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Elijah Williams vs Howard Staunton
Staunton - Williams (1851), Cheshunt ENG, rd 13, Nov-??
Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation (A85)  ·  1-0



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Mar-15-06  Whitehat1963: O.K., there have to be a ton of them here, where are the improvements?
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  offramp: This is the crucial game mentioned by <Pawn and Two> at Staunton vs E Williams, 1851.

After the usual at-arm's-length opening (after 16...a5) white has the better position.

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He plays a creeping move, 17.Qh4. Creeping moves are always with queens! I can't quite make this one out, though. Perhaps it is to take the queen out of the line of fire of the bishop on c8.

After 22...Ne8

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White has a promising position but how will he gets his rooks into the attack?

Staunton gives up his a-pawn to get the bishop off the long diagonal. The position changes kaleidoscopically...

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But after 30.g5 black realises he cannot move his knight; if the d5 pawn falls the the e6 pawn provides a perfect lynch-pin for the rooks to invade the seventh rank, for example,

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30...Ne8 31.Rxd5 Qxe6 32.Rd7 Rf7 33.Rd8 cxb4 34.Rxe8+ Qxe8 35.Rd8 wins.

But Williams misses a clear win:

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32.bxc5!! returns the piece but lets the white rooks crash through!

After that Staunton begins to play extremely well. He puts his rook in a perfect position where it induces a total stasis on the white position:

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42...Ke7 draws! Amazing but true; you can try it out. White has no way of making any headway. DRAW.

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  Pawn and Two: The 13th and final game of the London 1851 match between Staunton and Williams.

The first player to win 7 games would win the match, with Staunton spotting Williams 3 games at the start of the match.

Staunton won games 1, 3 and 5, Williams won games 2 and 4, and games 6 and 7 were drawn. At that point in the match Williams had the lead, with a score of +5 -3 =2.

The match then took a decided turn in Staunton's favor, as he won games 8, 9, and 10. After game 10, Staunton needed just one more win for the match victory, while Williams needed two.

In a dramatic finish, Williams won game 11, to tie the score at 6 games apiece. Then after a 61 move draw in game 12, Williams won the match by a score of +7 -6 =3, with a win in 79 moves, in game 13!

In his comments to this match, Staunton wrote that Williams employed a systematic delay over his moves in the match. <"When games are prolonged to twelve, thirteen, and twenty hours each, and single moves occupy two hours and a half, the effect upon an invalid can well be imagined.">

His summary statement to this match, attempted to put the match loss in the best light. He noted that notwithstanding the disadvantages of an opponent employing systematic delay, Mr S. had contrived to score six games to his opponent's two, but then when every subesequent game was prolonged, (games 11, 12 & 13), he was compelled out of sheer fatigue to resign the contest before scoring the seventh game, noting that in the end, he had won six to his adversary's four.

Of course, Staunton's resignation was actually forced by Williams scoring a win in game 13, giving him the required 7 games for the match victory.

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