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Daniel Harrwitz vs Paul Morphy
Morphy - Harrwitz (1858), Paris FRA, rd 7, Sep-29
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-16-04  acirce: 41...Rf1?? throws away a certain win.
Apr-16-04  Everett: acirce, what do you suggest for Morphy here?
Apr-16-04  acirce: 41...Rxd1 42. Qxd1 Ne4+ should win easily. Pawn more, White is totally cramped, Black can often win more material, or exchange down to a won pawn endgame, if there aren't even ways to mate in some lines..
Apr-22-04  InspiredByMorphy: <acirce> I agree. Before even looking at your line I came up with the same one looking at the game. Odd Morphy just wanted to draw.
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  tamar: This game occurred "the next day but one" after Morphy's blindfold exhibition, and he had a fever caused by the drinking water (Sergeant-Morphy's Games of Chess). Max Lange speculated that Morphy thought he had a win with 41...Rf1+ 42 Kxg3 Qe5+ 43 Kh4 Kg7 setting up an epaulette mate with 44...Qh2+ Kg5 and 45Qh6#, but forgetting that White could remove the guard on f5 with 44 Rxf1.
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: nice Morphy perpetual, but he should have won this game
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  Pawn and Two: Morphy could have won by: 41...Rxd1 42.Qxd1 Ne4+ 43.Kg1 Qc3 (-3.06) (24 ply) 44.Bd3 Nf6 45.Kf2 Nxd5 46.a3 Kg7 47.Qe2 Qe5, or (-3.16) (24 ply) 44.Qc1 Kg7 45.Kf1 Nf6 46.Ke2 Nxd5 47.Qd2 Qe5.

Frederick Edge stated that in the process of administering the coup de grace, Morphy committed an oversight so obvious that he immediately burst out laughing at himself.

Edge then continued: <Harrwitz picked off the unfortunate rook with the utmost nonchalance, as though it were the result of his own combinations, and actually told me afterwards, "Oh, the game was a drawn one throughout.">

Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: 1...f5 is sure to be annoying
Mar-18-14  RookFile: <Pawn and Two: Harrwitz picked off the unfortunate rook with the utmost nonchalance, as though it were the result of his own combinations, and actually told me afterwards, "Oh, the game was a drawn one throughout.">


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  perfidious: Harrwitz was said, in contrast to his redoubtable opponent, to be a piece of work.
Jul-11-16  garland: Edge describes an "unfortunate rook"? He must mean a knight.

Always fascinating to see Morphy play a closed position. You can tell Harrwitz is kind of grubbing for equality the whole way. Worked this time. He was one of the stronger opponents of Morphy for sure.

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  tamar: It would be interesting if the position at move 16 had happened early in the match, when Harrwitz had his self confidence. Stockfish gives Morphy's 15...Qg6 as an error, and White can grab an advantage with 16 e4

if 16...Bxg3 17 hxg3 Qxg3 18 exf5 Qh4 19 Re3 h6 20 Rh3 Qf6 21 g4 +1.14/27

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Even if Black does not take on g3, White gets an attack, if 16...Nb4 17 Bb1 Qf7 18 Rd1 fxe4 19 Nxe4 Rad8 20 Qe2 Qe8 21 g3 Bf6 22 Nxf6+ Rxf6 23 Qxe8+ Rxe8 24 a3 Nc6 25 Ne4 and the d pawn falls 1.39/36

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Far from being drawn all the way, Harrwitz had a chance to grab a game here, but he already had inwardly decided he could not beat Morphy.

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