Stanley, C.H. – Staunton, H. 1841

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Stanley, Charles    2404 (69) 7.5/13 
Staunton, Howard    2594 (58) 5.5/13 
  Staunton, Howard gave odds of pawn and two moves
Status: formal

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England
Start date: 1841
End date: 1841
Feenstra Kuiper, Di Felice, Golombek and Alberti give year as 1839. Hooper and Whyld, van Winsen, Hindle, Spinrad, Mark Weeks (from World Chess Champions, by E. Winter) and La Grande Storia degli Scacchi give 1841. All of these sources give the result as +3-2=1 for Stanley. Fiske says it was not long before Stanley's departure for the United States (which was in 1842), and says that Stanley won by 'a large majority'. Sarah gives the score as +3-1=3 and year 1841. However, Staunton claimed (Chess Player's Chronicle, 1842, vol.2, p.368) that they played 12 games at Pawn and Two Moves, exclusive of draws, Stanley winning 7 to Staunton's 5. It is not clear how many draws there were but Staunton published one draw (Chess Player's Chronicle, 1842, vol.2, p.213). Three of Staunton's wins and four of Stanley's were also published in the Chess Player's Chronicle (1841-1842, vol.2, pp.117,200,211,226,241,293,324). Therefore, I take the result to be +7-5=1 for Stanley.
   Di Felice, Chess Results, 1747-1900, page 3
   Feenstra Kuiper, 100 Jahre Schachzweikämpfe, page 12
   Fiske, First American Chess Congress, page 406
   Golombek, Golombek's Encyclopedia, page 307
   Hindle, Mystery of Edward Pindar, page 43
   Hooper and Whyld, Oxford Companion (1st ed.), page 324
   van Winsen, James Mason in America, page 301
   Zavatarelli, Ignatz Kolisch, page 87
   [CPC], vol. 2, no. 13, 29 Jan. 1842, page 213
   [CPC], vol. 2, no. 23, 2 Apr. 1842, page 368
   [ILN], vol. 27, no. 760, 8 Sep. 1855, page 294
   [ILN], vol. 27, no. 762, 22 Sep. 1855, page 366
   Alberti, Marco A.  [Howard Staunton]
   Sarah.  [An American Tragedy]
   Sarah.  [Charles Henry Stanley]
   Sericano, C.  [I grandi matches fino al 1849]
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]
   Weeks, Mark.  [Howard Staunton's Tournament, Match and Exhibition Record]

Match information updated: 6 Mar. 2021