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Howard Staunton vs Wolf Meyer Popert
Casual game (1841) (exhibition), London ENG
Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. London Defense (C44)  ·  1-0



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Mar-22-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: From 18th move on i feel totally lost in pins and counterpins. Is it all sane play?
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  TheTamale: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> I know what you mean. To me the main points are: 1) NN shows some cojones. Don't just lay down for Howard Staunton. Go for it! 2) Howard Staunton wins. He is, after all, Howard Staunton. Sane or not, he won the struggle.
Apr-04-14  ralph46: On 18 Bd6 black had to play Qh6 attacking the bishop on d6 and h2 point which forces Bg3 and now 19..Rad8 with a good game for black
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  jnpope: Staunton first gives this game as being played "Between St-n and one of the first Metropolitan Players" in 1841 (which is probably why this game is given as being played vs NN currently):

But in subsequent years he identifies his opponent as being Popert in the Chess-Players Handbook, 1847:

And again in the Chess-Player's Companion, 1849:

It is also worth pointing out that Staunton states that "The games with Mr. Popert are selected from those of a Match won by the Author, then a young player, in 1840." (Chess-Player's Companion, 1849, p187).

Also, the following game against Popert, also from Chess-Player's Companion, 1849, pp188-190, does not presently appear in the database:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 d6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb6 7.Nc3 Bg4 8.Be3 Nf6 9.a3 O-O 10.Qd3 Bh5 11.Bb3 Qd7 12.Bc2 Rae8 13.d5 Ne7 14.Bxb6 axb6 15.O-O Ng6 16.Nd4 Ne5 17.Qg3 c6 18.f4 Nc4 19.b4 b5 20.a4 cxd5 21.Ncxb5 Nxe4 22.Qh4 Nf6 23.Nf5 Bg6 24.Nbd4 Ne4 25.Nxg7 Kxg7 26.f5 Ncd2 27.fxg6 hxg6 28.Bxe4 Rxe4 29.Qf6+ Kh7 30.Nf5 Rg8 31.Nxd6 Nxf1 32.Nxe4 dxe4 33.Rxf1 Qg4 34.Qxf7+ Rg7 35.Qf4 Qe6 36.Qh4+ Kg8 37.Qd8+ Kh7 38.Rf8 g5 39.Rh8+ Kg6 40.Qe8+ Qxe8 41.Rxe8 Kf5 42.Kf2 Rc7 43.Ke3 Rc3+ 44.Kd4 Rd3+ 45.Kc4 Rd2 46.Rf8+ Ke5 47.g4 Rc2+ 48.Kb3 Rxh2 49.Rf5+ Kd4 50.Rxg5 e3 51.Rg7 e2 52.Re7 Rh3+ 53.Kc2 Re3 0-1

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  jnpope: Correction slip submitted.
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  Tabanus: The 1841 Chronicle has 28.Qf5+ Kg8 29.Qxf2 while the 1847 and 1849 sources have 28.Kxf2 Kg8

Same game vs Popert I'd say.

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