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James Thompson vs Colonel Charles Dillingham Mead
"Barrel of Mead" (game of the day Nov-04-2010)
New York m (1857), New York, NY USA, rd 1
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  0-1

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Nov-04-10  eykca: From a patzer's view, this game looked to be going white the entire time. Whites preasure seemed to be better and black seemed to be reacting to the forks and threats of forks by the deeply imbedded knight. Great defensive play by black.
Nov-04-10
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  al wazir: I think 20...Qc6 would have won just as quickly.
Nov-04-10
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  Once: According to Fritz, the turning point of the game was on move 18. Here's the position after 17...Bb6


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Black has a deeply scary attack beginning with Bxf2+. But Fritz ignores is and recommends 18. Nxg6! when the eval is a healthy +1.37. Remarkably, white survives the black attack with 18...Bxf2+ 19. Kf1.

But to see this over the board? Nah, not likely.

So a wildly entertaining game. And what a pleasure for us to watch the redoubtable Colonel Charles Dillingham Mead playing against the Evans Gambit in 1857. I don't know, I could be guessing, but I picture him with a fearsomely waxed moustache.

Nov-04-10  The HeavenSmile: 1850's American colonel? Of course he had a moustache. The kind of fantastic moustache that simply doesn't exist in the world today. Perhaps the wax used was extracted from some creature that is now extinct...
Nov-04-10
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  Phony Benoni: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

In the group shot, Mead is standing directly behind Morphy. In the individual portraits framing the group shot, Mead is in the upper left corner.

Not that good a mustache.

Nov-04-10  kirchhoff: <<al wazir:> I think 20...Qc6 would have won just as quickly.>

Yes. More quickly and more decisively.

Nov-04-10
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  kevin86: Does anybody else know that General Mead was the real victor at Gettysburg? (Grant was elsewhere)
Nov-04-10
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  Phony Benoni: <kevin86> Different guy; that was General George Meade. Grant was overcoming Vicksburg at the time, and no doubt enjoying some mead.
Nov-04-10  Jim Bartle: Actually it was General "Meade." Lincoln fired him because he let the troops rest after Gettysburg rather than chase Lee's army south. Grant happened to be out west at the siege of Vicksburg, which fell the next day.
Nov-04-10
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  Once: <Phony Benoni: Not that good a mustache.>

Oh I don't know. It might not be a full waxed double-curve handle-bar effort, but we have got a Wild Bill Hickock/ General Custer image going on there. Pointy beard, mustache and ickle bit under the lip.

I'd call that facial foliage that any fellow would be fond of.

Nov-04-10
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  chrisowen: <Jim Bartle> Whats a general lie doing cramps in the sixth Evans these days?

Knight d5 c6 forms row land headless g6 and he packs up shop. Sari derailed purple rf1 hear tracks old baldy ne5 saw tool the light square f3.

Indiana Charles, was it fop pensive Alabama buck slot in. Try cycle moon bishop ain't giving host er up. In early wane white ahead rank army anchor until operate ze rook cover. Casket chill a rf1's he's pot, causes over ne5 stiff you bar ng6 turn.

Nov-04-10  musicmanTRIBALx: <chrisowen> very... poetic?
Nov-05-10  eightbyeight: Who needs to recapture? Not Black! (Knight double-attacked en prise on f8 for 8 moves! And when it's finally captured, it's defended!)
Nov-05-10
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  Breunor: <Actually it was General "Meade." Lincoln fired him because he let the troops rest after Gettysburg rather than chase Lee's army south. Grant happened to be out west at the siege of Vicksburg, which fell the next day.>

Technically not true. Although Lincoln did criticize Meade after Gettysburg, Meade remained in command of the Army of the Potomic and he was clearly not fired. Indeed, Meade was promoted to the regular army position of Brigadier General! When Grant becames what we would call the supreme commander, he worked right along side of Meade, reducing Meade to secondary importance; however, Meade was still technically the commander of the largest Union army.

Grant was not the supreme Allied commander at the time of Gettysburg. He was appointed to the supreme commander position (technically, he was a Lieutenant General, the first since Wahsington besides Scott's breveting) in March of 1864. Grant was the commander in the West at the time of Gettysburg.

Nov-05-10
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  chrisowen: <musicmanTRIBALx> over the road 1.e4

shoots horses hip 2.Nf3

bamboo gies us a job bartender strain 3.Bc4

handle mess but as for me 'I know that my redeemer liveth' 4.b4

heavens above the law for rest 5.c3

Each fad cool book cad. Colonels black goat rants it gather dean d5 juncaceous head.

Nov-05-10  Jim Bartle: I'm starting to get worried about myself. I understood a phrase or two in there.

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