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Martin Bier vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
"Bier Guts" (game of the day Mar-31-2019)
Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 12, Jul-22
Scandinavian Defense: Ilundain Variation (B01)  ·  1-0



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Dec-25-10  WhiteRook48: black has no answer to the kingside threat
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  GrahamClayton: A costly loss for Blackburne against the tail-ender at Hamburg. A victory would have given Blackburne the tournament, 0.5 points ahead of Isidor Gunsberg.
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  OrangeTulip: What happens if black takes the pawn on c4 ( move 20)? Was Blackburne not an endgame player?
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  sfm: <OrangeTulip: What happens if black takes the pawn on c4 ( move 20)? Was Blackburne not an endgame player?> You must mean "move 30". I asked myself the same question. If 30.-,bxc 31.Rxc4 we have this position

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The d-pawn is heavily bombarded, but black has problems with the c-pawn. The direct
31.-,Rxd5 32.RxR,RxR 33.Rxc7+,QxR 34.QxR
seems to favor White.

The Black king is vulnerable from events on the 7th rank. It could be that both White and Black saw something alone these lines. What follows in the game is much safer - if not simply better - for Black, but he messes up terribly. 38.-,Kf7 looks like a horrible mistake, and also 40.-,R5?d7, missing 41.Qe6

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  HeMateMe: The bier-whiskey variation!
Mar-31-19  Ironmanth: Can't recall a game like this against Blackburne - just being ground down. Wow; thanks chessgames!
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