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Howard Staunton vs Elijah Williams
London m6 (1851), rd 8
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  1-0


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Feb-17-04  fred lennox: One of Stauton's finest. Intricacy is the keyword for Stauton's artistry. Not brilliancy or dash. Nor the wild and wooly or messy tactics, but controlled intricacy. Usually with cagy openings and gradual build up of pressure leading to the coup de grace. I find it beautiful, though I'm aware few share this opinion.
Feb-17-04  J dawg: Whats wrong with 16.Re8? Black would then have at least an equal game. If 17.dxc then I believe black wins with ..d4 18.Nxd4 Nxd4 19.Rxd4 Qxd4 20.exd4 Rxe2.
Feb-17-04  drukenknight: did you see how long it took him to get his R down to e8? near the end. Not sure how deep this game is tactically speaking, w/o using computer I think I'll put some time into it and come back

I am not sure what dawg is saying. WHy does white want to give black and equal game or do you mean 16...Re8?

Feb-21-04  fred lennox: After 16...Re8 17 dxc5...d4 there's the option of 18 Qc4+
Nov-10-04  Lowintermediate: 23 e6 is nice here--I'm sure I would have fuffed around by trying to trade off my backward e pawn or else blockaded black's passed pawn, where attack with e6 is definitely what's called for!
Jan-26-07  Themofro: <lowintermediate> i agree that 26.e6 is quite nice here.

I beleive that black played too aggressively in the opening, don't think he should have gone into a stonewall that quickly either.

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  sisyphus: IM Bill Hartston annotated this in his "Kings of Chess." After 6.b3 he writes

<White's development of his Bishops in fianchetto on g2 and b2 is an idea we have come to associate with the "hypermodern" school of the period between 1920 and 1930, yet Staunton, Buckle and H.E. Bird were experimenting with the same ideas seventy-five years before. White's whole strategy is one of control rather than occupation of the centre.>

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  Sally Simpson: At the 1974 Capablanca Memorial the players were shown this game and they had to guess who was White.

The most popular choices were it was either Larsen or Barcza.

page 124, Howard Staunton by Coles and Keene.

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