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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Steinitz - Blackburne (1876), London ENG, rd 6, Feb-29
Scotch Game: Horwitz Attack. Blackburne Variation (C45)  ·  0-1



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  offramp: I like this variation of the Scotch where black takes route 1 to win the e-pawn and there doesn't seem to be much that white can do about it.

Blackburne gave away a few too many pawns and Steinitz defended and attacked well, though he could have shortened the game by 42...Nxg4.

Steinitz loses a knight and we get a ♖+♖ v ♖+6♙ ending which Blackburne might have been able to save.

Apr-18-05  Milo: What a find! It looks like white is getting killed, but as you say, the knight changes things a little. Does 49.Rf7 give black any chances?
Apr-21-05  paladin at large: Thanks <offramp>, this one is fun. If after 42.....Nxg4, is there not a mating threat emanating from 43. Qb6+ followed by 44. Rf8+ or R f7+ ?
May-07-05  aw1988: GOOD GOD! I think this is probably one of the most complicated games played- ever!
Sep-14-06  percyblakeney: <49. Re2> seems to give white good drawing chances, for example <b3 50. Rxg7+ Kb6 51. Rg3> and it's uncertain if there is a winning line somewhere for black. Also <49. Rxg7+> might work after <Kb6 50. Rff7> and it's at least not easy to win for Steinitz.
Jan-28-11  OJC: What an ending! I couldn't find published analysis on the R+R vs. R+6P finale except from the match book. I wonder if a detailed analysis has been reached starting from move 49.

From Steinitz in the match book (freely available on google books):

"... [Steinitz], remaining with a rook behind for six pawns, three of which were bound to fall; but, having his king near to support the other three pawns, he succeeded in a difficult and long ending to force the game."

"In answer to 49. Re2, Black would have protected the e-pawn by Ra5, followed, according to circumstances, either by Rb5 or Rd5, which would have enabled Black to lead his combined pawns to victory, supported by the K."

May-16-13  Xenomorphy: That was an entertaining game. I was very impressed with Blackburne's ability to put up such a dogged defense. I would have most likely resigned much sooner.
Oct-04-14  Ke2: Hmm, 2 Rooks vs Rook & 6 pawns isn't in the endgame directory.
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