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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs George Alfred Russell
Blindfold simul (1885) (blindfold), Sydney AUS, Feb-26
Scotch Game: Göring Gambit. Declined (C44)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-28-21  optimal play: <<Notes by Mr. Blackburne.>

<(a) 3... Kt to Q B 3 <3...Nc6>

It is better to play P to Q 4 <d5> at once. The move made allows White to unite his centre pawns, which, however, he foolishly neglects to do.>

<(b) 10. B to Kt 5 <10.Bg5>

Overlooking Black's splendid rejoinder, otherwise the blindfold player would doubtless have moved R to K sq <Re1> or B to R 3 <Ba3>.>

<(c) 21. R to Q 2 <21.Rd2>

White could have won the Pawn by B to B 7 <Bf7>.>

<(d) 23... R to K B sq <23...Rf8>

Better to have exchanged Bishops at once.>

<(e) 28. K to B 2 <28.Kf2>

Here White might have saved himself time and unnecessary trouble by playing R to K Kt 4 <Rg4>, and on Black defending the pawn going back to K 4, drawing easily.>

<(f) 45... R to B 4 <45...Rf5>

His only chance of winning was to play R to Q R 8 <Ra1>.>

Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW), Saturday 7 March 1885>

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