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Bernard William Fisher vs Curt von Bardeleben
London (Vizayanagaram) (1883), London ENG
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights. Exchange Variation (B45)  ·  0-1

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Jun-24-10
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  GrahamClayton: Black missed a mate in one with 27..♕h2#.
Jun-24-10  Catfriend: <GrahamClayton> I just had the weirdest thought. Bardeleben was no patzer. He wasn't likely to miss a mate in 1. And don't forget it was 1883, a very romantic year in chess, the year that saw Zukertort blast his way to victory.

I suspect Bardeleben decided against this mate in 1, preferring instead the king-chase he saw as more aesthetically pleasing.

Jun-24-10
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  vonKrolock: Have a look at Game Collection: When masters overlook mate for some missed mates (even in one) - Not necessarily a list of sic <patzers> !!
Jun-24-10  Catfriend: <vonKrolock> You're right, of course, and there's the infamous Kramnik loss that could be added to the collection: Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2006. That's why I called my thought <weird>. Yet there are cases supporting my theory. In those days, the king-chase <would've> been considered superior.
Jun-24-10
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  Pawn and Two: This game was played in the Vizayanagaram tournament, which was the secondary tournament at London 1883.

The Vizayanagaram tournament was won by Bardeleben with a score of 21 1/2 (+19 -1 =5), his only loss was to Gattie.

Fisher finished second with a score of 20 1/2 (+20 -4 =1).

Other notable players, such as MacDonnell, 3rd place with 19 1/2, and Gunsberg, 4th place with 19, also competed in the Vizayanagaram tournament.

The tournament book stated that Bardeleben's play throughout was vigorous and accurate.

Mr. Fisher was referred to as a well-known English provincial player (he was from Cheltenham). The tournament book noted that his close second place finish was the result of cautious, careful play.

I do not know which round this game was played in, but as only one point separated the first two players, this game could be considered the deciding game of the tournament.

My BCM reprint of the London 1883 tournament did not include the games from the Vizayanagaram tournament.

However, it did include in the errata section, this interesting statement, regarding the Fisher - Bardeleben game: <add to note H, "both players failed to notice that the move made allowed mate on the move, by 27. Q t.P, mate. This mate was also overlooked by all who examined the game previous to publication.">

Jun-26-10
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  vonKrolock: <Pawn and Two> quite impressive, thanks

<Catfriend> yes - let's just imagine that 1883 was 'romantic' and that von Bardeleben was not an adept of chessical euthanasia

Jun-26-10
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  JonathanJ: probably he didn't find it "more aesthetically pleasing", he just wanted to piss off his opponent.
Apr-11-13
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  offramp: There was a sharpish time-limit in the Vishwanathananagram tournament which might account for black missing the mate in one.

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