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Eugene Rousseau vs Charles Henry Stanley
Rousseau - Stanley Match (1845), New Orleans, LA USA, rd 10, Dec-11
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit (C44)  ·  0-1



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Jun-27-05  Knight13: White had a positive score of +0.49 until move 25. But White blew it with 26. Re6??. After that White's score dropped lower than -1.00. Much better was 26. Bxf6.
Jun-27-05  offramp: Are you working these figures out with pen and paper?
Jun-27-05  fgh: Sounds like that... Maybe he is inspired by Hydra's win over Adams :-)
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  Phony Benoni: I wonder what that +0.49 was based on. If it was the doubled g-pawns, then it's ridiculous; they don't mean much of anything in this position.

While it's true that 26.Bxf6 is a far better move than 26.Re6 (most reasonable moves are), I fail to see a half-a-pawn worth of advantage for White after 26...Bxf6+. For instance, after 27.Kd3 Rd8+, White already has an uncomfortable choice: 28.Kc4 Rd2 allows the Black rook to invade (29.Kxc5? Bd4+), and moving the king back to the e-file gives Black the chance for ...Bxc3 when White's pawns are clearly the weaker.

I'm sure White has better resources, and maybe I'm totally off base and he does have an edge. But the point I want to emphasize is that you can't just quote computer evaluations without realizing what they are based upon.

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