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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs John Ellis Parry
"Dodgin' Parry" (game of the day Apr-23-2005)
BCF-ch 8th (1911), Glasgow SCO, rd 2, Aug-15
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Apr-24-02  bishop: It is hard to suggest something instead of 21...0-0 but after that move, 22.f5! practically put an end to the game.
Apr-23-05  iron maiden: On the home page this is listed as the game of the day for the 22nd, which is obviously incorrect.
Apr-23-05  THE pawn: 25.N3xf4! A good way to continue the game and make a clear way for your queen. I'll try this against my friends.
Apr-23-05  Everett: Wow, such an early implementation of the closed Sicilian. Both sides fianchetto, too. Rare at this time. Convinving win by Blackburne.
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  kevin86: It's surprizing how quick that Blackburne could pry open such a closed position-and how lethal those pawns were!
Apr-23-05  aw1988: A very nice game! Very pleasing.
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  patzer2: Black makes a subtle positional error with 24...Qc8?!, as 24...f6 may have been his last chance to equalize:

24... f6! 25. gxf6 Bxf6 26. Ng5 Ng6 27. Nxf6+
Rxf6 28. Qf2 Kg7 29. h5 Kh6 30. Bh3 Bxh3 31. Nxh3 Qc8 32. Qg2 Ne7 33. Qg5+ Kh7 34. Qxf6 Qg4+ 35. Kf2 Qg3+ 36. Ke2 Qe3+ 37. Kd1 Qxd3+ 38. Ke1 Qe3+ 39. Kd1 Qd3+ 40. Ke1 Qe3+ 41. Kd1 Qd3+ =.

After 24...Qc8?! 25. N3xf4! White's positional sacrifice enables an attack against his opponent's weakened castled position, which Black is able to parry only at the cost of conceding White a decisive passed pawn:

<25. N3xf4 exf4 26. Nxg7 Kxg7 27. Qxf4 Ng6>

[27... Kg8 28. Qf6 Bh3 (28... Qd8 29. Qh6 Bg4 30. h5 Qe8 31. Rf4 Be2 32. Bh3 Bxh5 33. Rh4]

<29. h5 Qg4 30. Rc2 Bxg2 31. Rxg2 Qe6 32. Qxd4 Nc6 33. Qe3 Qe5 34. Rf5 Qd4 35. Qxd4 Nxd4 36. Rxa5 Ne6 37. Rg4 Kg7 38. Rf5 Ra8 39. h6+ Kg6 40. Rg2 Kh7 41. Rf6 Rae8 42. Kf2 Re7 43. Ke3 Rg8 44. Rf5 Rg6 45. d4 Ra7 46. d5 Nd8 47. e5 Rc7 48. b3 dxe5 49. Ke4 f6 50. Rxf6 Nf7 51. Rxf7+ Rxf7 52. c5 Rd7 53. d6 Ra7 54. Kxe5 Rd7 55. Kd5 Rd8 56. Kc6 Rc8+ 57. Kb6 Ra8 58. Re2 Rxg5 59. d7 Rd5 60. Re8 Rxd7 61. Rxa8 Kxh6 62. c6 Rd1 63. c7 Rc1 64. c8=Q Rxc8 65. Rxc8) 28. Qf6+ Kg8>

[28...Kh7 29. h5 Nh4 30. Qh6+ Kg8 31. g6 fxg6 32. hxg6 Nxg6 33. Qxg6+ Kh8 34. Qh6+ Kg8 35. e5 Be6 36. Qg6+ Kh8 37. Qh5+ Kg8 38. Qg5+ Kh7 39. Be4+ Bf5 (39... Rf5 40. Kg2 Qf8 41. Rh1+ Qh6 42. Rxh6#) (39... Kh8 40. Qh6+ Kg8 41. Qh7#) 40. Rf4 Qe6 41. Rh4+ Qh6 42. Rxh6#]

<29. h5 Qd8> [29... Ne5 30. h6 ] <30. hxg6 Qxf6 31. Rxf6 Bg4 32. Rxd6 Rfd8 33. e5 Rxd6 34. exd6 fxg6 35. c5 Be6 36. c6 Rd8 37. Bd5 Rxd6 38. Bxe6+ Rxe6 39. c7 > 1-0

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  Jean Defuse: ...

Played in the 2nd round (15.08.) of the 'British Championship 1911'

Source: Northampton Mercury, 25 Aug 1911



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  MissScarlett: <Dodgin' Parry> Gee, that's hard work. What was wrong with <Parrycide>?

Harding's Blackburne biography explains the dearth of surviving games from this British championship as partly due to its coinciding with Karlsbad (1911). Its being held in deepest, darkest Glasgow probably didn't help.

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  master8ch: c7 should have been White's 38th (and probably last) move.
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  fredthebear: This is a common Closed Sicilian. Does anyone else get tired of the numerous mislabeled King's Indian Attacks in the system? FTB guesses approximately one-third of the games featuring a Bg2 are incorrectly labeled by the assigned ECO.
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  GrahamClayton: <patzer2>
24... f6! 25. gxf6 ♗xf6 26. ♘g5 ♘g6 27. ♘xf6+
♖xf6 28. ♕f2 ♔g7 29. h5 ♔h6 30. ♗h3 ♗xh3 31. ♘xh3 ♕c8 32. ♕g2 ♘e7 33. ♕g5+ ♔h7 34. ♕xf6 ♕g4+ 35. ♔f2 ♕g3+ 36. ♔e2 ♕e3+ 37. ♔d1 ♕xd3+ 38. ♔e1 ♕e3+ 39. ♔d1 ♕d3+ 40. ♔e1 ♕e3+ 41. ♔d1 ♕d3+ =

30. hxg5 ♔xg5, and it seems that the Black king is perfectly safe on h5 - Parry could either take the g6 pawn or possession of the h-file with ...♖h8.

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