Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Siegbert Tarrasch
6th DSB Congress, Breslau (1889), Breslau GER, rd 15, Jul-25
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 5 times; par: 78 [what's this?]

Annotations by Joseph Henry Blackburne.      [148 more games annotated by Blackburne]

explore this opening
find similar games 12 more Blackburne/Tarrasch games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" button below the game.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-28-02  pawntificator: 12 Qh5 is premature
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka:, I don't see this game.
May-16-03  Calli: Works with Chess Tutor
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Thanks, Calli. But I think it should work My Chess too.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka:, it doesn't work in My Chess.
Premium Chessgames Member Should work now.
Sep-03-03  Calli: Its refreshing when Blackburne admits that he missed 26...Nd6. He doesn't reach into the chess players bag of excuses.

Instead of 26.Qg5?, I like 26.b4!

Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: <> Thanks.
Mar-19-04  ruylopez900: Blackburne had Tarrasch on the back of his heels, but the attack was nothing but a house of cards, knocked down at the right moment.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Tarrasch's problems apparently started with 14...Kh8 which was too passive. 14...Qb6 would have been definitely much better. Blackburne later missed a win after crushing 21.f5!! Of course, 21...gxf5 loses quickly for 22.Rxg7 Kxg7 23.Qh6+ Kg8 24.Ng5 Bxg5 25.Bxg5 or 25.Qxg5+ with decisive attack. But 21...exf5 22.Nxd5 Qd8 23.Nxe7 Qxe7 24.Bg5 is quite hopeless for black as well. 20.f5 was quite strong too. This indicates that 19...c5 and 20...Be7 were mistakes and that black should keep Pd5 protected on the move 19 (for example 19...Be7 was possible) and cover it by 20...Bc6. On the other hand 22.f5 exf5 23.Bh6 Bd7! 24.Bxg7+ Kxg7 is nothing special for white. Blackburne's suggestion 22.Nf2!? with intention 23.Re1 and eventually f4-f5 was definitely better than text continuation but it is hardly decisive. Without possibility to take on d5 by Knight f4-f5 breach lost much of his power. 26...Nd6! is beautiful and deadly counter.
Jul-01-18  lame duck: <Honza Cervenka: Blackburne later missed a win after crushing 21.f5!!> In Tarrash's book "300 schachpartien" another move order is given: 20. Bc1 Bc6 21. Nd1 Be7. If this is correct, than 21.f5 gives nothing.
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Harding's <Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography> (McFarland 2015), p.290:

<20...Bc6! <Gottschall>, Chessbase <Mega Database 2011> and Tarrasch's latest biographer all have the sequence 20...Be7 21.Nd1 Bc6, transposing, but instead of 21.Nd1 White would obtain a winning attack by 21.f5! exf5 22.Nxd5. Moreover, Tarrasch's long note in <Dreihundert Schachpartieen> (on page 257 in the first edition, pages 240-241 in the third) would not make sense with the alternative move order.>

One of the given sources is <The Field> of August 10th 1889 - presumably it has 20...Bc6. A contemporary German source might all but settle the matter.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Telemus: DWS 1889, p 310: 20.. ♗c6.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Telemus: The tournament book by v. Gottschall, Metger and Seger, Leipzig 1890, p 206 uses Steinitz's comments from the ICM.

20.. ♗e7 21.♘d1 "In nachträglichen Untersuchungen, an denen fast die sämtlichen Meister teilnahmen, wurde konstatiert, daß Weiß hier durch 21.f4-f5 gewonnen hätte. [..]"

Premium Chessgames Member
  Telemus: DSZ 1889, p 277: 20.. ♗c6.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
White gets an advantage early on, but black turns the tables.
from Shadowlord's favorites games by Shad0wl0rd16
zakir's favorite games
by zakir
Game 153, Breslau tournament, July 1889
from Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien by Honza Cervenka
Praeceptor Mundi
by chocobonbon
tactics 2
by tactics
Complex games 2
by TheDestruktor
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Var (C11) 0-1 Game changer
from Annotations e4 through Dead-Ball Era for FTB by fredthebear
A very good defence culminating with Nd6!!
from Learn from Prof Tarrasch! by timothee3331
Breslau 1889
by suenteus po 147
Classical. Steinitz Variation
from All Time Greats Play the French w/Black & Win by JoseTigranTalFischer
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Var (C11) 0-1 Game changer
from French Classical Music 3...Nf6 by fredthebear
Assorted good games II
by rbaglini
Game 139
from Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Qindarka
Game 139
from Tarrasch's 300 Chess Games by yesthatwasasac

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC