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John Cochrane vs Howard Staunton
Casual game (1843), London ENG
Sicilian Defense: Bowdler Attack (B20)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: 7...g5 is a clever trap, but 7...Nxg2+ 8.Kd1 (8.Kf1 d5 9.exd6 e.p. f5 10.Qe2 Nf4 etc.) 8...d5 9.exd6 e.p. f5 10.Qe2 Nf4 11.Qe3 Bxd6 etc. would have been objectively better. After 8.0-0 f5 9.Qe3 white seems to be over the worst. Of course, 8.g3?? loses the Queen.
Jan-06-04  Nova1990: Welcome back, Honza! Since you’ve been gone, one of your games has been the puzzle of the day: Jan Cervenka vs NN, 2002 Also, there are some questions on your page: Jan Cervenka
Oct-16-04  Knight13: Bringing the Queen out too early is a mistake. 10. Qe3 Ng2+ 1-0.
Oct-16-04  Spassky69: 10 bucks says Stanton would be rated 1450 if he came to the future.
Oct-16-04  clocked: <Spassky69> Probably so; however, Staunton certainly would not.
Oct-09-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.25.

Cochrane 3 mistakes:
5.Nc3 -0.41 (5.c3 -0.14)
7.Qe4 -0.77 (7.Qf1 -0.42)
8.g3 -2.38 (8.Bb5 -0.03)

Staunton 1 mistake:
7...g5 -0.03 (7...Nxg2+ -0.77)

Oct-11-07  nimh: Correction, new threshold 0.33.

Cochrane 2 mistakes:
7.Qe4 -0.77 (7.Qf1 -0.42)
8.g3 -2.38 (8.Bb5 -0.03)

Staunton 1 mistake:
7...g5 -0.03 (7...Nxg2+ -0.77

Dec-07-08  newzild: Good Tuesday or Wednesday puzzle here: Move 8, black to play.

Dec-24-08  zzzzzzzzzzzz: litte john takes a fall
Dec-04-12  kevin86: Queen trap in the middle of the board in NINE moves!
Jul-05-14  Rickyroller5: If you're playing a Sicilian Defense, are you the black or white pieces?

Forgive my ignorance.

Jul-05-14  Shams: <Rickyroller5> This is one of those questions where the answer is simple but the way players describe their games confuses the issue. Technically all defenses are played by the Black pieces, since it is White who opens hostilities and the second player who responds. (Although particularly tame systems for White are sometimes derisively, and jokingly, referred to as "defenses", e.g. the "Colle Defense". ) So it is always Black who *plays* the Sicilian Defense, in the sense that it is he who ultimately steers the game in that direction. White invites many defenses when he opens 1.e4, among them the very popular Sicilian; when Black replies 1...c5 he officially stamps the game a "Sicilian Defense".

But at the risk of stating the obvious: even if Black chooses to make the game a Sicilian Defense, both players end up *playing* the game. Thus it's perfectly normal to hear things like "I played a sharp Sicilian" or "so-and-so had some great games in the French [Defense]", where in both cases the speaker might well be referring to the player of the *White* pieces. (A very common follow-up question to these statements is "with White or Black?")

Sometimes openings are described by the choices White finally makes (King's Gambit, Torre Attack, Spanish, Italian etc) and sometimes by the choices Black finally makes (Benko Gambit, King's Indian Defense, French Defense, Grunfeld etc). Over time, this has proved the most convenient way to talk about the opening phase of chess. Everyone understands implicitly which player has final say in "choosing" each particular opening.

I hope this has not further confused you.

Jul-06-14  Rickyroller5: <Shams> No, no on the contrary, it has clarified it for me. Thank you for your reply. I thought there was a "Sicilian" AND a "Sicilian Defense." In other words, if one played a Sicilian, then the other player could counter with a Sicilian Defense. lol I get the picture now. 1.e4 c5, IS the Sicilian Defense. Correct?

Then from there, of course are all the variations.

I also found out that "Defense" can be spelled; defense or defence. But 'defense' is the preferred American spelling. At least according to Wikipedia.

Jul-06-14  Shams: <Ricky> <I get the picture now. 1.e4 c5, IS the Sicilian Defense. Correct?> Yes.
Jul-06-14  RookFile: By the way, is this one of those games where black moved first? :)
Aug-19-14  yureesystem: What a masterpiece, well done, Staunton!!!
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  Korora: There appear to have been two ways to get the ♕ out of the trap, neither of them available after move 7. 7.♕d1 would have undeveloped the ♕, giving Staunton important tempo gains. But 7.♕f1 could have been followed by a discovered attack on Staunton's ♘ with 8.d4, which would also get the Queen ♗ into the game (unless I overlooked something).

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