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Armand Edward Blackmar vs A Labry
Unknown (1876)
Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. Accepted (A82)  ·  1-0

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Nov-27-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: 7.Nxh7! Aaaah, a beauty...!

Well, black didn't even try to develop pieces anyway.

Jan-03-07  Silverstrike: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> Well, in all fairness, before 7.Nxh7, black's moves look quite reasonable on the surface.
Feb-11-08
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  FSR: It figures. A guy like Blackmar isn't going to let the fact that Black played 1...f5 instead of 1...d5 stop him from sacrificing a pawn with 2.e4 and 3.f3. Presumably after 1.d4 Nf6 Blackmar would have played 2.Nc3 d5 3.e4, the Huebsch Gambit.
Feb-21-08
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  FSR: <FSR: It figures. A guy like Blackmar isn't going to let the fact that Black played 1...f5 instead of 1...d5 stop him from sacrificing a pawn with 2.e4 and 3.f3.>

Silly me. Modern Chess Openings, Fifth Edition 1932, refers to 1.d4 f5 2.e4 as "the Blackmar Attack" on pages 159 and 185. The same book, on page 153, observes that "the Blackmar Gambit" (i.e. 1.d4 d5 2.e4) "has not the same force as the similar attack in the Dutch Defense." MCO-4 (1925), p. 120, had referred to 1.d4 f5 2.e4 as simply "the Gambit continuation." In MCO-6 (1939), p. 215, and MCO-7, p. 258, it becomes the Staunton Gambit, "[a]lso known as the Blackmar Attack." In MCO-8 (1952), pp. 22 and 29, and all later editions, Staunton gets all the glory and poor Blackmar is forgotten.

Feb-21-08
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  FSR: <Silverstrike: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> Well, in all fairness, before 7.Nxh7, black's moves look quite reasonable on the surface.>

Yes, 3.f3 is pretty dangerous if Black takes the pawn. 3...e5, as in Elo (yes, THAT Elo)-Powers, Milwaukee 1948, is considered safer. See, e.g., Harding, The Leningrad Dutch, pp. 128-29; A. Martin, The Contemporary Anti-Dutch, p. 64. Christiansen and Silman say that 3...e5 equalizes, but that 3...d5 4.Nc3 Nf6 is a better try for advantage. Dutch Defense, pp. 195, 202.

Jun-07-09  WhiteRook48: 13...Kf8??? was the fatal mistake
Feb-16-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  sea7kenp: There are 6 Games in this Database with 3 ... exf3. Opening Explorer gives 5 Wins for White, and only one Draw. Doesn't sound too good for Black! (3 ... e5 or 3 ... d5 look better).
Feb-16-20
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  perfidious: From a practical point of view, snatching the pawn gives White everything he wants; I would plump for 3....d5 and aim to transpose back to the main line after 4.Nc3 Nf6, or perhaps try 3....e5 as mentioned.
Jul-26-20
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  CalvinT: Mate in 4 with 12. Qh5+ ..not that it matters a whole lot, black is lost.

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