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Bernhard Horwitz vs Howard Staunton
Casual game (1851), London ENG
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1


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Bernhard Horwitz vs Howard Staunton (1851)

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May-06-05  Whitehat1963: Gorgeous puzzle (after 22. c4) and beautiful finish from the Player of the Day!
May-07-05  Whitehat1963: Game is a duplicate (Horwitz vs Staunton, 1845) Which one is the real game? (Love the puzzle after white's 22nd move, by the way.)
May-07-05  SBC: .

If I had found a move like 23.Qxf3, so obvious yet so hard to find, in one of my own games, I'd be doing the Steinitz Tap Dance. I wonder if Staunton conceived the idea way back on move 19?

What a lovely little game.
Thanks to <Whitehat1963> for pointing this game out.

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  tamar: Looks like Staunton from 1845 but I am not sure. His strength then was unreal.

Another puzzle-like variation after 22...Qxf3:

if 23 c5 Qd5 24 cxb6 Bf3! 25 Rg1 Bxg2+ 26 Rxg2 Nxg3+ 27 hxg3 Re1+ 28 Kh2 Qh5#

Or in that variation 25 h3 Bxg2+ 26 Kh2
Qf3! and Qh3+ and Qh1#

Aug-13-06  sneaky pete: Same game as the duplicate <Whitehat1963> mentions with 2 mistakes in the pgn: 26.Rf2 .. should be 26.Rxf2 .. and 28.Kf1 .. instead of 28.Kxf1 .., which is enough to fool the million $ duplicate blaster.

Keene and Coles in their Staunton biography say: casual game played in May 1851, just before the opening of the 1851 tournament, and give a different and more elegant finish: 25... Qf4 26.Nf3 Nxf1++ 27.Kh1 Qh2+ 28.Nxh2 Ng3#.

Staunton first published this game in The Chess Players Chronicle, 1851, only up to 25.Kh2 .., leaving it to the readers to find the # in 4.

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  Penguincw: Is the "photograph" a drawing or what?
May-10-12  Abdel Irada: No, Penguincw. It's digital art created on the scene by a spectator, the German illustrator Ichbin Neinhier, using 19th-century software called DaguerreotypeShop on his personal difference engine.
May-10-12  Llawdogg: 22 ... Qxf3! was a nice attempted queen sacrifice.
Jul-09-14  dernier thylacine: I am surprised the player at left should be Staunton, he looks more like G.Walker!
Oct-18-16  Aunt Jemima: Beautiful play by Staunton. His queen sac on f3 caught me by surprise. Good game. As usual, Horwitz plays a clunky move with 16. Ra2. Staunton has a modern way of handling the openings. He doesn't push his pawns too much and avoids creating weaknesses.
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  tpstar: Great illustration! Very stylish.

Nice game too. 22 ... Qxf3!!

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