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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Emanuel Lasker
Lasker - Blackburne (1892), London ENG, rd 1, May-27
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: I wonder what was Blackburne thinking when he played 35.Qg5?? here, as 35...f4 is obvious reply and it wins a piece by force. For a while I was thinking that 36.Bxf4 can be something but black can simply take the bishop with Rook 36...Rxf4 and 36...Ng4+ can be even better than that.
Feb-27-12  thomastonk: <Honza Cervenka> The BCM 1892, p 311, gives 34. Nc5? Qe7! 35. Qg5 and then the following comment: "Losing a piece directly. But at most he could only hope to make a struggle; as the opening of the Bishop's file or the loss of the KRP should ultimately prove fatal."
Feb-27-12  thomastonk: <Honza Cervenka> An addition: my silicon friend "thinks" that 34.Nc5 is okay, and that 35.Qg5 is the blunder as you noted.

Instead White should play 35.Ke2 Qxh4 36.Bf2 Qf6 and then 37.Kd2 (which I prefer) or 37.Qg2, both with full compensation for the pawn. The other idea mentioned in the BCM, 35.. fxe4 does work because of 36.Bxe4 .

Jan-03-17  WorstPlayerEver: I don't know what Blackburne was thinking but after 35... f4 he must have noticed that he was out of whisky.
Jan-03-17  ChessHigherCat: <Honza Cervenka: I wonder what was Blackburne thinking when he played 35.Qg5??> If I recall his autobiographical notes correctly, at that precise instant he was thinking "Where the hell did that girl come from, I've never seen her here before!"

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