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Howard Staunton vs Bernhard Horwitz
London m3 (1846), rd 1, Feb-02
Spanish Game: General (C60)  ·  1-0

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Dec-19-07  sneaky pete: Game 1, apparently played February 2, 1846, of the match that is the subject of question 16 of the Chess Cafe quiz. Staunton's explanation of the <irregular> move 3.Bb5 .. is remarkable: 'Habituated to the giving of odds in every game for the last two or three years, White labours under a temporary disadvantage in playing "even" games with a player thoroughly versed in, and daily practising, the "book" openings; he very prudently, therefore, begins in a way to throw each party on his own resources as much as possible.'
Mar-13-08  alexrawlings: Would 6.. Nd4 not have been stronger for black?
Mar-13-08
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  keypusher: One of Staunton's more impressive games, I think.

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<Staunton's explanation of the <irregular> move 3.Bb5 .. is remarkable: 'Habituated to the giving of odds in every game for the last two or three years, White labours under a temporary disadvantage in playing "even" games with a player thoroughly versed in, and daily practising, the "book" openings; he very prudently, therefore, begins in a way to throw each party on his own resources as much as possible.'>

To me, even by the standards of his time, Horwitz's opening play always seemed abysmal. I wonder how well he could have done if he could have hired someone to make the first ten moves for him.

Mar-14-08  sneaky pete: If 6... Nd4 7.Nh4 Qe6 8.Bc4 .. white wins material.
Mar-14-08  alexrawlings: Thanks sneaky pete. Someone played that line in an online game against me last night. I knew I should have found a way to punish them for bringing the queen out so early... I'll know for next time!
Dec-04-10  masteraden: Bringing out the queen early in the game makes black game uncomfortable.
Jul-09-14  dernier thylacine: The Ruy Lopez was not often played in the first half of the nineteenth century; however if I am not wrong, the Berlin defence was already found by german masters, and Horwitz before settling at london was member of "La Pléiade" like von der Lasa, Bilguer and Bledow; that's why I am surprised by this strange choice of playing 3...Qf6?... The worse because this move is obviously bad, even for the eyes of a patzer!...

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