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Charles Henry Stanley vs Eugene Rousseau
Rousseau - Stanley Match (1845), New Orleans, LA USA (Merchant's Exchange), rd 3, Dec-05
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  1-0

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Feb-17-14
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  offramp: Here, black has just played 19...f7-f5.


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These moves almost never seem to turn out well. Sometimes it looks as if there is a specific tactical reason to play f7-f5, but the short-term tactics are normally outweighed by the long-term drawbacks. BUT here it is in fact shown to be immediately unsound, as Stanley shows in a transcendental manner.

He plays 20.Rad1!! (Δ21.Bc5 or Bf4 )


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Black responds with 20...Ng5


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There now follow 12 captures in 13-half-moves and the board looks like a smoking battlefield.


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But en route white has won two pawns - including that silly f-pawn - and that is enough to win. I don't like his 36.Kf1 move, though, but this was 160 years ago.

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