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We can’t vouch for that last statement, but the game is an interesting historical curiosity nonetheless. The Giuoco Piano opening here lives up to its Italian name — “The Quiet Game” — as the early play features some close positional maneuvering. Fremont as Black sharpens the game with 12. Qe2 d5?! (Nxb3 was perfectly playable here) 13. Nxe5 Bxh3 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. gxh3 dxe4 16. d4, when Black has exposed White’s king but has little immediate chance for an attack, while White has the better pawn structure.

Some weak play by White hands Fremont the exchange: 20. Raf1? (both on this move and the previous one, White should have covered the d5-square with c3-c4, with equal play) Nd5 21. Qf2 (Black also is much better in lines like 21. Nxe4 Nxf4 22. Rxf4 g5! 23. Nxg5 Rg8 24. Rg4 Qxe3+ 25. Kh2 h5 26. Rg3 Qf4 27. Qf3 Qxf3 28. Nxf3 Re2+, winning a boatload of material) Nxf4 22. Qxf4 f5 23. Rf2 Rf6!, and Black merely has to activate his pieces to cash in on his material advantage.

With White’s pieces mostly bystanders, Fremont closes the deal with a snappy little cavalry sortie by his knight: 34. … Rh6 35. Qf1 Nf6 36. Nc4 Ng4 37. Qf4 Rh2+ 38. Kd1 (Kf1 Nxe3+! 39. Qxe3 Qg2+ 40. Ke1 Rh1+ and mate next) Nf2+ 39. Kc1 Nd3+, picking off the unfortunately placed queen. Boston Amateur resigned.

Napoleon-Bertrand, St. Helena 1820

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 Nxd4 4. Nxd4 exd4 5. Bc4 Bc5 6. c3 Qe7 7. O-O Qe5 8. f4 dxc3+ 9. Kh1 cxb2 10. Bxf7+ Kd8 11. fxe5 bxa1=Q 12. Bxg8 Be7 13. Qb3 a5 14. Rf8+ Bxf8 15. Bg5+ Be7 16. Bxe7+ Kxe7 17. Qf7+ Kd8 18. Qf8 mate.

Amateur-Fremont, Boston 1859

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Qe7 5. 0-0 d6 6. h3 Nf6 7. d3 0-0 8. Be3 Bxe3 9. fxe3 Be6 10. Bb3 Na5 11. Nbd2 c6 12. Qe2 d5 13. Nxe5 Bxh3 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15. gxh3 dxe4 16. d4 Kh8 17. Bc2 Nb7 18. Rf4 Nd6 19. Qg2 Rae8 20. Raf1 Nd5 21. Qf2 Nxf4 22. Qxf4 f5 23. Rf2 Rf6 24. Rg2 Rg6 25. Rxg6 hxg6 26. Bb3 Rf8 27. h4 Qf6 28. c4 Nf7 29. c5 g5 30. hxg5 Nxg5 31. Qh4+ Nh7 32. Qh3 Qg5+ 33. Kf1 Rf6 34. Ke2 Rh6 35. Qf1 Nf6 36. Nc4 Ng4 37. Qf4 Rh2+ 38. Kd1 Nf2+ 39. Kc1 Nd3+ White resigns.

David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by email at dsands@washingtontimes.com.