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New York vs Philadelphia
corr (1858) (correspondence), USA
Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical Variation (D32)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-09-14  Karpova: This game was played by Telegraph.

Philadelphia Committee: H P Montgomery, W G Thomas, P P Randolph, Dr. Samuel Lewis and Lewis Elkin.

New York: T Lichtenhein, D W Fiske, J Thompson, Col. C D Mead and F Perrin.

Playing 9.Nxd5, White thought they could win a ♙, but spotted their error in time. Perhaps, White may have tried 10.dxc5 (10...bxc5 11.0-0).

14.Qf3: <Lost move.> Perhaps they could have gotten more out of it by opening the centre with 15.e4, considering Black's lack in development.

The annotator believes that they missed a win by playing 45...Rb8, instead of <45...Rb4>. An interesting option was 45...g3, threatening ...Rf2+.

Could Black have still won the game with 51...Kb2 ?

Source: G C Reichhelm & W P Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, 1898, p. 62

Nov-14-14  paderamo: The complete game score was given in an 1858 article in the Richmond Dispatch:
Nov-15-14  heuristic: 44.Kf1 seems bad.
the other two squares are preferable.
the K needs to deal with the a pawn.

45...Rb8 is bad.
45...Ka3 is my preference.

Jan-15-18  zanzibar: <The terms of the match (best in three games) are rach as usually guide encounters by consultation, when players, although advising among themselves, are yet forbidden to touch the' pieces until a more be decided upon. The Philadelphia committee of player* are: Messrs. H. P. Montgomery, N. G. Thomas, P. Randolph, Lewis Elkin, and S. Lewis ; Umpire, Mr. J. S. Punning. The committee of New York players are : Messrs. Theo. Lichtanhein, C D. Mead, Jas. Thompson, D. W. Fiske and F. Perrio ; Umpire, Professor Allen, of Philadelphia.>

Daily Alta California, Volume XI, Number 8, 9 January 1859

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