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Charles Henry Stanley vs Theodore Lichtenhein
1st American Chess Congress (1857), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Oct-09
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo (C50)  ·  0-1



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Jul-18-07  benba57: Great exploitation of the doubled pawns that Lichtenhein created 35 moves ago!
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  wwall: If White was playing for a draw, then, instead of 31.Rxd4, White can play 31.Re6+ Rf6 32.Qg4+ Kf7 33.Rxf6+ gxf6 34.Qh5+ and it should be perpetual check.

42.Kg1? allows 32...Qc5+ and the exchange of queens and a won endgame for Black. Perhaps best is 42.Kh3 Qh5+ 43.Kg3 and avoid queen exchanges for a possible draw.

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  MissScarlett: I corrected Black's final move from <48...Kg5> to <48...Kg6>, per the tournament book. It also says that game lasted two and a half hours, but the <New York Tribune> of October 10th, p.5, has a more dramatic account:

<Charles H. Stanley, esq., whose reputation as a chess-player has been universal for the last twenty years, appeared at the Congress yesterday for the first time. He was scarcely in a fit state for mental fatigue, having been unwell for the past three days, yet he gave six hours' hard fighting to his antagonist, Theodore Lichtenhein, esq., and only resigned after his opponent had got to queen. It is needless to say that the game excited great interest in the room, gentlemen crowding round the table watching each move with absorbing attention.>

Was Edge responsible for the <Tribune> reporting in this event?

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  MissScarlett: <He was scarcely in a fit state for mental fatigue, having been unwell for the past three days....>

Anybody thinking what I'm thinking?

Anyway, it gives me an excuse to post a correction to the above: <..gentlemen crowding round the table [and] watching each move with absorbing attention.>

In the grand scheme of things, such things matter little; still, I experience them like a blow to the solar plexus.

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