Weyle – Saint-Elme-le-Duc 1824 (1)

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Weyle    2348 (157) 1/1 
Saint-Elme-le-Duc    2106 (140) 0/1 
  Weyle gave odds of a rook
Status: soft result (plausible score)

Event table notes

Event data
Place: Paris
Start date: 1824
End date: 1824
Saint-Elme-le-Duc describes in Le Palamède (1845, pp.28-29) his first encounters at the Café de la Régence, in which 'Velles' ('le Petit Juif', i.e. Weyle) gave him Rook odds and beat him 6 games on each of his first two evenings there. He goes on to describe how over the next weeks and months he gradually improved until Weyle could only give him Knight odds and Pawn and two Move odds, alternately. He gives no dates but says that this was about 20 years before he was writing (1844) and during a period when both de Saint-Amant and 'Mulhouse' (Schlumberger) were there. De Saint-Amant first started playing there around 1823 (according to George Allen in Fiske's book, p.438, and to de Saint-Amant himself in Le Palamède, 1845, p.86), and Schlumberger left in Oct. 1826 (Fiske, p.439). I guess, therefore, that Saint-Elme-le-Duc started in 1824. Here I record the initial score at Rook odds as a soft 1-0 result (not 12-0 as that would give a false impression of Saint-Elme-le-Duc's skill by the end of the year), but I have also entered soft results at Knight and Pawn and Two Move odds to represent the advance Saint-Elme-le-Duc made, so as not to distort the ratings.
   [Pal], vol. 5, no. 1, 15 Jan. 1845, page 28