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Anderssen - Harrwitz Match

Daniel Harrwitz5/10(+5 -5 =0)[games]
Adolf Anderssen5/10(+5 -5 =0)[games] Chess Event Description
Anderssen - Harrwitz Match (1848)

Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland); 26 January 1848—April/May 1848

1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Wins ———————————————————————————————————— Anderssen 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1* 5 Harrwitz 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 5 ———————————————————————————————————— * The match was halted due to civil unrest in Breslau. Format: Best of eleven games to be the victor.

The February, 1848, issue of Schachzeitung reported that on January 26th the two players participated in a double-blindfold game after which they began their best of eleven game match.(1) The April issue of Schachzeitung reported eight games had been played to that point with each player scoring four wins.(3) The May issue reported that only two additional games had been played, due to the Breslau riots, with the score standing five games each and that the 11th and final game would decide the match.(4) The June issue of Schachzeitung reported that the match had been permanently halted.

(1) Schachzeitung, v3 n2, February 1848, p100
(2) Schachzeitung, v3 n3, March 1848, pp128-132
(3) Schachzeitung, v3 n4, April 1848, p172
(4) Schachzeitung, v3 n5, May 1848, p214
(5) Schachzeitung, v3 n6, June 1848, pp246-247
(6) Schachzeitung, v3 n7, July 1848, pp278-284

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 1; 10 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 0-1501848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 0-1341848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 1-0281848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 0-1261848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 0-1361848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
6. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 1-0321848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
7. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 0-1301848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
8. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 1-0371848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchC54 Giuoco Piano
9. Harrwitz vs Anderssen 1-0171848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Anderssen vs Harrwitz 0-1551848Anderssen - Harrwitz MatchC01 French, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-11-17  sneaky pete: Also missing at this time is game 9:

Anderssen vs Harrwitz, 1848

Apr-11-17  sneaky pete: Schachzeitung 1848 has all the games and some info about the match. 11 games were scheduled, but due to political unrest (1848 was a revolutionary year everywhere in Europe, even in far off Breslau) the match was adjourned and/or cancelled after 10 games. The reporting in SZ is very discreet here.

The blindfold game won by Anderssen, not part of the match, was played January 26. Both the second game (won brilliantly by Harrwitz in 17 moves) and the third game were played February 1 (SZ page 121).

Schachzeitung gives no dates for the other games.

Apr-11-17  Calli: <sneaky pete> I put the starting date in the description. Are you saying that the first game in this collection is the blindfold game and ninth game is missing?
Apr-12-17  Calli: <sneaky> Okay, I understand, there are actually 10 games.
Apr-12-17  sneaky pete: Harrwitz vs Anderssen, 1848 is the blindfold game played January 26. It was not part of the matcch, but something like an introduction to it. The first 3 moves (1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5) were chosen, not by the players, but by the visitors of this opening ceremony (Schach Zeitung page 128). Harrwitz preferred the Bishop's Gambit 3.Bc4 .. in some games of the actual match.

Correction of my earlier post: info about the dates and the planned length of the match comes from SZ page 100, February issue, along with the moves of game 2. The blindfold game and games 1 and 3 were published in March, pages 128/130. The remaining 7 games are on pages 278/284 of the July issue.

On page 214 (that's probably the May issue) we can read that because of repeated interruptions due to "die Breslauer Unruhen", so far only 10 games have been played. Pages 246/7 (that must be the June issue) carry a report that, after the last game has been cancelled, Herr Harrwitz has left for Brussels and from there will travel first to England and then to America, to seek his fame and fortune there. I don't think he ever did that.

It would be nice if the games here were put in the order in which they were played. They already all have the right nummber in the round field, so that shouldn't be difficult.

My Google version of Schach Zeitung 1848 has the wrong index, that of 1849, so I had to guess the month of a report in some cases.

The only thing we now know about the dates is that games 2 and 3 were played February 1, and game 1 after January 26 and before February 1.

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