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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Wilhelm Cohn
London (1899), London ENG, rd 2, May-31
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1

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Feb-07-09
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  Stonehenge: Why not the simple 6.exd5?
May-28-14  docbenway: Feb-07-09
Premium Chessgames Member Stonehenge: Why not the simple 6.exd5? To me it looks it is answered by 6...ktxd5 threatening ktxc3 and wholesale exchanges on d5 leaves the black queen there and white with his center gone.
Nov-20-16
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  KEG: 6. exd5 is indeed better than the text (6. Qe2). If then 6...Nxd5, 7. NxN BxN 8. BxB QxB would give Black a good game, but White instead should in that case play 7. Nf3 avoiding the Bishop trade and maintaining a slight edge. White might also avoid the exchanges with 7. Qh5 or 7. Qg4, perhaps doing even better than with 7. NxN.
Nov-20-16
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  KEG: Blackburne's opening play here was surprisingly weak, and after his weak 14. f4 Cohn had a neat combination beginning with 14...Bxa2 !! After 15. BxR QxB 16. b3 bxb3 17. PxB Nxb3 check 18. Kc2 NxR 19. KxR Black has three pawns for the sacrificed piece (including two connected passed pawns on the Queenside) and a likely won game. Blackburne might well have declined the sacrifice, but then he would have lost a pawn for nothing.
Nov-20-16
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  KEG: Although Cohn had the edge, Blackburne need not have lost the double Rook endgame. He should have played 41. Rf7 instead of 41. Rf5check, and after Cohn erred with 42...e3 (instead of the winning 42...c4) 45 Ke1 (instead of Kc1) was essential. When Cohn again erred with 45...c4 instead of the better 45...Rd5) Blackburne had his last chance with 47. axb. His actual move, 47. Re4 check allowed Cohn to trade down to a R and two pawns against Rook and pawn ending that he handled (so far as I can see) flawlessly. When pawns were exchanged on moves 62 and 63, Cohn demonstrated the beauty of the Lucena position. As the Tournament Book (that gets just about everything else wrong about this game) correctly states, Cohn's handling of the finale "...is an object lesson for the student."
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