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Howard Staunton vs Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint Amant
Staunton - Saint Amant (1843), London ENG, rd 4, May-02
Italian Game: Classical. Closed Variation (C53)  ·  1-0

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Jan-26-08  Knight13: WOW! :-O
Mar-14-09  Count Isouard III: according to the book Howard Staunton by Keene & Coles, Saint Amant missed the point when he played 5..exd4 because this variation is the strong point variation- he should have held onto his e5 point-not surrender the center with his 5th move.
Feb-04-12  Knight13: <Count Isouard III: according to the book Howard Staunton by Keene & Coles, Saint Amant missed the point when he played 5..exd4 because this variation is the strong point variation- he should have held onto his e5 point-not surrender the center with his 5th move.> I don't think 5... exd4 is the big error. 6... Ne5? is the move that surrenders the center. If Black had played 6... d3 followed by 7... d6 he would've been fine.
Feb-05-12  King Death: < Knight13: <Count Isouard III: according to the book Howard Staunton by Keene & Coles, Saint Amant missed the point when he played 5..exd4 because this variation is the strong point variation- he should have held onto his e5 point-not surrender the center with his 5th move.>

I don't think 5... exd4 is the big error. 6... Ne5? is the move that surrenders the center. If Black had played 6... d3 followed by 7... d6 he would've been fine. >

Alekhine sometimes played this line and the whole point was to hold e5: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

After 5...d3 White could try 7.b4 Bb6 8.e5 or 7.e5 instead of just allowing ...d6.

Feb-05-12  thomastonk: I think that there is no great difference between 6.. Ne5 and 6.. d3: in both cases White's position is slightly better.

In the game, 8.f4 is a mistake; 8.cxd4 and 8.Qb3 are better according to theory and Houdini. Saint Amant plays fine and in if you look at 12.h3, then you can see, that there is no obvious way to improve White's position (though he has compensation for the pawn). With 13.. Qf6? Saint Amant fails. Instead 13.. d5! is necessary and sufficient.

Feb-05-12  Knight13: <King Death, thomastonk> Got it. Thanks.
Jul-10-12  Ghuzultyy: Beautiful game. I really enjoyed guessing the moves of white.
Sep-09-15  justwatcher: This game has an essential poker-shaped side. Staunton struggled to maintain equilibrium until he had the idea of distracting the opponent's attention through the rooks'movements on his left side (and black's right). Only then he stepped in with his queen!...
Nov-28-16  Emacape: White missed a mate in 6 idea after 24...Rd7. It involves an exchange sacrifice. 25. Rxf8+!...Kxf8 26. Qe3. Mate is unavoidable.
May-08-17  storminnorman2010: 30...Any Black move from the final position 31 Qxf8#!

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