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George Hatfeild Gossip vs City of Birmingham
corr (1860) (correspondence)
Russian Game: Cochrane Gambit. Bishop check line (C42)  ·  1-0



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Jul-21-04  mack: Great game.
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  nasmichael: When was the last time you beat a city in a game of chess?
Aug-09-04  HailM0rphy: <nasmi> 1886 :)New York vs Philadelphia, 1886

We were wondering how they communicated the moves back in the pre tele days of 1886, but in 1860 its even more suprising. And if it was a corr consul game, how could one side be so throughly thrashed?

Btw this must be the first instance of a 'community' playing chess.

Nov-07-04  DanielBryant: 14...Ne8 perhaps?
Nov-07-04  Minor Piece Activity: Wow, and winning with the Petrov gambit to boot!
May-06-05  Whitehat1963: Puzzle position after 27...Nc4.
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  al wazir: <We were wondering how they communicated the moves back in the pre tele days of 1886> Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1835. The first interurban line, betwen Baltimore and Washington, DC, was completed in 1844. All major eastern U.S. cities were linked by telegraph within the next decade.
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  Phony Benoni: White's knight dancing impudently around Black's king is reminescent of Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895.
Nov-23-09  David2009: Nice game. Black was right in there until 21 g6 hxg6?. Much better is 21...Qf7-e8!

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and Black has significant counterplay. E.g. 22 Qh5 h6 23 f6 Qa4. I can find nothing better than 24 Rf2 conceding the perpetual check by Qa1+ and Qa5+. Crafty beats me in other lines: Black's attack seems faster than White's.

On-line link with the position set up for White's 21st move (21 g6): Beat Crafty if you can!

Jun-30-10  siegbert: very well played by gossip. i think the game wss organised through a newspaper.etc . methinks.
May-12-21  Viennablue: 23. Rxf8+ would have been even faster...

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