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Schiffers - Steinitz Match

Wilhelm Steinitz6.5/11(+6 -4 =1)[games]
Emmanuel Schiffers4.5/11(+4 -6 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Schiffers - Steinitz (1896)
Many thanks to <Phony Benoni> for figuring out the dates. The game scores are updated with modern dates (Gregorian calendar). However, the match was played in Rostov-on-Don when Russia still used the Julian calendar. The Julian dates and the day of the week are given in the original collection. A close match that had Schiffers leading four games to three. Steinitz won three of the last four games to win the match 6 to 4 with one draw.

Rostov-on-Don, 4 March - 2 April 1896

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Pts Steinitz 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 = 1 6.5 Schiffers 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 = 0 4.5

Original collection: Game Collection: Schiffers vs Steinitz 1896, by User: Calli.

 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Schiffers vs Steinitz 0-1401896Schiffers - SteinitzC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
2. Steinitz vs Schiffers 1-0411896Schiffers - SteinitzC54 Giuoco Piano
3. Schiffers vs Steinitz 1-0571896Schiffers - SteinitzC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
4. Steinitz vs Schiffers 0-1241896Schiffers - SteinitzC55 Two Knights Defense
5. Schiffers vs Steinitz 0-1421896Schiffers - SteinitzC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. Steinitz vs Schiffers 0-1361896Schiffers - SteinitzC05 French, Tarrasch
7. Schiffers vs Steinitz 1-0291896Schiffers - SteinitzC49 Four Knights
8. Steinitz vs Schiffers 1-0581896Schiffers - SteinitzC11 French
9. Schiffers vs Steinitz 0-1271896Schiffers - SteinitzC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
10. Steinitz vs Schiffers ½-½511896Schiffers - SteinitzC11 French
11. Schiffers vs Steinitz 0-1551896Schiffers - SteinitzC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-27-14  ljfyffe: Andy Soltis annotates these games in Kurt Landsberger's The Steinitz Papers, out in paperback, 2010.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Page 206 from the above mentioned book gives a lot of background regarding how and why this match took place.

A reporter at the time gives us a Steinitz description.

"...A small modestly dressed old man, limping, with a crutch under his armpit, bright-red beard, screwed up eyes, in a high degree of seriousness and pensiveness."


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  offramp: <Sally Simpson: ...A reporter at the time gives us a Steinitz description.

"...A small modestly dressed old man, limping, with a crutch under his armpit, bright-red beard, screwed up eyes, in a high degree of seriousness and pensiveness.">

"...He wore a red and green doublet with matching pantaloons...Upon one shoulder he besported an aged green parrot named Zakatat, aged 140 years, who followed the moves with a keen interest, and made suggestions in an aggressive and foul manner."

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Offramp,

I left that last bit out because Edward Winter disputes the name and age of the parrot.


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