Light cavalry

by Oliver Reeh
2/5/2021 – White's 8.Nh3?? in the diagram position (which according to the Mega Database occurred in the first recorded game that started with the moves 1.e4 Nf6) allowed Napoleon to finish in style - don't hold your horses!

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Oliver Reeh is an International Master, lives in Hamburg, and plays for the "Hamburger Schachklub" in the "Bundesliga". He is a long-time member of the ChessBase team, and regularly entertains and educates readers with his tactic column in the ChessBase Magazine. He is also co-author of the popular DVDs on Bobby Fischer, Mihhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, and José Raul Capablanca appearing in the ChessBase Master Class Series.
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Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 2/8/2021 01:20
As I wrote in my earlier comment, which for reasons unknown to me has gone missing, I already suggested that Mme. de Rémusat, possibly a far better chess player than Napoleon, had every reason to make sure Napoleon would win. After 10 Ke1 she couldn't be sure of that... The fact that De Rémusat did play with the emperor is well-documented, however: the moves as given are probably an invention of a later date (possibly by the English player Captain Kennedy).
kamamura kamamura 2/8/2021 12:06
@Poiuy Trewq There might not be an immediate, forcing win for black, but it's pretty obvious that the advantage black has amassed is already overwhelming, and thus a simple plan is all that suffices to achieve victory - namely finish devel0pment, by natural moves like Bc5, 0-0, (Re8), and after striking open the crumbling white centre with ...d5, bring bear the rooks to d and e files and finish the game. White cannot counter this plan, because by having lost the means to castle, his pieces lack harmonious coordination, his king won't be able to escape the exposed central files in time and black already controls the centre. It's a classic case of falling behind in the opening stage of the game.
Poiuy Trewq Poiuy Trewq 2/8/2021 03:50
@Frits Fritschy: Thanks for your detailed reply. I did offer a sincere question in asking how Black would force a win after 10. Ke1, so I am interested in how you determined that "10 Ke1 leads to a completely lost position." Thanks in advance.
Poiuy Trewq Poiuy Trewq 2/6/2021 04:27
Hmm, I appreciate the far-too-clever-by-half Romantic school of chess as much as the next person, but I may be a spoilsport to ask how Black can force a win if White simple retreats 10. Ke1 instead of marching to the guillotine with 10. Kd3??
stuj26 stuj26 2/5/2021 10:57
I remember this game from William Napier's book Paul Morphy and the Golden Age of Chess. I have an old copy in the descriptive notation, it's packed full of miniatures like this one including another Napoleon (Marache) being finished off by Morphy with a nice knight checkmate.