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Saint-Amant, Pierre

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Pierre Saint-amant (1800-1872) was the leading French player after the death of Bourdonnais.  He was secretary to the Governor of French Guiana but was dismissed after he protested abouth the slave trade.  In 1823, he entered the wholesale wine trade and prospered from it.  In 1841 he revised the chess magazine, Le Palamede, which ran until the end of 1847.  In early 1843 he defeated Staunton in London in a match (3 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses), but lost the re-match at the end of the year in Paris (6 wins, 4 draws, 11 losses).  He retired to Algeria in 1861.  He died in 1872 after a fall from his carriage.

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