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Napoleon Bonaparte 
Napoleon Bonaparte
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1804 to 1820

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(born Aug-15-1769, died May-05-1821, 51 years old) France

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Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, on August 15, 1769. In 1799, he staged a coup d'etat and crowned himself as Emperor of France. In the first decade of the nineteenth century, he turned the armies of the French Empire against every major European power and dominated continental Europe through a series of military victories.

Napoleon fostered a deep love for chess throughout his life, but lacked the time and devotion to become a player of the first rank. Only three recorded games attributed to Napoleon have survived, and some chess historians cast doubts over the authenticity of some or all of these games.

Wikipedia article: Napoleon I of France

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Napoleon Bonaparte vs Madame De Remusat 1-014 1804 Chateau de MalmaisonA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Napoleon Bonaparte vs The Turk 0-124 1809 SchoenbrunnC20 King's Pawn Game
3. Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand 1-018 1820 St. HelenaC44 King's Pawn Game
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  HeMateMe: < knightfly > the article u posted is very informative, and a bit frightening. History and the movies paint him as more of a soldier than a power hungry dictator. Some people think that becaue he grew up on Corsica, an island claimed by France, he never felt a particular unity with any one people; he was a Corsican, but was forced to become French to have any sort of meaningful life.
Aug-15-10  eightsquare: Happy birthday to the late Sir Napoleon Bonaparte !!
Aug-15-10  Blackreptile: among thousands of books written on Napoleon, I recommend: "Napoleon, une imposture" (I don't know if it was translated from French)of Roger Caratini,re-establishing truth out of myth.The admirers of Napoleon will think it again...
Aug-15-10  MrMelad: This guy was a strong tactician. But not so much in chess...
Feb-01-11  Penguincw: What I find interesting is that all of Napoleon's known games to date all end in mate.
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  whiteshark: <Quote of the Day

<The whole secret of the art of war lies in the ability to become master of the lines of communication. >>

-- Napoleon

Dec-17-11  Penguincw: Hmm. Even leaders has chess quotes to say.
Dec-17-11  Six66timesGenius: " The whole secret of the art of war lies in the ability to become master of the lines of communication. " -- Napoleon

The great leader of War!

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  HeMateMe: Napoleon: Whoever has the better cannon, wins.

The corsican Napoleon was an artillery officer, before launching the coup that brought him to the top. Are artillery officers good chessplayers? maybe. Math involved, geometric thinking.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the great dissident writer, was an artillery officer in the red army, before sent to the Gulag for writing poetry, or some such nonesense. In a loosely based autobiography (fiction) he claims that the political officer (zampliot?) who arrested him was shot in the back during the next battle, as soon as it was convenient, by an elderly sergeant in Solzhenitsyn's unit.

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Napoleon tries to learn English

Jun-07-12  kia0708: There is an interesting game going on today, in the French Top 12 Tournament: GM Naiditch - GM Bogner.

ps. yes, the same Naiditch we know from commenting on other tournaments.

Jul-13-12  kangaroo13: i never knew napolean played chess
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  HeMateMe: He had a looong flight home from Moscow, with very bumpy conditions. You have to have a hobby.
Aug-15-12  brankat: Who knows, if Napoleon had not been busy with other things, perhaps he could have been a great chess player.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.>

-- Napoleon

Oct-03-12  Antiochus: Our leader, against the conservantism:
Feb-03-13  IndigoViolet: <Napoleon's height was once commonly given as 5 feet 2 inches, but many historians have now given him extra height. He was 5 feet 2 inches using French units, but when converted into Imperial units, the kind we are accustomed to, he measured almost 5 feet 7 inches inches tall which was actually slightly taller than average for a man in France at the time.>

Jul-31-13  GumboGambit: According to Rybka, Napolean overreached in attacking Russia.
Aug-15-13  brankat: R.I.P. Napoleon.
Nov-22-13  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "The whole secret of the art of war lies in the ability to become master of the lines of communication." >


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  northernfox: It seems that Napoleon had some "communications" problems in Russia and later at Waterloo.
Dec-28-13  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "The greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory." >


Not sure what this quote means. When does the danger occur during victory? Is it just before victory or when victory is already official? Also, what's the danger?

Apr-28-14  GumboGambit: <Penguincw>

I think it has to do with complacency. In war, you really cannot afford to rest on your laurels after victory because there will always be some contingent looking to challenge and overtake you. You cannot take your foot off the gas pedal so to speak, no matter how tempting it is.

While this would not apply to a chess game, it could to chess careers. Think of the constant back and forth turnover of WCs in the Botvinnik era. Maybe Fischer recognized this when he won WC; he no longer had anything to gain but had everything to lose at that point.

Aug-15-14  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to leader and chess player Napoleon!
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  HeMateMe: Ney was better with the horses.
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