Boden, Samuel

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Samuel Standidge Boden (1826-1882) was an English chess player.  In 1851, he introduced the Boden-Kieseritzky Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nxe4 4.Nc3 Nxc3 5.dxc3 f6).  He also took 1st place at the 1851 London Provincial tournament.  From 1857 to many years later, he was acknowledged as the best English player.  In 1858, Paul Morphy declared that Boden was the strongest of all English players.  Against Morphy, he won 1 game, drew 4 games, and lost 6 games.  From 1858 to 1873, he edited a chess column for the Field.  He worked for the railway company and was an amateur water color painter and art critic.  He died of typhoid fever at the age of 55.


  • 7 years ago · Quote · #1


    Here is a nice anecdote from

    In September 1858 a young problemist showed a position of his own making to Mr H.E. Bird, who saw the solution in a minute or two. Duly moving the pieces, Mr Bird said, “That’s one way.” Thereupon Samuel Boden exclaimed, “Cook it, Bird.” Mr Bird continued to move the pieces and said at last, “There is no cook that I can see.” The young composer timidly asked, “What is a cook?” Mr Bird and Mr Boden both laughed. Then Mr Boden said, “Cook is a word for an unsound problem. In the cookery books, you know, there are pages of different recipes for cooking the same dish. Each recipe is headed, ‘Another Way’.”  Thus the word cook came to be used in the sphere of compositions.

    More info. on Boden is found in the following feature authored by Sara Beth (The batgirl for you)

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