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



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Jan-07-05  Knight13: Instead of 28... Nd4?? 28... Qe7 is much better.
Oct-26-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Harrwitz 3 mistakes:
8.Nh4 0.00 (8.Be2 0.34)
13.Bxf6 -0.58 (13.Nd2 -0.05)
25.Qd1 -0.22 (25.Qb3 0.30)

Horwitz 5 mistakes:
12...Nf6 -0.05 (12...f4 -0.57)
17...Bxg2 0.12 (17...R6f7 -0.22)
18...f4 0.47 (18...Bh6 0.12)
27...Bxd2 0.00 (27...Nd4 -0.42)
28...Nd4 317.67 (28...Qe7 0.00)

Oct-26-07  Riverbeast: Lets not forget Adam Horovitz of the Beatie Boys, master of wordplay...
Jan-03-11  Formula7: 29.Rxh7+ Kxh7 30.Rh1+ Kg7 31.Qh6#
Jan-03-11  lost in space: I love Mondays!

29. Rxh7+ Kxh7 (only move)

30. Rh1+ Kg7 (only move)

31. Qh6#

Jan-03-11  Nullifidian: Got this in a few seconds:

29. ♖xh7+ ♔xh7▢ 30. ♖h1+ ♔g7▢ 31. ♕h6#

Jan-03-11  M.Hassan: "Very Easy" White to play 29.?
Even materials

29.Rxh7+ Kxh7
30.Rh1+ Kg7

Jan-03-11  stacase: Took me way too long to see White's Rook staring down the h file with a replacement waiting in the wings.
Jan-03-11  dzechiel: White to move (29?). Material even. "Very Easy."

This is routine stuff. Open a gash in the king's defences, then rush in with the heavy material. White gets this underway with

29 Rxh7+ Kxh7

No other legal move for black.

30 Rh1+ Kg7

Once again, black's only legal move.

31 Qh6#

A little surprising that a player of Horwitz's caliber would fall for this.

Time to check and see when the game actually ended.

Jan-03-11  VincentL: "Very Easy"

Material is equal (white has B for N).

Clearly this is 29. Rxh7+ Kxh7 30. Rh1+ Kg7 31. Qh6 mate.

Let´s check.

Jan-03-11  rilkefan: Why 17...Bxg2? I would think ...f4 or ...g5 or even ...h5 would be more natural.
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  Phony Benoni: A familiar combination, with some features of the Anastasia and Boden mates. Of course, having a queen playing the part of the second bishop makes things a lot easier. The usual pattern looks more like V Vepkhvishvili vs Shatokhin, 1973 <26.?>

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Similar to today's puzzle, with one bishop cutting through the king's position and an h-file just waiting to be opened.

Jan-03-11  YoungEd: Got it! Black's method of meeting the Ponziani doesn't seem too good.
Jan-03-11  SamAtoms1980: 29 Rxh7+!! Kxh7 30 Rh1+ Kg7 31 Qh6 mate.

I bet Horwitz lost his witz. Wait, that would make him..... never mind......

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.

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  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.
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  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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