|Harrwitz - Williams (1852)|
Played in London, England from October 26 - November 30.
Missing information: no months/days; needs introduction.
Harrwitz 1 = 1 1 = = 1 1 1 1 8.5
Williams 0 = 0 0 = = 0 0 0 0 1.5
Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.
|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.
|Dec-20-13|| ||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.
|Jan-31-15|| ||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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