Thabtos asked me about this as I am now a life member of the
club that invented this opening.
Or am I?
Please read this:
It is interesting to note that it was John Cochrane (a Scot playing for
London who suggested 3.d4).
Also in them days the rule about White going first was not yet in place.
So when Edinburgh had the Black piece and 'the move'. they actually
That link does mention the move that London tried to take back:
(the English Postmaster refused to give them the letter back so they could
change they chosen move)
This was game in question. London wanted to retract their Rook sac.
27.Rxg5+ Edinburgh refused.
London then actually then refused a perptual (29,Qc5+ - 30 Qg5+ etc).
The link fails to mention that in the critical game that Edinburgh won,
Edinburgh too made a blunder so went to the Scottish Postmaster
and asked for their letter back.
The Scottish lad handed back the letter right away. 🙂
This is the game.
Edinburgh are White (although they were Black in the acual game and went
first. All this is confusing, thank heavens they made the rule about white going first).
Good game this one.
Nobody is quite sure where Edinburgh blundered and got their move back
because officially it never happened. When it came to light years later
Edinburgh said they had sent a clerical error, an illegal move but could then
have been bound by the touch move rule.
White going first.
One theory has it that at the London Chess Club the pieces were White and Red.
The club sec was fed up with all the arguing about players wanting the Red
pieces. (I've no idea why. perhaps white was seen as a a cowards colour).
So he posted a rule on the notice board.
"The player who wishes to take Red forfiets the first move."
So White moves first in Chess to maintain the peace.
Hearsay? a Myth? I don't know but I have read a few accounts of this.