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Wolf Meyer Popert vs Howard Staunton
London (1840), London ENG, rd 1
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  0-1


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Aug-26-05  Jaymthetactician: What exactly is the point of Kh1?, after many exchanges black will benefit from a better king position.
Aug-26-05  Jaymthetactician: Very poor defense, as allways in a 19th century game.
Aug-26-05  paul dorion: Why did White resigned? The position looks equal. If the result is good (0-1) this is an incomplete game score. This game is far more interesting for the time than the 12 moves Morphy massacres that continously reemerge on this site (No blame on Morphy , he would deserve that his master games be posted instead).
Aug-26-05  paul dorion: <jaymthetactician> Kh1 is a standard move that removes the king from a hot diagonal opened by f2-f4. We are far from the endgame and white should worry about tricks that involve taking on d4 followed by Bc5.
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  tpstar: <paul dorion> 33 ... h4 34. Qg5 Rxf1+ is decisive.

Very interesting struggle, as always in a 19th century game.

Jan-16-06  morpstau: A very good maneuvering game by Staunton and he shows by the power of the doubled rooks the sureriority of his position.
Mar-05-08  wolfmaster: The novelty was 8...Qb6.
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  Viewer Deluxe: Iím not surprised but my chess engine is telling me that White is winning after: 33. b6 Qd6 (33... h4 34. bxc7 hxg3+ 35. Kxg3 Rxf1 36. Rxf1 Rxf1 37. Nxf1) 34. Nf5 Nxf5 35. Qxf4 The line is convincing enough for me but I canít be sure based on my chess skills alone.
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  GrahamClayton: The game score is incomplete according to the "Oxford Encyclopedia of Chess Games: Volume 1 - 1485-1866", edited by David levy and Kevin O'Connell, OUP, 1981
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  tpstar: ChessBase 8.0 gives 33. Be4 h4 0-1.

<Viewer Deluxe> Yes, 33. b6! and 34. Nf5! is a nice resource exploiting Black's Queen being undefended which creates a pin on the Rf4. Note 33. Nf5!? Rxc4 should hold for Black.

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  wwall: The game appeared as game 1 in volume 1 of The Chess Player's Chronicle, 1841. Black's 33rd move was "33.K.R.P. one" (33...h4). The comment after Black's last move is "And the second player wins easily."
Apr-03-16  Uncertianly: 17. Qh4 ?
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