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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Francis Joseph Lee
Blackburne - Lee (1890), Bradford & London ENG, rd 5, Jul-22
French Defense: Classical. Rubinstein Variation (C14)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-30-22  offramp: For 20 moves just the ♘♘♘♘s were floating around all over the board. Very tricky endings. Blackburne <may> have thought that the game was drawn.

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Whatever happened, White manoeuvred better!

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White could have played 36. Nc5+ which is very strong. But the same opportunity a few moves later in an even better position:

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Blackburne could have played 38. Nc5+. In response Black could have played ...NxN, then dxc5 followed by Kd4 <and> the white knight picking up pawns.

Here is a possible line:
39.dxc5 Nc8
40.c6+ Kxc6
41.Nxe6 g6
42.Nf8 Ne7

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43.Kd4 b4
44.axb4 axb4.

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I think Black is near to Zugzwang.

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Game 5 - French Classical - Tuesday, 22nd July, 1890.
from Blackburne - Lee Match, Bradford-London, 1890. by Chessical

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