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Carl Schlechter vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
London (1899), London ENG, rd 8, Jun-09
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  1-0



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May-28-08  Xeroxx: Interesting pawn pushing by Schlechter.
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  KEG: A brilliant miniature by Schlechter. While Blackburne is unrecognizable here, this does not detract from Schlechter's sparkling, vigorous play.

As the Tournament Book points out, Blacksburne's handling of the opening--in which he moved the same Knight four times in his first eight moves to bring it to d7--was a recipe for disaster. According to Fritz, Blackburne was already lost by move 8! And after his 12...f6 he was definitely a dead duck, as Schlechter proceeded to demonstrate with a series of punishing Queen checks and pawn advances.

I agree with Xeroxx that Schlechter's pawn pushes with 16. f5 and the brilliant 17. e5 were the highlights of the game.

As the Tournament Book correctly notes, 17...dxe5 would have been no better than Blackburne's actual choice of poison (17...fxe5). Had Blackburne tried 17...dxe5, Schlechter would have won brilliantly with 18. Ne4 gxf5 19. Nxf6+ Kf7 20. Qh5 +

After Blackburne's 25...Kb8 26. f7 would have been even more lethal, but Schlechter's 26. d7 was more than sufficient to terminate Blackburne's resistance. What a sad state of affairs for Blackburne when his opponent--as early as move 26--had two different winning pawn advances to the 7th rank!

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  Fusilli: <KEG> Good notes, thank you.

The knight was not moved four times in the first eight moves to bring it to d7, though, but 4 times in the first 10 to bring it to e6.

BTW, isn't this game too long to call it a miniature? I thought a miniature is supposed to be 20 moves or less. Is there a standard definition?

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  KEG: <Fusilli> Thank you for the correction about the Knight moves.

Whether this game should or should not be called a "miniature," it was short and brutal.

Nov-11-17  Wyatt Gwyon: 17. e5 is truly brilliant.
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