Played in London, England from December 4, 1852 - January 9, 1853, and from March 8 - 18, 1853. Delay from January until March was due to illness on the part of Harrwitz. ... [more]
Player: Elijah Williams
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|Jan-30-15|| ||zanzibar: OK, what games were played in 1853?
According to the version I downloaded, only one game, R12, was played in 1853.
All the other games were played in 1852, with games 1 and 3 having exact dates.
In this case I agree with the <Missing Information> in the bio.
|Jan-30-15|| ||zanzibar: According to <The Field - Sat 1853-01-01> the conditions of the match were:|
<The terms of this match are, that the player who first wins seven games is to be declared the victor, and that <King's Pawn two Squares> shall be each player's first move throughout the contest.>
The match commenced at the <London Chess Club> between two of the best players in this society, <renowned German blindfold player Herr Harrwitz, and Mr. Elijah Williams>
|Jan-30-15|| ||zanzibar: Using the <O'Keefe Timeline> at <Chess Archeology>, there is a full listing of all twelve games in <The London Field>, between 1/1/1853 and 4/23/1843, with some confusing ordering|
R1 - 1/1
R2 - 1/15
R4 - 1/22
R6 - 1/29
R7 - 2/5
R5 - 2/19
R6 - 2/26
R7 - 3/5
R8 - 3/8
R10 - 4/2
R11 - 4/16
R12 - 4/23
Explicit dates are only given for the last two games in the series, R11 (concluded 3/15/1853) and R12 (3/18/1853).
|Jan-30-15|| ||zanzibar: No mention of Harrwitz's illness is made in <The Field> (afaik).|
In the April 30, 1853 issue Harrwitz issues an open challenge to Stanton, with these conditions (among others):
• Stake of 50 guineas/side
• Audience limited to 4 friends/side
• First to win 11 games
• Meet thrice/week
• <"In order to increase the interest in the game, Herr H. proposes that each party play for his first move in every game, King's Pawn two squares.">
• Time limit of one of either 5/10/15/20 minutes/move - at Staunton's choice.
Surrey-Street, Strand, April 30, 1853
|Dec-10-17|| ||MissScarlett: Appears this series was the second match played between these gentlemen in 1852. The first started around the beginning of November and Harrwitz seems to have won that handsomely, too. More details soon.|
|Dec-10-17|| ||zanzibar: <MissS> would be nice for you to clean this up...|
I have Golombek giving (p136) Harrwitz--Williams (1853) (+7 -2 =3).
So, either there was a third match, or else either you or Golombek are off by a year (you say 1852, he says 1853).
PS- Nice teaser, almost CNN worthy.
|Dec-10-17|| ||zanzibar: Maybe <MissS> found Harrwitz's <British Chess Review> issues, whereupon both matches are touched upon.|
Each was a first to win 7 match, the 1st match played from Oct 29, 1852-Nov 30, 1852, at 2 games/week (+7/-0/=3).
The 2nd match began on Dec 4, 1852. It was different from the first, in that White's first move ("K.P.2") was stipulated. The 2nd match also had the interruption in play due to Harrwitz's "severe indisposition".
Harrwitz journeyed to France and returned to London on Feb 25, 1853. The m2 9th game was on Jan 4, 1853, the 10th on Mar 8, 1853, and the 12th and last game on Mar 18, 1853.
Note: EDOchess gives an earlier match between the two protagonists,
1846 London 4/5 in favor of Williams
|Dec-10-17|| ||zanzibar: Heck, should have checked <CG> first - as <TheFocus> already did the other match too:|
Harrwitz - Williams (1852)
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