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Hector Shoosmith vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
London (1904), City of London CC, London ENG, rd 4, Jul-28
Queen Pawn Game: Stonewall Attack (D00)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: Just about everything that can go wrong with the Stonewall happens in this game.

I'm not sure if White made the correct pawn recaptures on move 15 and 19. Perhaps he meant to give that Zombie masquerading as a bishop more scope. If so, it didn't work.

Nor do I particularly understand 39.Bd2, except perhaps as yet another proof that the human brain can only be tortured so long before cracking.

Shoosmith actually had an excellent tournament, tying for third with Blackburne and Gunsberg while scoring wins over Gunsberg, Teichmann, and memorably F J Lee vs H Shoosmith, 1904. But Blackburne crushed him here. Literally.

Jun-23-13  disasterion: The pawn recaptures make sense, given that White is aiming for that pawn chain running up from b2; and presumably 19.dxe5 drops a pawn to Qb6+.

Exchanging off white-squared bishop for knight in the Stonewall is less clever - 10.Nd2 is probably more in keeping with the theme. As you point out, the other bishop is useless ... and that helpless shuffling of the King from move 30 onwards is awful to watch.

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August, p. 66 [Game 205]
from American Chess Bulletin 1904 by Phony Benoni

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