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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Walter James Joseph Knight
"Blackburne Singing in the Dead of Knight" (game of the day May-14-2012)
Railway Clearing House (1878), London ENG, Apr-05
Scandinavian Defense: Ilundain Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Nov-02-04  Knight13: Very clever. 30. Rxg7! is very useful move. 27. Qd2? is little silly move.

Knight is not a bad player at all.

Mar-04-05  soberknight: Knight: serious pun potential.
Dec-21-08  dakgootje: Knight and knight commenting on Knights game :o
Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: supposedly the game was played at Knight.
Jan-20-09  WhiteRook48: or was I overdoing it with the puns?
Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: you beat a Knight with a Rook
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  Domdaniel: Electric Black Knight Crash.
May-12-12  optimal play: Blackburne singing in the dead of Knight.
May-14-12  Abdel Irada: The punitentiary is open and waiting.
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  andrewjsacks: CG, we again thank you for everything--including your way with great puns. Excellently done!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very good pun.
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  HeMateMe: ...all your life, you were only waiting for h7 to arrive...
May-14-12  ZeejDonnelly: Cool pun, although the quality of the game seems a bit lacking to me.
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  piltdown man: Another excruciatingly awful, but therefore brilliant, pun.
May-14-12  sorokahdeen: Older games fascinate me.

They show a time before television and computers, but also one where there were fewer great chess-players who could turn raw talent into instructive principles.

This game is long before Steinitz, Nimzovitch and Rubenstein and there is no maneuvering: you don't see the attention to the possibility of an endgame and it lacks the cold-blooded attention to detail in modern games that tends to shut-down king-side attacks before they begin.

We tend to admire old games for their fire, but looking at them makes you wonder if there is anything to them but the depth of the player's tactical calculations.

May-14-12  Llawdogg: Great pun. Thanks for the chuckle.
May-14-12  solskytz: What a beautiful, creative and fitting pun!! Loved it

Take these broken wings and learn to fly...

May-14-12  srag: Wonderful pun, specially for old guys like me! Congratulations!
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  whiteshark: Take your broken wings and learn to play...
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  kevin86: White chases the king into the open and takes...the queen.
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  thegoodanarchist: I see that the Beatles' song "Blackbird" is not as obscure as I thought it was. Maybe there is no such thing as an obscure Beatles song
May-14-12  JonathanJ: everybody's got something to hide, except for me and my monkey.
May-14-12  Shams: <I see that the Beatles' song "Blackbird" is not as obscure as I thought it was.>

"Blackbird" is to the guitar what "Imagine" is to the piano: every dabbler knows these songs.

May-14-12  optimal play: Wow, that was quick! Only 2 days!
May-14-12  newzild: I don't think it's such a great pun. What does "dead of knight" have to do with this game?
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