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City of Angers vs City of Nantes
City Match (1861) (correspondence), Postal
Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. Chigorin Variation (A83)  ·  0-1



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May-21-05  WorldChampeen: City Match by mail, telegraph or live? I would wonder. One can not fault Angers City here for trying the Staunton gambit vs. the Dutch. I'm sure also that back then, the Staunton gambit was the "latest in chess."

15. 0-0-0! would have been an excellent play. Obviously, instead of 20. h5, it is time to think about defending the King at c1 not a flank attack! But White recovers well still and loses the game only due to some pawn snatching I would humbly opine.

May-21-05  Shams: <WorldChampeen> I humbly dispute the value of your suggested 15.0-0-0 which gives up a second pawn with check (f4), perhaps after trading on c3 (giving white two weak queenside pawns if he retakes bxc3, or Q and K on an open file if he takes with the Q). If white had the other bishop it might be a different story, but he has no way to exploit the dark squares. Black can even think about backing up his f-pawn with ...g6. He can't really hamper black's q-side development either, after which black should have a simple win. Well, that's how I see it at any rate.
May-21-05  rexeterna: I agree. It seemed white had a sure loss followed by new life, but then after breaking even, silly blunders in protecting its pawns practically laid the game in black's lap. Dare I say white could have done better...?

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