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Blackburne / Aloof vs Henry Bird / Frederick Womersley
London (1897), London ENG, Feb-17
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  0-1



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Dec-06-04  sneaky pete: Uncle pete's believe it or not:
Instead of 9... Nd7 "Black has a move even stronger: 9... Ng3! 10.Rf2 Nxe2+ 11.Qxe2 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Nc6 and white is in deep trouble". Eric Schiller, Who's Afraid of the King's Gambit Accepted, Chess Enterprises, 1989.
Dec-06-04  akiba82:, I submitted a game Consultants-Blackburne 1901. I hope you will get around to including it in the database as it's an interesting game.
Mar-26-05  sammy desandoli: 21...Rxf5 seems to be a win for black. One continuation: 22. Qxf5 Re8 23.Qb1 Qd4 24.Bg5 Qf2 25. Rf1 Bd6 26.Rxf2 gxf2 27.Bd2 Bg3 28. Qf1 Re4. And black wins.
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  Chessical: <sneaky pete> Perhaps a better response to Eric Schiller's line is:

9...Ng3 <10.Re1!?> and if <10...Nxe2+>, then 11.Rxe2 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Bd6 13.Ne4 Qxh4 14.Rh2 Qe7 15.c4 with a complex position.

Mar-26-05  sneaky pete: <Chessical> 10.Re1 .. or 10.Rf2 .. doesn't matter if after .. Nxe2+ white plays 11.Rxe2 .. (11.Qxe2? .. allows .. Bxh4). I was just amazed to find 11.Qxe2? Bxf3?? 12.Qxf3??? Nc6???? and the evaluation after black's last move presented as serious analysis.
Apr-24-06  blingice: Ahhh, how could such a reputed player like Blackburne lose so many pawns? Were his allies kids that were learning the game?
Jul-14-14  GumboGambit: <blingice>

Perhaps he was on his own, and "Aloof" was just his demeanor.

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  Honza Cervenka: 37.Bxb6 was last attempt based on stalemate theme. Of course, 37...axb6?? 38.Rxh6+ Kg7 39.Rg6+ Kf7 40.Rxg4 leads to ending K+R vs K+B+2P, which is drawn with correct play.
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  louispaulsen88888888: 4.h4 has a name, believe it or not. My source is a book by James Mason called The Chess Openings. He says it’s known as the King’s Rook’s Pawn Gambit.

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