Blackburne's Mate + A Chess Book in Two Languages

Blackburne's Mate + A Chess Book in Two Languages

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Blackburne's Mate + A Chess Book in Two Languages

The USSR -v- The Rest of the World 1970.

Historic match. Fischer stepped down and played board 2 to Larsen.
Larsen loses that famous1.b3 game to Spassky.

The result was USSR 20½ Rest of The World 19½

A lot closer than people anticipated.
Fischer was none too chuffed with Portisch for agreeing a draw with
Korchnoi when Portisch had a technically won game.

You would think a book about the event with the games annotated
by all the players would be a good buy and a worthy publication.

There is one!

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I found it whilst browsing through the Edinburgh Chess Club’s library
of 3,000 odd chess books. (I was looking for something I had not read!) 🙂

One wee itsy bitsy problem.

The names of the ROW players are in English.
The names of the USSR players are in Russian.
The name of the opening is in both languages.
The notes of the ROW players are in English.
The notes of the USSR players are in Russian.

I kid you not.

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How odd is that?

The notes from one half of the players cannot be read unless you
are clever enough to be versed in both languages.

It needs translating.
The Russian into English and the English into Russian.
Then no matter what your persuasion you can follow the games
with both sets of notes.

Of course you will need to get the both books to understand all the notes.
(One book the left side of the board and one book for the right side of the board.)

A brilliant concept. Two books covering the one tournament!
A marketing trick the major chess publishing houses have yet to pull…
….give them time.

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Continuing with the theme of Mating Patterns and this week it’s Blackburne’s Mate.

This a double Mating Pattern carried out by the three minor pieces.
Two Bishops and a Knight mate against a castled King. It looks like this.

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Technical Jargon Explanation No.210
Queens and Rooks are often called the major pieces. The Bishops
and Knights are called the minor pieces.

This give me a an excuse to show one of my favourite games.
Every chess player should be acquainted with this game.

Amateur - Blackburne, England 1880

Two good examples from RHP. Both with Black.

First we see the Scholars Mate equivalent of the Blackburne Mate.

Positional Player - iMD RHP 2006

Next, I have no hesitation in showing this game on the same page as Blackburne’s.
masterpiece. It is a nigh perfect compliment.

Weadley - LightWarrrior RHP 2006.

So back here.

I was saying the Blackburne Mate still lurks but if White plays 1.cxb7+
and Black still goes for it the then the refutation is instructive.

I found this, another Black win!
Not exactly a Blackburne mate, It’s a standard mate with a Knight and Bishop.
The plausible build up to it make it a worthy example.

bobbymunro - Mad Mac MacMad RHP 2008

And as always we end with a humorous closer.
Could do a book of these. ‘Jokes on the Chessboard.’ featuring everyone.

Black wins the White Queen.

“No it was sacrifice shouts back Ravello.”

OK White er….sacs his Queen for two Knights and…..
No I won’t spoil the ending for you.

Ravello - jMbernZ RHP.2005

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Comments (8)

  • Posted 3011 days 23 hours and 11 minutes ago
    That is probably a good idea Silent Knight.
    I keep forgetting other players don't haunt the chess forum as
    much as I do - cheers.
  • Posted 3012 days 5 hours and 56 minutes ago
    Blimey, I didnt know there was a more detailed thread thing... perhaps I am just daft. You might want to put a note in your blog to alert other dopey RHPers. As always, an excellent read for all players. Thanks.
  • Posted 3014 days 2 hours and 21 minutes ago
    HI WW

    If ever do my eyes are as big organ stops.

    "Should I be doing this?"

    Hi Shallow Blue.

    Looking at the position you can see White was worried about
    Bxf3 and Qxh2 mate. The damage was done with that Bd3 back
    to Be2 manouver. He will most likely have to play g3 at sometime.
    That Bishop on d6 is good.

  • Posted 3014 days 6 hours and 50 minutes ago
    Standard memberShallow Blue
    What I want to know is, in the Weadley-Lightwarrior game, why g3? Even I know that if you've misplaced your bishop, your g-pawn is the last one you should advance. That's only wise if you can fianchetto.
  • Posted 3014 days 11 hours and 12 minutes ago
    Standard memberwormwood
    "never take the rook in the corner" - larry christiansen. 🙂
  • Posted 3014 days 11 hours and 49 minutes ago
    Hi chessicle

    I try to keep it clear and not get too bogged down with analysis.
    If I have to I'll do a game fragement like I did in that game.

    After 17.Qb3+ Ka8 18.Nxe2 Again Black cannot go for the
    Blackburne Mate (which was the theme) 18...Ng4 19.Qxf3+ 1-0.

    I chose the side line 16.cxb7+ Kb8 because missing moves like Qxd6+
    was a plausible typical RHP error. The lads are seeing only their threats.

    Nice comments though. I always post a new thread at the same
    time as the blog Thread 141949 Some cannot follow
    analysis on a comments board. Please do post in the there with a
    diagram and a moving PGN thing. It makes it so much clearer.

    I'll add the line I just mentioned.

    Good to see others are looking at the games and poking about with
    them. It's what you do to get better.
  • Posted 3014 days 18 hours and 2 minutes ago
    Standard memberchessicle
    Weadley - Lightwarrior: after 16 cb7+ Kxb7! the bishop capture is not with check, and the king slips quietly out of the way in the corner after 17 Qb3+ Ka8.

    Also, might be worth pointing out that 16 ... Qh3? doesn't work - 17 Nf4 defends mate and threatens the Queen, 17 ... Bxf4 threatens it again, but 18 Qxf3 leaves White better. 17 ... Bxd1 18 Nxh3 leaves white the exchange to the good. The same applies after 16 cb7+
  • Posted 3014 days 18 hours and 2 minutes ago
    Standard membertvochess
    Your examples always show that there are a lot more good moves than the ones you see at first sight. Somehow, they are always hiding when I trie to find them. Pretty good camouflage they have...

    Thx for opening the eyes every week!
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