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Howard Staunton vs Pierre Charles Fournier de Saint Amant
Staunton - Saint Amant (1843), Paris FRA, rd 8, Nov-26
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation. General (B44)  ·  1-0

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Jul-08-05  lentil: was there some kind of obligation to play on until mate?!
Apr-10-08  Knight13: <lentil: was there some kind of obligation to play on until mate?!> No, of course not. Sometimes people get really upset when they realize that they're gonna lose a game, so they play until checkmate to brush that feeling away at least during the game.
Feb-05-12  Knight13: 8... Ng6?! misplaces the knight.

Black should've immediately started dashing with 8... h6 followed by 9... b5 on the Queenside.

Black lost mainly because of his inaccurate opening play. It's instructive how White punished it.

Nov-16-12  brankat: In their Sicilian games both players seem to have a "need" for <f4> and <Ne7> :-)
Nov-27-12  jnpope: <lentil: was there some kind of obligation to play on until mate?!>

No. But looking over St. Amant's notes to this game it appears he saw the mate in 8 for White starting with 32.g7 which Staunton missed. I'm guessing St. Amant decided to play on to see what else Staunton misses. This was the 8th game of the Paris match and after this game St. Amant started to win games (up to that point he had not won a single game).

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