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Hans Lindehn
Number of games in database: 11
Years covered: 1857 to 1874
Overall record: +7 -4 =0 (63.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-23-1826, died Jul-10-1884, 58 years old) Sweden (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn was born in Knisslinge, Sweden. He was an early adopter and analyst of the Danish Gambit. He moved to the USA in 1876 and died in Philadelphia, PA.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lindehn vs S Bergh 1-0141857UnknownC44 King's Pawn Game
2. Lindehn vs Kolisch 1-0311860ParisC21 Center Game
3. Lindehn vs S Bergh  0-1281860UnknownC21 Center Game
4. Lindehn vs E Herr 1-0221860Casual gameC21 Center Game
5. Lindehn vs M S From 0-1201862CopenhagenC21 Center Game
6. Lindehn vs A Petrov 0-1941863UnknownC39 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Lindehn vs L Maczuski 1-0161863ParisC21 Center Game
8. Lindehn vs Mackenzie 0-1201864LondonC21 Center Game
9. Lindehn vs Steinitz 1-0281864Casual gameC21 Center Game
10. Lindehn vs W B Haughton 1-0221870ChicagoC21 Center Game
11. Lindehn vs F Perrin 1-0311874New YorkC21 Center Game
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May-14-05  Fischer of Men: In practising for a Danish gambit tournament, I had the joy in coming across this little-known player. Very tactical and reminiscent of Blackburne. He has wins against Steinitz and Kolisch with the Danish, two players familiar with gambits themselves, to say the least.
May-15-05  SBC: Dr. Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn was born in Sweden in 1826 and died the same year as Paul Morphy - 1884. It would appear he wasn't a tournament player (chessmetrics doesn't even mention him. I don't know about Jeremy Gaige), but rather just a professor of philosophy with a penchant for the Danish.
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  WannaBe: Is the Danish gambit also called center game?
May-15-05  Fischer of Men: The Danish gambit is a subsection of the Center game. They both begin with 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4.
Jun-05-09  myschkin: . . .

One of the earliest recorded instances of <4.Bc4> landed a reel big fish:


Lindehn - Steinitz (London, 1864)

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 Nf6

Here we have it officially: Steinitz didn't want the second pawn! This is worth pondering since Steinitz wasn't one to turn down free food. In his magisterial survey of the Danish, W. John Lutes calls this the Steinitz Defense. Given the further course of the game, however, perhaps Steinitz wouldn't have been so happy to have his name tied down to it.


In an earlier game, Lindehn had tried the bizarre looking 5.Ne2!?, apparently intending to meet 5...Nxe4 with 6.Bxf7+, etc. But this is too artificial to be convincing: taking the pawn on c3 is much more natural. Now with 5...Nc6 6.Nf3 we could transpose into a Goring, but Black has some other options here that do not transpose into the Goring or the Danish proper.


This is one of them. The pin carries a threat to win a pawn, but can Black really afford the time it would take to get it?


Apparently Lindehn thinks so, or he might try something like 6.Nf3 0-0 (but not 6...Nxe4 7.0-0! when White's compensation looks serious) and now 7.0-0!? or 7.Bg5 or 7.e5 all look worth exploring. Lindehn's move looks strange, but in 1925 Emanuel Lasker recommended Nge2 so it deserves serious attention.

6...0-0 7.e5 Ne4

It would be interesting to know what Lindehn had in mind in response to 7...d5, which is the standard response in such positions. For that matter, 7...Ng4 is interesting for Black as well.

8.0-0 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Bc5 10.Ng3 Nc6 11.Qh5 d6 12.Bg5 Qe8 13.exd6 cxd6 14.Rfe1

(14.Bf6! looks very strong, particularly with the followup 14...gxf6 15.Qh6!)

14...Ne5 15.Re4 Be6 16.Rh4 h6 17.Bxh6 Ng6 18.Bxg7!? 18.Kxg7 19.Qh6+ Kf6 20.Ne4+!?

(why not bring the last piece into the attack 20.Re1!?)

20...Ke7 21.Bxe6 fxe6 22.Qg5+ Kd7 23.Nxc5+! dxc5 24.Qxc5!

White's Queen creates a lovely mating net with little assist from Black's own pieces.

24...Qc8 25.Rd1+ Ke8 26.Qh5 Rg8 27.Qh7 (27.Rg4) 27...Ne7 28.Rf4


Arrr! Well done pirate Lindehn!

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  Tabanus: Hartford Weekly Times, July 5, 1877 gives a game <played, a few evenings ago, between Jacob Elson, of Philadelphia, and the celebrated Dr. Lindehn, chess champion of London.>
Mar-22-15  SBC:

A couple dozen more of his games can be found here:

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