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Staunton's Handbook

I picked up two chess books for 20p each today.
The above is the cover from one.

On the inside I discovered this.

I cannot find an Andrew Patterson in the grading list.
Does he still play and does he want to buy back his book?

And this is the other.

This is the book that has the infamous passage about pawn promotion.

and I Quote:

"When ever it [the pawn] reaches the extreme square on which it travels,
it is invested with the title and assumes the power of any superior Piece,
except the King, which the player chooses."

This was siezed upon by Staunton's enemies and problems
like this started popping up all over the place.

White to play and mate in three moves.

You most likely cannot get it.
1.h8=Black Knight (OK according to Staunton's rules)

And now you can see that the Black Knight cannot prevent
the White Knight from reaching g3 giving mate in two moves.

The problem on the cover is a mate in 11 called 'The Sphynx'.

It looks like it can be done quicker than 11, though sometimes these composed
problems can hides defensive nuances. I threw into Rybka - it's mate in 6 thus.

1.Qc4+ Rf7 2.Be5 b3 3.Bd6 Kg7 4.h6+ Kg8 5.Qc8+ Rf8 6.Qxf8 mate.

Stauton's Solution:
1.Qc4+ Rf7 2.Bg7 Kxg7 3.Qd4+ Kg8 4.Qd8+ Rf8 5.Qd5+ Rf7 6.Kh6 g3 7.Qd8+ Rf8
8.Qe7 Rf7 9.Qg5+ Kh8 10.Qd8+ Rf8 11.Qxf8 mate.

I played over a game from the book. Captain Evans v St.Amant.

[Click here to replay the game]
Captain Evans v St.Amant

1. e4 e5 2. c3 c5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Ng5 d5 7. exd5 Nxd5 8.Nxf7 Kxf7 9. Qf3+ Ke6 10. O-O Na5 11. Bg5 Qd6 12. g4 Qd7 13. Bd3 Qf7 14. Bf5+ Kd6 15. cxd4 Bxf5 16. dxe5+ Kxe5 17. gxf5 Nc6 18. Re1+ Kd6 19. Re6+ Kc5 20. Be3+ Nxe3 21. Qxe3+ Kb5 22. Qd3+ Kb6 23. Qb3+ Kc7 24. Rxc6+

It's a bit of hassle playing out the games due to the notation.

Britain followed the descriptive notation right up until the 1980's.
We were quite lucky I guess. Staunton gives a section on chess notation
as used by other countries at that time. Here is the Kieseritzky Notation.

so 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 would be
1.25-45 75-55 2.17-36 82-63 3.16-43 86-53.

We could have been using Enigma Code as chess notation.

Howard Staunton.

This weeks star game is CSM Thomson v R.McKay, Scottish Champs 1988.

White made an error of judgement on move 10 with 10.Nxc6 instead of 10.Nxc8. Not a grave error
but after that he was no longer calling the shots. Then in this position (White's 19th move)
he missed Black's idea.

White played 19.Qe2 (19.Qg2) and Black struck with 19...Qxg3!

The hapless Queen, a bad Knight and a King stuck in mating net
were no match for the two active Rooks and a good Bishop.

[Click here to replay the game]
CSM.Thomson - R.McKay

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. Nge2 e5 7. Nd5 Nge7 8. Bg5 h6 9. Nxe7 hxg5 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. c4 g4 12. Nc3 Bd7 13. Qe2 Qg5 14. Kd1 Ke7 15. f3 Rh5 16. fxg4 Bxg4 17. Bf3 Bxf3 18. Qxf3 Bh6 19. Qe2 Qxg3 20. hxg3 Rxh1+ 21. Kc2 Rxa1 22. b3 Rh8 23. Kb2 Rh1 24. Ka3 Rh2 25. Qf3 Rc2 26. Ka4 Rxc3 27. Qh1 Rc2

Artwork from 'Let's Play Chess' The Bishop is showing his plan
to the White King and Queen. In the background is a backward pawn.

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