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Henry Bird vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
London ''Black and White'' (1893), London ENG, rd 3, Mar-01
Italian Game: Hungarian Defense (C50)  ·  0-1



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Dec-10-06  diemjay: 13 Bxf4 exf4 puts a black pawn on f4. It seems to play a key role in Blackburne's attack on the kingside.

Does anyone else had any thoughts on 19 Qb5? It seems to allow black to further mobilize his pieces against the kingside.

18...g5 19. Qb5 Rf5 20. Qd7 g4 21. Nfg1 gxh3 22. gxh3 Bd6

Struck me as a nifty manoeuver.

Is the open g-file common to the Hungarian if it doesn't transpose to the Scotch? The Hungarian seems like it leads to cramped but sturdy play for black when white mobilizes quickly. I'd appreciate feedback.

Cheers :)

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  Chessical: I believe that <19.Qb5> was an accurate move exploiting Blackburne's weakening of his K-side (to infiltrate the 7th rank by Qd7).

Unfortunately, Bird's <21.Nfg1> was unduely defensive. Instead, <21.Nfd4> is an active defence by counterattack; for example, 21.Nfd4 gxh3 22.g4 fxg3 23.Nxg3 when 24.Qxe7 will follow.

Thus, <16...d5> seems a sounder proposition.

Dec-10-06  diemjay: Excellent point! I couldn't help but notice that you've posted on some other Italian Games (Hungarian Defense). I'll be remarking on some in the near future. I look forward to your observations.


Apr-04-08  Knight13: <I believe that <19.Qb5> was an accurate move> Me doesn't think so. That move misplaces the queen further and later gets deserted while her husband gets smashed.
Apr-04-08  DarthStapler: It's surprising that Blackburne would play something as passive as the Hungarian
Aug-19-14  residentlegal: The truth is Blackburne did not play this opening passively, but he played it actively with peice and pawn expansion and attack.This provides an example that this opening can be put to use to attack, and is therefore valid.

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