Staunton, H. – Lowenthal, J.J. 1853

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Staunton, Howard    2644 (42) 13.5/20 
Löwenthal, Johann    2560 (36) 6.5/20 
Status: soft result (plausible score)

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England
Start date: 1852
End date: 1853
The status of this 'match' is unclear. Di Felice presents it as such with a score +2-1. The Chess Player's Chronicle for 1853 contains 9 games between Staunton and Löwenthal, +5-2=2 for Staunton. In the Illustrated London News of 5 Nov. 1853, Staunton says that he had 'a decided advantage' in 'the few games played'. In the 26 Nov. 1853 issue, he says that he won 'in a larger proportion than two to one'. In the reminiscences of 'Delta' (John Donaldson) in the 24 Jan. 1880 issue of the Illustrated London News (p.95), he reports that Löwenthal told him that he's played 'about a score of games' with Staunton in the autumn and winter of 1851-1852, Staunton winning 'in the ratio of two to one'. Judging by the dates of the games in the Chess Player's Chronicle, it seems likely that they actually took place in 1852-1853, rather than 1851-1852. So in about 20 games the ratio was clearly close to 2 to 1 but, if we believe Staunton, perhaps slightly more. I will use as a 'soft' result 13.5-6.5 for Staunton.
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 16
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 76, 361, 362
   [ILN], vol. 23, no. 652, 5 Nov. 1853, page 383
   [ILN], vol. 23, no. 655, 26 Nov. 1853, page 447
   [ILN], vol. 76, no. 2121, 24 Jan. 1880, page 95

Match information updated: 16 Jul. 2017