Charles Henry Stanley vs. John Spencer Turner Match, "The Great Match"
February 11-14, 1850
Washington, DC

          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Stanley   1  1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?  11 (w/1 draw)
Turner    0  0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?   5 (w/1 draw)


  • Match went to the first player to win 11 games, draws not counting. Stanley was White in the odd-numbered games.

  • Turner, a gentleman farmer from Mount Sterling, Kentucky, challenged Stanley to a match for $1000, believing that he had discovered a sure win for White in the King's Gambit (nothing too special, just 3. Nf3, 4. Bc4, 5. c3, and 6. d4), and would therefore win at least half the games. It didn't work out that way, naturally, and after a draw and two losses with the line, he switched over to the Giouco Piano, losing twice with that, too.

  • Yes, the dates above are correct. This 17 game match really did only last 4 days.

  • I can only find the first ten games of the match. Stanley went +4-3=0 in the remaining 7 games.

  • I'm not sure where this got the moniker of "The Great Match", but it appears that truth in advertising laws were no stricter in 1850 than they are today.

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