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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs George Chamier
Blindfold simul, 8b (1885), Adelaide AUS, May-12
Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Variation (C40)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: 7. f3 opens the e & f files for both sides which accentuates White's superior development. After 7 ... ef 8. Qxf3 Qxc2?? Bd3 traps the Queen, thus 8 ... Nf6, then 9. Bd3 gains a tempo and 10. 0-0 hides the King. After 29 ... Rc7 30. Qg3 Rc8/Qd8 31. Bxh5+ & 32. Qe5, White has an easy endgame win.

tpstar0-slidini (Yahoo 5/5/04): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nxe5 Qf6 4. d4 d6 5. Nc4 fe 6. Nc3 Qg6 7. Qe2!? Nf6 8. f3 Be7 (Muratov-Spassky [Tallinn, 1959] went 8 ... Nc6 9. Be3 Be7 10. 0-0-0 0-0 11. d5 Nb4 12. a3 a5!? 13. axb4 ab 14. Nb1 Ra1 and Black won) 9. Nxe4 (9. fe 0-0 10. Bd2 Ng4) 0-0 10. Nxf6+ Bxf6 11. Be3?! (11. c3) b5 12. Nd2 (12. Na3 Ba6) Qxc2 13. Ne4 Qxe2+ 14. Bxe2 Ba6 15. b4?! (15. Kf2) Nc6 16. Nxf6+ (Saves the Pd4, but the e file is fatal) Rxf6 17. a3?? (17. Rb1 Re8 18. Rb3 Nxb4! 19. Rxb4 Rxe3 20. Rb2 Rfe6 21. Kf2) Re8 18. Kd2 Rfe6 19. d5 Re5? (19 ... Rxe3) 20. dxc6 Rxe3 21. Bd3 Bc8? 22. Bxb5 Rb3? 23. Bc4+ and White won (1-0).

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  GrahamClayton: Blackburne spent the first 5 months of 1885 touring Australia, giving simultaneous, blindfold simultaneous and exhibition games in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. He gave this opinion of the strength of Australian chess:

"Taken as a whole, the players were not as strong as I expected. I thought that I would meet more first class players. Burns and Fisher are comparable to Thorold and Wayte, the top London amateurs. Esling is also very promising."

Source: Anthony Wright, "Australian Chess to 1914", Melbourne 1995.

May-25-15  optimal play: <<<<MR. BLACKBURNE IN ADELAIDE.>

The Greco Counter Gambit>

(a) 2...f5

This opening is not considered sound, but it is rather popular because of the quick development which it produces.

(b) 6...♕g6

This is the first variation from "book" which gives P to B 3.

(c) 11.♗g5

It is the chief feature of Mr. Blackburne's play that he always manages to quickly get all his pieces into action.

(d) 14...d5

To prevent P to Q 5.

But we prefer Q Kt to Q 2, which would then open out the Q R, and afford Kt to K 4 if White moved P to Q 5 and Pawns were exchanged.

(e) 19.♖h3

Threatening Kt takes Kt P.

(f) 19...h5

Black has apparently no better move.

(g) 22.♖xf6

It seems to us that R to Kt 3 ch would finish more rapidly, thus:-

22. R to Kt 3 ch ; K to R ; 23. R takes B ; B to Kt 3 ; 24. B takes B etc

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(22.Rg3+ Kh8 23.Rxf6 Bg6 24.Bxg6 etc)

(h) 27...♖f8

Black can do nothing.

(i) 29.♘f5

And Black resigns.

The intricate positions arising in this game constitute it a most difficult one to conduct 'sans voir'.>

- South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA) issue Saturday 23 May 1885 page 15>

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