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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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Napoleon Bonaparte vs Madame De Remusat 1-0141804Chateau de MalmaisonA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Napoleon Bonaparte vs The Turk 0-1241809SchoenbrunnC20 King's Pawn Game
3. Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand 1-0181820St. HelenaC44 King's Pawn Game
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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.
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  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.
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  brankat: R.I.P. Napoleon.
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  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.
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  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.

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to leader and chess player Napoleon!
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  HeMateMe: Ney was better with the horses.
Jan-26-15  GoldenBird: I looked at Napoleon's march into Austria with Stockfish. Stockfish says Napoleon had an advantage of about +1.1 after crossing the border, an advantage he never lost
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  HeMateMe: He was -2.3, just leaving Moscow, but -8.5 by the time the Grande Armee made it back to France.
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  Alex Schindler: Then he found himself in zugzwang at waterloo
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  HeMateMe: I thought it was a pawn storm.
Aug-02-16  mulde: There is another game with the same players and of some modern interest acc. the opening. May be it should be included in the database.

But I think every "game" from Napoleon is a fake. It seemed to be nice & easy to enhance the Emporer with a game of intelligence and cultur. Of course he had to win impressively.

[Event "Paris"]
[Site "Paris"]
[Date "1802.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Madame de Remusat"]
[Black "Napoleon I"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B02"]
[Plycount "26"]
[Eventdate "1802.??.??"]
[Eventtype "game"]
[Eventrounds "1"]
[Eventcountry "FRA"]

1.e4 Nf6 2.d3 Nc6 3.f4 e5 4.fxe5 Nxe5 5.Nc3 Nfg4 6.d4 Qh4+ 7.g3 Qf6 8.Nh3 Nf3+ 9.Ke2 Nxd4+ 10.Kd3 Ne5+ 11.Kxd4 Bc5+! 12.Kxc5 Qb6+ 13.Kd5 Qd6# 0-1

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Emperor.
Dec-04-17  Cornelius89: <HeMateMe Ney was better with the horses.>

I think you mean Neigh ;)

Sep-03-18  Cibator: French marshal had an urge to retreat (3).
Sep-03-18  ZonszeinP: There's no place on earth, more beautiful than France
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