Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing
Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant vs Howard Staunton
Staunton - Saint-Amant Casual Series (1843), London ENG, rd 1, Apr-28
Sicilian Defense: Staunton-Cochrane Variation (B20)  ·  0-1



explore this opening
find similar games 26 more Saint-Amant/Staunton games
sac: 30...Qxd1 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: You can change the color of the light and dark squares by registering a free account then visiting your preferences page. Or, you can change it with the "SETTINGS" link in the lower right.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-07-05  RookFile: This is a quite interesting and entertaining game.
Apr-07-05  jumperino: I agree...seems like Amant loses a tempo with 52 Ke5 ... if he had played 52 Ke6 directly, he might have been that needed step ahead.
Mar-07-08  Knight13: After 29. g4? White got killed. The rest was just a NASCAR race with White a few feet behind Black.
Jan-20-09  WhiteRook48: Great game by Staunton.
Feb-04-12  Knight13: 10. 0-0 is probably not the best. Judging by the position, 10. Qd2 followed by 0-0-0 would've been best. White can set up a powerful attack on the Kingside. Of course, it would be a bit helpful to not have played 8. a3, which only weakens the b3 square.
Dec-05-13  poorthylacine: What gives to the game even more value and interest, is that I believe even 52.Ke6 would not prevent the win of Black after 52...f4! After 52.Ke5, the win by 52...f4 is still possible but more difficult, Saint-Amant saw it and maybe hoped it, and the choice of Staunton's answer is now the best...
Premium Chessgames Member
  wwall: The losing move is probably 51.Rg7? Better may be 51.Kd6 or 51.Ke6 and Re8.
Jan-19-15  Noflaps: You play the Sicilian. Your opponent responds with 2 c4, creating a nice fat hole for you on d4 but owning d5 like a politician owns excuses. Now what? That's the first study question this old-timey game presents, it seems.
Jan-31-15  MariusDaniel: Interesting game,very nice chessplay
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <Noflaps> - <"You play the Sicilian. Your opponent responds with 2.c4 ...">

Yes, that's how it would look today. But in 1843, when this game was played, the Sicilian wasn't really a thing - it wasn't a regular opening or a widely understood conceptual system.

Both of these players had to make it up as they went along.

Apr-30-16  Karposian: There were some Sicilians played in the Bourdonnais - McDonnell Match in 1834. And I think Staunton had already played quite a few Sicilian games before this 1843 match with Saint Amant. So it wasn't exactly uncharted territory.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <Karposian> Yes, of course - I agree that Sicilians were sometimes played in the 1830s and 1840s. Though not often: it was still a borderline 'irregular' opening. And as such it was nothing like the edifice it later became -- that's all I meant by saying it wasn't really a thing.

But Staunton, in particular, played some very modern-looking Sicilians.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: In those days, though, it was considered unchivalrous to respond to 1.e4 with anything but 1....e5.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: I played in my first chess competition, an unrated schools event, in 1973. I had consulted one book, a general intro by Golombek. But I knew nada, zip, zilch about openings - I was puzzled by the Caro-Kann (why would anyone play 1...c6?) and I had no idea that 3.d4 was routine in the Sicilian. So I made it up as I went. Two games began with Sicilian, me playing White (I was already into the French as Black). After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6, I tried 3.c3, and after 2.Nf3 Nc6 went for 3.Bb5.

And ended up on 3/6.

Premium Chessgames Member
  dernier loup de T: YES!!, wall: and if the analysis with the help of Houdini 2 is right, it could have given the win to white, after an absolute fantastic Q+ P vs Q endgame!!
Premium Chessgames Member
  MSteen: Great game. The race at the end is actually exciting. And for a mediocre player such as myself, the final queen move, forcing the king away from the pawn, is something to put in my arsenal of tricks.
Mar-08-21  Amed1: Great start by Howard Staunton. 30...Qxd1 seems unnecessary to me, I think it was better to continue with Kg7 and place the rook on the H column to exert more pressure. The error that cost Saint Amant the game was 51.Kg7??, until that moment the game was a draw.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific game only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
King and Two Pawns vs. King and Pawn
from King and Pawn Endgames by StudyTheEndgame
from Game collection: 1 by gr2cae
Game 5
from 150 Chess Endings by suenteus po 147
justwatcher's favorite games
by justwatcher
Staunton St. Amant
by Noflaps
Instructive Chess Endgames II
by wwall
King and Two Pawns vs. King and Pawn
from King and Pawn Endgames by CoachTatiana
vaskolon's favorite games
by vaskolon
Acorn007's favorite games
by Acorn007
Instructive Chess Endgames II
by Okavango
0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 18
by 0ZeR0

Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC