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Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte 
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1804 to 1820

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(born Aug-15-1769, died May-05-1821, 51 years old) France

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Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, on August 15, 1769. In 1799, he staged a coup d'etat and crowned himself as Emperor of France. In the first decade of the nineteenth century, he turned the armies of the French Empire against every major European power and dominated continental Europe through a series of military victories.

Napoleon fostered a deep love for chess throughout his life, but lacked the time and devotion to become a player of the first rank. Only three recorded games attributed to Napoleon have survived, and some chess historians cast doubts over the authenticity of some or all of these games.

Wikipedia article: Napoleon I of France

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Napoleon Bonaparte vs Madame De Remusat 1-0141804Chateau de MalmaisonA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Napoleon Bonaparte vs The Turk 0-1241809Schoenbrunn Palace ExhibitionC20 King's Pawn Game
3. Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand 1-0181820St. HelenaC44 King's Pawn Game
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Jul-06-09  WhiteRook48: and the Art of chess is position
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  whiteshark: <w♖48> :D
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  whiteshark: <Wie man Napoliums macht> by Wilhelm Busch -->
Aug-15-09  timhortons: The Battle of Marengo was fought on 14 June 1800 between French forces under Napoleon Bonaparte and Austrian forces near the city of Alessandria, in Piedmont, Italy.

3 p.m

Bonaparte asked Desaix what he thought of the situation, Desaix replied

"This battle is completely lost. However, there is time to win another."

Desaix led forward Boudet's division in a desperate assault.

Boudet's division pushed back the austrians.

Among the dead of the division after the battle is general desaix.

One more story i read about marengo is about the french drummer boy, the french generals seeing everything was lost asked the drummer boy if he knew how to beat the retreat, the boy answered.

"sire,I do not know how,desaix have never taught me a retreat.I can beat a charge that would make the dead fall in line.I beat the charge at the bridge of lodi,I beat it at mount tabor,I beat it at the pyramids;oh, may i beat it here."

the drummer boy accampanied general desaix in charging enemy line.

Aug-15-09  timhortons: in every battle that napoleon engage he lost a skillfull general.

That was the time when generals accompanied the troops in charging enemy formation.

<now adays generals are smarter.>

btw, alexander the great is in the front of his companion cavalry charging enemy lines.the shock troop the delivers him glory.he is accompanied by his friends in this cavalry unit.

in the movie troy ,achilles told his king, "imagine the king fighting his own war, wouldn't that be a scene?"

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  HeMateMe: Rommel was out front in much of the desert fighting in north Africa, WWII. He felt a general had to be near the front to get a feel for the battle.

History also favors him, as he had to commit suicide for his participation in the plot to kill Hitler and overthrow the Nazi regime.

Aug-16-09  timhortons: <HeMateMe> Rommels career is very much documented, he kept personal diary and write everything in it.

frau rommel is tactfull enough even to hide the bulk of it from the americans and have it published later.

just like patton he inspired his soldiers by being with them when the shooting start..

some soldier would say, stay close to rommel, that guy is not gettin hit.

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  tpstar: "It [Chess] is too difficult for a game and not serious enough to be a science or an art."


"quoted in 'Stora Schackboken' ('The Great Chess Book') by Jerzy Gizyeki, originally published in Warsaw, 1961."

"This was Napoleon I's excuse for being an indifferent player."

"King, Queen and Knight: A Chess Anthology in Prose and Verse" by Norman Knight and Will Guy, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1975.

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  HeMateMe: < knightfly > the article u posted is very informative, and a bit frightening. History and the movies paint him as more of a soldier than a power hungry dictator. Some people think that becaue he grew up on Corsica, an island claimed by France, he never felt a particular unity with any one people; he was a Corsican, but was forced to become French to have any sort of meaningful life.
Aug-15-10  eightsquare: Happy birthday to the late Sir Napoleon Bonaparte !!
Aug-15-10  Blackreptile: among thousands of books written on Napoleon, I recommend: "Napoleon, une imposture" (I don't know if it was translated from French)of Roger Caratini,re-establishing truth out of myth.The admirers of Napoleon will think it again...
Aug-15-10  MrMelad: This guy was a strong tactician. But not so much in chess...
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  Penguincw: What I find interesting is that all of Napoleon's known games to date all end in mate.
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  whiteshark: <Quote of the Day

<The whole secret of the art of war lies in the ability to become master of the lines of communication. >>

-- Napoleon

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  Penguincw: Hmm. Even leaders has chess quotes to say.
Dec-17-11  Six66timesGenius: " The whole secret of the art of war lies in the ability to become master of the lines of communication. " -- Napoleon

The great leader of War!

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  HeMateMe: Napoleon: Whoever has the better cannon, wins.

The corsican Napoleon was an artillery officer, before launching the coup that brought him to the top. Are artillery officers good chessplayers? maybe. Math involved, geometric thinking.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the great dissident writer, was an artillery officer in the red army, before sent to the Gulag for writing poetry, or some such nonesense. In a loosely based autobiography (fiction) he claims that the political officer (zampliot?) who arrested him was shot in the back during the next battle, as soon as it was convenient, by an elderly sergeant in Solzhenitsyn's unit.

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Napoleon tries to learn English

Jun-07-12  kia0708: There is an interesting game going on today, in the French Top 12 Tournament: GM Naiditch - GM Bogner.

ps. yes, the same Naiditch we know from commenting on other tournaments.

Jul-13-12  kangaroo13: i never knew napolean played chess
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  HeMateMe: He had a looong flight home from Moscow, with very bumpy conditions. You have to have a hobby.
Aug-15-12  brankat: Who knows, if Napoleon had not been busy with other things, perhaps he could have been a great chess player.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.>

-- Napoleon

Oct-03-12  Antiochus: Our leader, against the conservantism:
Feb-03-13  IndigoViolet: <Napoleon's height was once commonly given as 5 feet 2 inches, but many historians have now given him extra height. He was 5 feet 2 inches using French units, but when converted into Imperial units, the kind we are accustomed to, he measured almost 5 feet 7 inches inches tall which was actually slightly taller than average for a man in France at the time.>

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