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Jaenisch - Staunton Match

Howard Staunton7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Carl Jaenisch2.5/10(+2 -7 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Jaenisch - Staunton (1851)

Cheshunt, England; August 1851

1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Wins ——————————————————————————————————— Staunton 1 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 7 Jaenisch 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 ——————————————————————————————————— Format: First to seven wins, draws not counting, to be victor. Prizes: £16 to the winner and £4 to the loser.

"The third contest of high interest on the tapis is one between Mr. Staunton, who has partially recovered from his late severe indisposition, and the celebrated Russian chess author and player, Major Jaenisch. Of this, three games have been played, and in each Fortune has proved propitious to the English player."(1)

"The match just over was won by Mr. Staunton against Major Jaenisch, and ended by Mr. S. scoring seven games to his opponent's two, two [sic] other games being drawn."(2)

This was one of the "set matches" arranged by the London (1851) Committee.

(1) Illustrated London News, 1851.08.16, p219
(2) Illustrated London News, 1851.08.30, p267
(3) The Chess Tournament, Staunton, London 1852, pp(lxc)
(4) The Chess Tournament, Staunton, London 1852, pp350-376
(5) Bell's Life in London, May 9th 1852, p.5

 page 1 of 1; 10 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Jaenisch vs Staunton 1-0421851Jaenisch - StauntonC25 Vienna
2. C Jaenisch vs Staunton 0-1701851Jaenisch - StauntonC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. Staunton vs C Jaenisch  1-0501851Jaenisch - StauntonC45 Scotch Game
4. Staunton vs C Jaenisch 0-1521851Jaenisch - StauntonC20 King's Pawn Game
5. C Jaenisch vs Staunton  ½-½451851Jaenisch - StauntonC53 Giuoco Piano
6. Staunton vs C Jaenisch  1-0441851Jaenisch - StauntonC45 Scotch Game
7. Staunton vs C Jaenisch 1-0251851Jaenisch - StauntonC41 Philidor Defense
8. C Jaenisch vs Staunton 0-1911851Jaenisch - StauntonC29 Vienna Gambit
9. Staunton vs C Jaenisch 1-0211851Jaenisch - StauntonC45 Scotch Game
10. C Jaenisch vs Staunton 0-1421851Jaenisch - StauntonC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  MissScarlett: <Of this, three games have been played, and in each Fortune has proved propitious to the English player.>

Why would Staunton write this if he lost game 3? Staunton vs C Jaenisch, 1851

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  jnpope: (1) He was on a bender, (2) Maybe his column was being ghost written at this time while he was busy with the match, (3) Propitious="giving or indicating a good <chance> of success" so maybe he liked his chances in game three but blew it, or (4) He was on a bender.
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  jnpope: (5) Perhaps the games were published out of order in the tournament book.
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  MissScarlett: <London, England>

I believe I've already demonstrated that the match took place at Staunton's home in Cheshunt. Biographer Bistro (kibitz #21617)

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  jnpope: From Staunton's tournament book for game 3:

23.Qf5 (At this point White has an undeniable superiority of position), but after 31.Qc8+ (Hasty and ill-considered play. Having a Pawn more than the adversary, he might have taken the Rook with Rook, and then have forced an exchange of Queens.), and finally after 34.Qxh6 (This is one of those positions in which the player attempting to win is pretty sure to over-reach himself, and lose.)

So perhaps (3) is the correct reason why he would write that statement. He liked his "chances" in game three but blew it. Although I still prefer my bender theory.

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  jnpope: Corrected both matches to reflect Cheshunt and added <Bell's Life in London>, May 9th 1852, p.5 as a source to both match pages.

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