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Robert Barnett Brien vs Ernst Falkbeer
Birmingham (1858), Birmingham ENG, rd 3
Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation (A85)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-16-16  zanzibar: Did White leave a win on the table?
Final position:

(White to move after 25...Bb7-c8)

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2b1rrk1 /4bq2/pp1pR2p/2pP2p1/8/PP3N2/1B1Q1PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 26

Shouldn't the pawn grab be automatic here (for the attack, not for the pawn)?

Perhaps the excitement of Morphy's arrival made the players anxious to conclude.

Feb-16-16  zanzibar: I'll give one example variation from the above position...

26.Rxh6 Qf5 (26...Qf4 27.Re3! Qf5 28.Qe2) 27.Nh4! gxh4(?) 28.Rh8+ Kf2 29.Qh6!

It seems I'm giving a lot of good moves out, but they're not that easy to find, and they are good.

Black has his pieces seemingly at the ready for defense, but they don't coordinate, instead becoming targets and ineffective.


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  MissScarlett: Found a source, probably the original, in Lowenthal's column in the <Era>, September 10th 1865, p.6, and it confirms that Falkbeer played not 24...Qf7?, but the superior ...Qh7 (Q to K R 2d). The only way to heighten the attack then is 25.Nh4! and things become very sharp. Even so, Lowenthal could lament the final position: <The situation at this point is extremely critical for both parties, and could hardly have failed had it been played out to give rise to some interesting combinations.> Correction submitted.
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Semi-final (The Era, 1865.09.10, p.6)
from Birmingham 1858 by MissScarlett

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