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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs James Mason
London (1899), London ENG, rd 14, Jun-17
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1-0



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  KEG: A fine game by Blackburne who outplayed Mason in the opening, outwitted him in the brief tactical crisis at the beginning of the middle game, won the exchange, and then nursed his material advantage to victory.

The crisis of the game came after Blackburne's 12. Nxd4. Mason responded 12...Qa5. According to the Tournament Book, this was the only "convenient escape for the Queen." In fact, this was the losing move of the game (Mason's should have played 12...g6).

Blackburne exploited Mason's mistake brilliantly. Blackburne's 13. Ne4 gave him virtually a strategically won game. Perhaps unaware of the danger, Mason blundered with 13...Be7 (13...Kh8 was his only real chance). Blackburne then pounced in the following position:

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Blackburne's wonderful winning move here was 14. Ne6! Had Mason played 14...fxN, 15.Bxe6+ would have left Blackburne up a pawn with an overwhelming position. Had Mason tried to save his Rook by 14...Re8, Blackburne would have nailed him with 15. b4.

Mason chose to play the rest of the game the exchange down with 14...Ne5, hoping he could somehow survive. But Blackburne never gave Mason a chance.

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