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Paul Morphy vs Daniel Harrwitz
"Daniel, You're a Star" (game of the day Jan-21-2022)
Morphy - Harrwitz (1858), Paris FRA, rd 2, Sep-08
Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation (C41)  ·  0-1



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Nov-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858.
Your score: 60 (par = 56)


Sep-09-13  extremepleasure2: I've closely reviewed this match between Harrwitz and Morphy and the match left an impression on me that Harrwitz was an equal player to Morhpy.

I noticed that games in the the match suddenly end due to a blunder made by Harrwitz while they're pretty equal.

IMO these mistakes were made by Harrwitz due to fatigue. I believe it's the differences between life styles of these two players rather than the strength difference played an important role in this clearly one-sided result of the match. It's very well-known that Morphy had very healthy life style that includes making sports including morning joggings as well as foil. I believe that's why he, unlike Harrwitz, could keep stamina of his mind till to the very end.

My conclusion is that Harrwitz was by far the strongest chess player Morphy had ever encountered up until to this match and this match made Morphy even a stronger player.

Mar-18-14  RookFile: <tamar: Harrwitz in 1858 was the best player in Europe. He was in practice, clever, and unorthodox, very conscious of taking players out of their known schemes >

An excellent insight. In another game tonight, I reflected that Harrwitz showed elements of Lasker in his play. The guy definitely had ideas.

Dec-29-14  sreeskamp: Morphy in this game has been completely outplayed by Harrwitz who develops all his pieces, does not fall in love with dubious 19th century offers and plays just modern positional chess.
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  FSR: Daniel, You're a Star.
Aug-17-15  kishore4u: . Morphy 8 mistakes:
15.Kb1 0.29 (15.f4 0.74)
18.Ree1 0.22 (18.f4 0.64)
19.Rg1 -0.17 (19.Ne7+ 0.29)
20.Qe3 -0.24 (20.Qh4 0.28)
30.Rh1 -2.47 (30.Rg4 -0.34)
31.Rhg1 -3.61 (31.Qb4 -2.52)
33.Rg5 -6.03 (33.Qc3 -4.38)
36.Qxe8 -7.73 (36.Qe1 -5.68
Jun-10-16  MorphinTime: It is time
Mar-08-21  g4ndalf: <Vishy but not Anand> 18. Ne7+ Kh1
19. Nf5 Nf6
is actually winning for black according to stockfish. 22. R5e2 is a blunder, as the queen can simply pick up the rook due to backrank mating treath. Even the final position is still winning for black. Black is under no threat of mate and can start a powerful attack on white's kingside by bringing out the rook.
Aug-15-21  paulmorphy1969: Harrwitz gives the game with 40 moves and deviates from all those published in the books such as the one presented here at Black's 28 move. The same game as presented by Harrwitz was published in New York Clipper, Jan 22, 1859.
Jan-21-22  nalinw: FSR - great pun - it took nearly 7 years!! Is that a record?
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  FSR: <nalinw> Thanks! No, not a record. Several of mine have taken longer, including Short vs A A Lopez, 2008 - which took over nine years.
Jan-21-22  LoveThatJoker: Congrats, <FSR>, on your latest GOTD pun. :)


Jan-21-22  Brenin: If you're puzzled by the pun, look at, recorded 49 years ago.
Jan-21-22  offramp: <Brenin: If you're puzzled by the pun, look at, recorded 49 years ago.>

49 years ago? Do you mean "Ben"?

Jan-21-22  Brenin: <offramp>: "Daniel", Elton John, 1973.
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  fredthebear: Useful background information on page one of kibitzing, but I did not see a link to Edward Winter's notes, so here it is: The article primarily focuses on "the relationship between (chess author) Frederick Edge and Paul Morphy". There's a bit on Harrwitz, but not much.
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  Check It Out: That black queen sure got around the neighborhood.
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  MissScarlett: <Interesting enough, in Harrwitz's 1862 book, "Lehrbuch des schachspiels: enthaltend die analyse der er√∂ffnungen und Endungen" he presented only two games between himself and Morphy (two of the three he won) and one of them was this game. However, Harrwitz gives the game with this score (in algebraic notation, no less) The score given here at was the one given by Maroczy...> Morphy vs Harrwitz, 1858 (kibitz #38)

<28...b6 29. Reg1 Ne8 30. Qc3 f4 31. Rh1 g6 32. Rhg1 Qd5 33. Qe1 Qxh5 34. Rg5 Qxf3 35. Qe6 Rf6 36. Qe7+ Rg7 37. Qxe8 hxg5 38. Qe1 Qc6 39. f3 Re6 40. Qf2 Rge7 0-1>

The longer version appears in Staunton's <Illustrated London News> column of October 2nd 1858, p.317, as well as the <New York Clipper> of January 22nd 1859, (also) p.317. The week before, in presenting two other match games, Staunton thanked 'members of the Paris <Cercle des Echecs>'.

<28...Ne8 29.Qc3 f4 30.Rh1 g6 31.Rhg1 Qd5 32.Qe1 Qxh5 33.Rg5 Qxf3 34.Qe6 Rf6 35.Qe7+ Rg7 36.Qxe8 hxg5 37.Qe1 Qc6 0-1>

The shorter version appears in the <Era> (Lowenthal) of September 19th 1858, p.5, <Bell's Life in London> (Walker) of September 26th, p.8, and the <Field> (Boden) of October 2nd 1858, p.273. All of these sources were friendly to Morphy and acknowledge receipt of games from Morphy/Edge. Hence, it's no surprise that the November 1858 <Chess Monthly> (Fiske/Morphy), p.334, also has the 37-move version. It's significant that all these games end <and wins> which suggests that the extra final moves given by Harrwitz/Staunton, <39.f3 Re6 40.Qf2 Rge7>, did occur, but ought to be <38.f3 Re6 39.Qf2 Rge7 0-1>.

Jan-21-22  Jean Defuse: ...



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  MissScarlett: Not helpful.
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  FSR: <LoveThatJoker: Congrats, <FSR>, on your latest GOTD pun. :)>

Thanks, <LTJ>! I had quite a drought there. After having Chessgames use at least one pun of my puns in every month from October 2020 through October 2021, I had none in November and December 2021.

Jan-23-22  offramp: I am always interested when a new Harrwitz swims into my ken. It is a well-known eastern European name.

There are plenty of Harrwitzes and Horowitzes, but there are similar names like Gurevich, which are really the same name.

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  perfidious: In an interview granted to <Chess Life> at the 1992 US championship, Dmitry Gurevich alluded to how common his surname was, inasmuch as he was not related to either Ilya (who also played that event) or Mikhail, and noted that Gurevich and Horowitz are indeed the same name.
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  FSR: <The prestigious Jewish surname Horowitz comes from Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic. In the Middle Ages, people were often known by only one name. As they began moving closer together, it became necessary to adopt surnames, in order to better distinguish themselves from one another. There are a wide variety of hereditary surnames, and the surname Horowitz is a habitational name. It is taken from the place called Horovice, in Bohemia which is derived from the Slavic element, gora, which means hill.> Winona Ryder was born Winona Horowitz.
Jan-23-22  LoveThatJoker: <FSR> Well, there you have it: congratulations on having your puns on the site again after a drought.

Also, thanks for including information on the last name Horowitz. Most interesting! I wonder if due to the presence of a Jewish community in Holland, hundreds of years ago, Horowitz began to be spelled with a 'G' there, and it stuck as members of the community moved to places like Russia and whatnot.

I say this, as the Dutch use the letter like a "Ha"/"Huh" sound in many cases [if not all...I am not sure about the Dutch language rules].

Anyways, good on you.


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