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Adolf Anderssen vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Anderssen - Steinitz (1866), London ENG, rd 7, Jul-28
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Paulsen Variation (C51)  ·  1-0


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Apr-07-05  OJC: Another great game from the 1866 match.

36. Qe8+!

Black loses the queen in all variations. e.g.

36. ... Kh7 37. Nf8+ Kg8 38. Nd7+ Kh7 39. Nxf6+ gxf6

Apr-07-05  OJC: What a great game by Anderssen.

16. Bxg7! if 16. ... Kxg7? then 17. Nh5+ Kh8 18. Qh6 Rg8 19. Ng5 Qxg5 20. Qxg5 and white wins. Steinitz instead sacrifices the exchange.

Excellent finish too.

The games in this match are very exciting! No draws in 14 games with 11 gambit openings. Those were the days.

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  Gilmoy: 30.Nxh7! is a special case of <demolition of pawn structure>. Accepting with 30..Kxh7 creates a "bowling alley" pattern, with Black's K trapped on h and exposed to a two-Rook mate theme. This trumps White's material deficit, since none of Black's extra pieces can block on h.

[A] 31.Qh3+ Qh6 (Qh4? 32.f6+) 32.f6+ N(either)d3 too hasty -- but it reveals Black's defensive resources. White wants to transfer his QR to h, and/or destroy Black's d3 strong-point to make his Bb1 unblockable. Hence:

[B] 31.Rxc4! deflects Black's double on d3. White threatens 32.Rh4+, Black's Q is overworked defending h4 and g7, and Black has no useful way to block the R from h4 or add a defender to g7. Hence, Black must accept: 31..Nxc4 32.Qh3+ Qh6 33.f6+ and now:

[B1] 33..Ne4 34.Qd7+ wins: (B,R)e7 35.Bxe4+ Kh8 and either 36.Qxd8+ mate in 2, or 36.Qxe8+ Bf8 (Qf8? 37.Qh5+) 37.Qe6 and Black can't defend g8.

[B2] 33..Re4 34.Bxe4+ Nxe4 35.Qd7+ and mate at g8.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: According to this game has no sacrifices... :-)
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  heuristic: mo' better moves:

15...c4 16.Be2 f5 17/Rae1 fxe4 18.Nxe4

24...Nc5 25.Bb1 Nxe4 26.Nxe4 Qxf5 27.f4

29...Rg8 30.Nxh7 Rxg3 31.Nxf6 Rg7 32.Rxg7

Jan-30-12  Knight13: The position for Black after 14...c5 (positionally speaking) is bad. Steinitz was likely planning on playing on the queenside with 14...c5, but his pieces are so uncoordinated that something like 16. Bxg7 is bound to happen.
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