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Max Weiss vs James Moore Hanham
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 15, Apr-10
Philidor Defense: Hanham. Steiner Variation (C41)  ·  1-0


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Dec-05-14  Knight13: The alternative, 48. Bxc7+, wins more quickly: ... Kxc7 49. Kd5 g5 50. h3 and there is no stopping White from infiltrating and assassinating Black's Kingside pawns.
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  heuristic: <48.Bxc7+ Kxc7 49.Kd5 g5 50.h3 wins more quickly> after 50...h4 the position (with opposite Bs and Ps) looks more like a draw than a win.

47...h5 and 49.h3 are weakening. the pawns are fine.

49.Be8 looks attractive, but 51.Be8 is too late.

endgames are hard to evaluate as there is usually a series of moves that strengthen/weaken the situation.

that said, the BLK B moves of 51-53 are weak. by 56.Bf5+; WHT has a win.

51...Be1 52.Bb5 Bf2 keeps the draw

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  heuristic: 20.Rxd7 is attractive.
20...Qxd7 21.Nxe5 Qd4 22.Bxf7+ Rxf7 23.Nxf7 Qxe3 24.fxe3 Rd2 and WHT has a good game.
Dec-06-14  Knight13: <heuristic: <48.Bxc7+ Kxc7 49.Kd5 g5 50.h3 wins more quickly> after 50...h4 the position (with opposite Bs and Ps) looks more like a draw than a win.> ... Because Black has Bd2-f4. Aha!
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