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John Withers vs Elijah Williams
Bristol (1845), Bristol ENG, Sep-??
Nimzowitsch Defense: Williams Variation (B00)  ·  0-1



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Sep-29-06  sneaky pete: An overlooked masterpiece by the ever amazing godfather of Nimzowitsch and Miles. Heroic defence! Around move 15 it's hard to believe black will survive. In the final position Williams announced # in 4: 33... Rxb2+ 34.Ka1 Ra2+ 35.Kxa2 Qc2+ 36.Ka1 Nb3#.
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  gezafan: Excellent defense by Elijah Williams.
Feb-08-14  DrChopper: 21.Bxh6 Rxh6 22.Rxh6 Kxh6 23.Qh3 win.
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  fredthebear: <DrChopper: 21.Bxh6 Rxh6 22.Rxh6 Kxh6 23.Qh3 win.>

FTB agrees. White wins after a short king walk forwards or backwards. Therefore, Black must allow 21.BxNh6+ without recapturing, which leaves Black down a piece and still in danger.

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  Telemus: <1846> I think the game was played in 1845 or before, because it was published in the CPC vol.6 (1845), page 292. Moreover, there it is stated that "Black gave mate in four moves". I wonder which source <sneake pete> used, who claimed that Williams only announced the mate.

And after analyzing the game, I would never speak of <heroic defence> (note that Staunton criticized Black's 25th move). in my view, White threw away the game with a monster blunder:

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What does the silly 28.♗h6+? Did he really play for 28.. ♖xh6 29.♕xc7+! ♕xc7 30.♘e8+?

Black's reply 28.. ♔f7 is fine, of course, but even 28.. ♔xh6 works.

In the diagram White can play the simple 28.♖xd4 and the game would be over.

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