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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Henry Liddell
Blindfold simul, 10b (1862) (blindfold), London ENG, Jul-04
Sicilian Defense: Morphy Gambit (B21)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-06-03  Kenkaku: This score of this game should be 1/2-1/2, based off the annotation.
Nov-07-03  Diggitydawg: Well, I don't know if the gamescore is draw or not, but I'm wondering why the game stopped at this point. There is plenty of play in this position. White's isolated e-pawn is a weakness but White could attack b6 by 23.Bf2 Rab7 24.Qa3+ Kg8 25.Rc3 Qe6 26.Rb3. Based on that attack (made possible because of White's superior development), I'd say that White stands better.
Nov-07-03  Diggitydawg: But Black should make White prove it out.
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  Chessical: It was a draw according to Blackburn's own book. It was one of ten games played blindfold by a 19 year old Blackburne. I think that Blackburne took note of his opponent's title ..not IM or GM but LORD Ravensworth! I am sure he could have won it if he had wanted to do so.
Nov-07-03  Diggitydawg: I've been doing some reading on Blackburne. His prowess at blindfold chess is really amazing. <LORD Ravensworth> Lol, now that we're in the 21st century, that "Upstairs Downstairs" mentality seems quaint.
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  sachistu: According to the memoir of the BCA by G.W.Medley, which is included in the book of the BCA Congress in London, 1862, Ravensworth proposed a draw and Blackburne accepted.

This was one of 3 draws, with Blackburne winning 5 and losing 2 games. Medley says the position indicated a draw, and as you saw from Lowenthal's note, the feeling THEN was that the position was even. I certainly would prefer playing White, but it appears Black can defend. A position worth more analysis.

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