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Samuel Thomas King vs Elihu S Maguire
Continental Corr Tt (1896) (correspondence), ?
Russian Game: Modern Attack (C43)  ·  0-1



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Oct-19-11  Whitehat1963: For someone who dedicated his life to non-violent civil disobedience, Dr. King delivers a merciless beating here!
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  FSR: <Whitehat1963> LOL!
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  whiteshark: What a game!
Jan-20-14  Robespierre: Anyone have an opinion about this move...

6. Bd2 ...

...being more effective than the move that Mr Maguire, not a highly-practiced player IMHO, actually played?

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  FSR: An impressive game! I had no idea that Dr. King was such a gifted player.
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  FSR: This line was theoretically hot at the time, having been played in two Steinitz-Pillsbury games. Steinitz had played 10.c3? in one of those games. Steinitz vs Pillsbury, 1895 After 10...Nxd4 11.cxd4, Pillsbury should have played 11...Bd7! when Black is already winning, as in Bathurst Chess and Draughts Club vs Sydney, 1907 (0-1, 19). The offbeat 5.Qe2 was also successfully tried by Spassky, Fischer, and Keres in the late 50's and early 60's.

In the other Steinitz-Pillsbury game, Steinitz played 8.Ng5!? instead of 8.dxc7. Steinitz vs Pillsbury, 1895 (1-0, 60).

Maguire's 11.Be3 is an attempt to improve on Steinitz's 11.c3, but Houdini says it's still bad for White. Better is 11.Nxc6! when Houdini thinks White is only a little worse (-0.25).

Note, incidentally, the extreme non-improvement 6...Nc5?? of Fischer vs R Chalker, 1964.

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  Richard Taylor: < Robespierre: Anyone have an opinion about this move...

6. Bd2 ...

...being more effective than the move that Mr Maguire, not a highly-practiced player IMHO, actually played? >

It looks better.

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  Richard Taylor: <Robespierre> But it seems more popular is 6. Kd1 (less popular than 6. Qxd4 which I have played here) and it may be sharper.
Jan-20-14  Moszkowski012273: 16...Qf4 mates quicker, just not as pretty.
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  morfishine: Kudos to whoever found this game for GOTD: While no-name players are on both sides of the board, we still have an interesting, quality game
Jan-20-14  goodevans: <Robespierre> 6.Bd2 Nxd2 gives a simpler position where black is at least equal, whereas 6.Kd1 retains the tension and leads to the sort of complexities seen in this game and in those mentioned by <FSR>.

Which move you prefer depends on the sort of chess you like playing and whether you think white has sufficient compensation for the sac'd pawn and compromised king.

Jan-20-14  Marmot PFL: <For someone who dedicated his life to non-violent civil disobedience, Dr. King delivers a merciless beating here!>

How fitting that he led the ever patient blacks to victory over the greedy rapacious piece-grabbing whites.

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  kevin86: A nice king chase and with a "babe" role by black's rook,who controls FOUR enemy pieces by himself.
Nov-07-14  Karpova: No date is offered, but the following description may help: <Correspondence game played in the "Continental Correspondence Tournament," between Dr. S. T. King, of Brooklyn, and E. S. Maguire, of Philadelphia.>

I looked into my source (see below), and the Continental (Correspondence) Tournament is covered on pp. 57-59. The tournament was launched in 1893 and in December 1895, play in the preliminary sections was almost completed. Maguire was in preliminary section 1, and I don't see King anywhere. However, only the first 7 players are shown, so King may have played in section 1 and scored too few points to be listed. This would mean that the game started in late 1893.

The annotator writes that Steinitz considered the attack initiated with 9.Nxd4 to be winning in his 'Modern Chess Instructor.'

9...Nc6: <This fine move, not noticed in the last mentioned authority, was first pointed out an analyzed by Joseph Palmer Morgan, of Philadelphia. It was shown by Mr. Morgan to Mr. Pillsbury before he played in the St. Petersburg Tournament, and had Mr. Pillsbury remembered Mr. Morgan's analysis his score in that tournament would have been much better. The following are the main variations of Mr. Morgan's analysis:

1) 9...Nc6 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.f3 Ba6 12.Qxa6 Nf2+ 13.Ke2 Qe5+ 14.Be3 f4 15.Qxc6+ Ke7 16.Qb7+ Kf6 17.Qc6+ Bd6 18.Qc3 fxe3

2) 9...Nc6 10.c3 Nxd4 11.cxd4 Bd7 12.f3 Ba4+ 13.b3 O-O-O 14.fxe4 Rxd4+

3) 9...Nc6 10.c3 Nxd4 11.cxd4 Bd7 12.Be3 Rc8 13.f3 O-O 14.Qc4+ Qxc4 15.Bxc4+ Rxc4 16.fxe4 f4 wins.> There seem to be some omissions, e. g. in line 1) 12.c4 or in line 2) 14.Bb2.

Source: G C Reichhelm & W P Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, 1898, pp. 110-111

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  heuristic: this is a duplicate
(except for last moves)

S T King vs E S Maguire, 1898

although the names are switched here!

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  Calli: Game was played in the final round of the Continental Correspondence Tournament in 1896-1897. It ended after 16.Qxb4 when Maguire announced mate in nine.

Source: Philadelphia Public Ledger, April 13, 1897

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  heuristic: 5.Qe2 is rare
10.Be3 is only game

10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.c3 Be7 12.Nd2

10...Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Bd7 12.a3 Ba5

11.Nb5 Qd8 12.f3 a6 13.c3


16...Rd1+ (M9)
16...Qf4 (M5)

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  whiteshark: ♔'s landing...
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