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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Max Weiss
6th American Chess Congress, New York (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Apr-01
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Nyholm Attack (C65)  ·  0-1



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Aug-13-05  Averageguy: This is a very well played and little known game were Weiss demonstrates his skill in the last phase of the game.
Aug-13-05  paladin at large: Thanks - interesting endgame by Weiss. Not a well played ending by Blackburne, at least in the sense that the way he goes about getting rid of the black bishop pair leaves him with a bad bishop, relative to Black's remaining bishop. Blackburne remains on the defensive in the critical phase as Black pushes the f- pawn.
Aug-13-05  Averageguy: Blackburne wasn't noted for his mastery at the endgame, more of his tactical ability. However, he played a fine endgame as black in another game against Weiss, in a scandinavian. You'll have to go to "Search" and look up the players Blackburne and Weiss, as I don't know how to create links to games.
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  Chessical: Max Weiss vs Blackburne, 1889
Aug-13-05  Averageguy: <Chessical> How do you do that?!?!
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  Chessical: <Averageguy> Simply copy the address for the relevant page (as shown in your browser's address box) onto your post to create the link.
Aug-13-05  SneechLatke: The player of the day accumulates "little" advantages as the contest progresses (two bishops, agressive king placement in the endgame) and converts them to a full point with a nicely played endgame tactic. After 60...c1=♕+!, It's all over, since black can easily force off queens with a winning King and Pawn ending.
Aug-13-05  Whitehat1963: Excellent and instructive endgame from the Player of the Day.
Apr-20-09  ToTheDeath: It is instructive to see how Black wins after the alternative line <39.Nc2 Bxc2+ 40. Kxc2 Kd5 41.Kd3 g5!> through the use of his better bishop and zugwang.

For example- <42.Be3 gxf4 43.gxf4 (43.Bxf4 c5!) h4 44.h3 Bc7 45.Bc1 c5!> and the threat of ...c4+ followed by ...Ke4 forces a fatal weakening.

Well played endgame by Weiss.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Chernev gave both these games in “The Most Instructve Games of Chess Ever Played”.
Dec-04-14  Knight13: White would have had a much higher chance of saving his game if he had stopped 42... Ke4 with 42. Ke3, and not taken the Bishop with 43. Nxc4?. It's often a bad idea to get into a fight in a B vs. B of same color ending where all of your pawns are on your opponent's Bishop's color and all his pawns are on the opposite color of your bishop, especially when the enemy King is as far in as e4.

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