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Samuel Standidge Boden
S Boden 
Number of games in database: 84
Years covered: 1847 to 1877

Overall record: +46 -22 =6 (66.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 10 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Philidor's Defense (5) 
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    B00 A00
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C64 C65 C60 C61 C68
 Two Knights (5) 
    C55 C57 C58
With the Black pieces:
 Evans Gambit (7) 
    C51 C52
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C64 C74 C84
 King's Gambit Declined (6) 
 Philidor's Defense (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 0-1
   G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1869 0-1
   S Boden vs Bird, 1869 1-0
   S Boden vs Owen, 1858 1-0
   S Boden vs A Belaieff, 1867 1-0
   S Boden vs Owen, 1858 1-0
   S Boden vs Owen, 1858 1-0
   S Boden vs Morphy, 1858 1/2-1/2
   S Boden vs Morphy, 1858 1-0
   Owen vs S Boden, 1857 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Provincial (1851) by MissScarlett
   Boden - Owen (1858) by MissScarlett
   1851 Boden - Brien by gauer

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(born Apr-04-1826, died Jan-13-1882, 55 years old) United Kingdom

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Samuel Standidge Boden was born in 1826. His tournament results include 1st at the London Provincial tournament 1851, 2nd at Manchester 1857 and 2nd at Bristol 1861. He beat Rev. John Owen in a match in 1858 (+7, =2, -2) and was the chess editor for 'The Field' from 1858 to 1873. Paul Morphy considered him to be his strongest English opponent.

Boden's record against Morphy in casual games was (+1, =4, -6). His name is also linked to the Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.♗c4 ♘f6 3.♘f3 ♘xe4 4.♘c3 ♘xc3 5.dxc3 f6.

A kind of checkmate pattern called "Boden's Mate" involves two well placed bishops. It is exemplified in R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853.

note: Boden played on the teams of Boden / Loewenthal / Kennedy & Steinitz / Boden.

Wikipedia article: Samuel Boden

Last updated: 2019-12-02 12:58:11

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 93  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Harrwitz vs S Boden 0-1191847Blindfold simul, 2bC51 Evans Gambit
2. S Boden vs NN  1-0181851Odds gameC42 Petrov Defense
3. E Lowe vs S Boden  0-1321851Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
4. S Boden vs Saint-Amant  1-0331851Casual game000 Chess variants
5. S Boden vs NN  1-0381851Casual gameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
6. S Boden vs NN  0-1201851Casual gameC42 Petrov Defense
7. C E Ranken vs S Boden  0-1211851Provincial tC53 Giuoco Piano
8. S Boden vs C E Ranken 0-1311851Provincial tC38 King's Gambit Accepted
9. R Brien vs S Boden  0-1411851Provincial tC41 Philidor Defense
10. S Boden vs C E Ranken 1-0261851Provincial tC54 Giuoco Piano
11. S Boden vs R Brien  ½-½411851Provincial tC50 Giuoco Piano
12. R Brien vs S Boden 1-0111851Provincial tC01 French, Exchange
13. S Boden vs R Brien  1-0471851Provincial tC21 Center Game
14. S Angas vs S Boden  0-1231851Provincial tA30 English, Symmetrical
15. S Boden vs S Angas 1-0351851Provincial tB32 Sicilian
16. R Schulder vs S Boden 0-1151853LondonC41 Philidor Defense
17. T Gordon vs S Boden  0-1391853Casual gameC30 King's Gambit Declined
18. S Boden vs NN  1-0151853Odds game000 Chess variants
19. S Boden vs P Journoud  1-0261853Casual gameC52 Evans Gambit
20. S Boden vs NN  1-0181853Odds game000 Chess variants
21. S Boden vs F Greenaway  1-0211853Casual gameC27 Vienna Game
22. F Greenaway vs S Boden  0-1581853Casual gameC30 King's Gambit Declined
23. S Boden vs R Brien  1-0311855Casual gameC24 Bishop's Opening
24. S Boden vs Owen 0-1381856LondonA00 Uncommon Opening
25. Owen vs S Boden 0-1411857Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
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Oct-30-04  waddayaplay: I have submitted the missing game Boden played against Morphy. It should appear within the next week...
May-04-05  vonKrolock: Boden in "The Field", 3-12-1859: <"We cannot say that we are anxious to see exhaustive printed analyses of the openings. The way to learn the openings is to seize the spirit or strong characteristic points of them, and to perceive the principles on which each salient feature of attack or defence is based; to rely upon knowing the book replies to every move is certain to produce a poor player.">
May-05-05  Calli: Hmm, he beat MacDonnell when he was 4 yrs old :->

A wrong date obviously.

Oct-02-05  Kingsider: Did Boden ever play Barnes? Surely they must have.
Oct-04-05  Kingsider: And don't call me Shirley.(I know)
Mar-29-07  gambitfan: He probably gave his name to the famous <Boden's mate> ?
Apr-04-07  Manic: <gambitfan> Yep. R Schulder vs S Boden, 1853 was the game that gave Boden's mate its name.
Apr-04-07  gambitfan: I have just created a collection dedicated to Boden's mates : Game Collection: BODEN MATES

Boden was Player of the day on the 04/04/2007

Sep-01-08  myschkin: . . .

Multi talent:

In 1851 he published the book "A Popular Introduction to the Study and Practice of Chess (Charles S. Skeet, London 1851)".


Apr-04-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday to Boden!
Apr-04-10  wordfunph: <waddayaplay: Boden was considered by Morphy to be his best opponent in England.>

flattering remark from Paul Morphy...happy birthday Master Samuel Boden.

Apr-04-10  BIDMONFA: Samuel Standidge Boden

BODEN, Samuel S.

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  Phony Benoni: Obituaries from the <British Chess Magazine>:

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  Phony Benoni: In his column in the <Albion> for June 9, 1866, George Henry Mackenzie printed two games he had played "a few years ago" against Boden. I assume they were probably played in the early 1860s before Mackenzie went to the United States in 1863.

I want to submit the games, but would like to have more information on the exact place (London?) and date. Does anybody have a clue?

Here is Boden's win:

Boden, Samuel Standidge - Mackenzie, George Henry
[Albion, 1866.06.09]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.0-0 Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.exf6 dxc4 8.Re1+ Kf8 9.Bg5 gxf6 10.Bh6+ Kg8 11.Nc3 Bf5 12.Ne4 Bxe4 13.Rxe4 f5 14.Nxd4 Qf6 15.Nxf5 Bxf2+ 16.Kh1 Qxf5 17.Rg4+ Qg6 18.Rxg6+ hxg6 19.Qf3 Ne5 20.Qxf2 Rxh6 21.h3 Kg7 22.Qd4 f6 23.Qc5 1-0

(The actual column can be found by going to and clicking on the link for the June 9, 1866 issue.)

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Samuel Standidge Boden.
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  whiteshark: <His name is also linked to the Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit: <1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nxe4 4. Nc3 Nxc3 5. dxc3 f6 >>

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I wonder what could this 'linkage' ever be?

Jul-19-13  Gottschalk: De acordo com o site Edo Historical Ratings foram jogadas 4 partidas entre Boden e Brien no torneio London Provincial. Eu submeti a vitória de Boden na C21, mas se recusou a aceitá-la. Assim, continuam constando apenas 3 jogos entre Boden e Brien, na database daqui.
Oct-20-13  Karpova: A few snippets from the obituary in the February 1882 'British Chess Magazine':

Page 54:
<The melancholy duty devolves upon me this week of announcing the death of Mr. S. S. Boden, which took place at his chambers in Tavistock-street, Bedford-square, on Friday morning, 13th Jan. Mr. Boden was born on the 4th of April, 1826, and consequently was not quite fifty-six years old. His health had been for some time failing, but the immediate cause of his death was typhoid fever.>

<For the last four years Mr. Boden had abandoned the practice of Chess, but he always continued to cherish a deep interest in the Chess news of the day;>

<I would describe him, socially, in the language which Bassanio used of Antonio:->

Page 55

<The kindest man,
The best condition'd and unwearied spirit
In doing courtesies; and one in whom
The ancient Roman honour more appears
Than any that draws breath.>

<Mr. Boden first won his spurs in 1851, when he carried off the first prize in the provincial tournament. He was never a great match player, but he was, as Captain Evans phrased it, a master of all parts of the game; and in 1857, and for some years afterwards, he was acknowledged to be the best English player.>

<Chivalrous to the highest degree as a combatant, he never made idle excuses for a defeat, or depreciated the skill of an opponent.>

<Mr. Boden wrote a very valuable work, entitled 'Popular Introduction to Chess' and for thirteen years conducted the chess column in the 'Field', and was the author of the article on Chess which was published in 'Chamber's Encyclopedia.' He also wrote the introduction to the 'Westminster Papers'.>

<He was a water-colour painter of no mean skill, and many of his drawings would compare not unfavourably with the smaller productions of Birket Foster.>

May-07-15  TheFocus: <The pupil wants not so much to learn, as to learn how to learn> - Samuel Boden.
Jan-13-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Samuel Boden.
Jul-14-17  zanzibar: In Harding's thesis he notes the following to end his bio:

"Then retired to concentrate on his hobby of painting."

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  Stonehenge: See http://streathambrixtonchess.blogsp...
Jul-10-18  sudoplatov: For comparison with <Keypusher>'s post, I checked with the 2018 EDO estimates.

Morphy 2817 #1

Lowenthal 2619 #7
de Rivière 2570 #9
Boden 2529 #13
Bird 2488 #17
Barnes 2429 #22

To put this in perspective in 1924 the equivalent rankings would yield a 5-person simul of:

Lasker 2785
Reti 2608
Levenfish 2582
Johner 2558
Romanasky 2528
Bohatirchuk 2508

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  MissScarlett: <Did Boden ever play Barnes? Surely they must have.>

From Boden's first <Field> column:

T Barnes vs S Boden, 1858

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  MissScarlett: You wait 160 years and then two come along at once:

T Barnes vs S Boden, 1858

Both employ a variation that Boden would shortly use against Morphy:

Morphy vs S Boden, 1858

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