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Howard Staunton vs Elijah Williams
London (1851), London ENG, rd 4, Jul-??
French Defense: Exchange. Monte Carlo Variation (C01)  ·  1-0



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Nov-30-04  Knight13: Well played, Staunton.
May-06-05  schnarre: Well played indeed!
May-06-05  Milo: I must concur with your lengthy analysis: well played ;).
Jun-03-05  schnarre: 6. Bg5 looks playable here as well.
Jun-03-05  aw1988: Well played. White played well, and black did too. White won. Good game.
Jun-06-05  schnarre: White's coordination of the Bishops & Rooks was decisive (in my opinion)!
Aug-23-06  sneaky pete: "In this and the next two games Black (= White; Staunton played all games against Williams with the black pieces, having the first move in the even games) appears to have roused himself into something like action; the stimulus, however, was evidently insufficient to sustain him long against the insupportable tedium of his adversary's play. There are positions, every one knows, occurring occasionaly in a game, where even the clearest and farthest-seeing head requires a long time to unravel all the intricacies of the maze. In such cases deliberation is a duty, and none, except a very unreasonable opponent, would object to it; but when a player, upon sysyem, consumes hours over moves when minutes might suffice, and depends, not upon out-manoeuvring, but out-sitting his antagonist, patience ceases to be a virtue, and one cannot help expressing deep regret that there is not some legal or moral force which may be brought to bear upon the offender, so that, in default of accelerating his pace, he should be held disentitled to a victory gained by such unworthy strategy." Staunton in the tournament book.
Aug-23-06  Marmot PFL: They could never accuse these guys of resigning too early. i would have pushed the king over after move 22. (Or stopped the clock, which evidently they didn't have in those days.)
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  Domdaniel: This line against the French, the Monte Carlo Variation (Exchange Var 3.exd5 exd5 with 4.c4) seems to be back in fashion -- playing the French as Black, I've faced it a couple of times recently.
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  perfidious: So <that's> how chess clocks came into being--it was Staunton's screed in the tournament book which set the whole business in motion.

<Dom> Saw this form of the Exchange played a bit, even at GM level, in the 1990s.

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  Domdaniel: <perf> Yes, it's a good line for White players who don't want to face theoretical lines in the Winawer or Tarrasch ... though I don't really believe this variation is good for White, my results against it aren't promising.
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  perfidious: <Dom> Another transpositional possibility I recall is this form of the Exchange somehow metamorphosing into a Petrov.
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  Domdaniel: <perf> It's possible, though in practice it seems to be unlikely. Of course the pawn structure in the Petrov is identical to the Exchange French - no pawns on the e-file - but actual transpositions seem to be uncommon, for whatever reason. Given the pawn structure, though, strategic ideas should transfer from one system to the other.
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  perfidious: <Dom> One more transpositional maze comes after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 e5, from which I recall seeing Petrovs as well-believe it was after 4.Bxc4 exd4 5.exd4, though I am no expert on all that.
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  Domdaniel: <perf> Indeed. I'm fascinated by the transpositional possibilities inherent in openings -- indeed, I play the openings largely with a view to transpositions. In the past I've found that most opening books tend to ignore these possibilities, but I recently found an exception. FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings, by Paul van der Sterren (originally published in Dutch) is very good on transpositions -- with sections on, eg, 1.d4 e6 and 1.d4 g6.

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