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Harrwitz - Williams Match

Daniel Harrwitz8.5/10(+7 -0 =3)[view games]
Elijah Williams1.5/10(+0 -7 =3)[view games] Chess Event Description
Harrwitz - Williams (1852)

Played in London, England from October 26 - November 30.

Harrwitz 1 = 1 1 = = 1 1 1 1 8.5 Williams 0 = 0 0 = = 0 0 0 0 1.5

Missing information: no months/days; needs introduction.

Original collection: Game Collection: 1852 Harrwitz - Williams by User: TheFocus.

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Harrwitz vs E Williams 1-076 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsC01 French, Exchange
2. Harrwitz vs E Williams  1-051 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. Harrwitz vs E Williams ½-½73 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsC30 King's Gambit Declined
4. E Williams vs Harrwitz 0-160 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsA03 Bird's Opening
5. E Williams vs Harrwitz 0-146 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. E Williams vs Harrwitz  ½-½25 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsA00 Uncommon Opening
7. E Williams vs Harrwitz 0-137 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Harrwitz vs E Williams  1-055 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsC41 Philidor Defense
9. E Williams vs Harrwitz ½-½61 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsA03 Bird's Opening
10. Harrwitz vs E Williams 1-033 1852 Harrwitz - WilliamsC39 King's Gambit Accepted
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-20-13  thomastonk: <TheFocus> Do you know where these games were published in 1852?

Background. The game Harrwitz vs E Williams, 1852 came to my attention when my pgn comparer told my that another database contains a copy with 35.♗b4 instead of 35.♗b6. A minor difference, of course. But then I observed that in the other database Williams played White and Harrwitz played Black! This seems to be correct, because Williams didn't win a game in this match, that's for sure.

BTW: that game cannot belong to the 1852/53 match, because 1.e4 e5 was forced there. I've found already additional information on both matches, which could be used for extending their introductions, but I've seen only a single game published by Staunton.

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  TheFocus: I got the three matches from <Quarterly for Chess History>. Let me take a look over the weekend.
Dec-21-13  thomastonk: <TheFocus: I got the three matches from <Quarterly for Chess History>.> I don't know that 19th century magazine. ;-)

Meanwhile I have found the primary source: Harrwitz' "British Chess Review", of course! Volume 1.

The game in question is the fourth game of the first match on pages 14-15. Williams is indeed White, and he played 35.♗b4. I leave it to you to submit a correction slip.

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  zanzibar: It's too bad <thomastonk> didn't publish the round dates here.

The period around 1852/53 is difficult to find properly documented via chess journals (at least at <Chess Archeology>). Perhaps the newspaper archive might be some help.

It's also too bad the players didn't meet in 1850, when, according to EDOchess, they were most evenly matched:

[Update - google books has copies of <British Chess Review> referred to by <thomastonk> above. For instance, the sixth game is reported to have taken place on Nov 25, 1852 on p33]

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