Monday, November 28, 2016

Napoleon Queens Knight 1.Nc3

Napoleon Bonaparte played chess throughout much of his life. One of the games was a Queens Knight Attack vs Madame de Remusat played at La Malmaison Castle in 1804. There was no video of the game. We do not know if it was real. Composed games are clean and pretty. This game includes the time wasting move 4.h3 which actually adds to its credibility. Another version has the colors reversed. There Napoleon as Black does not waste time and wins a nice game. It seems more likely that the game in which he had White was real and the other was not.

Harry Golombek wrote: "Napoleon Bonaparte I (15 August 1769-5 May 1821) was a keen but seemingly weak player, who is known to have played chess from his college days to the end of his life, when he played much during his captivity at St. Helena. Of the three games extant by him, none are authentic but seem to have been composed after his death to fit in with likely but legendary encounters. One is against General Bertrand, another is against the Automaton (the Turk) at Schonbrunn in 1809, and the third is against Mme de Remusat at La Malmaison in 1804."

Irving Chernev in his "1000 Best Short Games of Chess" (Game 167) gave the game as an Alekhine Defense with the colors reversed, Napoleon being Black played in Paris 1802. That seems to be historically inaccurate, but it is entertaining. Chernev wrote: "As befits a great general, Napoleon manipulates his Knights expertly to land the King in a mating net." Those beginning moves were: 1.e4 Nf6 2.d3 Nc6 3.f4 e5 4.fxe5 Nxe5 continuing as in this game with the h3 move being omitted.

Napoleon - de Remusat, La Malmaison Castle, 1804 begins 1.Nc3 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.e4 f5 4.h3?! [4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Nxf6+ gxf6 7.Bd3+/=] 4...fxe4 5.Nxe4 Nc6 6.Nfg5 d5 7.Qh5+ g6 8.Qf3 Nh6? [Black stands better after 8...Bf5! 9.Bb5 dxe4 10.Bxc6+ bxc6 11.Nxe4 Bxe4 12.Qxe4 Qd5-+] 9.Nf6+ Ke7 10.Nxd5+ Kd6 [10...Ke8 11.Nf6+ Ke7 12.Nfe4+-] 11.Ne4+ Kxd5 [11...Kd7 12.Bb5 a6 13.Bxc6+ bxc6 14.Ndf6+ Ke7 15.d4+-] 12.Bc4+ Kxc4 13.Qb3+ Kd4 14.Qd3# 1-0

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