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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Walter John
Ostend (1906), Ostend BEL, rd 7, Jun-12
Four Knights Game: General (C46)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Blackburne was 65 years old but still in the top 20 of chess players. In the giant Ostend tournament he ended up the middle of the field, but still played some attractive chess, as here against the 28 year old Walter John. Blackburn’s Q-side attack with the b and c pawns is much faster than John’s labourious K-side effort.

5...Bd6?! is an artificial move that leads to a cramped game: 5...Ba5 6.0–0 d6 7.d3 Nxd5 8.exd5 Ne7 is a better plan.

34.Qxd5!! a neat combination leading to mate; 34.Qxd5 Bd6 35.Qxf7 Ra6 36.bxc7+ Bxc7 37.Rb1+ Ka8 38.Qxc7 etc.

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