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Howard Staunton vs Alfred Brodie
London (1851), London ENG, rd 1, May-27
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. London Defense (C44)  ·  1-0



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Jun-20-03  stinkymagoo: I think the trouble for black started right around 13...Bg4.
Jun-20-03  BeautyInChess: I think black had problems with 6 ... Qf6 7 ... Qe7 This allowed white to push black's queen around and keep black from castling to get his king to safety. Meanwhile, white is advancing his pieces forward, ie the queen knight and bishop besides the rook in the middle.
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  Honza Cervenka: 4...Bb4+ is the beginning of all troubles for black.
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  nasmichael: History instructs.
Dec-18-08  just a kid: Totally agree with <Honza.>
Jul-22-09  Knight13: 4. Bc5 followed by ....d5 in the future kill the initiative.
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  wwall: 7...Qe7 may not be best. Black can play 7...cxb2 8.Bxb2 Qf4 (threatening 9...Qxc4) 9.Bd3 Nge7 and he looks OK.

Instead of 9...Bc5, perhaps best is 9...Ba5. If 10.Nc3, then 10...Bxc3 11.Bxc3 Nh6 and 12...O-O looks OK for Black.

Jun-02-19  Sally Simpson: ***

R. N. Coles in 'The Chess Player's Week-End Book' notes that this game was the first game to finish in the first round of the very first International Tournament, adding it was fitting that the winner was the player who conceived and organised the whole show.

(good book, pity I cannot open it from Monday to Friday.)


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