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Johann Jacob Loewenthal vs Ernst Falkbeer
Birmingham (1858), London ENG, rd 3, Sep-??
Philidor Defense: Boden Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-07  Antiochus: Genius!Pure romantic style.
Oct-08-07  psmith: The losing move was 22...c5. After 22...Qf6, Qf7, or Qd6, White could at best hope for a draw.
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  OBIT: <psmith>White has a good game after 22. Re5, mainly due to the weakness of Black's e-pawn. On your suggested alternatives to 22...c5:

22...Qd6 23. Rde1 and if 23...Re8 24. Nf5!: (a) 24...exf5 25. Rxe8+ Rxe8 26. Rxe8+ Bxe8 27. Qxd6 (b) 24...Qf8 25. Nxg7 and if 25...Qxg7 26. Rg5 (c) 24...Qxe5 25. Nh6+! Kf8 26. Qxe5 gxh6 27. Qf6+ Kg8 28. Re3 mates

22...Qf7 23. Rde1 and if 23...Re8 24. Nxe6! regains the pawn, since 24...Bxe6 25. Rxe6 Rxe6? 26. Qxb8+ wins. In this line, better is 25...Rbc8, and the endgame after 26. Qe5 Rxe6 27. Qxe6 Qxe6 28. Rxe6 Kf7 looks drawable, although I think White's position is easier to play.

22...Qf6 23. Rde1 and if 23...Re8 24. Nxe6! again regains the pawn. Here the continuation could be 24...Bxe6 25. Rxe6 Rxe6 26. Qxb8+ Kf7 27. Qa7+ Re7 28. Rxe7+ Qxe7 29. Qxa5 Qg5+ 30. Kd1 Qxg2. This looks like a tough queen ending, but I prefer White, since he has the threat of creating an outside passed pawn on the a-file by a3, b3, a4. If he can exchange queens, this plan would probably win. So, I think I'd continue 31. Qc7+ Kf8 32. Qf4+ and see what happens.

Feb-17-16  zanzibar: Are the colors wrong for this game?

FWIW- it agrees with <Chessbase>.

But I believe the original source is from Staunton, 1859, where the game is given as Game III -

<Lowenthal -- Falkbeer 26 (C41) 1-0>

from <Chess Player's Chronicle v1 S3 (1859) p73/88>

Feb-18-16  Retireborn: <z> Agrees with Chessbase Big 2002 and is the 3rd game of an eight game match.
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  tpstar: On 4 ... Nc6 White should play 5.Bb5 =
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On 4 ... Bd7 White should play 5. Be3 Nc6 6. Qd2 = Opening Explorer

Interesting that the players may be reversed.

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  MissScarlett: <But I believe the original source is from Staunton, 1859, where the game is given as Game III...>

Staunton's control of the <Chronicle> ended in 1854, when Robert Barnett Brien took over the reins. The re-launch of the magazine at the start of 1859 ushered in what is known as the <Third Series>. The identity of the new editor(s) wasn't publicly acknowledged, but Loewenthal in the <Era>, May 15th, p.14, claimed the magazine was <edited by the amateurs frequenting the [Philidorian chess] rooms, among whom Messrs. Brien, Wormald and Zytogorski are chief.> Another regular there was Falkbeer, which could explain whence the <Chronicle> got this and the final's other game scores.

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  MissScarlett: <Are the colors wrong for this game?>

I suspect so. As you know, Falkbeer reportedly had the White pieces (or the first move, at least) in five of the first six games, as this right only changed upon a decisive game.

Game 1 - F 1/2 L
Game 2 - F 1-0 L
Game 3 - L 1-0 F
Game 4 - F 1/2 L
Game 5 - F 1/2 L
Game 6 - F 0-1 L
Game 7 - L 1/2 F
Game 8 - L 1-0 F

This is a suggested game sequence which apparently fits the purported match score (+3 -1 =4) and other information we have on its progression. But there may be others.

And can we even be 100% sure this is game 3?

Sep-28-21  Marcelo Bruno: <Antiochus> I am fond of this playing style.

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