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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Mikhail Chigorin
"Good Wil Hunting" (game of the day Apr-06-2018)
Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship Rematch (1892), Havana CUB, rd 4, Jan-07
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


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Nov-10-02  pawntificator: Strong evidence that one should never employ a defence which is named after ones opponent. White had a clear advantage after black's sixth horse move (white only made four) at move 11, when white began an obvious assault on the King. Black's king position is apparently much too weak after h5, and the threat is poorly met, or ignored entirely by a push in the center.
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  refutor: re : Strong evidence that one should never employ a defence which is named after ones opponent.

ha ha! that's a good rule to follow :)

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  Sneaky: Reminds me of the postal player's lament: "I finally located the book that analyzes this particular opening variation, and at the end of the analysis, there was my opponent's name!"
Nov-11-02  drukenknight: I thought it was okay until black played 21...exd4; creating exchanges when behind in material violates drunken rule 1.

how about 21....a4 to put some pressure on the K?

Nov-17-02  pawntificator: 21...a4 22 d5 and wherever the queen goes it can be attacked again and black loses the knight.
Nov-19-02  drukenknight: I'm thinking of the a pawn being a desperado and taking axb3-a2-a1=Q
Aug-20-03  Kenneth Sterling: 20. Rf1 is a very deep move. Chigorin must have been wilting in the Cuban sun, he captured with the incorrect pawn on move 13.
Aug-20-03  BeautyInChess: I prefer 29 g4# then Qf4#. Mating with a pawn gives a nice ring to the game.
Aug-20-03  NiceMove: 13. h x g6 N x g6 seems better, leaving f7 and h7 intact. Because opening either line gives either the bishop or rook way too much clout.
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  Calli: 13. hxg6 Nxg6? 14.exd5 loses the d pawn

13. hxg6 hxg6 is better because the bishop doesn't pin the knight.

In the game, how about 17...Rf5 where the rook guards the e pawn and can also defend the h file (Rh5) if needed?

Nov-18-03  Shadout Mapes: A great ending, with white's bishop pair showing supreme dominance.
Nov-19-03  AdrianP: On move 11, h4! Steinitz commented "In general, this is not especially dangerous early in the game, but in the given instance I noticed a weak point on the enemy kingside and I am not to be trifled with: despite my age, I can still bite"!
Mar-30-04  ConLaMismaMano: Their first match here in the year of 1889, was the bloodiest in world Championship history: a single draw out of 17 games! The second time around, there were still only five draws in 23 games, but the Champion retained his title only by slugging it out with the ferocious Russian player.
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  Gypsy: <In the game, how about 17...Rf5 where the rook guards the e pawn and can also defend the h file (Rh5) if needed?> White main thrust is d3-d4. The exposed rook at f5 would lend additional punch to that thrust; in addition to the pawn fork on d5, there would be the knight fork at d4. (And White would still have g4 in reserve, to prevent Rh5 and closing of the h-file.)
Jul-27-04  Erwin: THis is a mad game, i believe this game is just about who got the better brain,fantastic play 24 Rxh7!!!
Nov-04-04  aw1988: What's interesting about this game, despite the fact it's very deep, is that Steinitz appears to maneuver only on the first three ranks, and all of a sudden black has terrible problems.
Jul-25-05  Orbitkind: 23.xd4; great exchange sacrifice which tricks Chigorin into mate in 6 starting with 24.xh7+ etc.
Jul-25-05  arifattar: It seems to me that Steinitz saw the combination as early as 16. Bb3 as every white move after that is purposeful towards 24.Rxh7 which makes me wonder whether this was home preparation.
Oct-31-05  hayton3: Nice, imaginative play by Steinitz. A purposeful plan involving the rather rare queenside castling motif in the Ruy.

However, black should have put up a better defense with a timely f5 rather than wasting time with some self-indulgent 'mysterious' knight moves.

Feb-22-06  MorphyMatt: The book The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games says that Chigorin resigned after 28. ♕xd4+
May-16-06  prinsallan: Steinitz sure was a force of nature, in the endgame black looks like a rat trying to stop a hurricane ^^
Jun-16-06  GeauxCool: Steinitz plays the Ruy Lopez-Steinitz variation. This variation holds the center solid while preparing a flank attack. Steinitz was the first to developed central control, an idea largely ignored in his day. Game annotation... Tchigorin needed to attempt a break in center and wait for White to clarify his plans (move 7). After move 10, we see that Steinitz has a clear-cut plan in mind but with 10...Ne6 Tchigorin waivers. 11.h4! the purpose of White's maneuvers now becomes clear. With the center solidified an attack against the Kingside is initiated. 20.Qf1! An excellent move because after 22.Nxd4, the point of the 20th move becomes clear. (If 22...Nxd4 then 23.Rxh7+!! Kxh7 24.Qh1+ and mate follows.) -Fine
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  Gypsy: <20.Qf1!> Of all the brilliant moves that Steinitz played, I like this one the best.
Apr-10-07  sanyas: <Steinitz was the first to developed central control, an idea largely ignored in his day.> I hope Fine isn't being serious about that...
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  IMlday: Richard Reti annotated this superlative game in "Modern Ideas in Chess". It is a prime example of the virtue of delayed castling when the centre is closed.
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