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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Carl Schlechter
London (1899), London ENG, rd 15, Jun-19
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Main Line (C29)  ·  0-1


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Oct-23-07  Sularus: oohhhh the last loss of the great steinitz... (at least in this database...)
Oct-23-07  Sularus: I don't get it... why did black not play 13. ... f4?
Oct-23-07  Sularus: ooppsssss forget i asked that! hahaha
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  whiteshark: 13... fxe4 is simple the best!
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  whiteshark: as 13...f4 14.♗xf4 ♖xf4 15.exd5 ♕xd5 16.0-0

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  KEG: This was not Steinitz's last loss. The game was played in the 15th round of the London 1899 tournament. There were still 15 rounds to go, and Steinitz lost seven more games after this one. Steinitz's final loss in this tournament (and so far as I know, the final loss in his career) was in the 28th round to Maroczy. His final game in the tournament was in the 30th round, in which he defeated Janowski (as a result of which Janowski had to share 2nd prize with Pillsbury and Maroczy).

This game is a sad spectacle, as Steinitz yet again handicapped himself by poor opening play. His 6. Ne2 was very weak, and gave Schlechter a definite edge. 9. Bxc6 was also weak (he should have played 9. c3) and after 10. Qe2 (instead of 10. c3) Steinitz was probably lost. Schlechter slowly built up a King's side attack, and Steinitz offered only token resistance. I agree with the Tournament Book that the game was over after 28...Qg6 and that Steinitz should have spared himself the indignity of the final 11 moves.

As I have said before on this site, it is sad to watch Steinitz's games in this his final tournament, the only time in career he failed to win even a minor prize in a tournament.

One could have a field day lining up all the ways Schlechter could have finished off Steinitz more quickly and brilliantly but I don't have the heart to do this, and am grateful that Schlechter did only what he had to do in finishing off Steinitz rather than find glossy ways to gather laurels for himself.

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