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Preston Ware vs Max Weiss
"Preston To Service" (game of the day Aug-21-2019)
Vienna (1882), Vienna AUH, rd 1, May-10
Queen Pawn Game: Mason Attack (D00)  ·  1-0


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Sep-29-04  clocked: 17...h6 appears to be the losing move
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  akiba82: Excellent game by Ware against a player soon to be in the top ten. Weiss went on to share first prize with Chigorin at NY 1889. Steinitz offered him a world championship match following that event, but Weiss declined.
Jan-16-10  bengalcat47: This game can be found in the book The King-Hunr in Chess by W.H. Cozens.
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  GrahamClayton: <clocked>17...h6 appears to be the losing move.

I think that Black's losing moves were the time he wasted with his knight - 13...♘a5, 14...♘c4, 15...♘a5 and 18...♘c4, while White moved his pieces into position for a successful attack.

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  Honza Cervenka: Hard Ware for Max...:-)
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Ware also scored a monster upset v. Steinitz in his career, but this game shows him in a better light--that other game contained a lot of errors.
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  Breunor: To answer clocked from 15 years ago, the computer does not think 17 h6 is the losing move; indeed it is the best mvoe but good moves are already hard to find:

1) +2.11 (24 ply) 17...h6 18.Qh5 Rae8 19.Nh7 f5 20.Qg6 Qd7 21.Nf6+ Rxf6 22.Bxf6 Qf7 23.Qxf7+ Kxf7 24.Be5 Be7 25.Bc7 Bd8 26.Bxd8 Rxd8 27.g4 c4 28.Bc2 g6 29.Kf2 Nc6 30.Rg1 b5 31.gxf5 exf5

2) +2.57 (23 ply) 17...f5 18.dxc5 bxc5 19.Nxe6 Qf7 20.Nxf8 c4 21.Bc2 Rxf8 22.g4 Re8 23.Bxf5 Bc5 24.Bf2 Bd6 25.Bg3 Nb3 26.Bc2 Nc5 27.Bh4 Qe6 28.Rf3 Ne4 29.Bb1 Bc5 30.f5 Qh6 31.Bxe4 Rxe4 32.Bf2

this was a case where I had to run the computer for a long time for it to get this correct.

As GrahamClayton said, the excessive knight moves really hurt, and the last one (18 Nc4 cost another point. But another knight move is (only relatively) best. After NC4:

1) +3.39 (22 ply) 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Qg6 Rf5 21.Qxe6+ Qf7 22.Bxf5 Kf8 23.e4 dxe4 24.Rf2 Re8 25.Qxf7+ Kxf7 26.Bd7 Rb8 27.f5 Bc8 28.Bc6 Bb7 29.Bxb7 Rxb7 30.Re2 cxd4 31.cxd4 Rb8 32.Rf1 b5 33.b3 Nxa3 34.Rxe4

Best is

1) +2.10 (22 ply) 18...Nc6 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Qg6 Ne7 21.Qh7+ Kf7 22.f5 Nxf5 23.Bxf5 exf5 24.Rxf5+ Ke6 25.Rdf1 Rae8 26.Qg6+ Kd7 27.Rf7+ Rxf7 28.Rxf7+ Be7 29.Qxg7 Qd8 30.Qe5 c4 31.a4 Bc6 32.e4 dxe4 33.Bg3 Rg8 34.Bf4 Ke8 35.Rh7 Bxa4 36.d5 Rf8 37.Bxh6

2) +2.21 (22 ply) 18...Rae8 19.Nh7 f5 20.Qg6 Qd7 21.g4 Rf7 22.Nf6+ Rxf6 23.Bxf6 Qf7 24.Qxf7+ Kxf7 25.Be5 Be7 26.dxc5 Bxc5 27.Kf2 Nc6 28.b4 Nxe5 29.fxe5 Be7 30.gxf5 exf5 31.Bxf5 Bh4+ 32.Ke2 Rxe5 33.Bc2+ Ke7

As of move 15, black is even:

1) -0.02 (20 ply) 15...b5 16.Bh4 Qe8 17.Rde1 Rc8 18.g4 f6 19.Bg3 Nb6 20.Bc2 c4 21.e4 dxe4 22.Bxe4 Nd5 23.Nd2 g5 24.Bf3 Bxf4 25.Bxd5 Bxd5

2) =0.00 (19 ply) 15...cxd4 16.cxd4 Be7 17.Ne5 Nd6 18.Rc1 a5 19.Qh5 g6 20.Nxg6 hxg6 21.Bxg6 fxg6 22.Qxg6+ Kh8 23.Qh6+ Kg8 24.Qg6+

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