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Frederic Deacon vs James Robey
London (1862), London ENG, Jul-01
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation General (C30)  ·  0-1



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  Calli: Deacon missed Robey's 25...Rxd3+! In "The Knights and Kings of Chess", George Alcock MacDonnell tells the story:

"Mr. Deacon left the table, and sought out his friend, the late Mr. Staunton. Finding that gentleman surrounded by a host of admirers — myself included — he invited all of us to come and witness the grand finale with which he was going to crown his victory over James Roby. We at once accepted the invitation, and crowded round his board. " You see," said Deacon, in a whisper, to Staunton, " he must take the pawn or the bishop ; if he takes the pawn I sacrifice the exchange and mate in four ; and if he takes the bishop I sacrifice the queen, the queen, sir, and mate in seven." Indeed," muttered the British autocrat. Scarce had this little scene been enacted when Roby looked up from the board, on which he had been gazing for a long time, and surveying the increased concourse of spectators, smilingly looked at Deacon, who was standing opposite to him, and exclaimed, " Won't you take your seat, Mr. Deacon ? " The polite Deacon at once sat down.

"It's mate in five," said Roby, still looking at his

"No," replied Deacon; "if you make
the best move I cannot mate you in less than

" It's mate in five," rejoined the hardhearted
Roby. "It is I who give the mate, not

Then followed rapidly a series of brilliant
moves, and in two minutes Roby arose from the
table triumphant, leaving his opponent to sit on
there, utterly amazed and chapfallen. " Come
into the other room," said Staunton to his
friends. We obeyed his orders, and then gave
vent to our feelings in loud and long-continued

Nov-29-08  Jim Bartle: Classic story.
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  Calli: The position does not exactly fit description and in the end Deacon could escape the mate with 28.Kf3, although White still loses. Still, I figured this must be the game that MacDonnell remembered.
Nov-30-08  Shams: <Calli> thanks for transcribing, I really enjoyed that.
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  Check It Out: Good stuff, thanks for pointing it out Shams.
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  WannaBe: Deacon could have used his bishops better. =)
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  Check It Out: (1 Timothy 3:8 sq.) St. Paul impresses upon Timothy that <"deacons must be chaste, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of faith in a pure conscience."> He directs further that they must <"first be proved: and so let them minister, having no crime">, and he adds that they should be the <"husbands of one wife: who rule well their children and their own houses. For they that have ministered well shall purchase to themselves a good degree, and much confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.">

How's 6 or 7 out of 9: Still eligible?


Sep-21-13  ariel el luchador: linda partida ,la analizaré más tranquilo en otro momento
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