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John Cochrane vs Howard Staunton
London m1 (1841)
Bishop's Opening: Lewis Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1


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  kevin86: I see a "pattern" here:"Johnny Cochrane" was unable to put up an adequate defense here.

By the way,a RIP to Johhny Cochrane,who recently passed away-

Jun-06-05  Catfriend: <YouRang>, <random> 18.Nd5 Nh3?? is bad, look at 19.Nf6+ ..

But, 18..Nxd5 19.exd5 Rxc2 20.Rxf6 Rxb2 is won for black. Of course, that's better than the game, and that's why I said <he could prolong it>.

Jun-06-05  Rocafella: A Nice and Easy Monday puzzle, just what I need to get me loosened up for some of the tougher ones later in the week!
Jun-06-05  xxdsdxx: Ooops! Look what I found! A easy victory after trying to make it hard on myself with 19. ...Rf2, which still comes out a win, though with prolonged agony...
Jun-06-05  Catfriend: <xxdsdxx> How do you answer 20.Nd5?
Jun-06-05  ArmyBuddy: ...Rg1+ That was so easy. The rest is a semi smothered mate. I've played the Bishop's opening before but never did I reach this position.
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  YouRang: <Catfriend> Oops - You're right, I overlooked Nf6. Overlooking things is my specialty. :(

Yes, Nf6 looks like an improvement over 18 Rxf6.

Jun-06-05  Backward Development: Hooray for Mondays! We're all GM's today.


Jun-06-05  Halldor: The smothered mate. Rooksacrifice on g1 and Nf2#. Yes, good to have easy mondays.
Jun-06-05  erikcu: Can someone explain to me the point of
17... f6 ? Is it some sort of deflection, or tempo move? It seems that black could have played Nh3 on 17.

Best I can guess is that black did not see the smothered mate on 17, then realized it on 18.

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  Swapmeet: <erikcu> If immediately 17...Nh3, then 18. Rxe5+ Kf8 19. Rd8+ Kg7 20.Rxg8+ Kxg8 21.Kxg2 winning.

17...f6 deflects the rook from taking the e-pawn, and if in the game white plays 19. Re6+, then black wins after 19...Kf7.

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  WannaBe: <erikcu> Not sure if it's a deflection, but if

17. ... Nh3
18. Rxe5+ Kf8
19. Rd8+ Kg7
20. Rxg8+ Kxg8
21. Re8+ Kg7
22. Kxg2 (black loses the rook.) Nf4+
23. Kf3 Ne6
24. Ke3 h5
25. Rb8 b6
26. Rb7 Kf6
27. Nb5 Ke5
28. Rxa7 Nf4
29. Rxc7 Ng2+
30. Kf2 Nf4
31. Re7+ Kf6
32. Rb7 Ke5
33. Rxb6 Kxe4
34. a4 h4
35. Nd6+ Kd4
36. Rb4+ Kc5
37. Rxf4 Kxd6
38. Rf3 Kc5
39. Rb3 Kd5
40. a5 Ke5
41. a6 Kd6
42. a7 Kd7
43. a8=Q Ke7
44. Qc6 h3
45. Rb7+ Kf8
46. Qh6+ Ke8
47. Qh8#

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  Swapmeet: Right, I didn't mean deflects the rook, it protects the e-pawn and gives the king an escape square.
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  WannaBe: This is actually quite funny, Shredder 9 have no way for white to win, (Unless black plays 17. ... Nh3, as I described above.)

I thought about 19. Re6+ that's a loss.
then I thought 19. Ne2, pointless, that's a loss. Black has such an advantage, unless, he plays Nh3.

Jun-06-05  erikcu: I see the purpose of it now... I sometimes have a blind spot for the king. Gotta remember that check can screw up some of the best laid plans.
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  WannaBe: <erikcu> Don't feel bad, take a number and stand behind me in the line. I always lose/losing game(s) that way. I am the king (!!) of blind spot.
Jun-07-05  Catfriend: <YouRang> <Overlooking is my speciality> Can I give you some lessons in it? I'm a GM in overlooking:)
Oct-06-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.25.

Cochrane 6 mistakes:
10.Bxe6 -0.76 (10.Na3 -0.20)
14.Nc3 -1.03 (14.Na3 -0.74)
15.Rd1 -3.69 (15.g3 -1.14)
17.Rf5 -5.37 (17.Rh6 -3.62)
18.Rxf6 -11.54 (18.Nd5 -2.17)
19.Rff1 #2 (19.Ne2 -11.16)

Staunton 1 mistake:
17...f6 -2.17 (17...R8g4 -5.37)

Oct-11-07  nimh: Correction, new threshold 0.33.

Cochrane 5 mistakes:
10.Bxe6 -0.76 (10.Na3 -0.20)
15.Rd1 -3.69 (15.g3 -1.14)
17.Rf5 -5.37 (17.Rh6 -3.62)
18.Rxf6 -11.54 (18.Nd5 -2.17)
19.Rff1 #2 (19.Ne2 -11.16)

Staunton 1 mistake:
17...f6 -2.17 (17...R8g4 -5.37)

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  notyetagm: 1 e2-e4 e7-e5 2 ♗f1-c4 ♗f8-c5

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<Akavall: 1. e5 d4 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. d4?! I seriously wonder about the soundness of this gambit.

Nice finish, very elegant.>

3 d2-d4!?

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This opening is called the <LEWIS GAMBIT>. It is covered in <SOS 10>.

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  GrahamClayton: <nimh>Correction, new threshold 0.33. Cochrane 5 mistakes:
15.Rd1 -3.69 (15.g3 -1.14)

According to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Chess Games, 15.g3 may have been a better move, forcing the Black knight to vacate the f4 square.

Nov-20-09  hedgeh0g: I liked ...f6.
Aug-04-10  sevenseaman: Statistics experts, what are the chances of a 40-move chess game being replicated exactly, unintentionally? Could it happen in an average chess lifetime, say 40 years?
May-07-11  TheTamale: Howard Staunton was the MAN. For a long time, chess literature painted him as a villain, avoiding Morphy's challenges, afraid of the inevitable humiliation. But think of it from Staunton's viewpoint. You are a great chess player, but you also happen to have a successful non-chess-related career. Here comes some guy from overseas, demanding you defend your honor and play him. I'd do the same thing as Staunton did... go about my business and let the blustery and monomaniacal blowhard prattle on. You can't bark back at every dog who barks at you; that way, you spend your whole life barking at dogs.

No disrespect to Morphy intended. He was an interesting fellow and probably my favorite player. But in this pursuit he was wrong. All hail Howard Staunton, King of Chess!

Feb-02-13  Cemoblanca: Uh la la la! What a finish!
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