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Edward Lowe vs Howard Staunton
"How Lowe Can You Go?" (game of the day Aug-28-2008)
Odds match (1847) (unorthodox), London ENG, rd 2, Dec-??
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Aug-28-08  Hortensius: In the version that I download black makes 2, 3 even 4 moves in a row without any white moves...

Nice way to gain tempo...

Aug-28-08  TheaN: A nice example where a materialplus is not in someone's advantage: with pawn odds from both sides and two moves for White, White sacs his e-pawn: 1.Bd3 2.Qh5† g6 3.Bxg6† hxg6 4.Qxg6‡ 1-0 :).
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  Phony Benoni: I've never seen this game before. It must have been in Limbo.

I wonder if the odd sequence at the end was due to an error in translation from the Descriptive. Perhaps Black, having nothing better to do, played the spite check 55...R-Kt5, which was read by somebody as ....R-K5. Then 56.QxR would make sense.

Aug-28-08  Jack Kerouac: Don't know about the rest of you, but my computer shows no moves. Is this, like, a blindfold game? :)
Aug-28-08  newzild: This Lowe character seems a little too strong to be giving odds to.

Maybe the much-derided Mr. Staunton gave odds because he knew he couldn't be criticised for losing, whereas if he lost WITHOUT giving odds, then his reputation would be on the line.

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  sleepyirv: The best part? Lowe and Staunton had 6 other games with the same odds! Final Record: Four wins, 2 draws, 1 lose for Lowe. There HAS to be a story about this.
Aug-28-08  sneaky pete: Spoiler: Edward Lowe is the same as Edward Loewe. Loewe (or Löwe as he apparently wrote his name) rhymes with Euwe.
Aug-28-08  Karnatakiaditya: <Jack> Even my computer doesn't show any moves.
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  Viewer Deluxe: It seems like Staunton missed a win after:
48... Re5+ 49. Kg4 (49. Kh6 Qf8+ Mates in four 50. g7 Qf6+ 51. Qg6 Qf4+) 49... Rg5+ 50. Kh3 Rxg3+
Aug-28-08  kevin86: In my scatterbrained way,I see nothing wrong with 56 h8=♕. Was Mr. Lowe afraid that the black rook would morph into a bishop and snatch the hatchling queen?
Aug-28-08  A.G. Argent: <Jack Kerouac><Karnata...> I think they're all havin' a laugh with an imaginary game. I ain't got nothin' either and it ain't my machine.
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  Pawn and Two: In December of 1847 Samuel Ries decided to celebrate the opening of his reconstructed chess salon by holding a match between Staunton and Lowe.

Although Lowe was considered a strong player, Staunton agreed to give him odds of Pawn and two moves. Staunton then announced with a flourish the forthcoming match in the "Chess Player's Chronicle". He stated he would publish the results of the match.

Staunton did publish the first five games of the match, but omitted to publish the last two games. He did not even report who won the match.

Staunton ended his coverage of the match by stating that Mr. Lowe was, <"unquestionably inferior to the great body of English players to whom Mr. Staunton gives the odds of Pawn and two">.

Naturally after this behavior there was a lot of criticism leveled at Staunton. One Thomas Beeby felt so strongly, that he published in 1848, "An Account of the late Chess Match between Mr. Howard Staunton and Mr. Lowe". In this 28 page book, Beeby used, according to D. Levy in his book "Howard Staunton", <"a brand of vitriol far stronger than anything Staunton himself had ever employed">.

Beeby's book provided an account of the match and the game scores for the seven games of the match. Those who are interested in reading Beeby's book will find it on Google Books.

Interestingly, in 1858 Edward Lowe again played an interesting role in the history of chess. In "Paul Morphy, The Pride and Sorrow of Chess", by David Lawson, we read that in 1858, Edward Lowe was the proprietor of Lowe's Hotel in London. This was the hotel Morphy stayed at when he first arrived in London.

The next day, June 22nd, Lowe would become Morphy's first chess opponent in England. Lowe and Morphy played a series of six games. Morphy won all six games. Lowe then rushed off to the Grand Chess Divan to tell of Morphy's arrival, and what others may expect when they meet him at the chessboard.

Aug-28-08  Karnatakiaditya: Couldn't somebody write down all the moves here?
Aug-28-08  cyclemath: I see no moves also.
Aug-28-08  cyclemath: And I see a standard starting position, with no pawn missing.
Aug-28-08  zb2cr: As to why White didn't play 56. h8=Q, here's my guess.

Remember that White was the one getting odds from Black (Staunton). White very sensibly wanted to make utterly sure he killed any and all chances for him to lose this won game by a momentary fit of carelessness. With the Rook not there, he can't suffer a sudden mate.

I've done roughly the same thing myself, by giving up a little material advantage to get to a completely clear position with the opponent having no counterplay.

Aug-28-08  algol: Here are the moves for those who don't see them:

[Site "London, England"]
[Date "1847.??.??"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Edward Lowe"]
[Black "Howard Staunton"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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1.d4 Staunton gave ♙awn and Two moves. e6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 d6 4.Bd3 Be7 5.f4 exd5 6.cxd5 Qc7 7.Nc3 a6 8.Nf3 Bg4 9.O-O Nd7 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Ngf6 12.g4 h6 13.a4 O-O-O 14.Bd2 Rdf8 15.Qe2 g5 16.Kg2 Nh7 17.Rae1 Bf6 18.Nd1 gxf4 19.Bxf4 Ng5 20.Ne3 Nf7 21.Qc2 h5 22. Be2 Nde5 23.gxh5 Rfg8+ 24.Kh2 Bh4 25.Rd1 Kb8 26.Rg1 Bg5 27.Bxg5 Nxg5 28.Rdf1 Qd8 29.Nf5 Qf6 30.h4 Ngf7 31.Rxg8+ Rxg8 32.Rg1 Rh8 33.Qc3 Nh6 34.Rg6 Qf8 35.Rg5 Qf6 36.Kg3 Rf8 37.Qe3 Nef7 38.Nxh6 Qxh6 39.Kh3 Nxg5+ 40.hxg5 Qg7 41.h6 Qg6 42.Kh4 Qf7 43.Qg3 Qe7 44.Bf3 Kc7 45.Kh5 Rh8 46.g6 Qf6 47.b3 Re8 48.h7 Qg7 49.Bg4 Rxe4 50.Bf5 Re5 51.Qf4 Rxd5 52.Kg5 Qf8 53.Kg4 Qg7 54.Be4 Qd7+ 55.Kg3 Re5 56.Qxe5 1-0

Aug-29-08  jimx: I say the reason why Lowe went with Qxe5 instead of h8=Q is simply because the year was 1847, Romantic style chess was in its prime, and it was way cooler to win via an unexpected queen sacrifice than adding on an extra queen (the values of a monogamous, misogynistic, and austere Victorian culture probably had something to do with it too).
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  Phony Benoni: I took a look at Beehy's book mentioned by <Pawn and Two>, and the notation is exactly as given here, which blows my idea out of the water.

On second thought, I tend to agree with <zb2cr>. On 56.h8Q immedately, Black can play ...Re7 and then White may actually have to put some thought into the winning process. After 56.Qxe5 dxe5 57.h8Q, White is simply threatening to trade queens and promote the g-pawn. Black, who has no effective checks, cannot avoid this without running trouble on b7. It's simpler and cleaner than playing "the best" move.

Or it may have just been gratuitous sarcasm, a jibe at Staunton for playing on.

Oct-11-08  Lutwidge: Hmm. Is this the first appearance of the Modern Benoni in chess history?
Dec-31-08  WhiteRook48: ...Re5??? the classic Staunton blunder.
Jan-01-09  WhiteRook48: good game for Lowe
Jan-19-09  WhiteRook48: and it's a pretty Lowe move.
Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: I probably would have promoted the pawn right away
Mar-11-09  WhiteRook48: idiotic
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