optimal play: (Danish Gambit.)
White. (Mr. Blackburne.)
Black. (Mr. Russell.)
Notes by Mr. Blackburne.
1. P to K 4 ; P to K 4 ; 2. P to Q 4 ; P takes P ; 3. P to Q B 3 ; Kt to Q B 3 click for larger view(a) It is better to play P to Q 4 at once.
The move made allows White to unite his centre pawns, which, however, he foolishly neglects to do. 4. Kt to B 3 ; P to Q 4 ; 5. P to K 5 ; P takes P ; 6. Kt takes P ; B to Q Kt 5 ; 7. B to Q Kt 5 ; K Kt to K 2 ; 8. Castles ; B takes Kt ; 9. P takes B ; Castles ; 10. B to Kt 5 click for larger view(b) Overlooking Black's splendid rejoinder, otherwise the blindfold player would doubtless have moved R to K sq or B to R 3. 10... Kt takes P ; 11. Kt takes Kt ; P to K B 3 ; 12. B to K R 4 ; P takes Kt ; 13. B takes Kt ; Q takes B ; 14. Q takes P (ch) ; Q to K 3 ; 15. B to B 4 ; Q takes Q ; 16. B takes Q (ch) ; K to R sq ; 17. K R to K sq ; P to B 3 ; 18. B to Kt 3 ; R to K sq ; 19. Q R to Q sq ; B to B 4 ; 20. P to B 3 ; P to K R 4 ; 21. R to Q 2 click for larger view(c) White could have won the Pawn by B to B 7.
21... R to K 2 ; 22. P to K R 3 ; P to R 5 ; 23. B to B 2 ; R to K B sq click for larger view(d) Better to have exchanged Bishops at once.
24. B to K 4 ; B takes B ; 25. R takes B ; R to B 5 ; 26. R from Q 2 to K 2 ; R takes R ; 27. R takes R ; P to K Kt 4 ; 28. K to B 2 click for larger view(e) Here White might have saved himself time and unnecessary trouble by playing R to K Kt 4, and on Black defending the pawn going back to K 4, drawing easily. 28... K to Kt 2 ; 29. R to K 2 ; K to B 3 ; 30. R to Q 2 ; P to K 5 ; 31. R to Q 6 (ch) ; K to K 4 ; 32. R to Q 8 ; P takes P ; 33. K takes P ; K to B 4 ; 34. R to B 8 (ch) ; K to Kt 3 ; 35. R to Q 8 ; R to B 2 (ch) ; 36. K to K 3 ; P to Q Kt 4 ; 37. R to Q 6 ch ; R to B 3 ; 38. R to Q 7 ; P to Q R 4 ; 39. P to Q R 3 ; K to B 4 ; 40. R to Q 2 ; K to K 4 ; 41. R to Q 8 ; P to R 5 ; 42. R to Q sq ; R to B 5 ; 43. R to Q 8 ; R to B 8 ; 44. R to K Kt 8 ; K to Q 4 ; 45. K to Q 3 ; R to B 4 click for larger view(f) His only chance of winning was to play R to Q R 8. 46. R to Q 8 (ch) ; K to B 4 ; 47. R to K 8
click for larger viewand after a few more moves the game was given up as drawn. - The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW) issue Saturday 7 March 1885 1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 Nc6 4. Nf3 d5 5. e5 dxc3 6. Nxc3 Bb4 7. Bb5 Nge7 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 O-O 10. Bg5 Nxe5 11. Nxe5 f6 12. Bh4 fxe5 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Qxd5+ Qe6 15. Bc4 Qxd5 16. Bxd5+ Kh8 17. Rfe1 c6 18. Bb3 Re8 19. Rad1 Bf5 20. f3 h5 21. Rd2 Re7 22. h3 h4 23. Bc2 Rf8 24. Be4 Bxe4 25. Rxe4 Rf4 26. Rde2 Rxe4 27. Rxe4 g5 28. Kf2 Kg7 29. Re2 Kf6 30. Rd2 e4 31. Rd6+ Ke5 32. Rd8 exf3 33. Kxf3 Kf5 34. Rf8+ Kg6 35. Rd8 Rf7+ 36. Ke3 b5 37. Rd6+ Rf6 38. Rd7 a5 39. a3 Kf5 40. Rd2 Ke5 41. Rd8 a4 42. Rd1 Rf4 43. Rd8 Rf1 44. Rg8 Kd5 45. Kd3 Rf5 46. Rd8+ Kc5 47. Re8 1/2-1/2 |