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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Isidor Gunsberg
Steinitz - Gunsberg World Championship Match (1890), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Dec-22
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Normal Variation. Traditional System (D26)  ·  1-0


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Apr-21-07  Whack8888: Does anyone see a winning line after 24...fxe5?

25. Qxe5+ Rg7 and I dont see really anything for White. The pawn is unprotected and the Queen can take it defending along the 7th rank so further attacking the pinned rook on g7 doesnt work and Black's back rank is as far as I can see also well guarded making Rc8 ideas useless.

Perhaps after 24...fxe5 White should keep his Queen where it is and simply play Bb2--White has a pretty good attack, and Black's King is very open, but I dont see how White can win.

Maybe the best looking for position White would be 25. Qxe5+ Rg7 26. Rd1 and Black doesnt have a whole lot of moves--both his rooks are stuck and his Queen is needed more or less where it is.

I am moderately content that 26. Rd1 is the line that causes Gunsberg to play Rg5 instead of fxe5 but I would appreciate somebody else's input.

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  vonKrolock: 24...fe 25.♗b2, Δ ♗xe5 check, followed by ♕xa8 - there's no satisfactory defense against the threat
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  Phony Benoni: <Whack8888> After 24...fxe5, 25.Bb2 looks deadly to me. The threat is mate after 26.Qxe5+, and I don't see a defense.

If 25...Qg5, then 26.Bxe5+ Rg7 27.Qxa8+ leads to mate. On 25...Rg5, 26.Bxe5+ Rg7 27.Qxa8 Qxa8 28.Rc8+ forces mate.

That seems to leave moves of the h-pawn, but they don't help: 25...h5 26.Qxe5+ Kh7 27.Qxh5#, or 25...h6 26.Qxe5+ Kh7 27.Qf5+ Rg6 28.Qf7+ Rg7 29.Qxg7#.

Feb-28-08  Knight13: Black should've played ...c5 at move 5 or 6. That would've helped.
Sep-14-08  JimmyVermeer: Had Black not resigned, the game might have ended:

28 e6 Kg7 29 e7 Kf7 30 d8Q Rxd8 31 exd8Q Ke6 32 Qd6+ Kf7 33 Qe7+ Kg6 34 Bb2 Kg5 35 Qxf6+ Kh5 36 h3 b5 37 g4#

Nov-09-11  AnalyzeThis: White doesn't even need his bishop in the final position to win.
Jul-14-12  King.Arthur.Brazil: I guess that Gunsberg made 2 mistakes at the oppening: 1st: the QN had not developed so 7...b6 seems premature and turns White Square Diagonals weak. 2nd: the change of WSD Bishop didn't solve the problem, turn it worst. Steinitz showed in the 15'th move: all his pieces are full working and black has nothing then saw him explode the center and the poor BQN; expose BQ, BK and BQR to attack. Nice game!
Oct-06-13  Karpova: Steinitz plays the Queen's Gambit again!

A spectator: <“Well, Steinitz tires me by this.”> (1)

After game 5 - Steinitz vs Gunsberg, 1890 - <Steinitz was heard to declare his intention of playing the same opening again on Monday when his turn comes, and in fact again and again until he wins it.> (2)

Steinitz also explained <"“My memory is not so good as it was, and I cannot always, in a complicated position, rely on book knowledge."> but that he always tried to introduce opening novelties. (1)


(1) 'The Sun', New York, 1890.12.23

(2) 'The Sun', New York, 1890.12.19

Both from Jacques N. Pope's

Dec-31-13  Cooleyhigh: Steinitz was truly a Grandmaster ahead of his time.
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