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Louis Paulsen vs Hiram Kennicott
Blindfold simul, 10b (1858) (blindfold), Chicago, IL USA, May-10
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Open Variation (C55)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The big question: after 20...g5; 21.Bxg5,hxg5; 22.Nxg5, can White force the win?
Dec-28-12  Tullius: 14.Qd2 is a very clever move as it turns pawn e5 into a poisoned pawn. Initially Black takes the bait, but then he realizes that after 15...Nxe5 16.Nf6+ gxf6 17.Bxf6 he will be mated in just a few moves. That's why he plays 15...f5, losing a piece. Subsequently he tries with careful maneuvers to trap White's dark square Bishop. If White would have played 18.Bf4 he would have saved his Bishop. Instead he plays 18.b3. This protects against g7-g5 (see the previous post by <An Englishman>), but White must have overlooked that after 18.b3 f4 19.Ne4 square h5 is available for the black Queen.

21.Kh1 does not look good. For one thing, it comes too late to save the Bishop with f2-f3. In addition, on g1 the King protects pawn f2. A better solution might be 21.Qc3 Qh5 22.Bf6 gxf6 23.Nxf6+ Rxf6 24.Qxf6 with a good position for White.

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  MissScarlett: <A Chess Biography with 719 Games>, Hans Renette (Jefferson, 2019), p.47:

<Paulsen's opponent in the following game only receive [sic] an initial "K" in the source from which the notes are taken [New Orleans Sunday Delta, 30.05.1858]. A full identification appeared in The Chess Monthly, August 1858, pp.245-246.>

The player in question is Hiram Kennicott.

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