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NN vs H Wright
corr (1943), ?
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  0-1


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  playground player: Does anyone know who was the Cunningham for whom this opening was named? If you can enlighten me, please post the answer on my chess forum so I won't miss it.
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  playground player: What happens if White plays 11.Rxh2? Wouldn't that pull the teeth of Black's attack?
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  sneaky pete: The gamescore is probably wrong. Bill Wall (300 King's Gambit Miniatures) has this game with 8.Qe2 .., when after 10.Rxh2? fxe2 wins. Still 10.gxf3?? .. is of course a blunder, 10.Qf2 .. or 10.Qd2 .. keeps white in the game.
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  GrahamClayton: <playgroundplayer>Does anyone know who was the Cunningham for whom this opening was named? If you can enlighten me, please post the answer on my chess forum so I won't miss it.


The Cunningham Gambit was named after Alexander Cunningham (1654-1737), a Scottish historian and scholar, who was also the British Minister to the Republic of Venice from 1715 to 1720. The first attribution of the gambit to Cunningham is in an unpublished manuscript dated 1706.

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  playground player: I still can't find a good answer to 10. Rxh2...
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  Phony Benoni: <playground player> In the version of the score given here, there is no good answer to 10.Rxh2. However, in the version of the game <sneaky pete> found with 8.Qe2:

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10.Rxh2 fxe2 11.Rxh4 e1Q+ 12.Kh2 Qxh4+ 13.Kg1 Qe1+ 14.Kh2 Qxc1, following by destroying most of the southwest corner of the board.

I think <sneaky pete> has the right version. Not only does it make more sense as the game goes, but 8.Qe2 seems a far more logical move than 8.Qd2, which Black should probably answer with 8...Ne3+.

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  playground player: <Phony Benoni> So are both the "Wright" games really just the same game, with White's move #8 changed from one to the other? Heck, this version of it has been confusing me since 2008.
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  Phony Benoni: <playground player> In all probability there is just one game, and 8.Qd2 in the version given here is a typographical error. Once a game is published in an incorrect version, the error can be next to impossible to eradicate.
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