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Ignatz von Kolisch vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Paris (1867), Paris FRA, Jun-14
Scotch Game: Steinitz Variation (C45)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  InspiredByMorphy: Very enjoyable game to watch. Hard to find out what could have been done better for either side.
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  tamar: 15...Rxd2! would have caught up White's King in a barrage of tactics.

15...Rxd2 16 Kxd2 Nxe4+ 17 Ke1 Nxg3! and the threats against h1, e2, and e3 are impossible to meet.

Instead Steinitz allows Kolisch to castle and gradually loses his edge. Kolisch escaped with a draw, and went on to victory at Paris.

Nov-14-05  Petrocephalon: I suppose the test of the variation is 16.Bxg4, eg
A. 16..Nxe4 17.Be2 R(8)d8 looks survivable for white (just)

B. 16..Rxh2? 17.Rf1 Rxe4 18.0-0-0

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  tamar: <Petrocephalon> After 15...Rxd2 16 Bxg4 Rxh2 17 Rf1 Qg5! 18 Be2 Qxg3+ 19 Kd1 Rd8+ 20 Bd3 Qe3

Of course White could 0-0-0 on move 18 but then he is a piece down.

Steinitz' bad form at Paris leads me to wonder whether he was already unhappy with the combinative style, and was trying to win his games purely positionally even when a combination was called for.

Nov-23-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Von Kolisch 10 mistakes:
8.g3 -0.47 (8.Qg3 -0.08)
9.Nb3 -1.09 (9.Be2 -0.52)
11.Qc4 -2.93 (11.Qc3 -1.40)
14.Nd2 -3.68 (14.Rd1 -2.16)
15.Qb3 -6.00 (15.Bxg4 -3.48)
19.Qxc7 -3.53 (19.Rf2 -0.24)
20.Bf3 -0.46 (20.Qxc6 0.00)
25.Bd5 -0.70 (25.Rd4 2.77)
30.Rd7 -0.96 (30.c4 -0.62)
33.c5 -0.92 (33.Kf3 -0.55)

Steinitz 7 mistakes:
12..0-0 -1.91 (12...Qh6 -2.90)
15...Nxe4 -4.02 (15...Rxd2 -6.00)
16...Rxe4 -1.33 (16...Bxe2 -3.91)
18...Rxe3 -0.24 (18...Qxe3+ -1.33)
19...Re8 0.00 (19...Rc8 -3.53)
24...g6 2.77 (24...Rf8 -0.46)
33...Ke8 -0.55 (33...Kg7 -0.92)

Dec-09-14  Knight13: The alternative, 15. Bxg4 Qxe3+ 16. Be2 Nxe4 17. O-O-O Rxd2, is hardly desirable. Maybe 15. Qb3 actually worked out better because the 15. Bxg4 line is easier for Black to find, and since chess is played by two humans and not computers, I'd say Steinitz made the right (psychological) choice.
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