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Samuel Standidge Boden
S Boden 
Number of games in database: 106
Years covered: 1847 to 1877

Overall record: +58 -23 =7 (69.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C61 C68 C60 C65 C64
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    B00 A00
 Two Knights (5) 
    C55 C57 C58
 Philidor's Defense (5) 
 Bishop's Opening (4) 
 Vienna Opening (4) 
    C27 C29
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C64 C74 C84 C77
 Evans Gambit (7) 
    C51 C52
 King's Gambit Declined (7) 
 Philidor's Defense (7) 
 King's Pawn Game (4) 
    C40 C44
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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
   Owen vs S Boden, 1857 0-1
   S Boden vs Bird, 1860 1-0
   S Boden vs Morphy, 1858 1/2-1/2

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

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(born May-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: 2022-09-08 21:40:47

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 117  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Boden vs S Boden  ½-½281847Casual gameC40 King's Knight Opening
2. Harrwitz vs S Boden 0-1191847Blindfold simul, 2bC51 Evans Gambit
3. S Boden vs Saint-Amant 1-0231850Odds game000 Chess variants
4. S Boden vs NN  1-0181851Odds game000 Chess variants
5. E Lowe vs S Boden 0-1391851Casual gameC40 King's Knight Opening
6. E Lowe vs S Boden  0-1321851Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
7. S Boden vs NN 0-1201851Casual gameC42 Petrov Defense
8. S Boden vs NN  1-0381851Casual gameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
9. S Boden vs Saint-Amant  1-0341851Casual game000 Chess variants
10. NN vs S Boden  0-1241851Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
11. S Boden vs J Boden  1-0261851Odds game000 Chess variants
12. S Boden vs R Brien  ½-½411851Provincial tC50 Giuoco Piano
13. R Brien vs S Boden  0-1411851Provincial tC41 Philidor Defense
14. C E Ranken vs S Boden  0-1211851Provincial tC53 Giuoco Piano
15. S Boden vs C E Ranken 0-1311851Provincial tC38 King's Gambit Accepted
16. S Boden vs R Brien 1-0471851Provincial tC21 Center Game
17. R Brien vs S Boden 1-0111851Provincial tC01 French, Exchange
18. S Boden vs C E Ranken 1-0261851Provincial tC54 Giuoco Piano
19. S Angas vs S Boden  0-1231851Provincial tA30 English, Symmetrical
20. S Boden vs S Angas 1-0351851Provincial tB32 Sicilian
21. S Boden vs NN 1-0301851Odds game000 Chess variants
22. S Boden vs J Boden  1-0201852Odds game000 Chess variants
23. S Boden vs NN  1-0271852Odds game000 Chess variants
24. S Boden vs NN 1-0321852Odds game000 Chess variants
25. S Boden vs J Boden  0-1321852Odds game000 Chess variants
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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.
Apr-04-13  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?

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  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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  MissScarlett: <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.>> has two records for <Samuel Standidge Boden>.

One is a baptismal register for the Independent chapel in East Retford, Notts.

The entries are hand-written:

<Samuel Standidge, son of James and Mary Frances Boden was born 4th of May 1826, in the parish of West Retford, and baptised July 27th in the same year. Jas. Boden>

Other surrounding entries are also signed <Jas. Boden>; one even ends with <and James Boden (from Sheffield)>.

So it appears that Boden's father was minister of the church/parish around this period. When Boden first emerges on the chess scene in the 1840s, he lived in Hull, so the family must have returned to Yorkshire.

The other record doesn't appear in manuscript form:

<Name: Samuel Standidge Boden

Gender: Male

Birth Date: 4 May 1825

Baptism Date: 5 Feb 1826

Baptism Place: Queen St Independent OR Congregational,Sheffield,York,England

Father: James Boden
Mother: Mary Frances>

<Source Information England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.>

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  MissScarlett: <Quite where the middle name “Standidge” came from is not immediately evident.>

I'm surprised Mann didn't dig a little deeper because he would surely have identified the figure of <Sir Samuel Standidge> as being the likely source given the Hull connection:

<A merchant and mariner credited with reviving the British whaling trade in the mid 18th century. After a career on the sea, he retired and made a successful business of securing government contracts to transport troops, food and equipment. This was especially lucrative in the years leading up to the war of independence in the American colonies. He also supplied troop ships and transport charters to the Russian government during the Russian Turkish War in 1789. He was awarded a Russian knighthood and other treasures for his service to the Russian government.

Standidge was the Sheriff of Hull, later an Alderman and eventually the Mayor. He lived at No.1 High Street and his house still stands in the Old Town of Hull. He entertained the British Prince, William of Gloucester, and was knighted by King George III in 1795. Sir Standidge is buried in the north aisle of the church and is commemorated by a white marble memorial wall plaque.

(Information gleaned from a biography published in Wildridge, T. Tindall,1884, "Old and New Hull", published by MC Peck & Son, Hull, p 37 to 40)>

But what's the familial connection?

Mann notes that Boden's mother was <Mary Frances Boden (née Thornton, 1800/01, Hull; only daughter of John Thornton of Hull)>.

An online family tree reveals Mary Standidge (1751-1821), a daughter of Samuel, married John Thornton in 1769:

So was this Boden's grandfather?

Unlikely given that his mother was born, according to Mann, in 1800/1 which would make Mary Standidge, 49/50 years old at the time. Also the circumstance, that John Thornton must have died long before, because Mary, according to the family tree, was remarried in 1788 to James Thornton, presumably John's brother.

So I surrmise that one of Mary / John's children (said to number four) was another John Thornton (born in the early-mid 1770s) and it was he who fathered Mary Frances.

All of which means, if correct, that <Sir Samuel Standidge> was Samuel Boden's great-great grandfather. If I had a myheritage subscription, I would be able to definitely confirm this.

Sep-11-22  stone free or die: <<Karpova> <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.>>

stonehenge's link might be better:


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  Dionysius1: Good name for a boat.
Sep-13-22  stone free or die: Samuel Standidge Boden McBoatface?
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  Dionysius1: SS Boden McBoatface if you like
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