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Isidor Gunsberg vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 6, Apr-29
Van't Kruijs Opening: General (A00)  ·  0-1



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May-23-05  InspiredByMorphy: 13. ...c5 was more powerful than it appeared. The queenside pawn advances are what wins the game. 13. Be3 would have stopped it.
May-23-05  Kangaroo: There was a story (perhaps related to this game) that after this game, being congratulated by his fans, Joseph Henry Blackburne (born, 1841) said that the experience beat the youth, meaning Isidor Gunsberg (born 1854) - believe it or not!
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  keypusher: Tarrasch in the tournament book: Why does Gunsberg, at an age when Anderssen and Steinitz were still enormously strong, show scarcely a trace of his former strength? And why are the <beaux gestes> of Blackburne, a 73-year-old man -- one cannot say an old man -- still so acceptable? Could it be the power of alcohol, which Blackburne consumed in considerable quantities all his life and which proved to be a medium of preservation for him, while Gunsberg is an outspoken teetotaler? Blackburne's case is a phenomenon that the temperance union must explain, for it is appropriate for reducing their efforts directly <ad absurdum>.
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  Phony Benoni: And that's why chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.
Dec-10-09  WhiteRook48: 50 Kf1 Bd1! and white is dead

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