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Ilya Shumov vs Carl Jaenisch
St Petersburg (1845), St. Petersburg
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit (C53)  ·  0-1



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Jan-31-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: 15...Rxg2+! Not bad, not bad at all.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: The meticulous Edward Winter gives the date as 1850 . The same game score was later attributed to the future Pope Leo XIII who all the same was a keen chessplayer -- see Guila vs G Pecci, 1875

3705. Popes (C.N.s 3696 & 3701)
Peter Anderberg (Harmstorf, Germany) reports that the game allegedly played by the future Pope Leo XIII in the mid-1870s was in fact published in the Deutsche Schachzeitung, May 1850, page 175, as having occurred between Shumov and von Jaenisch: 1 e4 e5 2 ♘f3 ♘c6 3 ♗c4 ♗c5 4 c3 ♘f6 5 d4 exd4 6 e5 d5 7 exf6 dxc4 8 ♕e2+ ♗e6 9 fxg7 ♖g8 10 cxd4 ♘xd4 11 ♘xd4 ♗xd4 12 ♕h5 ♕f6 13 O-O ♖xg7 14 ♕b5+ c6 15 ♕xb7 ♖xg2+ 16 ♔xg2 ♕g6+ 17 ♔h1 ♗d5+ 18 f3 ♗xf3+ 19 ♖xf3 ♕g1 mate.

When was the game first associated with the name of Pope Leo XIII?"

Winter continues:

3721. Popes (C.N. 3696, 3701 & 3705)
David R. Sands notes in the Washington Times of 23 April 2005 that we have cast some doubt on the authenticity of the game ascribed to Pope Leo XIII, but he also points out that Francis J. Wellmuth gave various specifics when including it in The Golden Treasury of Chess (New York and Philadelphia, 1943). We quote below Wellmuth’s exact words, from page 63 of the book (and page 47 of a subsequent paperback edition):

‘Played in Perugia, about 1875. The following game, played by Joachim Cardinal Pecci (afterwards Pope Leo XIII) was obtained during my visit at Vatican city in 1925-26, from my old colleague Rev. Maurice de la Taille, S.J., Professor of professors at the Gregorian University, Rome Italy, and author of Mysterium Fidie [sic – Fidei] – F.J.W.’

Jun-04-08  Magic Castle: <Jonathan Sarfati:> Is it not possible that the moves to a game can be repeated move by move, in another game, considering the numbers of games being played all year round? I have seen some moves in other games repeated in another games but (mostly in the openings) sometimes not in the same order, although producing the same result. Should we give the Pope the benefit of the doubt?
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Magic Castle> It's possible. After all, I have repeated Morphy vs Duke Karl / Count Isouard, 1858

But the authenticity is not helped by the fact that the first report is about 50 years after the time that Pope Leo was alleged to have played the game.

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  GrahamClayton: Shumov grabs pawns at the expense of development, opening up the g-file for Jaenisch to use for his mating attack.

12. O-O was better, getting the king to safety, although after 12...Qf6 13. Nc3 Qxg7 14. g3 O-O-O Jaenisch would still have the advantage - a pawn up, bishops on an open board and the open g-file.

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