Friday, August 24, 2007

Fridays by the Fireside No. 1 - Odd, But True - Weiss vs. Schwartz

This is the first installment of Fridays by the Fireside where I will feature an item of interest from the wonderful Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld book The Fireside Book of Chess. Below is the excerpt:

Chapter - The Magic of Chess
Section - Odd, But True
- 121
- 107

A chess game where White and Black play perfectly theoretically should end in a draw. Theory should be strengthened when the players themselves are named White and Black! In the Nuremberg tournament of 1883, Weiss (which means White) met Schwartz (which means Black) in the fifth round. This is what happened:

After 27... Bxd4 the game was called a draw. Appropriately enough, the positions of 'White and Black (or Weiss and Schwartz) are completely identical!

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