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Albert Hodges vs Abel Edward Blackmar
"Abel was I ere I saw Albert" (game of the day Jul-25-2014)
Brooklyn CC ch (1892), Brooklyn, NY USA
French Defense: Classical. Rubinstein Variation (C14)  ·  1-0



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Jan-30-07  cyclemath: 33 Qxf8+ is not just check - it's mate.
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  FSR: Cute - an allusion to the palindrome "Able was I ere I saw Elba" (Elba being the island to which Napoleon was exiled after being forced to abdicate in 1813).
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  Phony Benoni: Point of information: Black was not the gambit guy. That was Armand Edward Blackmar, a New Orleans music publisher who died in 1888. This A. E. Blackmar was a New York lawyer and jurist. No relation, as far as I know.
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  FSR: Regarding the palindrome to which I alluded, see
Jul-25-14  Br0kedChess: I feel like 30... Rg7 was a blunder. I would've tried Qg7!, deliberately giving up the queen, holding everything together. At least for a little while
Jul-25-14  sfm: Fine game, not an easy attack to play.

<Phony Benoni: ... Black was not the gambit guy.> Surprise! I have never heard the name 'Blackmar' elsewhere. So TWO Blackmar chessplayers, with the same initials. Well, there is also this T. Petrosian.

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  Once: This is one of those attacks that is nigh on irresistible over the board, but which silicon finds fault with, I'm afraid.

Fritzie doesn't care for 26. Re3 as this allows 26...Nbc4 to force an exchange. Black finds this move but for some reason doesn't swap material when he has the chance. This is odd as he is the gambit bishop ahead and desperately needs to defuse the white attack.

After 27. Ngf7, he wants to play either Rxf7 or Nxe5, both of which should give black an advantage of about 1.5 pawns.

By the time we get to 30. Re1, Fritzie thinks the game is level. 30...Rg7? hands the advantage back to white as it allows 31. f5. Instead 30...Rh7 keeps the game level (and probably forces white into a perpetual check.

After 31. f5 black is struggling, but 31...Rf8 is instant capitulation. It allows mate in two.

So how to call this one? It's a forceful white attack that isn't quite correct, but is very hard to defend against. It's perhaps not surprising that black didn't find the resources that could have saved the game.

A reminder that chess is still very much a human game of mistake and intimidation. And long may it stay so!

Jul-25-14  morfishine: Gallant Effort
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  FSR: <Once> Note that this was a correspondence game. One should be able to find such resources in a correspondence game. See, e.g., K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992; D Fleetwood vs F Rhine, 1997; F Rhine vs S Sinding, 1996; F Rhine vs A Boerkoel, 1996.
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  kevin86: I thought the expression was:

Able was I ere I saw Elba- it is a palindrome. I could have been said by Napoleon, but he was French-so he probably never said it.

The last move is indeed Mate!

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  Penguincw: The checkmate in the final position looks a lot like a "hook mate":

A typically hook mate might look like so

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Jul-25-14  posoo: FSR one can only find dis in a CORRSPOND game if you have all da time in the world.

Blackmar was a busy FELLOW

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  MissScarlett: <Note that this was a correspondence game.> Not so. This is game #74 in <Albert Beauregard Hodges> by Hilbert & Lahde.

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