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Eugene Delmar vs William Ewart Napier
Buffalo (1901), Buffalo, New York USA, rd 9, Aug-16
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit Accepted (C32)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: An interesting game that White played very well, but it gives the impression of being played by two not very talented 10 year olds.
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  KEG: Napier was a full point ahead of Delmar and Howell going into this penultimate round game. With Howell losing to Pillsbury this round and with this win over Napier, Delmar drew even with Napier for second place and pulled a point ahead of Howell. Delmar and Napier won their past round games, so they ended up tied for second prize with Delmar having the satisfaction of having won the only decisive game between them in this tournament.

The game itself was effectively over by after Napier's blunder on move 7. Delmar's innovation of 7. a3 had little to recommend it, except that it apparently led Napier to overrate his chances and throw away a piece with 7...Bc5?

The assessment of <offramp> that this game "gives the impression of being played by two not very talented 10 year olds' is a bit harsh; but only a bit.

1. e4 e5
2. f4 d5

The Falkbeer Counter-Gambit which was still popular at the time.

3. exd5

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3... e4

The most usual response, but the less frequently played 3...exf4 is arguably best.

4. d3 Nf6

The normal move here. 4...Qxd5 is also entirely playable.

5. dxe4 Nxe4

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6. Qe2

This unusual and doubtful move was first played in Charousek-Pillsbury, Nuremberg 1896. Though Charousek drew that game, 6. Nf3 is most usual and best. Remarkably, Delmar managed to win this game without ever moving his g1 Knight.

6... Qxd5
7. a3?

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So far as I am aware, this is the only time this move was played. It has little to recommend it (7. Nd2 is best) except that induced Napier to blunder away the game on his response.

7... Bc5?

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8. Nc3!

As simple as that! White now wins a piece, and the game:

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8... Bf2+

If Napier thought this provided him some sort of compensating attack, he was quickly disillusioned.

9. QxB

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9... NxQ?

Objectively, 9...NxN 10. bxN 0-0 was marginally better since White's Queen-side would be shattered, but Black would still be down a piece. In fact, Black is simply lost and could have resigned here. After the text, the next few moves by both sides were forced.

10. NxQ RxR
11. Nxc7+ Kd8
12. NxR

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Quite a strange position! You don't see this very often.

Black from here can try to muster a coffee-house attack, but the game was over.

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  KEG: Post II

12... Re8+
13. Bc2 Nc6

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14. Bd2

14. Kf1 or 14. Nf3 would be faster.

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14... Nd4

This only speeds the end. If Napier wanted to play on, he might have tried 14...Bf5 or 14...Bg4, not that the outcome would have likely been any different.

15. Ba5!

Allowing White to pin the Black Knight on d4.

15... b6
16. Rd1

16. 0-0-0 would also have been crushing.

The position after 16. Rd1 was:

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16... Re4

16...bxB 17. RxN+ would not have been much better.

17. Nxb6

Even faster would have been 17. Bc3.

The position after 17. Nxb6 was:

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At this point, with the game pretty much decided, the accounts of the game vary. I will give the moves as they appear in the Tournament Book, rather than those that appear on this site. The accounts merge at White's 21st move (i.e., at the time that Black resigned):

17... Bg4

Neither this, nor 17...Ba6 (the move recorded on this site) or 17...Kc7 (arguably "best") offer any real hope for Black.

After 17...Bg4 the position was:

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18. RxN+

18. Nd5+ is even more devastating, but the text likewise left Black without hope.

18... RxR
19. BxB Re4+

Since 19...axN would run into 20. Bxb6+ winning the Black Rook.

20. Be2 axB
21. Bxb6+

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Once White picks up the Black Knight on h1, he will have three minor pieces and two or three Pawns (including three passed pawns on the Queen-side) for the Black Rook.

Not surprisingly, Napier decided to call it a day at this point.

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  marcelete: Dear chess friends,
I have found the game with Napier-Delmar, round 4, but was unavailable in your Database. The source . Best wishes, marcelete

[Event "Buffalo"]
[Site "Buffalo"]
[Date "1901.??.??"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Napier, William Ewart"]
[Black "Delmar, Eugene"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "0"]
[BlackElo "0"]
[ECO "C41"]
[PlyCount "119"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 Be7 5.Nc3 Ngf6 6.Be3 c6 7.Qd2 Qc7 8.O-O b5 9.Bd3 a6 10.Rad1 Nf8 11.Ne2 Bg4 12.Ne1 exd4 13.Bxd4 c5 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.f3 Be6 16.c3 Rd8 17.Nf4 c4 18.Bb1 Ng6 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.exd5 O-O 21.Qh6 Rfe8 22.Rd4 Bf8 23.Qh5 Re5 24.Bf5 Bg7 25.g4 Qc5 26.Nc2 Rde8 27.Rfd1 Rxd5 28.Kf1 Rxd4 29.Nxd4 Qe5 30.Bxg6 hxg6 31.Qxe5 fxe5 32.Nc6 Bf8 33.Rd5 f5 34.gxf5 gxf5 35.a4 Kf7 36.axb5 Ke6 37.Rd2 axb5 38.Rg2 d5 39.Re2 Kf6 40.f4 e4 41.Rd2 Re6 42.Nd4 Rb6 43.Ne2 Rd6 44.Nd4 b4 45.cxb4 Rb6 46.b5 Bc5 47.Nxf5 Kxf5 48.Rxd5+ Kxf4 49.Rxc5 Rh6 50.Rxc4 Rxh2 51.Rc6 Rxb2 52.Ke1 Kf3 53.b6 Rb1+ 54.Kd2 e3+ 55.Kd3 Rd1+ 56.Kc4 e2 57.Rf6+ Ke3 58.Re6+ Kd2 59.Kc5 Rc1+ 60.Kd6 1/2-1/2

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  marcelete: Another game played in Buffalo, 1901 year!. Thornton-Dixon. The source Best wishes,


[Event "Buffalo"]
[Site "Buffalo"]
[Date "1901.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Thornton, GH"]
[Black "Dixon, "]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "0"]
[BlackElo "0"]
[ECO "C50"]
[PlyCount "101"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Bg5 d6 7.Nd5 Bg4 8.c3 Na5 9.Nxf6+ gxf6 10.Bh6 Re8 11.Bb5 c6 12.Ba4 b5 13.Bc2 Bb6 14.h3 Bd7 15.g4 Kh8 16.Qe2 Rg8 17.Nh4 f5 18.Nxf5 Bxf5 19.exf5 Qh4 20.Bd2 f6 21.b4 Nb7 22.Qf3 h5 23.Ke2 d5 24.Qg3 Qxg3 25.fxg3 Nd6 26.Kf3 Rae8 27.Rae1 Rg7 28.Re2 Bc7 29.gxh5 Nxf5 30.g4 e4+ 31.dxe4 Ng3 32.Rhe1 Nxe2 33.Rxe2 Rge7 34.Bd3 dxe4+ 35.Rxe4 Be5 36.Re2 Rd8 37.Bf5 Rde8 38.h4 Bd6 39.Rxe7 Bxe7 40.g5 Rd8 41.Bf4 Rd5 42.Be4 Rd1 43.g6 f5 44.Be5+ Kg8 45.Bxf5 Rf1+ 46.Kg4 Rg1+ 47.Kh3 Bd8 48.h6 Rh1+ 49.Kg2 Rxh4 50.Be6+ Kf8 51.g7+ 1-0

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