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Ernst Falkbeer vs Johann Jacob Loewenthal
Birmingham (1858), London ENG, Sep-17
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid. Spielmann Attack (C26)  ·  1-0


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Jan-17-05  InspiredByMorphy: Incredible game! Falkbeer's play is genius, sacking a bishop (24.Bxh6!)immediately followed by a rook (25.Rxf6!) to leave blacks king in a hopelessy exposed position. I think Morphy would have enjoyed watching this game.
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  tamar: 33 e5!! is necessary to keep the combination going, but it occurs 9 moves later.
Oct-08-07  Antiochus: Unbelievable!!
Feb-17-16  zanzibar: Are the colors wrong for this game?

FWIW- <CG> agrees with <Chessbase>.

But I believe the original source is from Staunton, 1859, where the game is given as


<019/032 <Falkbeer -- Loewenthal (39) 1-0 > Queen's Knight Opening - Played 9/17 (Fri) at St. George's Club>

from <Chess Player's Chronicle v1 S3 (1859) p19/32>

Feb-18-16  Retireborn: <z> Does NOT agree with Chessbase Big 2002, which has this as the second game of the match, played on 17 September with Loewenthal winning as White.
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  MissScarlett: I intend to go into this in greater detail, but, for now, the nub of the problem is that <CPC 1859> gives Falkbeer vs Loewenthal, 1858 (p.17) followed by this game (p.19) with the note (p.20):

<These two games form part of the match played at the Birmingham tournament between the two above-mentioned champions, and were played on the 16th and 17th September.>

Although the games carry no further detail, it has seemed a reasonable assumption that they represent games 1 and 2 of the final. A belief apparently reinforced since the next number of <CPC> gives two further games, Falkbeer vs Loewenthal, 1858 (p.73) and Falkbeer vs Loewenthal, 1858 (p.74) as <Game III> and <Game IV>, respectively.

And yet the final began on Monday, September 13th, according to the <Era> of September 19th, p.5,: <The Birmingham Tournament.- The concluding round in this protracted contest was commenced at the St George's Chess Club, on Monday, between Herren Falkbeer and Lowenthal. Up to this time four games have been played, of which each have won one, and two have been drawn.>

Suffice to say, something's got to give.

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