Friday, November 18, 2005

Famous Chess Players: Bernhard Horwitz

Bernhard Horwitz was from Germany and was born on 10th May, 1807. He went to a school in Berlin where he studied art. From 1837 to 1843 he was part of a group of German chess players known as 'The Pleiades'. After settling in England in 1845 he played in the 1851 tournament, beating Henry Edward Bird but then being knocked out by Howard Staunton. His true love was problems and together with Josef Kling wrote the classic book 'Chess Studies'. He was the winner of the first study composing tourney in 1862.

Even chess masters make mistakes. I reproduce here a game (Giuoco Piano) played by Bernhard Horwitz, where this chess master keeps on blundering and finally is suitably punished by the opponent. Can you point out the various moves by Horwitz, that cost him this game?

[Event "Berlin"]
[Site "Berlin"]
[Date "1837.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Bernhard Horowitz"]
[Black "Ludwig Bledow"]
[ECO "C53"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "28"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Bb6 5.d4 Qe7 6.d5 Nd8 7.Be2 d6 8.h3 f5 9.Bg5 Nf6 10.Nbd2 O-O 11.Nh4 fxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Bxe7 Bxf2+ 14.Kf1 Ng3# 0-1

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Blogger young writer said...

thanks for the tip (
by the way, I was wondering what your favourite opening is.

10:25 PM  
Blogger SatishTalim said...

I normally play e4 as white and try to develop my pieces and take control of my center. I rarely remember any opening names. What about you?

6:49 AM  
Blogger young writer said...

I paticullarly like queen's side gambit if you can pull it off.
(1.d4 d5
2. c4 d5xc4
3. e4 .......
4. f1xc4 or
4. b1-c3 .......
5. flxc4)
This gives you strong central position and doesn't affect your castling side.

3:49 AM  

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