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Prince Matchabelli vs Prince Andrey Dadian of Mingrelia
"Smelling Like a Rose" (game of the day Aug-26-2013)
St. Petersburg (1880), St. Petersburg RUE
Bishop's Opening: Horwitz Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: If the date is accurate--and there has been a lot of research in Prince Dadian's games of late--then White is not the amateur chemist who developed the Prince Matchabelli fragrance; he lived from 1885-1935. It might be insteadan oolder relative in the noble family.

Aug-26-13  Mr Bigz: Nice gambit game here, almost an Evans Gambit with colors reversed.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Incredibly, the Horwitz Gambit (3...b5?!) has a 100% winning record in the database. No, I don't plan on using it as my No. 1 defense any time soon.
Aug-26-13  vanderyacht: What happens if white plays 12 0-0-0?
Aug-26-13  Infohunter: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Incredibly, the Horwitz Gambit (3...b5?!) has a 100% winning record in the database.>

Well, that's what it says at that move in Opening Explorer. However, if you follow it a few moves further you find this game, won by White: Eichborn vs Anderssen, 1855. Must be something of an inconsistency in the <cg> software.

Aug-26-13  engmaged: <vanderyacht: What happens if white plays 12 0-0-0?> 12... ♘xe3 probably
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  offramp: Matchabelli rights The Prince.
Aug-26-13  backrank: Aren't all of Prince Dadian's games just fakes?
Aug-26-13  Ratt Boy: <engmaged: <vanderyacht: What happens if white plays 12 0-0-0?> 12... ♘xe3 probably> Yes, and that looks much better for White than the game continuation: 13.♘d5, ♘xd5 (...♘xc4 14.♘xb6, ♘xd2 15.♘xa8 ) 14.♗xd5, ♖b8 15.♕c3 seems to leave White a pawn up without a whole pile of vulnerabilities.
Aug-26-13  King Sacrificer: But our prince is in another castle!
Aug-26-13  Gogia: Both players are Georgians (like I am). The black player's surname should be written Dadiani. The reason of the loss of the last letter is I believe the phonetics of the Russian grammar.
Aug-26-13  kevin86: Rh2 prevents one mate and allows another...
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  mistermac: I am going to learn this one. It is fun.

I have the belly to match any Mongrelian.

Aug-26-13  Lil Swine: The Princes: by Niccolo " Matchabelli"
Aug-29-13  The Last Straw: I would have played 31...♕xf3.
May-28-17  The Kings Domain: Good game, black in particular was quite the aggressive one.
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  scutigera: <backrank>: This Prince Dadian is known for inviting masters to visit, regaling them luxuriously and tipping them heavily, then publishing victories over them, but presumably he liked chess a lot if he was willing to do this and thus likely had at least some talent; see also my comment to Prince Dadian vs Kolisch, 1867. Anyway the Machabeli family were well-off.

<Gogia>: Russian Wikipedia for his ancestor Prince Grigol Dadiani has the i/и firmly in place (though they did 'regularize' his first name). I would blame simply the linguistic/cultural distance between Georgia and Western Europe for the name-mangling, which is likely also what turned “Machabeli” into “Matchabelli”.

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