Steinitz vs Chigorin 1892
| || Cover of Russian chess magazine СТРЕКОЗА.|
In 1892, Wilhelm Steinitz defended his title
against his old rival, Mikhail Chigorin. Just as
in the the first Steinitz-Chigorin
match, this contest took place in Havana, Cuba--and once again, Steinitz emerged triumphant.
The highlight of this match is the biggest shock ending in the history of the
Championship. In game #23, Chigorin, a piece
ahead, was on the verge of tying the score at 9-9 and sending the match into overtime.
Rather than sealing his move, he made it on the board, and in so doing, unprotected his
h-pawn allowing Steinitz a mate-in-two that ended the match.1
And so, after 23 games Steinitz won his fourth World Championship match, by a
score of +10 -8 =5.
FINAL SCORE: Steinitz 10; Chigorin 8 (5 draws)
Reference: game collection WCC Index [Steinitz-Chigorin 1892]
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1 Graeme Cree, World Chess Championship History Website.