It is one of the oldest chess openings, having been discussed in the literature by 1497. It was advocated by Howard Staunton, generally considered the world’s strongest player from 1843 to 1851, in his 1847 book The Chess-Player’s Handbook. For some decades, it was often called “Staunton’s Opening” or the “English Knight’s Game” as a result. Today, it is usually known by the name of Domenico Lorenzo Ponziani, whose main contribution to the opening was his introduction, in 1769, of the countergambit 3…f5!?
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