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Blackburne: more about the book

Blackburne (right) playing James MortimerThis image, which was published in The Field on 31 December 1910, was not of sufficient quality to reproduce in the book. So we use it to introduce this page, which gives any additional information and significant corrections that come to light. Reviews.

About J. H. Blackburne and the book    Table of contents

As a result of the ongoing digitisation of newspapers by the British Newspaper Archive, some more Blackburne games have been found since the book first went to press. The more interesting of these are presented now on a separate page: More Blackburne Games.

Some Corrections:

Page 111: The photograph said to be of Henry Bird turns out actually to be of Buckle. It was mis-captioned in P. W. Sergeant's book where we found it, and several other authors have been deceived by this. The picture has been replaced by a genuine photograph of Bird in the reprint.

Page 367: We have been informed that the Berlin 1897 tournament was not in fact one of the German federation series but rather the 70th jubilee tournament of the Berlin club. This was fixed for the reprint.

Page 382, Game 863 (Trenchard-Blackburne): In the note to move 10. FOR 12. Qxb5 READ 12. Bxb5

Edward Winter has pointed out that one game score in the first impression of the book is incomplete, since a Belgian contributor sent him an alternative version of the score from an obscure African newspaper! The score reproduced in Winter's article contains many misprints but the following appears to be the correct record of the game concerned and this is what now appears in the reprint:

Page 460, Game 1069, Blackburne-M. Billecard

Ostend Masters (23), 15 June 1907 · Giuoco Piano (C50)
Teichmann #317 pages 260-261;Chess Notes #7324.

The Manchester Guardian, 17 June, said Blackburne “beat himself by weak opening play against Billecard.” The Frenchman, a pupil of Rosenthal who was then working as a judge near Algiers, annotated the game in the newspaper Illustration Algérienne, Tunisienne et Marocaine, 27 July and 3 August 1907 (reprinted in Winter’s Chess Notes).

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. d3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. Be3 Bb6 6. Nc3 d6 7. 0–0 Bg4 Castling was premature because this pin is unpleasant. 8. Bb5 0–0 9. h3 Bh5 10. Kh2 Nd4 11. Bxd4 exd4 12. Ne2 c6 13. Ba4 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Nh5 15. Rg1 Qh4 16. Qf1 f5! Teichmann (the tournament book) published the next two move pairs in reverse order. 17. Qg2 Rf6 18. Bb3+ Kh8 19. f4 fxe4 20. dxe4 Raf8 21. f5 d5! 22. Qg4 22. f3 d3 or 22. Ng3? Nf4. 22. ... Qxf2+ 23. Rg2 Bc7+ 24. Kh1 Qe3! 25. Rf1 25. Qxh5 Rh6. 25. ... dxe4 26. Nxd4 Ng3+ 27. Rxg3 Qxg3 28. Qxg3 Bxg3 The game ends here in the book because Teichmann printed no further moves. 29. Kg2 Be5 30. Ne6 Re8 31. Ng5 g6 32. Be6 gxf5 33. Nf7+ Kg7 34. Nxe5 Rexe6 35. Nc4 f4 36. a4 b5 37. axb5 cxb5 38. Na3 a6 39. c3 f3+ 40. Kh1 e3 0–1.

Page 477, Game 1118, S. F. Smith, British Championship 1910. We have a correction to Black’s 18th move. There was a conflict of sources which could only be resolved in the reprint.
18. a4 Rfd8 Some newspapers, B.C.M., and ChessBase have 18. ... Re8 but an explicit correction appeared in the Yorkshire Post on 23 August 1907.

The reprint also incorporates a few minor corrections (mostly small typos).