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What Is Blackburne's Mating Maneuver in Chess?

Learn what Blackburne's mating maneuver is from Chess NYC in this Howcast video.


Hi this is Coach Jeremy, I'm going to show you Blackburn's Mating Maneuver as demonstrated by fellow English master H. E. Byrd using his namesake opening Byrd's Opening. He starts with the F4 pawn.

Sort of a suspicious pawn to move, but you can do it if you have the proper follow up moves. Black goes D5, E3, C5 Knight F3 if your going to open up this diagonal to your king. From H4 to E1, you need that knight stopping that check on H4. Black goes E6, a move that a modern master wouldn't make, blocking in the Bishop. E3 to make room for the queen side. Knight to F6, Bishop B2.

Knight to C6, A3 is a little prophylactic stopping the Knights entry to B4. Bishop E7, Bishop D3 this is one of the unusual circumstances where Bishop to D3 is actually a good move provided the other bishop is already developed. Black castles. White castles. On in the time that Black uses to start to develop their Queen's Bishop, white starts an attack. Black develops the Bishop. Queen to H4, threatening H7 for the second time which is only protected by the Knight on F6 which is already of attack by the . Bishop. So Black weakens his pawn structure with G6, We bring in the Knight increasing the pressure on H7. He moves the H pawn further weakening his pawn structure. White goes G4 to crack open a position, and Black makes his mistake, Knight takes G4.

Allowing for Blackburn's Mating Maneuver. Queen takes Pawn, and bear in mind this Queen has to be taken because the Knight is supporting checkmate on H7 and the Bishop is supporting checkmate on H8. So after Pawn take Queen we have Bishop H7 supported by the G5 Knight. Checkmate, there's Blackburn's Mating Maneuver, sacrifice the Queen to create mate with three minor peaces.

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