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Samuel Standidge Boden
S Boden 
 
Number of games in database: 41
Years covered: 1851 to 1873

Overall record: +20 -14 =6 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Philidor's Defense (4) 
    C41
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C61 C65 C60
With the Black pieces:
 Philidor's Defense (4) 
    C41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 0-1
   G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1869 0-1
   S Boden vs Owen, 1858 1-0
   S Boden vs Bird, 1869 1-0
   S Boden vs Owen, 1858 1-0
   S Boden vs Owen, 1858 1-0
   S Boden vs Morphy, 1858 1/2-1/2
   S Boden vs Morphy, 1858 1-0
   Morphy vs S Boden, 1858 1/2-1/2
   Anderssen vs S Boden, 1857 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1851 Boden - Brien by gauer


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SAMUEL STANDIDGE BODEN
(born Apr-04-1826, died Jan-13-1882, 55 years old) United Kingdom

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Samuel Standidge Boden was born in 1826. His tournament results include 1st at the London Provincial tournament 1851, 2nd at Manchester 1857 and 2nd at Bristol 1861. He beat Rev. John Owen in a match in 1858 (+7, =2, -2) and was the chess editor for 'The Field' from 1858 to 1873. Paul Morphy considered him to be his strongest English opponent.

Boden's record against Morphy in casual games was (+1, =4, -6). His name is also linked to the Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nxe4 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 f6.

A kind of checkmate pattern called "Boden's Mate" involves two well placed bishops. It is exemplified in R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853.

note: Boden played on the teams of Boden / Allies & Steinitz / Boden.

Wikipedia article: Samuel Boden


 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Brien vs S Boden  0-1411851ProvincialC41 Philidor Defense
2. S Boden vs R Brien  1-0471851London PTC21 Center Game
3. S Boden vs R Brien  ½-½411851ProvincialC50 Giuoco Piano
4. S Boden vs S Angas 1-0351851ProvincialB32 Sicilian
5. S Boden vs C E Ranken 0-1311851London m/7C38 King's Gambit Accepted
6. R Brien vs S Boden 1-0111851LondonC01 French, Exchange
7. S Angas vs S Boden  0-1231851ProvincialA30 English, Symmetrical
8. S Boden vs C E Ranken 1-0261851ProvincialC54 Giuoco Piano
9. C E Ranken vs S Boden  0-1211851ProvincialC53 Giuoco Piano
10. R Schulder vs S Boden 0-1151853London, EnglandC41 Philidor Defense
11. S Boden vs Owen 0-1381856LondonA00 Uncommon Opening
12. E Pindar vs S Boden  0-1381857ManchesterC41 Philidor Defense
13. Anderssen vs S Boden  0-1341857ManchesterC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. S Boden vs Loewenthal  ½-½501857BCA-01.KongressC41 Philidor Defense
15. S Boden vs Owen  1-0301858London m7B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
16. Morphy vs S Boden 1-0501858London (England)C58 Two Knights
17. S Boden vs Morphy 0-1241858LondonC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
18. S Boden vs Owen 1-0391858London m7B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. Morphy vs S Boden ½-½571858LondonC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
20. S Boden vs Owen 1-0551858London m7A07 King's Indian Attack
21. Morphy vs S Boden 1-0351858LondonC30 King's Gambit Declined
22. S Boden vs Morphy 1-0411858MatchC41 Philidor Defense
23. S Boden vs Morphy ½-½411858London (England)C27 Vienna Game
24. Owen vs S Boden 0-1331858London m7A00 Uncommon Opening
25. Morphy vs S Boden 1-0381858MatchC45 Scotch Game
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-29-04  waddayaplay: Boden was considered by Morphy to be his best opponent in England. "The strongest outside his matches", was what Steinitz thought.

Morphy played in a simul against five strong players in London in 1859. One of them was Boden, but I can't find that game here. It was a draw.

The other four games were:

Riviere (who lost):
De Riviere vs Morphy, 1859

Bird (lost):
Morphy vs Bird, 1859

Loewenthal (draw):
Lowenthal vs Morphy, 1859

Barnes (won):
Morphy vs T W Barnes, 1859

Oct-29-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: According to chessmetrics, on 12/31/58 Morphy's opponents were the third (Lowenthal), eighth (Boden), ninth (Bird), tenth (Barnes) and 13th-ranked (de Riviere) players in the world. And, Morphy took black in two of the games. This was one mind-boggling simul.
Oct-30-04  waddayaplay: I have submitted the missing game Boden played against Morphy. It should appear within the next week...
May-04-05  vonKrolock: Boden in "The Field", 3-12-1859: <"We cannot say that we are anxious to see exhaustive printed analyses of the openings. The way to learn the openings is to seize the spirit or strong characteristic points of them, and to perceive the principles on which each salient feature of attack or defence is based; to rely upon knowing the book replies to every move is certain to produce a poor player.">
May-05-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: Hmm, he beat MacDonnell when he was 4 yrs old :->

A wrong date obviously.

Oct-02-05  Kingsider: Did Boden ever play Barnes? Surely they must have.
Oct-04-05  Kingsider: And don't call me Shirley.(I know)
Mar-29-07  gambitfan: He probably gave his name to the famous <Boden's mate> ?
Apr-04-07  Manic: <gambitfan> Yep. R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 was the game that gave Boden's mate its name.
Apr-04-07  gambitfan: I have just created a collection dedicated to Boden's mates : Game Collection: BODEN MATES

Boden was Player of the day on the 04/04/2007

Sep-01-08  myschkin: . . .

Multi talent:

In 1851 he published the book "A Popular Introduction to the Study and Practice of Chess (Charles S. Skeet, London 1851)".

http://books.google.com/books?id=mz...

Painting:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Apr-04-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday to Boden!
Apr-04-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <waddayaplay: Boden was considered by Morphy to be his best opponent in England.>

flattering remark from Paul Morphy...happy birthday Master Samuel Boden.

Apr-04-10  BIDMONFA: Samuel Standidge Boden

BODEN, Samuel S.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/boden_samue...
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Dec-24-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Obituaries from the <British Chess Magazine>:

http://books.google.com/books?id=iI...

Jan-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: In his column in the <Albion> for June 9, 1866, George Henry Mackenzie printed two games he had played "a few years ago" against Boden. I assume they were probably played in the early 1860s before Mackenzie went to the United States in 1863.

I want to submit the games, but would like to have more information on the exact place (London?) and date. Does anybody have a clue?

Here is Boden's win:

Boden, Samuel Standidge - Mackenzie, George Henry
[Albion, 1866.06.09]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.0-0 Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.Re1+ Kf8 9.Bg5 gxf6 10.Bh6+ Kg8 11.Nc3 Bf5 12.Ne4 Bxe4 13.Rxe4 f5 14.Nxd4 Qf6 15.Nxf5 Bxf2+ 16.Kh1 Qxf5 17.Rg4+ Qg6 18.Rxg6+ hxg6 19.Qf3 Ne5 20.Qxf2 Rxh6 21.h3 Kg7 22.Qd4 f6 23.Qc5 1-0

(The actual column can be found by going to http://www.chessarch.com/excavation... and clicking on the link for the June 9, 1866 issue.)

Apr-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. Samuel Standidge Boden.
Apr-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <His name is also linked to the Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit: <1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nxe4 4. Nc3 Nxc3 5. dxc3 f6 >>


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I wonder what could this 'linkage' ever be?

Jul-19-13  Gottschalk: De acordo com o site Edo Historical Ratings http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/... foram jogadas 4 partidas entre Boden e Brien no torneio London Provincial. Eu submeti a vitória de Boden na C21, mas cheegames.com se recusou a aceitá-la. Assim, continuam constando apenas 3 jogos entre Boden e Brien, na database daqui.
Oct-20-13  Karpova: A few snippets from the obituary in the February 1882 'British Chess Magazine':

Page 54:
<The melancholy duty devolves upon me this week of announcing the death of Mr. S. S. Boden, which took place at his chambers in Tavistock-street, Bedford-square, on Friday morning, 13th Jan. Mr. Boden was born on the 4th of April, 1826, and consequently was not quite fifty-six years old. His health had been for some time failing, but the immediate cause of his death was typhoid fever.>

<For the last four years Mr. Boden had abandoned the practice of Chess, but he always continued to cherish a deep interest in the Chess news of the day;>

<I would describe him, socially, in the language which Bassanio used of Antonio:->

Page 55

<The kindest man,
The best condition'd and unwearied spirit
In doing courtesies; and one in whom
The ancient Roman honour more appears
Than any that draws breath.>

<Mr. Boden first won his spurs in 1851, when he carried off the first prize in the provincial tournament. He was never a great match player, but he was, as Captain Evans phrased it, a master of all parts of the game; and in 1857, and for some years afterwards, he was acknowledged to be the best English player.>

<Chivalrous to the highest degree as a combatant, he never made idle excuses for a defeat, or depreciated the skill of an opponent.>

<Mr. Boden wrote a very valuable work, entitled 'Popular Introduction to Chess' and for thirteen years conducted the chess column in the 'Field', and was the author of the article on Chess which was published in 'Chamber's Encyclopedia.' He also wrote the introduction to the 'Westminster Papers'.>

<He was a water-colour painter of no mean skill, and many of his drawings would compare not unfavourably with the smaller productions of Birket Foster.>

May-07-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <The pupil wants not so much to learn, as to learn how to learn> - Samuel Boden.
Jan-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Samuel Boden.
Jul-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: In Harding's thesis he notes the following to end his bio:

"Then retired to concentrate on his hobby of painting."

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