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Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship Match (1889), Havana CUB, rd 3, Jan-24
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  1-0


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Aug-18-06  Chess Lou Zer: How would this game continue after 83...Kb7
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  Honza Cervenka: <Chess Lou Zer: How would this game continue after 83...Kb7>

84.Rxc5 bxc5 85.Rxd8 looks quite easy.:-)

And after 83...Nb7 I would play 84.Rxb6 Ka7 85.Rxb7+ Kxb7 86.Rxd8...

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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, interesting game. 5.dxe5 looks like a lemon as it drops the tension in the centre and liberates at first glance black's position but Chigorin outplayed Steinitz in the opening so easily here that it can be worth of closer look at it. I know a few guys who are playing Steinitz Defense notoriously and quite successfully with intention to avoid surprise in the opening and this can be a way to make a little surprise for them.
Oct-09-06  rjsolcruz: It is nice to see variations played by their originators, in this case the Steinitz Defense.
Feb-28-08  Knight13: OMG Black couldn't do like ANYTHING!
Jun-07-09  WhiteRook48: if Zukertort had seen this, he would've been happy to see Steinitz lose
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  Chessical: Chigorin establishes a bind after Steinitz prefers the retreat <14...Nd8> to <a6>, and Steinitz in a very constricted position loses the exchange for a pawn.

Schlechter seems to have believed that <a6> strengthened the defence: Schiffers vs Schlechter, 1894

Steinitz grimly holds on until <77...Rc6?>

May-28-10  ColonelCrockett: 15. ... Ne6? seems too optimistic about the knights job there this early in the game. I'm thinking 15. ... a6 when the trade is good fro Black and 15. ... a6 16.c5 axb5 17.cxd6 Nxd6 is just to cool to actually happen for Black. Therefore the best after a6 is for the white knight to retreat and that relieves all the pressure on c7 and with a tempo Black can focus on the temporarily weak white e-pawn.
Aug-19-10  soothsayer8: why 78. Rc7 ??
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  Sastre: White is threatening <79.Rb7+ Ka8 80.Ra8+ Kb8 81.Rhb8+ Kc8 82.Ba6>, with 83.Rxb6# to come.
Aug-19-10  polarmis: If anyone's interested I just translated some recollections of Chigorin published by his daughter (over 50 years ago! But I'm not sure they've been translated into English before). She has a curious theory that Chigorin never managed to win the title because he couldn't stand the cigar smoke of Steinitz and most of the other top players of the time!

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  Phony Benoni: <polarmis> Fascinating article. Could you post a copy of the link on his player page at Mikhail Chigorin? It might be more noticed there.
Aug-19-10  polarmis: Done! I guess most people (myself included) tend to skip over posts not related to more recent events, though his daughter's words go a long way to bringing Chigorin back to life.
Apr-13-16  sicilianhugefun: Isn't reality and life itself not magical enough? Life should be more astonishing over those tricks conjured by illusionists however grand it may seem⚙ Perhaps everything is just an illusion and who could know.
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