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🏆 Blackburne - Lee (1890) Chess Event Description
This match began on Monday, 14 July 1890 at the Bradford Chess Club, and concluded on Monday, 11 August 1890 at Simpson's Divan, London. ... [more]

Player: Joseph Henry Blackburne

 page 1 of 1; 14 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blackburne vs F J Lee ½-½221890Blackburne - LeeC11 French
2. F J Lee vs Blackburne  0-1431890Blackburne - LeeC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Blackburne vs F J Lee ½-½641890Blackburne - LeeC01 French, Exchange
4. F J Lee vs Blackburne ½-½501890Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Blackburne vs F J Lee ½-½531890Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
6. F J Lee vs Blackburne  ½-½391890Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Blackburne vs F J Lee 1-0471890Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
8. F J Lee vs Blackburne 1-0671890Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Blackburne vs F J Lee 1-0361890Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
10. F J Lee vs Blackburne 0-1291890Blackburne - LeeD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Blackburne vs F J Lee  1-0531890Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
12. F J Lee vs Blackburne  1-0311890Blackburne - LeeD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Blackburne vs F J Lee  ½-½241890Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
14. F J Lee vs Blackburne ½-½511890Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Tabanus: I don't get it. <the first scorer of six games to win; draws, after the first five, to score half to each player>

But Blackburne has only 5 wins? And if one counts the points from Game 6 on, he gets only 5,5 (not 6)?

Dec-23-15  Joseph Blackcape: To win the match you had to win 6 games, but after one of the players won 5 games, both would get 0.5 points for each draw afterwards (with previous draws not counting). So after Blackburn won 5 games he only needed to either win 1 more or draw two to win the match.
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  Tabanus: <Joseph Blackcape> Mmm, ok.

But if one counts the draw in round 6 (and the win in round 2), he had 6 points already after round 13?

Dec-23-15  Joseph Blackcape: The draw in the 6th game didn't count, only the draws that took place after one player (Blackburne) scored the 5th win (which was round 11) counted. That's also why the report says "the final score being Blackburne six, Lee three. Five other games were drawn." So only those two final draws counted as "points" (or rather half points) towards the win.

Now imagine if this rule was in place in 1984...

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  Tabanus: <JB> Okay thanks. I finally get it.

The info in Sheffield Independent that <draws, after the first five, to score half to each player> is after the first five <wins>, not <games> as I thought.

May-24-16  zanzibar: There is some coverage of the match in

<BCM v10 (Sept 1890) p362/392>.

It seems the first 9 games were played in Bradford, and the rest at Simpson's Divan:

<The Blackburne-Lee match was a welcome interlude in the monotony that has prevailed in Chess circles here during the last few weeks. With the score standing at Blackburne 3, Lee 1, drawn 5, when the Bradford portion of the match was completed, things did net look over lively for the younger master, and most people here regarded the match as then practically won by the British '' bull-dog." Despite of this, however, a large number of people visited Simpson's on the 4th August in the expectation of witnessing the opening game in the second portion of the match. In this they were disappointed, as Mr. Lee was unwell, and play could not be commenced until the 6th.


The thirteenth game, played on Saturday, 9th August, was a very uninteresting affair, neither master exerting himself, and a draw
ensued on the thirty-eighth move. Five draws having previously been scored, however, this one counted half a point to each player, thus bringing up Blackburne's score to 5^, and Lee's to 2 J, thereby leaving the former only to draw one more game in order to win the match. The final game was played on Monday, nth August, and, although ending in a draw, it was just as brisk and vigorous as the thirteenth had been dull and common-place.


[In the last game] a draw soon ensued. Blackburne, therefore, won the match, the final score being Blackburne 6, Lee 3, and 5 drawn games not counted in the score. Add these draws the score would be Blackburne 8½, Lee 5½, a very creditable result for the younger master when Blackburne's acknowledged force is considered.>


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