Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Random Game # 12 - Blackburne vs. Steinitz - London 1870

The Random Game feature at is a handy way to broaden your chess education. You never know what's going to pop up. You may see a famous classic, or maybe a subtle modernity, or maybe a true obscurity. You might even find a diamond in the rough that nobody else has spotted.

Today's game was played in London in 1870 (the price of the Illustrated London News that year was sixpence). Joseph Henry "The Black Death" Blackburne faced Wilhelm Steinitz who had already defeated Adolf Anderssen in match play but was not yet officially recognized as the world champion. Though the game begins with the Ruy Lopez, Steinitz doesn't play his namesake defense, but rather tries his hand at the Cozio Variation. Just when Steinitz seemingly has the game in hand, Blackburne swindles him into a draw!

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