Joseph Blackburne (Chess Player) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Joseph Henry Blackburne

Joseph Henry Blackburne, nicknamed “The Black Death”, dominated British chess during the latter part of the 19th century. He learned the game at the relatively late age of 17 or 18, but he quickly became a strong player and went on to develop a professional chess career that spanned over 50 years. At one point he was the world’s second most successful player, with a string of tournament victories behind him, and popularised chess by giving simultaneous and blindfold displays around the country. Blackburne also published a collection of his own games.

Full name: Joseph Henry Blackburne
Country: England
Born: December 10, 1841, Manchester, England
Died: September 1, 1924, London, England

About Joseph Blackburne

English chess master who dominated chess in Britain for much of the late 19th century.

Before Fame

He didn’t begin playing chess until he was 18 years old, which is relatively late for a professional chess player.


His nickname was “Black Death” because of his shear dominance and he was known for drinking Scotch whisky during exhibition games.

Family Life

His father was a traveling temperance reformer.


Emanuel Lasker is one of the great players responsible for keeping his dominance restrained to the United Kingdom.

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