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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Carl Schlechter
Vienna (1897), Vienna AUH
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Paulsen Defense (C39)  ·  1-0


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  InspiredByMorphy: 19. bxc6?? Schlecter is brilliant, yet he doesent see Bxd4!. After which 20. Nxd4 Ng3! Black would be a piece up. What was Schlecter thinking?
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  matey: Youre having a hallucination, Schlechter would only have a rook vs Steinitz's bishop and two pawns.
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  InspiredByMorphy: Steinitz missed a much better move to.
19.Qe4 saves the queen, and leaves white with a queen,rook, and bishop against black's two rooks, two knights, and bishop after 19. ... Bxe5
Jun-24-04  chocobonbon: One can imagine Schlechter thinking as he resigned, "I don't want to play this guy anymore - it's bad for my chess! Besides, I'm hungry!"
Apr-27-05  Runemaster: <chocobonbon's> above post is my nomination for "Most Tasteless Post". Is there a guideline against cruel references to the way players died (in this case, malnutrition)?
Mar-23-07  chocobonbon: You're right, of course. It was a poor joke in any case. But isn't "most tasteless post" ironic?
Mar-14-10  sneaky pete: 19.Nxc6 .. is his best chance. 19.Qe4 Bxe5 with ... Nf2 or .. Rae8 next is horrible. So is 19.Qg1 Bxe5 20.Qxh1 Bxb2 21.Rb1 Bc3+ etc.

Of course after 19.Nxc6 .. black should have played 19... Bxd4 20.Nxd4 Nf2 with maybe some advantage. Schlechter may have overestimated his chances.

This was a casual game and both players were obviously in a playful mood. Instead of 19... Qxd4 black could have played 19... Qe7

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with ... Ng3 or ... Nf2 next. White's position looks hopeless.

Of course, he might earlier have played 13... Kh8 14.Bg5 .. (as in Sankovsky vs V Heuer, 1970) 14... Qe8

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and again, I don't think white has sufficient compensation.

Nov-29-16  Fanacas: We should not forget that while sometimes things look like easy blunders, these players might have been pressed on time. Maybe they had to finish 10 moves in 10 minutes to reach the time control.
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