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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs NN
"Blind Date " (game of the day Oct-12-2008)
Blindfold simul, 10b (1863) (blindfold), Kidderminster ENG, May-15
Danish Gambit: General (C21)  ·  1-0



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Annotations by Joseph Henry Blackburne.      [148 more games annotated by Blackburne]

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Oct-12-08  MarkusKann: Just Amazing
Oct-12-08  Xeroxx: The notes are awesome
Oct-12-08  cyclon: Astonishing BLIND-play by Blackburne! Pb4+! to block b4-square by black piece. I did n`t find ( at least immediately ) Bb6+!.
Oct-12-08  whiteshark: Blackburne is my favourite annotator: !
Oct-12-08  johnlspouge: < <newzild> wrote: This is a pretty game, although the sacrifices aren't too difficult for those of us who try to solve the Friday/Saturday/Sunday puzzles on this website. However, the fact that Blackburne was blindfolded makes this much more impressive.>

Just a little.

I can just imagine doing the Sunday puzzle blindfold: you get one look at the position and then you have to close your eyes :)

Oct-12-08  panzerkampf: this opening is always very dangerous against beginners
Oct-12-08  ThePawnOTron2: Ouch... 6...Ne5?? loses a pawn for nothing! Going in the opening blunders collection, although I wouldn't call it that instructive... :-)


Oct-12-08  ForeverYoung: Magnificent play by "the Black Death". Truly awesome the rook sacrifices on moves 16 and 17!!!
Oct-13-08  kevin86: I heard a long time ago that Blackburne announced and executed a mate in SEVENTEEN moves while blindfold.
Oct-22-08  whiteshark: I always mix 17 with 70.
Dec-21-08  WhiteRook48: NN: Hmm why do I always lose
Jan-09-09  Crocomule: Julian Hodgson gives this as Plaskett-Tarsh Bath '84 in his Chess Travellers Quiz Book!?
Jan-14-09  WhiteRook48: NN gets burned... and Blackburne's white.
Mar-12-10  morphyesque: White's 22nd & 23rd moves are particularly impressive like using a problem-like blocking theme.According to Chernev in his book "The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess"(1954), this was one of 10 blindfold games conducted simultaneously at Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England in 1863.

If there are any British readers who are as old as me (born 1946), you may remember a series of animated films originally shown in the late 50s on tv by the BBC (then later in the early 60s by ITV) entitled "Chess Miniatures".This was a series of 39 games from the aforementioned book devised by one Horace Shepherd and photographed by Harry Long.In the films the pieces appeared to move by themselves and this game was entitled "Touch and Go"

Feb-10-11  freshtricks: what will happen if black takes 8.bf7?
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  Sastre: <freshtricks: what will happen if black takes 8.bf7?> 9.Qxd8.
Mar-19-11  TheTamale: In a perfect world, Blackburne should have added insult to injury by NOT announcing mate. At game's end, NN would only have noticed that he lost a rook. Then, as NN vainly checked for legal moves, Blackburne could have uncorked some devastating sarcastic comment that would have completely consumed NN's faltering soul. Then NN would have left in tears, announcing in a subsequent press conference that they "wouldn't have old NN to kick around anymore."

But he WOULD get kicked around some more... for over a hundred years more, in fact.

Jun-01-12  Llawdogg: "Mate in three."
Feb-03-13  Cemoblanca: Blackburne "The Cleaner".
Nov-23-17  The Kings Domain: Brilliant and instructive. And to think Blackburne was blindfold!
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  MissScarlett: Harding's Blackburne book, p.46:

<The following brilliancy against an unknown opponent was often reprinted, including in <Graham> (#267), but the move order below follows the original publication, and also <The Era>, 15 March 1868 - which called the opponent "Mr. A," although none of the opponents had a surname beginning with that letter.>

Correct, but the list of ten opponents that appeared in the <Worcestershire Chronicle> of May 20th 1863, p.2, included a <Mr. A. Freer, Stourbridge> on board #5. And of the five games that Blackburne won, board 5 was one. Hardly conclusive, of course, but I thought I'd just run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes.

The transposition of moves referred to is: <3.Bc4 d6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 dxc3 6.Nxc3>, and the original publication, <Household Chess Magazine>, no.1 (31 January 1865), p.7.

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  MissScarlett: Game appears in the <(Philadelphia) Times> of March 18th 1883, p.8, under the heading <Blackburne's Boss Brilliant.> No date or location is adduced but Black's name is given as <Parker>.
Jul-17-22  LoveThatJoker: Game six of the 1869 book "Chess Brilliants" by John Odin Howard Taylor


Oct-10-23  ChessIsLife159753: Blackburne's mating idea, 22.b4+ Bxb4 23.Bb6+ !! axb6 24.Qxa8 #, is really brilliant and unusual in my opinion.
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  Sally Simpson: Yes a fairly unique mate and considering it was blindfold, even the more remarkable.
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