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George Walker vs John Cochrane
Unknown-around (1830), ?
King's Gambit: Accepted. Hanstein Gambit (C38)  ·  1-0



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Sep-11-13  Alpinemaster: George Walker and John Cochrane were old friends; Mr. Walker would finance an occasional expedition of Mr. Cochrane's to India, where the latter met Bonnerjee Mohishunder in a local bar. They played hundreds of games, which inspired Cochrane to bring Mohishunder to London; the games of the Indian style led to the nomenclature of the "Indian Defenses", such as the King's Indian Defense, and Queen's Indian Defense. None became 1st tier Chess elite, but Mr. Cochrane was easily the third most powerful Chess master of the era, behind only Alexander McDonnell and Louis Charles Mahi de La Bourdonnais.

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4
The King's Gambit - Accepted. This was the most common opening for Romantic era Chess; accepting the gambit is the most direct refutation of it.

3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4
Philidor's treatment of the King's Gambit - Accepted when Black tries to hang on to the pawn. Today, theory shows the Kiesiritzky Gambit, <4. h4 g4 5. Ne5> to be the most promising continuation for White, though Bc4 will inevitably be played, nonetheless.

4...Bg7 5. o-o h6 6. d4 d6
Fischer likes this system for Black, naturally however, his improvement of 3...d6 is vastly superior. White's classical pawn center will slowly and steadily crush Black with <mobility> here.

7. c3 c6!?
White attempts to fortify against Bg7; however, this move deprives Nb1 of c3. Thus, Black's response 7...c6 is incorrect: there is no need to secure d5 from the Knight's invasion as he cannot make it in the first place!

8. g3?
Slow and speculative. 8. h4 was superior. Also, 8. Qe2 merits note.

This is dangerous. More secure was 8...fxg3 9. hxg3 leaving White with a poor pawn structure: the text move describes <"coffee-house chess">, typical of this era.

Bold! Offering a <Muzio Gambit> (properly known as the Polerio Gambit after the 16th century Master, Giulio Cesere Polerio) whereby White sacrifices a whole Knight for a massive lead in development and long-term initiative.

9...gxf3 10. Qxf3 Qf6
The only reasonable defense as Ne7 is more natural than Nf6.

11. Nd2 Be6 12. d5!
White blocks in his Bishop, yet the idea is strategic in nature; Exchanging pieces will only lead to demise when down such a lofty sum (a whole Knight); rather, as in most gambits, <every move must push for the initiative at a fever-pitch>. Expansion will pave the road to victory while passive exchanges will see White hemorrhage to death.

12...Bd7 13. e5! dxe5
Blowing open the center to seize advantage of the exposed enemy King.

14. Ne4!
Taking advantage of an in-between tempo gaining move; the Knight is better off posted in the center, as well.

14...Qg6 15. dxc6 Bxc6
White seeks to open the center completely. Bd7-c6 has been activated; yet, this is immaterial compared to the attack building against the enemy King.

16. Bxe5!
Threatening both 17. Bxg7 and 17. Bxf7+! winning the queen.

16...f5 17. Bxg7 Bxe4 18. Rae1!
Pinning the Bishop and <activating the final unit>, cutting through the center like a warm knife through butter.

18...Ne7 19. Rxe4
Again, threatening 19...fxe4 20. Bf7+ winning the Queen.

19...Qxg7 20.Qxf5
The point of the Muzio Gambit is simple: all four White pieces are operating at full power, exerting force on the enemy King, while dominating the center (where the unfortunate King resides). It is true that White remains down a Knight for 2 pawns, a theoretically devastating sum. However, when <The Terrasch Theory> is applied, and consideration taken of Nb8/Rh8/Ra8, <all of whom reside upon their home squares>, plus the pinned Ne7 which cannot operate, it is clear, <we can assess this position >.

20...Nbc6 21. Bf7+! Kd8
Not 21...Kf8? Qd7! with Be6++ to follow.

22. Rd1+ Kc7 23. Rd7+ Kb6 24. Qf2+
Black resigns in light of numerous check mating nets... for instance, 24...Ka6 25. Ra4+ Kb5 26. Bc4+!! Kxa4 27. Bb3+ Kb5 28. a4+! Ka6 29. Qc5 Qg5 30. Bc4+!! will wrap things up with a tactical flare after 30...b5 31. Bb5+ Ka5 32. b4+ Nxb4 33. cxb4++.

Jan-17-14  dernier thylacine: TO ALPINEMASTER:

Thank you warmly for this information!
Just one point seems doubtful for me: did Mohishunder really come at any moment to England? I know Cochrane was back in England from 1841 to 1843, playing then a lot of games with Staunton, but Mohishunder? All his recorded games with Cochrane were played in Calcutta, like later the games of the "mysterious" Somacarana, or am I wrong?

Jan-18-14  thomastonk: <dernier thylacine> You are right, and the the best one can do with the historical *information* of Alpinemaster is to ignore it. His annotation of the game is full of mistakes, too.

BTW, the four games between Walker and Cochrane in this database, which are currently dated as 1830, were played between 1841 and 1843.

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  dernier loup de T: Played not around 1830 but between 1841 and 1843, grrr... This is the biggest disappointment for me, thomastonk; maybe you guess why: I hoped there are some serious games available for study which were played BEFORE the famous matches of 1834... Inverse, I would not be so severe about Alpinemaster's annotations, dear thomastonk (please, do not be angry, pink panther, with the poor last french Tasmania wolf, do not bite me: I'm just a poor patzer, always happy when I can read a stuff of explanation, -not the ones of Gutmayer, of course, even they are sadly interesting for discovering the growing dirty antisemitism at his time already-; even Alpinemaster should of course have notice here for instance that 15..Nxc6 would have been much better defense for Black: protecting the e5 pawn, + development!

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