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John M Bruehl vs Francois Philidor
London (1787)
Bishop's Opening: General (C23)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
May-01-04  semesterian: The final position is aesthetically pleasing.
Jul-02-04  Autoreparaturwerkbau: This is the FIRST DRAW ever recorded ... according to this database, at least ;)
Sep-05-04  Knight13: Nice final position.
Aug-28-05  Chessman1: What would happen

27. ... g4
28. Nf2 g3
29. hxg3 Nxg3+
30. Kh2

Well I think it would still be a draw.

Sep-13-05  Zyqwux: No stalemate, ot 50-move draw. WTF?
Sep-13-05  SneechLatke: <Zyqwux:> This game is dead drawn even if there is no immediate stalemate or 50-move rule. How would you suggest either side play to win from the final position, regardless of whos turn it is?
Sep-13-05  aw1988: Wait, isn't it a Black win (because of the extra pawn move h6-h5) after Rxg1+ Kxg1 Nh3+ and Nxf2?
Sep-13-05  unferth: <aw1988>Wait, isn't it a Black win (because of the extra pawn move h6-h5) after Rxg1+ Kxg1 Nh3+ and Nxf2?

Nice try, but after Kg2 there's nothing there.

Sep-13-05  aw1988: Oh, I see. It's not quite enough.
Sep-13-05  atrifix: <aw1988> No, the position is completely drawn, even if you move the Black pawn back to h7. How would you suggest breaking through?
Sep-13-05  aw1988: No, the king. I was looking if it were posted on like f5.
Sep-13-05  atrifix: <aw1988> Still dead drawn--even if we move Black's King all the way to e2 and his pawn back to h7, and add another pair of pawns on f2 and f7. There's no play left at all because the Black King can't penetrate.
Sep-13-05  atrifix: More specifically, it's drawn because White can shuttle between g1 and g2 (or f1), and since White has two squares available for his King, Black cannot place White in zugzwang.
Sep-13-05  aw1988: Oh. Because instead of going to d2, king goes to f2, right, no place at all. Cooperative variations!
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  TheDestruktor: White missed a simple win with 31. Rxc6+ and 32. b3. But black also missed 40. ..., Nf2+; 41. Kg2, Nh3+; 42. Kf1(h1), Rb1(+).
Oct-12-07  wolfmaster: Is the guy's name John Bruehl or John Bruhl?
Oct-12-07  Calli: Neither! It should Brühl, but anglicized Bruehl is usual. Count Hans Moritz Brühl was from Saxony, but lived in London where his name was usually given as John Maurice Bruehl.
Oct-13-07  Calli: Here is a portrait of Brühl:

I really meant to say that both Bruhl or Bruehl are common spellings, but with the umlauted "u", Bruehl is preferred.

Dec-02-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Bruehl 6 mistakes:
4.d3 -0.08 (4.Nf3 0.33)
21.Re1 -0.96 (21.Qxd4 -0.25)
28.Ng1 0.13 (28.Nf2 0.68)
31.a4 -0.18 (31.Rxc6+ 1.11)
34.Rb5 0.00 (34.g3 0.36)
40.b6 -1.78 (40.Re8 -0.15)

Philidor 6 mistakes:
7...Be6 -0.04 (7...d5 -0.44)
22...Qh5 0.10 (22...Qxa2 -1.10)
24...g5 0.39 (24...Nf6 0.00)
30...Rb4 1.11 (30...Rd2 0.00)
31...Rxa4 0.30 (31...Rxb2 -0.18)
40...Ng5 -0.05 (40...Nf2+ -1.78)

Jan-29-08  wolfmaster: First draw in the database!
Jan-30-08  just a kid: Ok game.It would have better if they both hadn't missed wins.
Jan-23-09  WhiteRook48: supposedly the first recorded draw... interesting
Sep-18-09  WhiteRook48: 3 Qe2... why?
Apr-12-16  juanhernandez: Great friends are united by small actions

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