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Morphy - Harrwitz Match

Paul Morphy5.5/8(+5 -2 =1)[games]
Daniel Harrwitz2.5/8(+2 -5 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Morphy - Harrwitz (1858)

Played in Paris, France from September 5 - October 4. The terms of the match provided that the winner would be the first player to score seven wins, with draws not counted.

Morphy 0 0 1 1 1 1 = 1 5.5 Harrwitz 1 1 0 0 0 0 = 0 2.5

After winning the first two games, Harrwitz retired in the face of five unanswered victories by Morphy. Missing information: Games 2, 3 and 4 have month only.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 1; 8 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs Harrwitz 0-1371858Morphy - HarrwitzC41 Philidor Defense
2. Harrwitz vs Morphy 1-0551858Morphy - HarrwitzD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Harrwitz vs Morphy 0-1541858Morphy - HarrwitzA84 Dutch
4. Morphy vs Harrwitz 1-0351858Morphy - HarrwitzC41 Philidor Defense
5. Harrwitz vs Morphy 0-1541858Morphy - HarrwitzA84 Dutch
6. Morphy vs Harrwitz 1-0481858Morphy - HarrwitzC41 Philidor Defense
7. Harrwitz vs Morphy ½-½451858Morphy - HarrwitzA84 Dutch
8. Morphy vs Harrwitz 1-0591858Morphy - HarrwitzC41 Philidor Defense
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-18-14  RookFile: This is a terrific match, one great fighting game after another.
Apr-01-15  todicav23: The last game is recorded as 1-1. Chessgames, please fix this.
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  morfishine: The games are not listed in the right order. Harrwitz won the first 2 games, which would be here games 3 & 4 (4=1 & 3=2). After that, Morphy trounced him


Jun-20-15  zanzibar: <Chessical> just pointed out a handy site with old historical newspapers.

Just a quick glance at it yielded the following quip about this match:

<Harrwitz yielded the chess contest with Mr. Morphy by the advice of his physician. If Mr. Staunton means to accept Mr. Morphy's challenge, probably he will look out for a doctor beforehand.>

<Sangamo Journal / Illinois State Journal, Volume 11, Number 129, 22 November 1858> (p3)

Nov-06-15  siegbert: The games are still not in the correct order. If Harrwitz won the first two then three and four are actually one and two.
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  TheFocus: If the dates are added, the games would line up correctly.
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  Calli: I have added dates for Games 3 and 4. The dates are in Lawson, games 23 and 24, and confirmed in a German newspaper. Does anyone know the source of the date for game 1 of the match?
Dec-20-17  Chess Is More: <Calli> Seems that no one does, unfortunately.
Dec-20-17  sudoplatov: Harrwitz: 2618 (#6)

Morphy: 2802 (#1)

Harrwitz was no slouch but not quit up to Morphy. World #2 Anderssen is only 2657.

Edo's guesstimates.

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