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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Breslau (1889), Breslau GER, rd 15, Jul-25
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  0-1



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Nov-28-02  pawntificator: 12 Qh5 is premature
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  Honza Cervenka:, I don't see this game.
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  Calli: Works with Chess Tutor
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  Honza Cervenka: Thanks, Calli. But I think it should work My Chess too.
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  Honza Cervenka:, it doesn't work in My Chess.
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  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!

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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.

Mar-23-19  Telemus: DWS 1889, p 310: 20.. ♗c6.
Mar-23-19  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. [..]"

Mar-23-19  Telemus: DSZ 1889, p 277: 20.. ♗c6.
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