Staunton, H. – Donaldson, Jo. 1852 (1)

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Staunton, Howard    2647 (43) 8.5/15 
Donaldson, John    2470 (47) 6.5/15 
  Staunton, Howard gave odds of pawn and two moves
Status: casual

Event table notes

Event data
Place: Dumfries
Start date: June 1852
End date: June 1852
This result comes from two accounts by Donaldson, which, however, differ from each other. The earlier account, in the Illustrated London News of 24 Jan. 1880 (p.95) gives +6-4=5 for Staunton (though saying the odds were 'Pawn and Queen', which is ridiculous and must be a transcription error for 'Pawn and 2 moves'); the second, from the British Chess Magazine of 1891 (quoted by Sergeant, and by Sarah's Chess Journal) gives +6-6=5. Perhaps the earlier account should be given more weight? The second account makes it clear that they were played when Staunton visited Donaldson, so I presume where he lived in Dumfries, and both say June 1852.
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 60
   [ILN], vol. 21, no. 578, 11 Sep. 1852, page 203
   [ILN], vol. 21, no. 579, 18 Sep. 1852, page 219
   [ILN], vol. 76, no. 2121, 24 Jan. 1880, page 95
   Sarah.  [The Romance of Chess - A Perspective on the Art of Odds-giving]