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Boden, Samuel

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.

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