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Bernhard Horwitz vs Howard Staunton
London (1851), London ENG, rd 2, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  0-1


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  offramp: Staunton's notes.


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Every move in this opening is the result of profound consideration.


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This combination will be found to have an important influence upon the after-game.


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If he had taken the Bishop, Black would have got an irresistible attack. For, suppose : 20. P. takes B. 20. Q. takes P. (ch.) 21. K. to R's sq. 21. Kt. to Q's 5th. 22. B. takes Kt. (best) 22. B. to Q. B's 3rd(ch.) 23. Kt. to K's 5th. 23. P. takes Kt. And must win.


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Black has the advantage, both in force and position; but the least relaxation would turn the scale in his adversary's favour.


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This move, preparatory to checking with the Bishop, and then discovering check by playing Kt. to K's 4th, if the K. were moved, maybe considered as the winning <coup>.


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A good move, but not nearly so effective as Q. to her 4th, which seems to leave White no resource.


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In this, as in every game throughout the Tournament, Black, it was admitted on all hands, played much below his old force. In health he would have seen immediately that the winning play now was to take the Bishop ; e.g. 40. R. takes B.
41. P. takes R. 41. R. to Q. B's 5th.
42. Q. to B's 6th 42. Q to Q.B's 8th, (ch).


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The game was past recovery for White, I believe; but this was a needless hastening of his defeat.

<And I agree! Goodbye, Howard!>

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