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Isaac Rice vs Wordsworth Donisthorpe
London (1892), London ENG
King's Gambit: Accepted. Cunningham Defense (C35)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It seemed unfair that exactly one game of the legendary chess legend Wordsworth "The Legend" Donisthorpe should remain unannotated. Fortunately, it is an entertaining game to replay.
Apr-09-13  thomastonk: Steinitz has annotated this game in the "New York Daily Tribune", January 29, 1893, which can be found at
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  Phony Benoni: Link for the column mentioned by <thomastonk>:

Apr-09-13  thomastonk: Hello <Phony Benoni>, thank you for adding the link. I am almost always in doubt, whether I shall add the link or not. Links can become invalid and, what is really sad, they can be forbidden depending on the country, e.g. Google books. Very often I decided to give only the source, but in the future I will always add the links to and, hoping that these sites will be valid for a while.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: The annotations by Steinitz are found in this article by chess historian Edward Winter, “Professor Isaac Rice and the Rice Gambit”,, 2006.
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  DanQuigley: Comments by Steinitz.

14.Rf1 "Fine repartee. If Black now take the knight, White recovers with advantage by 15 Nxh4+."

18...Bxg5 "A beautiful termination is here avoided if 18...Kg6 19 Qxg4 fxg4 20 Bd3+ Kh6 21 Nf7 mate."

21.Rxf5+ "White's conduct of the attack is of high scientific order. This involves a well devised sacrifice of the exchange which we find sound in various intricate complications."

22.d6 "White's play in the main deserves special marks of distinction."

23.Rxf6+ "Quite in keeping with the fine quality of the preceding train of moves on White's part."

24.Qd5 "White administers the quietus with this very clever stroke."

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  DanQuigley: Reading Steinitz's comments, Black was just doomed from the get-go. There's not a word as to what Black might have done to avoid annihilation.

And what, pray tell, is quietus? Sounds like something I might enjoy if the form were but slightly altered.

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  louispaulsen88888888: Quietus definition, a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles: Having given a quietus to the argument, she left.
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  louispaulsen88888888: < Reading Steinitz's comments, Black was just doomed from the get-go. There's not a word as to what Black might have done to avoid annihilation.>

Those notes above are just some of Steinitz’ comments. He does, for example , say “10. B-B3 or Kt-Q2 were more pertinent to the situation “

Jan-23-22  Granny O Doul: You might say that Black himself his quietus made with a bare-bod king.

Anyway, I'm not going to.

May-27-23  rwbean: Computer notes here aren't good ...

10... ♗g3! is best, greed is good, and 13... f5? just loses, opens up the king, what was he thinking ... 13... ♘d7!

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