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Captain William Davies Evans vs Alexander McDonnell
"Evans Almighty" (game of the day Dec-01-2007)
London (England) (1829) (probably analysis), London ENG
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Accepted (C51)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: <Rather than looking for a better move at move 9 for black, I think the real question is at moves 5 and 6. 5. ... Ba5 is a good possibility> Most modern GMs would probably agree. Black did well to win with 5...Ba5 in I Kurnosov vs G Sargissian, 2005 and M Narmontas vs A Butnorius, 2007 for example, though White held the draw in a strong correspondence contest in M Umansky vs G Timmerman, 2005.

Also solid is 5...Be7 as in Karjakin vs Beliavsky, 2005 or Michael Yeo vs S Haslinger, 2007.

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  Infohunter: <gauer: is the thread that wins the piece in the line after 4 ... Nxb4!? 5 Nxe5 Qf6 6 d4, and now if 6 ... Bxd4!? 7 Ng4!? Qc6 else Q-moves, c3!? 8 Bd5 Qxc2 9 Qxd4 Qxc1 10 Ke2 Qxh1 11 Qxg7 Nxd5 12 Qxh8 and being the pawn down doesn't add up to being down a piece? The white position doesn't seem to be preferred, but is there a quicker forcing loss than with the cornered Queen that I'm missing? Still learning...>

If 7. Ng4, then Black need not move the Queen. He simply plays 7...Bxf2+ and after 8. Nxf2 replies with 8...Qxa1, winning.

Dec-25-07  gauer: Yes, black does win the piece back in my line as well, since even 7 Ng4 Qc6 8 Bd5 Qxc2 9 Qxd4 <Nd3!> had later been enough to convince me that white has nothing. My notes originally looked only at 6 ... Bb6 [the Bishop Try that Dickbrain later endorses in the other variation of an earlier post], with the above as unchecked computer lines. Still though, white had better be prepared to meet both Q-Kt-Pawn captures [as black - if he chooses to allow the Italian Game - can always transpose back to Normal Evans Gambit lines via Nxb4->Nc6 Opening Explorer - 6 0-0, 6 d4 likely lead to the unclear Normal position, or the less tested & low scoring 6 Qb3 ] & the Counter-gambit/Declined lines in the move-order above. Perhaps the original Capt. Evans move order with 0-0 before b4 really is the more correct improvement, if white has determined that he is not at least equalizing.
Feb-22-08  wolfmaster: 18.? would be a good Wednesday puzzle.
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  crafty: 13. d5 gxf6 14. dxc6 ♕xd1 15. ♖xd1 bxc6 16. ♖c1   (eval 2.83; depth 16 ply; 1500M nodes)
Sep-12-08  just a kid: I played a game like this once up to Black's 16th move.If anyone wants to see it I posted in first in here(jessicafischerqueen chessforum)Then in my forum on page 5.
Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: anpther one that was called "Naval Intelligence"
Jan-07-09  WhiteRook48: Evans played the Evans Gambit. Hmm.
Apr-14-09  WhiteRook48: oh, not the movie!
Mar-31-11  JoergWalter: Was this game ever played? What is the source of this game? All I find is an analysis in the "Neue Berliner Schachzeitung" from january 1864 giving the moves without reference. Walker, Lewis and Staunton do not mention it in their works. Well, I am not Perry Mason but one more fact raises doubt: in Chernev's "1000 best short games" you find a game (at odds of Sb1) Thorold - NN with the exact same moves except for blacks last move - but no mention of Evans vs. McDonnell from 1829.
Mar-31-11  sneaky pete: Thorold vs NN, 1882 is now in this database too, of course without QN odds and maybe, or maybe not, with a wrong date. It wasn't when I tried to find the origins of this spurious Evans game some years ago.

I believed then that 11.Re1+ .. came from Maroczy in his notes to Morphy vs T Lichtenhein, 1857, but apparently the move had been suggested before. By Max Lange maybe, who also edited a Morphy collection?

Mar-31-11  JoergWalter: sneaky pete, Chernev gives Yorkshire 1882 for the Thorold-NN game. 11.Re1 is charged to Löwenthal in the Schachzeitung. Actually, in Staunton's handbook you find after ... 6.0-0 Nf6 7.d4 ed4 8.cd4 Bb6 9. e5 Ng8 "He appears to have no better defence, for if he play 9. P to Q's 4th, you take his Kt. and then check with your Rook;..." Now, Staunton, Lewis and Walker knew Capt. Evans personally and they did not have this variation that marks 6. ... Nf6 as a mistake almost losing by force? Very strange.
Aug-13-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: you should not play evans against the player who has invented it
Dec-01-11  Bishoprick: In recent times, didn't Kasparov play the Evans once or twice, with rather good results?
Jun-30-12  e4 resigns: I remember a game with 11.d5, but IMO 11.Re1+ is better.
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  Calli: This is game 263 in "Chess Sparks: Or, Short and Bright Games of Chess"

The book was published in 1895. There should be an earlier publication, but at least we can prove this game is not Evans vs McDonnell.

Dec-24-13  Oliveira: What do you mean, <Calli>? Who then were the players of this game?
Dec-24-13  Oliveira: Whoever the players were this is a very nice miniature.
Dec-24-13  Doniez: I didn't know the game, a fantastic miniature. And it was the gift I received for Christmas, so, Merry Christmas to all of you around the world! And lot of peace and harmony and chess!!!
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  Calli: <Oliveira> I guess you didn't bother to look at the link. John Henry Ellis gives Thorold vs NN about 1882.
Dec-25-13  Oliveira: <Calli>: Well, I did look at the link, but there's no preview of the book there.
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  Calli: <Oliveira> Okay, If google blocks the book in your country, then I apologize for my remark.
Dec-26-13  john barleycorn: I doubt that the above game is authentic.

the game at odds:
Thorold vs NN, 1882

the game looks like a reproduction of an analysis given by Guretky-Cornitz in 1864.

Dec-26-13  thomastonk: Maybe someone can consult Harding's "Eminent Victorian Chess Players"; in a review about this book I found "The author has included forty-three games – and two possible others – played by Captain Evans."

This game is not only here, but also in Chessbase's Megadatabase, and so it is very likely that Harding has checked it, too.

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  Sargon: There's lots of Kibitzing about this NON-game. should it be deleted?
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