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Pre-romantic era of chess
Compiled by Calar
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-oldest recorded game of chess

-Italian masters through history: Polerio, Busnardo and Greco

-Spanish maters through history: Damiano and Ruy Lopez

-Philipp Stamma

-Legal - first proffesion chess player and Philidor's teacher

-Englishmen Bowdler

-François André Philidor - probably the strongest player of his time

-La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell match in 1834

-other masters of 19th century: Sarrat, Captain Evans, Von der Lasa, Bilguer, Bledow, Saint Amant and Staunton


The oldest recorded game of chess in database
Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475 
(B01) Scandinavian, 21 moves, 1-0

Damiano's fork
P Damiano vs NN, 1497 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Nowdays well knows knight forks
Ruy Lopez vs G da Cutri, 1575 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 12 moves, 1-0

Polerio - positional play in Giuco Piano
G Saduleto vs Polerio, 1575 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 0-1

Busnardo - attacking play against uncareful NN
Busnardo vs NN, 1590 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 14 moves, 1-0

Greco - busting the move ...f6 in King's Gambit
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 10 moves, 1-0

Greco - busting the Damiano Defence
Greco vs NN, 1620 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 11 moves, 1-0

Greco - smothering in 17th century
NN vs Greco, 1625 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 0-1

H-file attack in the opening. Notes by Stamma himself
NN vs Philip Stamma, 1737  
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 13 moves, 0-1

Philidor's legacy - using the pawns
Philidor vs NN, 1749 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Origin of famous Legal's mate
De Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 7 moves, 1-0

Philidor's usage of passed pawns
J Bruehl vs Philidor, 1783 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Double rook sacrifice
Harrowby vs T Bowdler, 1788 
(C20) King's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 0-1

Philidor - creating a kingside attack
Andrew Smith vs Philidor, 1790 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 33 moves, 0-1

Queenside invasion in King's Gambit
J H Sarratt vs NN, 1818 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 27 moves, 1-0

Origin of Evans Gambit
Captain Evans vs McDonnell, 1825 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 20 moves, 1-0

"French fries McDonnel"
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

White gets too materialistic while black organizes an attack
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834  
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 20 moves, 0-1

Attacks on opposite wings with detailed notes by Morphy
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 39 moves, 0-1

Game featuring McDonnel's combination and Morphy's notes
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834  
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 54 moves, 0-1

Quick win in King's Gambit
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 19 moves, 1-0

Mating attack on weakened black king
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Maybe the best game in match
La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 0-1

Power of pawn storm
McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 
(B32) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

Pretty wild game
Von Der Lasa vs P Bilguer, 1839 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 28 moves, 0-1

Revenge of the imprisoned queen
Bledow vs K Schorn, 1839 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

King hunt all over the board
Von Der Lasa vs Mayet, 1839 
(C57) Two Knights, 22 moves, 1-0

Excellent attacking game
P Bilguer vs K Schorn, 1839 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Another well played game by Staunton
Cochrane vs Staunton, 1841 
(C23) Bishop's Opening, 20 moves, 0-1

Well played endgame
Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843 
(D20) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 79 moves, 1-0

Staunton hunts NN's king
Staunton vs NN, 1855 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 29 moves, 1-0

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