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Howard Staunton vs Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint-Amant
Staunton - Saint-Amant (1843), Paris FRA, rd 6, Nov-23
English Opening: Symmetrical. Normal Variation (A34)  ·  1-0



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Jan-13-07  cuendillar: The first game added to the opening explorer.
Apr-10-08  Knight13: <cuendillar: The first game added to the opening explorer.> Yeah, right!

Oh, and that Silman guy... He needs to put this game in as one of the "Two minor pieces are better than a rook" games in his book.

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  tpstar: 41. Bd7 won the exchange due to 41 ... Re5? 42. Bf4, then 45. Rxc5! won a Pawn (45 ... Rxc5 46. Bb4) with an easy win.

I wonder what was the prevailing attitude at the time regarding two pieces for a Rook, since 15 ... Rae8 would have avoided the unbalanced endgame that resulted after 15 ... Rad8!? and subsequently trapping the Re6. Nowadays people would favor the two pieces, especially the Two Bishops, and this game is a textbook example of their superiority. Note 18. Bxe5 dxe5 (18 ... Kf7? 19. Rxd6) 19. Bb1 is a clear improvement and White enjoys an extra piece.

This is Staunton's first game with 1. c4, played against Saint Amant during their 1843 Paris match.

Feb-05-12  Knight13: 15... Rae8 is better. The two bishops that resulted after 15... Rad8 is too powerful in such an open position.
Dec-05-13  poorthylacine: I agree with you, Knight13, 15...Rae8 is better. Even so much better that after this move, the position seems to be equal. While 15...Rad8?? looks like an horrible blunder which offers for nothing in exchange a piece -and even the game, in fact he could resign after that. Maybe Saint-Amant put the rook on the wrong case by "hand mistake"?
Dec-05-13  poorthylacine: I said "for nothing": not exactly, since he won the exchange after his bad move. But even so, I am very suspicious about what happened in the mind of Saint Amant. He was merchant in wine. Maybe he abused of his own produce while the first half of this match, until the eight game, when at last his wife ordered him to stop??

Fortunately, he was a henpecked husband, ha! ha!

Jul-01-21  RookFile: Staunton certainly had strategic understanding - moves 6 through 20 are terrific. Nh3 and Nf4 to control d5, the b2 bishop operating on the long diagonal, remind one of Kramnik.

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