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George Atwood vs Francois Philidor
London (1795), ?, Feb-09
King's Gambit: Accepted. Ghulam-Kassim Gambit (C37)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-27-10  Sem: Surely this game cannot be correct.
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  Breunor: White is down a piece, and Bg4+ followed by castling long is in the wings. With no attack, white is finished.
Jul-27-10  YoungEd: 9. dxe5 looks mighty good to me!
Jul-18-16  juanhernandez: unusefull !!!
Jul-18-16  Cibator: Take this mess down at once, and find the correct version of the score!
Apr-23-17  sneaky pete: This is almost certainly the only version of the score we have. It was published in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Chess Games by Levy and O'Connell (1981), who give Murray's manuscript of Collection of European Games as their source. The game is incomplete, only the first 12 moves and the result were recorded.

Murray probably used Atwood's famous notebooks as his source. If so, this might explain 8... Qxe5+ and why the game is incomplete: Atwood recorded the game from memory, made a mistake (he played the novelty 5.d3 .. instead of 5.d4 ..) and couldn't remeber the entire game.

If 5.d3 .. was played, then after the wild but typical Atwoodian 8.e5 ..

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... Qxe5+ makes better sense then ... Nxe5 9.Qe4 ..

Apr-23-17  sneaky pete: If the gamescore was mangled by Atwood, another possibility is of course that 5.d4 .. was played and after 8.e5 .. Philidor sacrificed the Knight: 8... Nxe5 9.dxe5 Qxe5+. That would leave us this position after 13.Qe3 ..

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