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John Cazenove vs D Tomalin
London m/7 (1819)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Traditional Variation (C38)  ·  1-0


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Premium Chessgames Member Can anybody sort out this mystery? We have this beautiful game above, but we also have this Von Der Lasa vs Bledow, 1839 which is essentially the same game. Which one is legit?
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  An Englishman: Dear Chessgames: von der Lasa was a great player and theoretician with a huge library. Maybe he knew the previous game and caught Bledow in an opening trap.
Jun-29-05  Whitehat1963: Fun little mating attack!
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  Brettwith2ts: I love a good queen sac!
Aug-15-11  naruto00122: 20.Rxf8+ Kh7 21.Bd3# is neater because you keep your bishp at the end
Dec-31-13  DoctorD:
Jan-01-14  thomastonk: <> Let me try an answer. This game here (or better, the first 16 moves and the announcement of the mate in 6) can be found in the "Chess Player's Chronicle", volume 5, p 363-364. Staunton's introduction: "Brilliant game, won by Mr. Cazenove, in days of ``auld lang syne, of Mr. Tomalin, in the London Chess Club. Nothing more useful or amusing than to compare play of various epochs of time. This game is not in Mr. Cazenove's printed selection."

This game is surrounded by three games of McDonnell, having exact dates in 1829, and each of these games is said to be unpublished before. So, it looks like as Staunton got a set of old games from somewhere.

Von der Lasa published in "Berliner Schacherinnerungen" 80 games of the time around 1840 in Berlin, and an overview of the games published before in "Schachzeitung" and the "Handbuch". I didn't succeed in finding a source for Von Der Lasa vs Bledow, 1839 there.

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