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Elijah Williams vs James Swain Mucklow
London (1851), London ENG, rd 2, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack (B21)  ·  1-0



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Oct-26-08  Karpova: Howard Staunton: <I am not aware whether the time consumed in this game has been recorded. It must have been portentous, as about midway in the original copy I find a significant notation by the unfortunate Secretary, "Both players almost sleep!">

From page 2 of Jeremy P. Spinrad's "The Telegraph, the Velocipede, and the Bristol Sloth, Part Two", April 2007:

Jun-26-12  sneaky pete: As an introduction to this game, Staunton writes: "In some respects these players were well paired, not for equality of force, indeed, Mr. Williams being by far the stronger, but because each, in his degree, exhibits the same want of depth and inventive power in his combinations, and the same tiresome prolixity in manoeuvring his men. It need hardly be said that the games, from first to last, are remarkable only for their unvarying and unexampled dulness."

He makes fun of 20.Qf2 .. ("A feasible trap against an inexperienced opponent.") and black's refusal to fall for the trap ("Black suspected danger, so prudently avoided both the baits."), but has no comment on black's pawn sacrifice on move 10. I may be suffering from s.a., but I don't see anything wrong with 11.Qxg7 Bf6 12.Qg3 ..

For more want of depth and inventive power and more tiresome prolixity see Staunton vs E Williams, 1851

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