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Howard Staunton vs Wolf Meyer Popert
London (1840), London ENG, rd 2
French Defense: Advance. Euwe Variation (C02)  ·  0-1


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Apr-19-04  DifferentDrummer: Incredible blunder from Staunton on move 38!

Does anybody know under what conditions this game was actually played?

Jun-19-05  aw1988: I don't think they even had clocks! Blunder alert!
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  wwall: This is game 2 in The Chess Player's Chronicle, vol 1, 1841, page 3. Black played 12...g5? and 13.Nxg5 was OK. Also, Black played 16...Nh6? (perhaps 16...Qc8), and White could have played 17.Nxd5! and if 17...exd5 18.e6 is strong.
May-30-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: it was a bullet chess
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  Phony Benoni: The note to White's last move from the "Chess Players Chronicle":

<"By taking this Rook,> [playing 38.Rxg7] <Mr. S--- would now have drawn the game, perhaps his most prudent course. After obtaining advantages sufficient to decide the game at almost any point of it in his favour, he gradually lost all opportunity, and finally, by playing his Rook 'en prise' of the opponent's bishop, he terminated a game not very creditable to the skill of either party.">

Which I interpret to mean that Staunton, angry at himself for blowing a won game, avoided the simple drawing line in an ill-natured attempt to win. That's a classical recipe for a blunder, as we all know from painful experience.

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  dernier loup de T: Phony Benoni: angry because he could not win a game against Caro even after a very long struggle during the tiring giant Vienna tournament in 1898, Blackburne just resigned at last instead of agreeing the unavoidable draw; but he dit not play voluntary a blunder; maybe because, unlike Staunton, Blackburne was a gentleman.
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