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Howard Staunton vs City of Bristol
ENG corr (1841), ?
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  1-0


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Jul-10-04  apprenticetocaissa: Does anyone now anything about this game? How was it orchestrated?
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  ray keene: correspondence game-black pieces mainly conducted by elijah williams. its annotated in my book howard staunton the english world champion.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It's amazing how far ahead of their time were some of the mid-19th Century masters. Here Staunton plays one of Nimzo's favorite lines over a half century before the subject of Mr. Keene's very fine biography. By the same token, we can see how poorly advanced defensive technique was back then. 3...Nc6 was bad, 4...a6 was worse, and Bristol's 12th & 13th moves managed to bury both of the Black Bishops. White's King side buildup from moves 14-21 is purely routine today, but must have impressed his contemporaries. This couldn't have been a very difficult game for Staunton, but I'll bet Williams was dazzled.
Dec-06-04  HOTDOG: 1.f4

Staunton was the first to play the Bird opening.

1...d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Bb5!

playing the Nimzo-Indian with White,with an extra tempo.


a loss of time,because White has already the intent to change in c6.

5.Bxc6+ bxc6 6.0-0 e6 7.c4!

blocking the doubled pawn,today it is a standard manoeuvre that Nimzowitsch explained in the '20 years.


7...Nf6 with the idea Nd7 to defend the c5 pawn was better.

8.Qe2 Bd6 10.Nc3 Qe7 10.b3

to put the Bishop in a3 and the Knight in a4,another standard manoeuvre in the Nimzo-Indian

10...f6 11.d3 0-0 12.e4 dxe4?

now the weakness of Black's pawns is more and more emphasized.12...d4 was also bad for 13.Na4 and 14.Ba3.better was 12...Bb7!

13.dxe4 e5 14.f5 Nf7 15.Nh4 Bd7 16.Rf3 Rfd8 17.Be3

White now doesn't need to develop the Bishop in a3,in fact in e3 it is better positioned.

17...Be8 18.Raf1 Ng5 19.Rg3 h6 20.Qg4!

putting pressure on the Kingside.

20...Rd7 21.Nf3! Kf8

21...Nxf3+ 22.Rhxf3 Kh7 23.Bxh6! Kxh6 24.Rh3+ is winning for White

22.Nxg5 hxg5 23.h4 Bf7

the decisive mistake,but also after 23...gxh4 24.Qxh4 Kg8 25.Rh3 Qf8 26.Na4 Rad8 27.Qf2 Black's Queenside collapses.the rest is easy for White.

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  keypusher: <Staunton was the first to play the Bird opening. >

Greco vs NN, 1620

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