteristic of chess lucubrations. We cannot but regret
that a subject so interesting should have been given to the world so
imperfectly. The opportunity was a great one. The record of
Blackburne's career presented incomparable opportunities; but the
editor has derived little of interest there from, and largely contents
himself with writing of the catalogue-type mingled with his own
inconclusive opinions and doubtful statements.
|May-27-17|| ||MissScarlett: Does Harding estimate how many simul exhibitions Blackburne gave over the years? The number of times one sees references to him in newspapers, one could be forgiven for thinking he played chess non-stop for 50 years. And yet there are less than a thousand of his games here. |
The only masters who come to mind who might challenge him on this front are Alekhine, Koltanowski and Marshall, but I can't speak about the Continental scene.
|May-27-17|| ||zanzibar: I'm not sure about general simuls, but for blindfolds, Harding gives a listing in his appendix V |
< ~2444 total (excluding just a few exceptions) W-L-D = 1552-202-660 >
Harding must give an estimate of Blackburne's total, but I couldn't readily find it.
|Jun-19-17|| ||zanzibar: Blackburne interview excerpt:
Edward Pindar (kibitz #12)
|Jun-26-17|| ||Tabanus: There is an excellent drawing (worthy of inclusion IMO) in the Illustrated London News, 8 Oct 1881.|
|Jun-27-17|| ||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.
|Jun-27-17|| ||zanzibar: Ah, I see, he's got the "I just won Berlin" shine.|
|Jun-27-17|| ||zanzibar: I always thought this one was rather grand:
(Maybe it's the hat?)
|Jun-27-17|| ||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.|
|Jun-27-17|| ||zanzibar: What's the OneNote process?|
|Jun-27-17|| ||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.|
|Jun-27-17|| ||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.
|Jul-03-17|| ||Tabanus: My website would go stale after some years.|
|Jul-17-17|| ||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.
|Jul-17-17|| ||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.
|Jul-18-17|| ||MissScarlett: Glory is fleeting but obscurity is forever.|
|Jul-18-17|| ||zanzibar: Entropy wins in the end.|
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