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Alexander Steinkuehler vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Manchester (1863), Manchester ENG
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  0-1



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Apr-04-03  Elrathia Kingi: Is 16...cxd6 needed? I don't see how it changes the mate situation.
Apr-04-03  Shadout Mapes: 8.Nfxd2?? Even beginners don't make moves like that.
Feb-03-04  m0rphy: During the mid 1950s one Horace Shepherd devised a series of "Chess Miniatures" - films wherein the pieces appeared to move by themselves and jump out of the box.I first saw some of these in 1959 (when I was 13) on a childrens' BBC tv programme called "Focus".Later they were shown by ATV their commercial rival.Fascinated in later life by these films, I investigated and tracked down a company called "Intervision".I was delighted to ascertain there were about 33 separate films on 7 videos, so I bought the lot, later reformatting the original videos onto VHS from the original Beta format when the latter died out about 20 years ago.

The subject game was humourously dubbed by Shepherd as "Traitor in the Camp" on the basis that White's king's rook occupied a potential flight square from Black's mating attack thus "betraying" the White King.(He conveniently forgot about the white pawns doing a similar function!!)It was filmed with antique chess pieces of the period.The game also features in most anthologies of chess miniatures and of course in Joseph Henry Blackburne's own game collection wherein he played quite a few games with Steinkuler apart from this one.

Mar-11-04  Jack21221: Pretty checkmate, and the puzzle wasn't too difficult either.
Mar-11-04  Benjamin Lau: It might have been an easy puzzle, but I thank for bringing this game to my attention anyway, nice mate at the end.
Mar-11-04  d4Nf6Bg5: why is it called a clean mate?
Mar-11-04  Shadout Mapes: Every square is attacked once, i think. anyone know for sure?
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  Sneaky: <Every square is attacked once, i think.> I've heard that called a "perfect mate" in problem books; I think it means the same thing.
Mar-11-04  Dick Brain: It is known as a "pure" mate.

Mar-11-04  rodolpheb: Another mate, a bit longer but pretty, is :
20... Bg4
21. Nb5 Rae8
22. Qc3 Rxe1+
23. Rxe1 Qf1+
24. Rxf1 Rxf1+
25. Kg2 Rg1#
Did I miss something ?
Mar-11-04  panigma: Nice of Blackburne to tell us that his mate is considered one of the most beautiful ever.
Mar-11-04  Whitehat1963: I'm surprised I actually saw today's puzzle solution pretty quickly, considering it's a Thursday puzzle. Maybe I'm getting better ... hope so.
Mar-11-04  sisyfus: well, it wasn't hard for us to find it, but blackburne was playing blindfolded!
Mar-11-04  beenthere240: It's a little like Philidor's legacy, but with an extra kick at the end from the bishop.
Mar-11-04  sooner22: This is a perfect example of smother mate, with a twist!
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  tamar: <sooner22 "...smother mate, with a twist!"> Perfect epitaph for Blackburne.
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  kevin86: Blackburne did this blindfold! I believe that he once announced a mate in 16 or 17 moves blindfold!!

A great mate! Artistic and useful!

Mar-11-04  alphee: Nice puzzle, first time I find it so fast. Either I improve or it becomes easier. Rodolpheb's solution I did not see.
Mar-11-04  Larsker: <Nice of Blackburne to tell us that his mate is considered one of the most beautiful ever.> Yea, these chess champs were always very self-effacing. Reminds me of the Epaulet mate.
Mar-11-04  yoniker: Rodolpheb is,of course ,wrong.
Mar-11-04  Akavall: This was a really nice mate, I didn't see it, and now I am @#$%*, because it really wasn't hard.
Mar-11-04  midknightblue: I saw it and was so proud of myself. Thanks for spoiling my fun everyone, and announcing that you saw it too, and it was easy. :(
Feb-22-05  aw1988: Eek! Nfxd2 is a painful move.
Feb-22-05  TheParadigm: <kevin86>Blackburne once announced mate in 15 while blindfolded, and was kind enough to include 3 variations, just in case his opponent thought he was lying.
Jan-14-06  Ludamad: I believe a clean mate is where every piece blocking the opponents king is nessacary, and that there are no extra or "messy" pieces performing the mate
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