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Edward Alberoni
Number of games in database: 38
Years covered: 1874 to 1876
Overall record: +17 -14 =7 (53.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Edouard (Edward) Alberoni competed in the 31-player Cafe International Handicap Tournament held 18 October 1874—30 January 1875: Mason first, +44-6 ($50), Delmar second, +40-8 ($26), Perrin third, +39-9 ($18), Alberoni fourth, +38-10 ($12), Dill fifth, +27-13 ($6).(1)(2)

He also competed in a 46-player Cafe International Handicap Tournament which started on 24 February 1875. The first class consisted of Mackenzie, Smith, Alberoni, Delmar, Merian, Crosbie, Mason, Barnett and Lindehn.(3)(4)(5)

(1) New York Clipper, 1875.02.06, p355
(2) Hartford Weekly Times, 1875.02.13
(3) New York Daily Tribune, 1875.02.25, p12
(4) New York Times, 1875.03.01, p8
(5) New York Herald, 1875.03.07, p12

Last updated: 2022-02-04 00:17:29

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 38  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Reichhelm vs E Alberoni 1-0211874PhiladelphiaC41 Philidor Defense
2. E Alberoni vs E McCutcheon  1-0281874Cafe International Handicap Tournament 1874/75C54 Giuoco Piano
3. D M Martinez vs E Alberoni  0-1841875Alberoni Exhibition, Match GameC67 Ruy Lopez
4. E Alberoni vs H Davidson  0-1301875Alberoni Exhibition, Match GameC42 Petrov Defense
5. J G Whiteman vs E Alberoni 0-1351875Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
6. D M Martinez vs E Alberoni  0-1121875Casual gameC40 King's Knight Opening
7. E Alberoni vs G Reichhelm  1-0251875Casual gameC77 Ruy Lopez
8. G Reichhelm vs E Alberoni  0-1221875Casual gameC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. E Alberoni vs F C Nadler  ½-½211875Downtown Chess Club, Casual gameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. E Alberoni vs A W Ensor  1-0241875Alberoni - Ensor MatchA43 Old Benoni
11. E Alberoni vs A W Ensor  0-1351875Alberoni - Ensor MatchB06 Robatsch
12. A W Ensor vs E Alberoni 0-1601875Alberoni - Ensor MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
13. E Alberoni vs A W Ensor 1-0381875Alberoni - Ensor MatchB06 Robatsch
14. A W Ensor vs E Alberoni ½-½521875Alberoni - Ensor MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
15. E Alberoni vs A W Ensor  1-0441875Alberoni - Ensor MatchB01 Scandinavian
16. E Alberoni vs Bird  1-0411875Alberoni - Bird Casual SeriesC33 King's Gambit Accepted
17. E Alberoni vs Bird  1-0231875Alberoni - Bird Casual SeriesC27 Vienna Game
18. Bird vs E Alberoni  0-1441875Alberoni - Bird Casual SeriesC39 King's Gambit Accepted
19. E Alberoni vs Bird 1-0171875Alberoni - Bird Casual SeriesC33 King's Gambit Accepted
20. Bird vs E Alberoni 1-0371875Alberoni - Bird Casual SeriesC39 King's Gambit Accepted
21. E Alberoni vs Bird  0-1221875Alberoni - Bird Casual SeriesC59 Two Knights
22. Bird vs E Alberoni  0-1471875Alberoni - Bird Casual SeriesC39 King's Gambit Accepted
23. M Judd vs E Alberoni 1-0381876Alberoni - Judd MatchC45 Scotch Game
24. E Alberoni vs M Judd ½-½681876Alberoni - Judd MatchC15 French, Winawer
25. M Judd vs E Alberoni  ½-½221876Alberoni - Judd MatchC41 Philidor Defense
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  Tabanus: New York Spirit of Times, 1875, p. 533

<During his recent visit to Philadelphia, and in the midst of his engagements with the leading players of that city, <Mr. Alberoni>, the distinguished master, was stricken with an illness so severe that, for a time, his life was in extreme danger. He is even now but slowly recovering from its effects, and we fear that sometime must elapse before he can again be about and among us. During his stay in Philadelphia, he succeeded in defeating Mr. Martinez, by scoring two games to that gentleman's one, beating Mr. Roberts 2 to 0, drawing with Mr. Elson, and only succumbed to Mr. Davidson, who was victorious in two games and a loser in one.>

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  Tabanus: From "Utica NY Morning Herald, 1876":

<M. Alberoni, a French chess player, sailed from New York for Europe Saturday, bearing a challenge from the Cafe International chess players to the London Chess Club for a match to be played by cable for $500.>

Jun-10-14  ljfyffe: Played A. Ensor in Buffalo. Partial game in Cooke.
Jun-12-14  ljfyffe: E. Alberoni-A. Ensor Buffalo Match 1875 Scandavian Defence: 1e4 d5 2exd5 Qxd5 3Nc3 Qa5 4d4 e6 5Nf3 c6 6Bd3 Nf6 70-0 a6 8Ne5 Nbd7 9f4 c5 10dxc5 Bxc5+ 11Kh1 Bd4 12Nc4 Qc5 13Nb5 Black's pawn on a6 spears three of White's minor pieces, indicating that 7...h6 may have been the actual move, allowing for 13Nb5 Qxb5 14Nd6+, which explains 13...Kf8 14a4 to protect the N, then 14...Nd5 15b3 threatening to trap the Q, so 15 ...Nc3 16Nxc3 Bxc3 17Ba3 Bb4 18Bxb4 Qxb4 19f5 Nf6 20Be4 threatening 21Qd8 mate, so 20 ...Ke7, and these are all the moves given by Cooke. Can anyone suggest why not 13... axb5, if the notation is correct?
Jun-25-14  ljfyffe: That is Scandinavian Defence or Centre Counter Gambit.
Apr-30-16  ljfyffe: Alberoni- Ensor Buffalo 1875
1 e4 d5 2 cxd5 Nxd5 3 Nc3 Qa5 4 d4 e6 5 Nf3 c6
6 Bd3 Nf6 7 0-0 a6 8 Ne5 Nbd7 9 f4 c5 10 dxc5
Bxc5+ 11 Kh1 Bd4 12 Nc4 Qc5 13 Nb5 Kf8
14 a4 Nd5 15 b3 Nc3 16 Nxc3 Bxc3 17 Ba3 Bb4
18 Bxb4 Qxb4 19 f5 Nf6 20 Be4 Ke7, correcting
'The Millennium Files' game score, EP 155, Apr.

Anybody got a computer? After 13....axb5, White gets a good attack?

May-04-16  Paint My Dragon: <ljfyffe> As you say, it must be 7. ... h6, rather than ... a6. There is definitely no sniff of a white attack after 13... axb5 using the Cooke move list.

<Assuming 7... h6 then>

One interesting tactic to note is that 13 ... Kf8 looks a strange way to avoid the N check on d6, when the more logical ... 0-0 was available. However, if 13...0-0, then 14.Nxd4 Qxd4 and 15.Bh7+ wins the queen.

Also worth noting, 15.b3 is a slip. It keeps a healthy white edge, but due to the loose bishop on d4, 15.b4! would instead be winning (example Stockfish line - 15... Nxb4 16. Nxd4 Qxd4 17.Bb2 Qc5 18.Ba3 a5 19.c3)

May-04-16  ljfyffe: <Paint My Dragon> Thanks for your input.
Feb-18-19  Eastfrisian: Several games between him and Bird can be found here:
May-28-20  Larryfyffe: April 30/1e4 d5 2cxd5 Qxd5 rather
May-28-20  Larryfyffe: The (Buffalo) Globe Illustrated News December1875 gives 7 00 h6 - so William Cook book errs; later issues of Globe give Alberoni games with Bird.
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  Tabanus: Reposted from Bistro:

jnpope: Does anyone have anything on Edward Alberoni ? I did a quickly search at the Gallica website and he didn't turn up in any of the French sources there. I submitted his 12 game match against Judd from January 1876, but it would be nice to dig up more background on Edward (Edouard?) Alberoni.

paderamo: Here are a couple of Alberoni games against Bird:

paderamo: And a third game between Alberoni and Bird:

paderamo: And a correction published in the Herald for the first two games by Alberoni and Bird:

paderamo: Here is a short mention of E. Alberoni from the Philadelphia Inquirer, 17 Sep 1922. A mystery man:

Larryfyffe: dumptrump/I wrote a little piece about E Alberoni in the Canadian Chess Magazine 'En Passant' # 155, April,1999, but can't remember if it has any useful information therein or not. Includes I believe the game against Ensor 1875 in Buffalo where Cook gives 7 00 a6 instead of....h6. This 'technopeasant' can download a pga, but has not yet figured out how to access it on my tablet so I'm sorry that I'm not able to be of any further help in regards to Alberoni.

Tabanus: A few newspapers have Edward Alberoni. Mason wrote that he was a Frenchman, and at least two other US newspapers says he was from France. One US newspaper has "M. Edouard Alberoni", another "Alberoni, the Spanish player." He is as obscure as Didier, but may well be out there somewhere in the www.

jnpope: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1875.12.20, p3, in discussing his games with Bird, gives "Signor Alberoni" twice, implying he was possibly Italian. Perhaps he was from the Western France/Northern Italy area. Cardinal Giulio Alberoni was from the northern portion of Italy so there may be a "family" connection to that part of the world.

Larryfyffe: To the best of my recollection, Albert Ensor beats Theodore M Brown 7-5 in a match, and there be game(s) in the (Buffalo) Globe Illustrated Magazine as well as game(s)of Edward Alberoni who beats Ensor in a match by a score of 7-4.

paderamo: A few more Alberoni clippings. I do not know if these duplicate anything else.

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  jnpope: <Ed Alberoni, the celebrated New York chess player, is in the city, a guest of the Detroit Chess Club.>
Detroit Free Press, 1876.01.18, p1

<F., Mt. Celemens, Mich.—Mr. Alberoni is a native of France.>
Detroit Free Press, 1876.01.23, p2

I presume the Detroit Free Press had direct interaction with Alberoni, so he was probably French and not Italian.
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<Mr. Alberoni sailed from New York for Europe on Saturday, the 20th inst.>
Cleveland Leader, 1876.05.27, p7

<Alberoni sailed for Europe on Saturday. He is a Frenchman, and was a devoted follower of Napoleon. He is quite a brilliant chess player.>
Hartford Weekly Times, 1876.05.27, p1

<Anchor Line of Steamers.—List of Passengers per S.S. Ethiopia, from New York:—[...] Mr Ed. Alberoni [...]>
North British Daily Mail, 1876.06.01, p7

<Visit of Mr. Alberoni.—During last week Mr. Alberoni, the well-known American chessplayer, paid a flying visit to London, and looked in once or twice at the Divan in the course of his short stay.>
Illustrated London News, 1876.06.10, p575
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  jnpope: The <Quarterly For Chess History> Vol. 20, contains "Biography of Edward Alberoni (Vlastimil Fiala)". Does anyone have a copy of vol 20?
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  jnpope: Thanks to Vlastimil Fiala, I have the bio. There is nothing new in there, although he does make mention of a statement, given without citation, by Bill Wall in his <19th Century Chess> article: <In 1840, Edward Alberoni was born in the USA. He was a strong chess master.>

Bill Wall is basically a "statement-aggregator", neither offering to prove or disprove the things he finds. This is not a knock against Bill Wall, as far as I know he's never claimed to be an historian, although he clearly has an interest in history. His aggregations can frequently provide useful clues for tracking down information, but the statements contained in his timelines should not in themselves be treated as factual data until sourced and verified.
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  jnpope: <The most notable feature yesterday was the defeat of Mr. Delmar, in two games, by M. Alberoni, a French army officer.>
New York Herald, 1874.11.06, p6

<Mr. Alberoni is a Frenchman and is now returned to his native country.>
New York World, 1876.06.08, p2 (published letter from James Mason)

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