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Adolf Schwarz vs Vincenz Hruby
Vienna (1882), Vienna AUH, rd 32, Jun-19
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-07-08  Nikita Smirnov: Yet again!Play CHESS!
Jun-09-08  jeeky1996: Schwarz: Hey, I heard that this variation draws a lot. Let's draw!
Jun-10-08  Nikita Smirnov: Schwarz didn't want to play white.
Jun-10-08  sneaky pete: An ironic 1983 comment by Christiaan Bijl.

"Schwarz und Hruby machten drei bis vier Züge und brachen sofort mit Remis ab." - from the report in the <Wiener Schachzeitung>, dated June 19, 1882.

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  tamar: From the postgame interview with Adolf Schwarz:

Wenn ich Weiss spiele, Schwarz ist besser.

Wenn ich Schwarz spiele, Schwarz ist besser.

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  Calli: From the Olms tournament book:

"und nach dieser anstrengenden Kamfpartie einigten sich die Spieler auf Remis. Auch nachher konnte nicht festgestellt werden, wer besser steht!"

oops - deleted my previous comment because of my bad reading of the German. Its actually a joke, something like:

"after this strenuous struggle the players agreed to a draw. Afterward it could not be determined who stands better!"

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  whiteshark: I think Schwarz was confused about having the white pieces that day and so offered a draw.

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Jun-16-08  danielguo999444: Why was Schwarz confused?Did he get enough sleep?Or was he bored of being White?
Aug-02-08  Kasputin: <Nikita Smirnov: Schwarz didn't want to play white> Clearly Schwarz was suffering, psychologically speaking. I wonder what would happen if someone name Schwarz had the white pieces against a player named Weiss? Would they agree to a draw before the game even started? Or would they simply switch sides?
Jan-08-09  YoungEd: Awesome game!
Feb-09-09  Juni: A head to head struggle culminating in a thrilling draw... truly one of the great games of the ages.
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  Honza Cervenka: Well, it should be noted that the game was played in the 32nd (!!) round of extremely long and tough tournament and that this short draw was quite understandable in such a situation, especially if you know that none of both opponents could gain much by eventual win here.
Mar-14-09  number 23 NBer: The first draw under 10 moves on Chessgames. Sigh. I think I'm getting emotional.

Apr-08-09  squizz: 3 moves?? That's it?!
Oct-27-09  midochessmachine: wow they calculated the draw from here!!!!! lol
Jun-19-11  rrrttt: It isn't called the berlin wall for nothing
Apr-08-12  kontoleon: i hate this!
Oct-08-13  lost in space: I Hatem
Feb-18-15  Oliveira: <Kasputin: I wonder what would happen if someone name Schwarz had the white pieces against a player named Weiss? Would they agree to a draw before the game even started? Or would they simply switch sides?>

Ah, they just drew your average late 19th century drawish game, oh but when they were on the sides of the board they belong, they agreed under the table to draw in a symmetrical position as surreptitiously and convincibly as you get (not really...).

Anyways, the notorious gem: Max Weiss vs J Schwarz, 1883

Apr-16-16  zanzibar: Lehner has this:

<und die Partie wurde von beiden Seiten remis gegeben. Wer steht besser?>

<And the game was given by both sides draw. Who is better?>

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