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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Mikhail Chigorin
Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship Rematch (1892), Havana CUB, rd 12, Jan-26
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Suhle Defense (C59)  ·  0-1


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-23-07  Marmot PFL: Steinitz was stubborn, and believed that the Two Knights' Defence "just loses a pawn".
Oct-06-07  RookFile: Well, Fischer did play the Nh3 against Bisguier, and beat him with it.
Oct-06-07  ughaibu: Says: Chigorin was stronger than Bisguier? New news?
Oct-06-07  RookFile: Well, I never thought about it, but sure, I'd choose Chigorin over Bisguier.
Feb-27-08  Knight13: <Steinitz was stubborn, and believed that the Two Knights' Defence "just loses a pawn".> In this game it did, except that his King's castle got destroyed and he couldn't run away. This is pawn sac with active piece play vs pieces staying at home cooking shrimps. Steinitz got proved wrong in this game.
Nov-20-09  Dravus: Pre-dating Tchaikovsky's debut at Carnegie Hall in 1891, Chigorin came to the Americas to conquer, an early harbinger of Russian greatness in a non-contiguous, non-adjacent foreign land (and preceding the modern Olympics). He dominated the tourney in New York City 1889, then fought Stenitz for the World Championship in Havana, Cuba (twice, in 1889 and 1892).

Morphy played a similar role, in his meteoric, triumphant trip to Europe in 1858, the first indicator of American pre-eminence in a field. In the 1890s, Pillsbury traveled to Russia herself to display American pre-eminence first-hand (with blindfold chess exhibitions), a harbinger of beneficience and magnanimity to come.

Oct-18-10  cuppajoe: <Steinitz was stubborn, and believed that the Two Knights' Defence "just loses a pawn".> Chigorin played the Two Knights' five times against Steinitz, scoring four wins.
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