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George Henry Mackenzie vs Eugene Delmar
New York (1879), Academy of Music, New York, NY USA, Apr-16
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Compromised Defense Main Line (C52)  ·  1-0


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  vonKrolock: <21.♘e5>

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The actual <21...♗xf2+> was precipitated. With 21...♕c2 instead, 22.♖f1 (best) ♗e6 etc black would be slightly better


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white to play and win - timely rescue, as with any other sequence white's situation would become very periclitating

Jun-11-11  Graham1973: I've found some evidence that Delmar & MacKenzie were touring the United States in 1879-1880 with demonstrations of chess using live chess pieces. Is this one of those games?
May-09-13  Graham1973: One thing to bare in mind abou this game is that the moves were on the clock. From an earlier game of this kind (Living Chess), players were given 30seconds to make their move.
May-09-13  Graham1973: With full thanks to <Phony Benoni> it's now possible to give some further details on this match.

The match was part of an evening of what was then termed 'living chess'. It comprised an exhibition game (the one shown here) which was proceeded by a tableaux depicting the Devil (Red/White) challenging a Prince (Blue/Black) for his soul. The players had a time limit of two minutes to make a move.

This was then follwed by a chess problem by Eugene B. Cook. A reply of a game between Morphy and Baucher from 1858. The evening finished with another chess problem by Eugene B. Cook.

Reports of this exhibition appeared in the St Louis Globe-Democrat & the Cincinnati Commercial.

May-12-13  Graham1973: An illustrated account of the game.

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  zanzibar: This was the lead feature for the April 1879 issue of ACJ v3-4 (1878-79) p307/328.
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  zanzibar: We even have the time controls given:

<After the pieces had been ar
ranged in battle array upon an
enormous chess board that covered
the full side of the stage, Col. Fel
lows, the orator of the evening ad
vanced to the footlights and ad
dressed the audience as follows :
" Ladies and Gentlemen, the Committee of
Arrangements by their action to night have care
fully crushed a great many bright hopes which I
have cherished for a week or two past, by their
limitation of two minutes for each move. I can
not find anything more appropriate than the
epitaph above the tomb of the infant :
" If so soon I am to be done for,
What on earth was I begun for ? ">

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