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Elijah Williams vs Johann Jacob Loewenthal
London (1851), London ENG, rd 1, May-28
Russian Game: Urusov Gambit (C42)  ·  0-1



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Nov-23-04  Knight13: 27. gxf7 is better. 44. Rh5? is a mistake. 44. Kxa2 is better. Can somebody explain to me why in the end game White never took the a2 pawn?
Aug-23-06  sneaky pete: <Knight13> If 27.gxf6? Bh3 wins. 44.Rh5 .. is an attempt to activate his rook and control the black f-pawn. After 44.Kxa2 .. black can choose between 44... Kf6 with 45...Kxg6 (45.h5 f4) and 44... f4 45.Rh5 f3 46.Rf5 Rf8 etc.

The a2 pawn seems irrelevant at this stage of the game. 43.h4 .. is a waste of time, but after 43.Kxa2 f5 black should win easily as well.

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  Steakanator: I'm far from a fan of 16... Ne4, but 17. f5 does certainly justify it. 23. g4 is also worse than 23. Kf1, giving Löwenthal too many easy targets. I agree with Staunton's book comments and his opinion that Löwenthal was indeed the better player, even though his play in this game and the previous was shaky. Last game was a one-move blunder in 26. Qe7, and even in this one moves like 34... a5 are questionable. Thankfully in his match against Williams afterwards, he managed to win (+7-5=4), but I'll admit that this tournament is far from his best chess.

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Round 1.2, 28.05.1851, TB p.25
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