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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Theodore Block
"Chopping Block" (game of the day Jan-10-2018)
Blindfold simul, 8b (1878) (blindfold), London ENG, Mar-16
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  1-0



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Jan-09-18  Jean Defuse: ...

Eight board blindfold display played at Mouflet's Hotel (London) in April, 1878.

Blackburne's opponent was Theodore Block - more about H Block


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  Stonehenge: According to Tim Harding there was an eight board blindfold exhibition in Mouflets Hotel, on the 16th of March.
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  Tabanus: Illustrated London News, Saturday 23 March 1878, p. 279:

<On Saturday last Mr. Blackbume gave an exhibition of chessplaying sans voir at Moutflet’s Hotel, Newgate-street, contending on the occasion against eight amateurs, representing the several chess associations of the metropolitan district. The play commenced at five in the afternoon, in the presence of a large assemblage of spectators, and was brought to a conclusion at eleven, when it was announced that the blindfold player had won at seven of the eight boards and drawn at the other. The clubs represented were Railway Clearing-House (Tarrant), Bermondsey (Block), Excelsior (Wilson), Shaftesbury (Weightman), Greenwich (Piper), Athenæum (Hamlyn), Old Change (Webber), and Eclectic (Hoon), all of whom were defeated, save the Shaftesbury, whose champion, Mr. J. Tarrant, succeeded in effecting a drawn game. Mr. Blackburne was in remarkably good form, and his play throughout the arduous feat was distinguished by great force and brilliancy. A selection from the games played on this occasion will be published in our next issue.>

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  Stonehenge: Great, thanks :)
Jan-10-18  offramp: Sams voir but not sans boire.
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  FSR: On 30...Kc8 (30...Kd8 31.Ne6+ Kc8 32.Qc7#), 31.dxc6! Qxc6 32.Qxa2 wins.
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  ChessHigherCat: I played through the whole game before noticing that it was a blindfold simultaneous, and my conclusion is that Blackburne's hearing aid was wired to an AlphaZero transmitter.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Subtle clue that maybe, just maybe, you misplayed the Black pieces in an Evans Gambit Accepted--after 12 moves, White has an extra pawn.
Jan-10-18  ajile: I don't see how Black is losing this position after 17..Rxa2.

21..Rb8 is a simple win.

And even more solid is the earlier simple 18..h6.

Jan-10-18  goodevans: <An Englishman> If anyone misplayed the opening it would seem to be white rather than black. I would say that after 12 moves black's lead in development gives him oodles of compensation for just one pawn.

I would have thought playing blindfold would get harder the longer the game lasts so it's odd that Blackburne's play was weakest at the start before getting stronger. It seems black was doing OK until the last few moves when Blackburne was better able to calculate the complications.

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  FSR: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Subtle clue that maybe, just maybe, you misplayed the Black pieces in an Evans Gambit Accepted--after 12 moves, White has an extra pawn.>

Not so. White's position is a wreck. Komodo points out 14...Qb8! 15.Bxf6 Bb5! and the queen is trapped (-2.95).

Jan-10-18  morfishine: Brilliant blindfold game!
Jan-10-18  getnacke: This is well played blindfolded but the game itself is not impressive at all, black should have won this easily.
Jan-10-18  zanzibar: There's a lot of errors in the game, by both sides.

Imo, any game played blindfolded is impressive, but is this game to be rated highly for blindfold play?

How to compare blunder-rates for different blindfold games?

Might be something interesting to think about, or maybe not.

Jan-10-18  Strelets: <Offramp> Pour M. Blackburne ? Absolument pas !
Jan-10-18  WorstPlayerEver: I kinda figured out 13... Qb8 would do the job. While Stockfish also prefers 13... Bd3.

I think 13... Qb8 is better.

Jan-10-18  WorstPlayerEver: This is the line after 13... Bd3-18. Bg5

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13... Qb8-17. Qc2

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Jan-11-18  wtpy: Not a bad game--black is fine and then much better but gives up 19 Bf6 which with best play probably yields a perpetual. Ng7 was a nice kabosh and finding it would be good Tuesday puzzle.

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