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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Mikhail Chigorin
Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship Match (1889), Havana CUB, rd 16, Feb-23
Zukertort Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)  ·  1-0


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  InspiredByMorphy: 8. ...b5 would have been interesting.
Jan-31-05  DutchDunce: Eh...this game is misclassified. It is not the Leningrad, which is characterized by an early Bg7 by Black.
Jan-03-06  cpryob123: Wites second move should be E4!Taking advantage of blacks weakening first move.
Jan-03-06  Bishopsarecool: Why do you think it should be 2.e4? It seems a strange move!
Jan-03-06  Steppenwolf: 2. e4, fxe 3. Ng5
Feb-27-08  Knight13: Dutch Stonewall without a bishop on d6! Black did OK, but still sucked.
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  refutor: <...without bishop on d6> putting a bishop on d6 is a relatively new idea in the dutch (botwinnik's era), before that they generally played with the bishop on e7
Apr-10-08  FHBradley: Gospodin Chigorin paid a high price for not being prepared to meet Steinitz's 1 d4 (or 1 Nf3). Had he done so, it's very likely he would've become the World Champion. What a pity. He was such a greate master.
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  Garech: Fantastic game; Steinitz is virtually impossible to understand.


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  SpaceRunner: Does Chigorin miss:

35. Rxf4 36.Qxf4 , Qxb5

Jul-13-15  DWINS: <SpaceRunner>, Black has no defense at this point in the game.

If 35...Rxf4 36.Qxf4 Qxb5, 37.Bxf6! looks decisive.

Taking the bishop leads to mate: 37...Bxf6 38.Qd6+ Be7 39.Qxe7# or 37...gxf6 38.Qh6+ Ke8 39.Qxh7 Nc6 40.Qg8+ Kd7 41.Be6+ Kd6 42.Qxc8 and Stockfish 6 shows forced mates all over the place.

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