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Ellen E Gilbert vs William J Berry
Casual (1875) (correspondence), Postal
Spanish Game: Open. Open Variation (C80)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-06  Knight13: 22. e6! I was looking at 21...Bb4 followed by ...a5, but then the intuition of Gilbert playing bxh6!? comes into mind. Way too many tactics for Berry to handle.
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  GrahamClayton: This game was annotated in the "City of London Chess Magazine" by Amos Burn, who had this to say of 22.e6: "A beautiful move, winning a piece by force. This is the sequel to Mrs Gilbert's combination on the 20th move, which was so subtle that we do not wonder at Black overlooking it." 22..♗e2 23.ef7 is a pretty pawn fork of the Black rooks.

23.♕b5! shows the other advantage of 22.e6; the d7 square is covered so that 23..ab5 allows 24.♖a8#

Feb-01-12  Oceanlake: Should be Game of the Day: Mrs. Gilbert Saves on Postage or some such.

Wellmuth gives 9. ..Qe7 a ?

Mrs. Gilbert announced mate in 18 on her move 24.

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  Phony Benoni: <Oceanlake> Nice idea, but it's been done:

Gossip vs E E Gilbert, 1879

Long-range mates appear to have been her speciality.

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  Tabanus: This game is in Hartford Weekly Times, July 24, 1875, with identical moves till (and including) 23...f4, <and White announced mate in Nineteen moves>.

White is "Mrs. J. W. Gilbert" = Ellen E Strong Gilbert, the wife of John W. Gilbert who also played chess but has no games in cg database yet. The moves after 23...f4 should probably be removed from this game, as it's said that <Upon the announcement, Mr. Berry gracefully acknowledged defeat ..>

See and read the interesting story of the lady and <the most severe intellectual task she ever undertook>.

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  Tabanus: More on <Mrs. Gilbert's Wonderful Achievement> and that she also has <shortened up her solution one move - making it eighteen> can be found in Hartford Weekly Times, 25 Sept. 1875:
Jul-06-14  ljfyffe: <Ellen Gilbert - Alfred Hood 1876 correspondence 1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3Bb5 a6 4Ba4 b5 5Bb3 Bc5 6c3 d6 7d4 exd4 8cxd4 Bb6 9Bd5 Nge7 10Nc3 Nxd5 11Nxd5 Ba7 12Qc2 Bb7 13Be3 0-0 140-0 Rc8 15Rad1 Ne7 16Nf4 Qd7 17Ng5 h6 18Ngh3 g5 19Nh5 f5 20Qb3+ Kh7 21Bxg5 hxg5 22Nxg5+ Kh6 23Qh3 Kxg5 24Rd3 Kg6 25Nf4+ Kf7 26Qh5+ Ng6 27Nxg6 Ke6 28d5+ Kf6 29Rf3 Kg7 30 Nxf8 Rxf8 31Qg5+ Kf7 32Rxf5+ Qxf5 33exf5 1-0.>
Jul-07-14  ljfyffe: <33Qxf5+is the correct reply(Hartford Weekly Times).>
Jul-07-14  ljfyffe: 33exf5 is from Zehr and MacDonald's The History of Correspondence Chess in Canada for which l did a lot of research.
Jul-07-14  ljfyffe: <Or is it? The New York Clipper gives 33exf5, both newspapers being cited by secondary sources.> The correct move can be ascertained, however, as Gilbert anounces a mate in 11 after her 33rd move.
Jul-08-14  ljfyffe: <33exf5 looks better. > Anybody got a chess computer?
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  tamar: <ljfyffe> In the Gilbert-Hood game, 33. exf5 leads to mate in 11 after 33...Rg8, and mate in 12 after 33...Be3


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Analysis by Houdini 3 x64:

33...Be3 34.Qg6+ Ke7 35.Qg7+ Ke8 36.Re1 Rxf5 37.Qg6+ Kd8 38.Qxf5 c5 39.Qf8+ Kc7 40.Qe7+ Kb6 41.Qxd6+ Ka5 42.Rxe3 b4 43.Qxc5+ Ka4 44.Ra3+ bxa3 45.b3#

Jul-08-14  ljfyffe: <tamar>Thanks for the assistance! 33...Be3, hell would have frozen over before I would have thought of that move.

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