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Isaac Edward Orchard
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1885 to 1898
Overall record: +4 -0 =0 (100.0%)*
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(born Dec-06-1853, died May-12-1908, 54 years old) United States of America

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Isaac Edward Orchard was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He first appeared on the national chess scene when he competed in the New York Clipper tournament of 1876. He finished 9th-10th out of 21 players. Notably, Orchard defeated the tournament winner James Mason. A man of varied interests in writing and music, Orchard was owner and editor of a musical magazine, "TONE", an editorial writer for the Atlanta Constitution, and took over as chess editor (previous chess editors of Orchard's column were: A. F. Wurm (1877-9), J. B. Redwine (1886-90) and S. M. Joseph (1890)) for the Atlanta Sunny South in 1891. He died suddenly in New York City at age 54.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Orchard vs R A Proctor 1-0231885Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
2. I Orchard vs Burille 1-0231893?C52 Evans Gambit
3. Pillsbury vs I Orchard  0-1301896Simul, 26bC60 Ruy Lopez
4. Lipschutz vs I Orchard 0-1251898New York, NYC39 King's Gambit Accepted
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  Phony Benoni: Just submitted this game, published in

Isaac Edward Orchard - Richard A Proctor
Casual game Columbia, SC, 1885

<1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb6 5.b5 Na5 6.Nxe5 Qg5 7.Bxf7+ Ke7 8.Bxg8 Rxg8 9.Ng4 h5 10.Ne3 Bxe3 11.dxe3 Qxg2 12.Rf1 Qxe4 13.Nc3 Qe5 14.Bb2 c6 15.Qd3 d5 16.Na4 Qc7 17.Qh7 Be6 18.Bxg7 Bf7 19.b6 axb6 20.f4 Nc4 21.Be5 Nxe5 22.fxe5 Raf8>

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And here the source ends with:

<23.Rxf7+ and wins>

Which is true. 23.Rxf7+ does win. It just doesn't win for White. After <23...Rxf7 24.Qxg8 Qxe5!>

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White is suddenly faced with the threats of 25...Qxe3+ followed by mate and 25...Qxa1+, and cannot parry them without losing material. One line: 25.0-0-0 Qa1+ 26.Kd2 Rf2+ 27.Ke1 Rf1+ 28.Kxf1 Qxd1+ followed by 29...Qxc2+ and 30...Qxa4. Oog!

A nice potential POTD spoiler. But the part I like is that <Richard A Proctor> was a noted astronomer of the time--but he lost this game because he didn't see far enough!

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  offramp: Move 22 for black, presumably that's given as QR to KB1. Could be a transcription error.
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  Phony Benoni: <offramp> I don't think that's the case here. After 22...Rgf8, White wouldn't have played 23.Rxf7+.

I checked the next few issues of the newspaper column and no correction was mentioned.

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  offramp: The remaining moves must have been of such childishly low quality that the editor groaned and sighed and whispered, "and white wins."
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