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Paul Morphy vs James Winchell Stone
New York (1859) (unorthodox), New York, NY USA, May-14
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Accepted (000)  ·  1-0



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Mar-11-05  aw1988: "Some days are diamond, some days are stone"
Mar-11-05  SBC: <>

I don't think there's any scores preserved from H. N. Stone's games with Morphy other than a consulation game (Stone, Hammond, Ware, Rabuski and Everett vs. Morphy)

So, Morphy's opponent in this game would most likely be James W. Stone.

May-11-05  ranchogrande: how does it feel
to be without ahome
like acomplete unknown
-- just like a rolling STONE
Jun-16-05  sneaky pete: <SBC> It is Dr.J.W.Stone and Morphy gave QKt odds. Played in New York, May 14, 1859. Game 18 in Sergeant, The Unknown Morphy (Morphy Gleanings).

According to Sergeant, this J.W.Stone also was one of the consultants in the Boston game (Morphy vs Hammond and Allies, June 2, 1859) you refer to.

Jun-16-05  SBC: <sneaky pete>

At the risk of sounding audacious, I suspect Sergeant was wrong.

Here's my reasoning:

In his "Morphy's Games of Chess," Sergeant only mentions "G. Hammond and allies" as Morphy's opponents. David Lawson mentions Hammond, Ware, Rabuski, Stone and W. Everett. Notice that Lawson doesn't give Stone's first anem or initials. If he knew them for sure, he would have given them. My guess is that Sergeant also dscovered the names recorded somewhere (the same place Lawson found them) and automatically assumed that Stone must be James W. Stone - a reasonable assumption - and put it into "Morphy Gleanings."

The thing is, if you notice one of the players is "Ware". That would be G. Preston Ware, Jr., who, along with Henry Nathan Stone, developed the Stone-Ware Defense.

HN Stone and GP Ware, along with certain other members of the Boston Chess Club (James W. Stone doesn't seem to have been a member) such as Franklin Knowles Young and possibly Hammond and Rabuski had at that time formed an elitist chess group called the Mandarins of the Yellow Buttons. It seems far, far more likely that the unspecified "Stone" was "Henry Nathan" rather than "James W (Winchell?)."

Jun-17-05  sneaky pete: <SBC> You're right, it's probably a wrong guess on Sergeant's part. I remembered about the Stone-Ware defence and the Meadow Hay opening in connection with a group of Boston players after I posted. Didn't know they called themselves <Mandarins of the Yellow Button>, seems quite a fitting name. Reminds me somehow of Laurel and Hardy's <Sons of the Desert>.
Jun-17-05  SBC: <sneaky pete>

It seems you might have capitulated too soon.

<ckr>, also a member here, sent me some information today that clarifies a few things.

First, the Mandarins of the Yellow Buttons existed later than I imagined, probably in the latter part of the 19th century... or at the very least, in the last quarter of the 19th century extending into the latter part.

Second, James. W. Stone was indeed a member of the Boston Chess Club (as was HN Stone)

There's still nothing to determine unequivocally which Stone played in this consultation game. But any case I had against JW Stone has fizzled out.

I think the same reasoning holds true, however, for Sergeant's naming the Stone "JW", since Lawson, who likely used the same source, refrains from naming him.

It seems to be a toss-up, but with the odds leaning towards "JW".

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  heuristic: 10...Qg4 is interesting.
11.Bb5 Nd4 12.Nxd4 Qxd4 13.Qb3

why BLK doesn't play 14...Bxc7 is a mystery.
after 15.Re1, maybe he only saw
15...Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Qxd1 17.Ng6+ or
15...Bxe5 16.Bxg6 Qxg6 17.Rxe5+
but 15...Nf4 holds. 16.Re4 Nxd3 17.Qxd3

Jan-27-14  SBC: J.W.Stone is James Winchell Stone, younger brother of Henry Nathan Stone. J.W. was born on Oct. 6, 1824 in Boston. He received his MD from Harvard in 1847. He was a 'free soiler,' an abolitionist and friend of John Greenleaf Whittier. He married Jennie Ray Gilmer of Trenton, NJ with whom he had 3 children: Adelaide Ray Stone (12/10/57); Ella Gilmer Stone(12/5/58) ; Frances Tyler Stone (4/9/60). He died at age 38 on August 21, 1863 in Dorchester, Mass.

His brother H.N.Stone, lived to age 86.

Jan-27-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: Odds games are interesting, in that they actively call for unsound play.
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