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The Blackburne Shilling Gambit

Feb 17, 2008, 11:12 PM 0

I'm very excited because of a recent victory in a game against a friend.  He likes to play the Italian Opening (ECO: C50) and has beaten me with it several times.  Keep in mind he's a much better player than myself, BUT... I mated in 7 today!  After being beaten by him so many times I decided to do some research.  I came across an article about the Blackburne Shilling Gambit, supposedly named after Joseph Henry Blackburne (1841-1924) who would make money by playing amateurs for one shilling.  This gambit would never work on a master, but amateurs fall for it quite often.


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