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Adolf Anderssen vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Vienna (1873), Vienna AUH, rd 8, Aug-16
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  0-1

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Jan-16-04  Whitehat1963: How about 13. Nc5?
Jul-20-04  ajit: 13....♗xc5
Jul-20-04
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  Honza Cervenka: Blackburne is absolutely right that 14.f4 weakening e3 was not good for white but what to play instead of that? Black threaten to play 14...f5 with intention 15.Ng3 Bd6 and 16...f4 or 15.Ng5 Bxg5 16.Bxg5 f4 with good attack in both lines.
Oct-18-05  chess man: 5.0-0 is most likely the best move for white. It leaves white with at least a slight advantage.
Jul-08-10  BISHOP TAL: Not sure why blackburne thinks c5 is important at the end?
Jan-20-13  Tullius: The reason for 31...c5 is easier to see if you first play 31...Re1. Now the only move for White is 32.Ne3. In order to eliminate this Knight Black shall have to move his Bishop to d4, but before he moves his Bishop he must play c5, otherwise he will just lose his precious pawn: 31...Re1 32.Ne3 Bd4 33.Rxd2. A pawn on c5 makes all the difference.
Jan-20-13  thomastonk: Playing over the game I stopped at 18.Qe2: haven't we learned that the queen is a bad blocking piece? And moreover, why allows Anderssen Black(burne) to opening the d-file (and hence increasing the danger caused by the passed pawn)?

Okay, let's see 18.Bxe6+. First, if 18.. Qxe6 19.Re2!, and since 19.. Qxa2 could be answered by 20.c3 with the idea of d4, White is worse, but he is doing better than in the game. Second, if 18.. Rxe6, then 19.Qe2! is a good reply (19.Re2? Qd4!, but 19.Ne2 is probably okay, too), since White can join all forces against Pe3 and his queen side is save.

Finally, I don't like Blackburne's 19.. Rf6, because it leads to simplifications (and without 23.g4? his task could have been more complicated). Instead I think that 19.. Rd8 is more accurate. After 20.Kh1 (forced) Qe6 Black can increase the pressure slowly and savely.

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