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Daniel Harrwitz vs Bernhard Horwitz
"Battle of Witz" (game of the day Sep-01-2004)
Harrwitz - Horwitz (1846), London ENG, rd 7, Oct-??
Ponziani Opening: General (C44)  ·  1-0



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Jan-03-11  gmalino: Monday, monday, very easy:
29. Rxh7+ Kxh7
30. Rh1+ Kg7
31. Qh6#
All blacks moves were as forced as it can be, nothing more to add then Happy new year....
Jan-03-11  TheaN: Monday 3 January 2011

Happy new years to anyone at CG, kinda forgot to post my wishes here as well ^^.


Material: White ♗ vs ♘

Candidates: <[29.Rxh7†]>

Certainly Monday style, just a rook this time.

<29.Rxh7† Kxh7 30.Rh1† Kg7 31.Qh6‡ 1-0> this puzzle shows that an semi open f-file with two rooks on it does not beat a semi open h-file with only one rook. Sacs on h2/h7 are usually much better than on f2/f7 were the situation to arise.

Jan-03-11  agb2002: White has a bishop for a knight.

Black threatens 29... Nxe6 and 29... Rxf3.

The bishop controls the light squares around the black king, the white queen can invade the black castle through the dark squares, in particular h6, and the white rooks can pave the way for the invasion. Therefore, 29.Rxh7+ Kxh7 30.Rh1+ Kg7 31.Qh6#.

Jan-03-11  bengalcat47: Black's downfall was due to his allowing White's Bishop to be strongly posted at e6.
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  Once: upon a time, there was a dreadful mistake in the local maternity ward. Mrs Horwitz had given birth to twin boys. But the ward sister was a little - how do you say? - slow in the head ... a dimwit, a nitwit ...

In other words, she was easily confused. Because in the bed next door to Mrs Horwitz was Mrs Harrwitz and she also was blessed with the happy arrival of a son. And of course, this being a fairy story, the inevitable happened. One of the Horwitz twins was switched with the singular Harrwitz boy, and no-one was any the wiser.

To recap - Mrs Horrwitz went home with a Horwitz and a Harrwitz, and Mrs Harrwitz took back the other Horwitz. What a load of half-wits!

This dreadful mistake might have gone undetected for all time, but for one thing. Mr and Mrs Horwitz played chess and were hoping their Caissac genes would transfer to their twin sons. Imagine their distress when only one son took to the 64 squares with natural ability, whilst the other was not the slightest bit interested.

Strangely enough, in another part of town, Mr and Mrs Harrwitz discovered that their singular son also liked the royal game, and soon became quite strong at it. The one thing that Mr Harrwitz could never understand was why his son had ginger hair when no-one else in the family did, not even Roger the lodger....

Years passed (as they tend to do) and the mistake remained undiscovered. Until one day, at a local chess tournament, Horwitz (junior) sat down to play Harrwitz (junior). Looking across the board was like looking into a mirror, for each was the stamp of the other. What was even weirder was that they shared the same birthday...

The game started. Naturally they played a symmetrical opening (1. e4 e5) until they reached this position:

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They both fell into a long long think as they tried to come up with a strategic plan. Horrwitz, playing black, had an idea. And this is what he thought: "I am going to attack along the f file aided by a centrally outposted knight on d4".

And, a little later, Harrwitz came up with a remarkably similar plan. "I am going to attack along the h file aided by a centrally outposted bishop on e6."

24... Bh6 25.Qd1 Nc6 26.Rh1 Be3 27.Rff1 Bxd2 28.Qxd2 Nd4

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By a strange coincidence, we have arrived at a position where both black and white are equally happy. Black has forced one white rook to abandon the f file. He has liquidated the defensive Nd2 and placed his own knight on the outpost d4. Black is poised to grab the f3 pawn with a decisive attack on the white king. Odd, and slightly spooky, that black has virtually forced white to play the winning combination, but they do say that blood is thicker than water.

And the rest you know. White won with a rook reloader along the h file, black cried out "mein zwillingsbruder!", Mr Harrwitz had to apologise to Roger the lodger and they all lived happily ever after...

Jan-03-11  Patriot: 29.Rxh7+ Kxh7 30.Rh1+ Kg7 31.Qh6#

What was the material count again? :-)

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  Domdaniel: Ah, 1846. The early years of Queen Victoria's reign, and there's talk at t'club that some of the chaps might put together the world's first chess tournament in a couple of years, or five.

I imagine White raised his brandy, said "To Her Majesty the Queen! And to the remaining 55 years of her reign!", and played 29.Rxh7+, announcing mate in three.

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  HeMateMe: Queen Vic is mentioned in the movie "Zulu". The most OBEs ever handed out for one action, as a result of the fighting at Rohrs Drift.
Jan-03-11  mastermind7994: Got this in a very little time. That's good.
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  AylerKupp: The pun could have been "Witz End" and it would have been equally applicable to white or black, depending on who won the game.
Jan-03-11  kevin86: A pun and a puzzle! Wow!.

Mate in three:rook sac-second rook checks-queen mates.

A little thrown off by ROOK sac instead of queen sac.

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  gawain: It must be the three move mate forced after Rxh7+. I suppose this has to be a classic, but I've never seen it before. Nice.
Jan-03-11  rapidcitychess: I love Monday.
Jan-03-11  WhiteRook48: easy, rxh7+, rh1+, qh6#
Jan-03-11  SufferingBruin: <Once> Damn, that was some good stuff.

I, for one, like the puzzles where the enemy king is face-to-face with the heavy artillery <and> has one of his escape squares covered.

Jan-03-11  zb2cr: To <HeHateMe>,

The battle was "Rorke's Drift".

The puzzle is familiar; I remember it from its GOTD incarnation. 29. Rxh7+, Kxh7: 30. Rh1+. Kg7; 31. Qh6#.

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  Domdaniel: <HeMateMe> The most OBEs ever handed out for one action went to Ray Keene, for services to chess.
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  Once: There is some controversy about the number of VCs awarded for the battle at Rorke's Drift.

One school of thought is that the British government was very embarrassed by the previous battle of Isandlwana which the Zulus had won. And hence they made much of the much smaller battle for Rourke's Drift as a way of drawing attention away from the earlier defeat.

Who knows? It sounds plausible.

Jan-03-11  David2009: Monday, Monday, happy day.

Let's rewind to the move before the blunder:
Harrwitz vs Horwitz, 1846 Black 28...?

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Crafty End Game Trainer finds 28...Qd2 (link: You have to supply White's first move, Qxd2, to reach the diagram).

Playing the game out Fritz 6 versus the EGT, the silicon maestros duke it out to a draw with plenty of excitement along the way:

Fritz 6 - Crafty EGT, (starting from Harrwitz vs Horwitz 1846, 28?) 28.Qxd2 Qe7 29.Bg4 Nd4 30.f4 Qg7 31.Qd3 h5 32.Qe3 Kg8 33.Bd1 R6f7 34.Rf2 exf4 35.gxf4 g5 36.f5 Qe5 37.Qd3 h4 38.Rg1 Kh8 39.Kh3 Rg8 40.Bh5 Re7 41.Bg6 Qxe4 42.Qxe4 Rxe4 43.Rxg5 Re3+ 44.Kg4 Kg7 45.Bh5+ Kf6 46.Rg6+ Ke5 47.Kxh4 Rh8 48.Kg5 Ke4 49.Rg7 Kd3 50.b3 Re5 51.Rxc7 Ke3 52.Rf1 Nxf5 53.Rxf5 Rxh5+ 54.Kxh5 Rxf5+ 55.Kg6 Rf2 56.Rc6 Kd4 57.a4 Ke5 58.Rxb6 Rf6+ 59.Kg7 Rf1 60.Rb5 Rf3

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White is two Pawns up but his King is cut off and progress is difficult 61.Kg6 Kd4 62.Kh5 Ke5 63.Kg4 Rf4+ 64.Kg3 Rd4 65.Kf3 Rd3+ 66.Kg4 Re3 67.Rb7 Rc3 68.Re7+ Kd4 69.Kf5 Rxb3 70.Ke6 Rb4 71.Kxd6 Rxc4 72.Ke6 Rxa4

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This is now a difficult tablebase win which Fritz narrowly fails to find: 73.d6 (73 Rc7! first cuts off the King, but it is still difficult) Kc5 74.Rc7+ Kb6 75.Rc8 Rd4 76.d7 a4 77.d8Q+ Rxd8 78.Rxd8 Kc5 79.Ke5 a3 80.Ke4 Kc4 81.Rc8+ Kb3 82.Kd3 Kb2 83.Rc2+ Kb3 84.Rc5 Kb2 85.Rb5+ Kc1 ½-½

My copy of Fritz 6 came as a Christmas gift bundled with a documentary film "Game over: Kasparov and the machine" : the film is so-so but Fritz 6 is good.

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  HeMateMe: A game like this could be both hairy and hoary!
Jan-03-11  Fuegoverde: This is my first post in this section so... hello everybody! As many others I love Mondays!
29 Rxh7+ Kxh7, 30 Rh1+ Kg7, 31 Qh6++
Jan-03-11  wals: Always pleasant to get a win, even though it is classed as very easy.

RYBKA 4 x 64 : depth : 22 : 5 min :


(+#3):28...Nd4. Best, Qe7, =0.00.

1. = (0.00): 28...Qe7 29.Bg4 Nd4 30.f4 Kg8 31.Qd3 h5 32.Bd1 Qd7 33.Qd2 Qe8 34.f5 gxf5 35.Bxh5 Qe7 36.exf5 Nxf5 37.Qd3 Nd4

Jan-03-11  1.e4effort: got this one in no time flat. Oh, its from 1846 - i coulda been a contender back then!
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  ajk68: The good ole days, when they felt it a matter of honor to play out the obvious end.
Jan-03-11  TheBish: Well, I thought I was clever to come up with what turns out to be the <already> existing pun! Pretty obvious, I guess!

As far as the game, pretty easy, and it's already been documented, so why bother repeating it?

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