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Lorenzo D Barbour vs Preston Ware
4th American Chess Congress (1876), Philadelphia, PA USA, rd 7, Aug-23
Scandinavian Defense: Ilundain Variation (B01)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  GrahamClayton: Why is this game drawn? Surely White can capture the Black pawns and then mate the Black king?
Dec-22-12  shubhamkuse: yeah why is this a draw?!?
after ...75. h5 76. Rg7+ nd white captures either h pawn or f pawn and i see a clear victory...
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  Phony Benoni: Let's see. There's always the possibility of a scoresheet error.

Fatigue is a possibility. There wasn't a set schedule at the tournament; this and P Ware vs L D Barbour, 1876 were played on the same day. Barbour may just have wanted to go on home.

Maybe the janitor was trying to close up the club, and kicked them out before they could finish. We've all been there, haven't we?

In positions where one king has reached the eighth rank, I have seen even Master-level players get confused about which way the pieces are moving. You don't believe me?

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Black to move can mate in four, but the game continued <1...Ra7?? 2.Rxa4+ Kb6 3.Rxa7 Rxa7 4.Re2 Ra8#. At least, Black thought it was mate; he had flipped the position in his mind and thought White couldn't play 5.Kd7.

So it does happens--but Black is still losing if the position is flipped, so that can't be it.

Wish I still had the tournament book. Instead, I have a research project.

Jul-09-19  OMH: The ending of the game is not preserved, but "White finally inadvertently stalemated his adversary", as the tournament book (p. 133) puts it.

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