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Daniel Harrwitz vs Jozsef Szen
London (1851), London ENG
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Berlin Defense (C39)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Harrwitz uncorks a sparkling finish. Looking back though to a key moment, 12...Qf6 instead of 12...Bxf4 would even have led to winning chances for Szen.

Harrwitz did not participate in the 1851 London
tournament-Staunton and he were on very bad terms-but he was in England during that time, and possibly played this at his own club, or informally at the venue. Anyone know how this game came about?

Dec-23-04  Whitehat1963: I love the way these guys play as though the whole game constantly hinges on the next move. 19. Re8 is a lovely deflection.
Nov-11-11  Amarande: <tamar> If 12 ... Qf6, the simple 13 Kxg3 appears to leave Black without hopes; a piece is won, and Black does not have enough immediate force on hand to obtain a decision. 13 ... Rg8 which would otherwise win via the threat on White's Queen and of ... Qxf4#, fails because Black's King is still on e8 and 14 Qxg8+ is check, winning. As White threatens to exchange Bxd6, the only other move to consider is 13 ... h5, as White's Queen must guard the DSB on pain of instant mate. Then 14 Qf3? Rg8+ leaves Black not too badly off as he regains the piece, although White's King will slip away into safety via h2, but 14 Qg5! still leaves Black high and dry and a piece down.

There is little to avoid castling into it after move 14; e.g. 14 ... Qc5+ 15 d4 Qc6 16 Re1+ Kf8 17 Nxd5!! and Black's game is a shambles.

15 ... Nd7 does prevent the fatal combination, but after 16 Re1 Qd8 17 Rg3+ Kh8 18 Nxd5, White wins a Pawn and retains the attack with no real counterchances for Black.

Probably Black's best chance after 9 ... Ng3 (which I regard as probably his biggest mistake because it essentially commits him to the trade on f1, which loses four tempi) was to exchange on f1 right away rather than waiting to be forced to; after e.g. 10 ... Nxf1 11 Bxf4 Bd6 12 Kxf1 Qd7 13 Re3+ Kd8 (not Kf8? 14 Bh6#) 14 Qg7 (14 Bg5+ Kc8 and White's attack peters out with a drawish game) wins a Pawn, but with a large change of a heavy-piece endgame, in which a single Pawn advantage, often even if it is passed as here, is rarely sufficient to force a win.

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  tamar: <Amarande> I think I was looking at 12...Qf6 13 Kxg3 Bxf4+ 14 Qxf4 Rg8+ 15 Kf3 Qxb2, when the a1 rook will fall.

Still a game though, I don't think Black has too many winning chances looking at it again.

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  Nightsurfer: The stunning <19.Re8!! ...> is a great move.

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(diagram after <19.Re8!! ...>)

Therefore it is very strange to see that there has been a stunning case of second coming 161 years later on the occasion of the encounter R Gralla vs G Bluschis, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany.

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(diagram after <15.Re8+! ...>)

The cocky <15.Re8+! ...> - by pointing out to the weak black squares around Black King - has been the deadly blow in R Gralla vs G Bluschis, 2012 , and that has been a kind of replay of the punch <19.Re8!! ...> in this game here <Daniel Harrwitz vs Jozsef Szen (1851)>.

Jan-20-16  whiteshark: The last move should indicate mate (#)

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