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Captain William Davies Evans vs George Perigal
"I'm Your Captain" (game of the day May-17-2008)
London (1843), London ENG, Apr-30
King Pawn Game: Macleod Attack (C20)  ·  1-0



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Jul-31-05  SneechLatke: <aw> yes, well you have to remember that chess was very primitive during this time; full of sacrifices and counter sacrifices, most of them with no semblence to being sound.
Apr-19-06  MarkN: on whites 16th move, if he had taken the bishop, wouldnt that have trapped the knight?
May-17-06  descrt: Hi MarkN, I think that if he had taken the bishop, the response would have been Qh4+. That frees up the knight and gives it more play with the possibility of Nf2+ or Nf3+ both with a fork.
Jun-08-07  PolishPentium: Why not 27...Qb5+ ?? That seems to give black lots of options after White is forced to respond to the check.
Dec-08-07  xeroxmachine: Sneaky : <Is it?? How cool!!>Hoho, but he isnt playing the Evans gambit not so cool. :(
Mar-04-08  wolfmaster: The actual novelty in this game was 3...Nf6!
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  al wazir: White wins after 28...Qb5+ 29. Qc4 (29. K moves? hxg6; 29. Qd3? Qxb2+ 30. Rc2 Ra3!) Qxb2+ 30. Rc2 Qxa3 31. Rg3 Qe7 32. Qxc7 Qxc7 33. Rxc7 Ra2+ (33...Rb8 34. d6) 34. Kf3 Ra3+ 35. Kg4 Rxg3+ 36. hxg3.
May-17-08  iqbalianpawn: hi, i can't understand the black's 29 move Re6... why white doesn't take the rook right away....
May-17-08  mate2900s: he doesest take the rook right away because it would block the e pawn from dicovering a check on the king
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  Sneaky: <iqbalianpawn> I think it's just pure desperation. White is threatening e6+ which is a total crusher, so ...Re6 blocks the pawn from moving to e6. I don't think there is anything wrong with 30.dxe6 (followed with Rg3) but there isn't anything wrong with Evan's idea of making those moves in the other order.
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  keypusher: What a battle! I really enjoyed it.
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  OhioChessFan: Exciting stuff. Chess was so much more fun in the 1800's.

I'm Your Captain-Grand Funk Railroad

Everybody, listen to me,
And return me, my ship.
I'm your captain, I'm your captain,
Although Im feeling mighty sick.

I've been lost now, days uncounted,
And it's months since I've seen home.
Can you hear me, can you hear me,
Or am I all alone.

If you return me, to my home port,
I will kiss you mother earth.
Take me back now, take me back now,
To the port of my birth.

Am I in my cabin dreaming,
Or are you really scheming,
To take my ship away from me?

You'd better think about it,
I just cant live without it.
So, please dont take my ship from me.
Yeah, yeah, yeah ...

I can feel the hand, of a stranger,
And its tightening, around my throat.
Heaven help me, heaven help me,
Take this stranger from my boat.

I'm your captain, I'm your captain,
Although Im feeling mighty sick.
Everybody, listen to me,
And return me, my ship.

I'm your captain, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
I'm your captain, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
I'm your captain, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
I'm your captain, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

I'm getting closer to my home ...
I'm getting closer to my home ...
I'm getting closer to my home ...
I'm getting closer to my home ...
Ohhhh ...

I'm getting closer to my home ...
I'm getting closer to my home ...
I'm getting closer to my home ...
I'm getting closer to my home ...
Repeated to fade

May-17-08  mindkontrolle: don't really like this one
May-17-08  mindkontrolle: it's terrible actually
May-17-08  Pianoplayer: If 32...♕f8 33.e6+! 33...♕g7 34.♗xg7#

Other line 32...♕xf7?? 33.e6+! winning the Queen


May-17-08  patzer2: Captain Evans was a strong attacking player, but in this game Black overlooked a chance to equalize and several chances to put up serious resistance before Evans played the winning moves 25. d5! and 29. Kf3 .

Here's my computer checked analysis:

<23. Rhg1 Nc6?>

This error gives White a big advantage. Much better is 23... Na2= or 23... Na6=.

<24. Rg5 Qd7?> This loses immediately.

Though not particularly pleasant, Black's best chance of escaping White's grip is 24... Qc8! 25. d5! Ne7 26. d6 Ng6 27. Rxc7 Qe8 28. Kf2 Ra4 .

<25. d5!> This attacking clearance move threatens a discovered check to snare the Queen, which gives White a strong and probably decisive attacking advantage.

<25...Ne7 26. Rxg7+! Kh8>

The Rook is untouchable as White wins the Queen with discovered check after 26... Kxg7? 27. e6+ .

<27. Qe4>

Stronger is 27. Qd3! Qf5
28. e6 Qxd3+ 29. Kxd3 Rxa3+ 30. Bxa3 Kxg7 31. Bxe7 .

<27... Ng6 28. Rxg6 Rae8?>

Black missed his last chance to hold with 28... Qb5+ 29. Qd3 Qxb2+ 30. Rc2 Rxa3 31. Rxb2 Rxd3 32. Rgxb6 Rxd5 33. Rxb7 Rc5 34. Ke3 Kg7 35. Rg2+ Kh6 36. Ke4 when Black has practical drawing chances in the Rook and Pawn endgame.

<29. Kf3>

This wins easily enough, but even stronger is 29. e6+! f6 30. exd7 Rxe4+ 31. Kd3 hxg6 32. Bxf6+ Kg8 33. Kxe4 c6 34. dxc6 bxc6 35. Be7 Ra8 36. Rxc6 Kf7 37. Rc8 .

<29... Re6 30. Rg3 Rd8 31. dxe6 Qe7 32. exf7> 1-0

Black resigns in the face of nothing but losing possibilities, such as 32...Qe6 33. Qc4! Qxc4 34. e6+ Qd4 35. Bxd4+ Rxd4 36. Rg8# 1-0

May-17-08  Wone Jone: I'm strong to the finish, cause I eat my spinach. I'm Evans the sailor man!
May-19-08  kevin86: Instead of the Evans,the captain sails away on a Danish Gambit. Though the names have been changed,the agressive style continues...
May-26-08  PolishPentium: Suggestion: 28...Qb5+ } This seems to win the B at b2, defusing much of the power of White's attack.
May-26-08  PolishPentium: Oops, apparently "patzer2" already suggested as much. Well at least then for once PP was not wrong...!
Feb-04-13  chesssalamander: So, the Captain has the earliest Danish in the database. Anyone know why it is called the Danish? I wonder if Evans has the first Evans?
Feb-04-13  thomastonk: <chessalamander> Wikipedia is your friend:
Dec-21-13  thomastonk: <chesssalamander: So, the Captain has the earliest Danish in the database.> Well, let's see.

The move order in the opening was 2.c3 ♘f6 3.d4 exd4. So, it is not a true Danish Gambit. Instead of 27.♕e4, Evans played 27.♕d3, and instead of 29.♔f3 he played 29.♔f2. I will submit a correction slip.

The year (currently 1839) is also wrong, since the game was played on April 30, 1843. I will change this myself.


"Chess Players' Chronicle", volume 4, p. 169-170.

Walker's "Chess Studies", 1844, p. 165.

"Le Palamède", 1843, p. 347 (here is the date).

Dec-21-13  thomastonk: <chesssalamander> One day before this game, Evans played already 2.c3 ♘f6 3.d4 exd4, see Captain Evans vs Saint Amant, 1843.

In a collection of correspondence games I found Kindblad vs Swanberg, 1849 with the moves 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3.

Oct-17-16  Aunt Jemima: Evans was a sharp player with good sacs being played all the time. Chess was fun back then. It was nice to set black up for the sac on g7!
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