Chess history trivia

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Upham » Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:56 pm

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson ? :D
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:44 pm

I hope no-one will be too disappointed to hear that there have been no correct answers so far.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:01 am

It was George Walker who used those words in reply to a correspondent. Acknowledgement and thanks to Edward Winter's feature article on Alexander McDonnell which contained the column from the 13 November 1842 edition of Bell’s Life in London (page 2):

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/mcdonnell.html

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Colin Purdon » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:20 pm

That's an interesting article you linked to, John. I must admit that I doubt that I would have got the answer however much time I had.

The same newspaper article that contained the quote mentions McDonnell playing 1...Nf6 as Black (perhaps I should say "the second player") and continuing with 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Ng8!? and saying that "his adversary's king's pawn was weakened, by being thus prematurely advanced". Very hyper-modern looking!

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Townsend » Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:26 pm

Thank you, Colin. I suppose it was quite a difficult question, but I thought it might have been guessed, as George Walker was a prolific writer.

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