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Francis Joseph Lee vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Blackburne - Lee (1890), Bradford & London ENG, rd 14, Aug-11
Slav Defense: Quiet Variation. Pin Defense (D12)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-24-16  zanzibar: The final deciding game of the match. Blackburne only needed a draw to win the match...

<The final game was played on Monday, 11th August, and, although ending in a draw, it was just as brisk and vigorous as the thirteenth had been dull and common-place. Lee, at first, was in fine play, and in a Zukertort opening got a commanding position with advanced Pawns on the Queen's side. It was, indeed, just such a position that a great player, full of genius, and with the score standing as it did, a draw meaning defeat, would have roused himself to deeds of daring. Lee, however, failed at this supreme moment ; a Knight could have gone to Q B 7 with little hope of retreat, but every chance of producing intricate combinations and self immolation on the Cavalier's part, but leading to glorious victory. Here was the opportunity for genius ; here Lee failed. Instead of the forward move the Knight retreated sheepishly, only to be exchanged in a few moves, and Blackburne began to breathe a little more freely. From this point Lee's play was tame, whilst Blackburne, whose game was still somewhat cramped, was evidently on the alert. He got his opportunity. Lee advanced his King's Pawn, and Black burne, by a clever manoeuvre, won a Pawn, and a draw soon ensued. Blackburne, therefore, won the match, the final score being Blackburne 6, Lee 3, and 5 drawn games not counted in the score.>

<BCM v10 (Sept 1890) p362-363/392-393>

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Game 14 - Slav Defence - Monday, 11 August, 1890
from Blackburne - Lee Match, Bradford-London, 1890. by Chessical

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