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Henry Ernest Atkins vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
British Championship (1909), Scarborough ENG, rd 2, Aug-10
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Atkins on his way to his fifth British Championship positionally outplays Blackburne in a manner reminiscent of Tarrasch. Blackburn is efficiently destroyed by an increasing pressure applied down the d file.

7.Bd6?! is an unhappy move, the B blocks the d-file and soon has to retreat with loss of time.

8….c6; Schlechter (Deutsche Schachzeitung) recommended 0-0 then c5 instead.

13….Kf8?1; 13...Bb7 14.Ne5² 0–0 15.f4 seems preferable, the K is never secure despite the price of giving up castling.

Schlechter (Deutsche Schachzeitung) recommended 22.Rxf7+; this leads to mate 22…Kxf7 23.Qf3+ Kg8 24.Rd8+ Kg7 25.Qf6+ Kh7 26.Qxh8 mate

The end is inevitable: 23.Qf6+ Kg8 24.Rxf7 Rxf7 25.Rd8+ Rf8 26.Rxf8+ Kh7 27.Qxg6 mate

Aug-20-07  thatsmate: Excellent win by our player of the day. Atkins makes beating Blackburne look easy.
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  FSR: Blackburne wasn't exactly "The Black Death" in this game.
Jan-15-09  bvwp: Fair enough, though. He was about 67 and allowed to be a little past his best.
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  Zenchess: He could still play. He beat Nimzovitch at the age of 72, playing 1. e3, no less.
May-25-11  sfm: I recall reading (I think it was in Bent Larsen's book about chess openings) that "all accepted variations for Black in Accepted Queen's Gambit is based on the move c7-c5". While nothing is without exceptions, 7.-,c5 clearly leeds to a freer and easier position for Black.

The game is a school example on an opening going wrong by wrong pawn moves.

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  keypusher: <Chessical: Atkins on his way to his fifth British Championship positionally outplays Blackburne in a manner reminiscent of Tarrasch.>

No kidding.

Tarrasch vs Blackburne, 1895

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  MissScarlett: Shot from this game:
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  fredthebear: See the photo per <MissScarlett>'s link:

According to Wikipedia, the London 1883 chess tournament was the first use of the double-sided chess clock, manufactured by T.B. Wilson of Manchester.

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