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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Hastings (1895), Hastings ENG, rd 16, Aug-26
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0

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Jun-01-06
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  keypusher: One of Tarrasch's best games at Hastings. But I think a modern master would play a move like 17...Bxe5 only out of sheer desperation. Was Blackburne's position really that bad?
Jun-01-06  borisbadenoff: No the position was pretty even at move 17 you can also look at the annotaions of von Bardeleben. He says required was b6 and Bb7 afterwards. With this move Blackbourne cleared the way for Tarrasch
Jul-17-08  Ulhumbrus: On 27...Kxh6 Keene gives 28 Bxg5+ Qxg5 29 Rf6+ "with an ultimate win" (Keene). White wins in one variation wins after the White Rook follows a zigzag route to give four discovered double checks in succession: 29...Kh5 30 Qh3+ Qh4 31 g4+ Kg5 32 Qe3+ Kxg4 33 Rf4+ Kg5, and now the discovered double checks begin: 34 Rf5+ ( the first discovered double check) Kg6 (34...Kg4 35 Qf3 mate) 35 Rg5+ ( the second discovered double check)35... Kh6 36 Rg6+ (the third discovered double check) 36...Kh7 (36...Kh4 37 Qf3 Qg4 38 Qxg4 mate) 37 Rh6+ ( the fourth discovered double check) 37... Kg8 38 Rxh4 Rxh4 39 Qg5+ forking the black King and both Rooks, and winning
Jul-17-08  Ulhumbrus: On 27...Kxh6 Keene gives 28 Bxg5+ Qxg5 29 Rf6+ "with an ultimate win" (Keene). White wins in one variation after the White Rook follows a zigzag route to give four discovered double checks in succession: 29...Kh5 30 Qh3+ Qh4 31 g4+ Kg5 32 Qe3+ Kxg4 33 Rf4+ Kg5, and now the discovered double checks begin: 34 Rf5+ ( the first discovered double check) Kg6 (34...Kg4 35 Qf3 mate) 35 Rg5+ ( the second discovered double check)35... Kh6 36 Rg6+ (the third discovered double check) 36...Kh7 (36...Kh4 37 Qf3 Qg4 38 Qxg4 mate) 37 Rh6+ ( the fourth discovered double check) 37... Kg8 38 Rxh4 Rxh4 39 Qg5+ forking the black King and both Rooks, and winning
Dec-11-09  Eduardo Leon: Ulhumbrus, that sequence is beautiful. Not only Tarrasch had to calculate this far to play the sacrifice, he also had to calculate other variations... that's impressive.
Mar-26-12  Anderssen99: In his book on Tarrasch's best games Reinfeld does not give the quickest way to mate after 28. ...,Kxh8, i.e. 29.Qh6+,Kg8. 30.Qh7+,Kf8. 31.Qf8 mate!
Mar-31-12  Anderssen99: It is obvious that the last move in the previous comment was a misprint and that it should have been: 31.Qh8 mate. Sorry!
May-07-15
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  tpstar: <a modern master would play a move like 17...Bxe5 only out of sheer desperation> Agree - Black's dark squares are glaringly weak throughout the denouement. Maybe 17 ... Nd7 preserving the dsb.

Nice finish.

Dec-24-18  DonChalce: love it!
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