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Daniel Harrwitz vs Elijah Williams
Harrwitz - Williams (1852/53), London ENG, rd 8
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0


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Apr-09-06  RandomVisitor: 60...Kf5 would have kept the game a draw - instead the move played, Kd6. But they did not have endgame tablebases in 1852.
May-14-06  Dionyseus: Also, black probably should have played on a little bit longer. If he had played 70...Qa4, it would take white 34 moves to mate black with perfect play.
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  offramp: Williams messes around in the opening, with moves like 13...h6 and 15...a6. Harrwitz plays very well and after 19.d4

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...Williams realises he has a problem. The threat is the simple ♙d4-d5.

After going a piece up Harrwitz begins to mess around and Williams starts to play well. Harrwitz either misses or avoids 28.Rxg7+, parhaps fearing a perptual check. We reach this position after 39...Rf7

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Harrwitz probably thought that if he now played 40.Nd6 then 40...Rf6 would win the knight - but 41.Qe8! would just about save the poor beast.

So Harrwitz gives back the piece and we reach this ♙-ending:

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...which I think is a win for white.

But Harrwitz does not play it very well and things become interesting. 49...h7-h5

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After 54...♙h2-h1=Q

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But Williams plays with fire, and after 60.b4

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...he is in a situation where only one move draws; as mentioned above that move is 60...Kf5.

Harrwitz plays the final part of the game very well - he was a great player!

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