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Harry Davidson vs Max Judd
4th American Chess Congress (1876), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 3, Aug-18
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Normal Variation (B45)  ·  1-0



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Apr-01-09  WhiteRook48: almost missed 52 h4
There are more tactics in the ending than the middlegame
Jul-05-10  Judah: The end of this game is rather aesthetically pleasing:

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(positions at move 47 and end of game).

It's also an interesting demonstration of the "danger of symmetry". As <WhiteRook48> points out, the winning move for White is 52 h4--Black can follow suit with h5, but in the end, White's extra half-move will be decisive. On the other hand, had Black been first to break the symmetry, with h5 before Kxg2, he would have held the draw--this time, if White plays h5, it is Black who wins the race to the h-pawns (by virtue of the move not wasted in capturing g2 [the g-pawn can wait]). If White does not play h5, Black will have enough time to capture both White pawns before the King can protect them.

Jul-06-19  OMH: The tournament book gives a few more moves: 52 h4 h5 53 Kg6 Kg3 54 Kxh5 Kf4 55 Kg6 and Mr. Judd resigned.

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