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New York vs Philadelphia
Corr (1856) (correspondence), USA, rd 1, Feb-22
Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Open (B40)  ·  0-1



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Oct-08-14  Karpova: This game was played by Correspondence from 22 February 1856 to 9 February 1857.

Athenaeum Committee (Phildelphia): H P Montgomery, P P Randolph, W G Thomas, L Elkin, A E Dougherty and Dr. S Lewis.

On 12...f5, the annotator notes that that it weakens the e-♙. 12...Ba6 looks fine.

I wonder why they didn't play 22...h6 first (23.Nh3 e4).

Perhaps 24.e5 was stronger than 24.Nh3.

26.Ng5: <Made with their eyes wide open.> 26.Nf4 appears to be fine.

27.Qc3: <With this they thought to clinch the matter, but the next move undeceived them.>

27...Qxg2+: <A beautiful finish and one that came like a thunderbolt on the New York Committee.>

After 41.Rb8, Philadelphia announced mate in six.

Source: G C Reichhelm & W P Shipley, Chess in Philadelphia, 1898, p. 61

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