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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Ed Pilhal
"The Austrian Morphy" (game of the day Jul-24-2018)
Vienna AUT (1862)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  1-0
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Jan-08-04  TheTurk: true ughaibu, most miniatures are very instructional on tactics in opening/middle game, but hardly ever have anything to say about the endgame.
Jan-08-04  Shadout Mapes: The first thing a beginner at chess should learn is tactics, so these kind of games are very good, but if you want to learn endgame and strategy, they're not as useful.
Jan-09-04  TheTurk: [The first thing a beginner at chess should learn is tactics] i agree mapes but endgames come a close second. just dont spend too much time on opening theory untill you really need to.
Jan-10-04
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  talchess2003: <[The first thing a beginner at chess should learn is tactics] i agree mapes but endgames come a close second. just dont spend too much time on opening theory untill you really need to.>

Endgames come last...
tactics, middle game strategies, openings, endgames.

Jan-11-04  Bears092: If you don't know how to win in the endgame, what sense is there in using a tactic to win a pawn in the middlegame?
Jan-11-04  Minor Piece Activity: But if you can't get a pawn in the first place, what's the sense in learning the endgame? But if you can't understand the opening, how will you find a good position to get a pawn, to win the endgame with? But if I continue talking like this, when will I stop?
Jan-11-04  Catfriend: LOL! <Minor Piece Activity> And to the issue: learning endgames gives you a much better understanding of the position regardless the playing-phase! So studying it will improve you at all the game!
Jan-17-04  TheTurk: Catfriend, i thoroughly agree.
Feb-03-04  N. Cline Plane: Preliminary dissection of the phases of a chess game is bewildering to the novice, not helpful. It is much better, at first, to study complete games, and study opening/midgame/endgame when it seems natural to divide a game into these phases, when the intuition feels the difference between them.

ketchuplover:

Studying miniatures will only teach you to play miniatures. Better to have a balanced diet. As a starting point, try Morphy, Capablanca, Fischer. Capa particularly would be good to study and emulate.

Be aware that the Soviet era produced a lot of fixed matches. Soviet vs. Soviet games are not always good to study. See my comment on Karpov vs. Yudasin - proof it still was happening in the late eighties.

Like skill at anything else, skill at chess will come with time and effort. And don't worry too much about exercises or instructional manuals or books on openings. The heart of the thing lies in studying the greatest who have come before you and playing fearlessly. Out of these two, real understanding develops.

Jun-15-04  Whitehat1963: I can't decide which move I like most, but 15. Nxd7 seems to be the best candidate.
Feb-12-05  aw1988: To the above issue of studying endgames reminds me of a very amusing quote: Why do players bother trading off pieces when they do not know the endgame? The answer is simple; not for the fact that they hope the opponent does not know it either, but for the fact that both parties are sure to be lost at any given stage!
Dec-16-08  WhiteRook48: The 1st world champion doesn't need the Queen!
Oct-23-11
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Catfriend: *** And to the issue: learning endgames gives you a much better understanding of the position regardless the playing-phase! So studying it will improve you at all the game!>

In this vein, there is an old saying: If you study openings, you will learn openings. If you study endgames, you will learn chess.

Nevertheless, this game is certainly a highly entertaining and aesthetically satisfying example of play in the great romantic style from the master of positional chess.

Oct-23-11
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  Peligroso Patzer: <kevin86: Very similar finish to Anderssen's immortal game. *** >

Also interesting is to compare Steinitzís opening play with this game by Anderssen from 11 years earlier: Anderssen vs Mayet, 1851

Steinitz with <8. Ba3!> improves on Anderssenís <8. e5?!>, demonstrating that when he played in the romantic style (as was his trademark in his youth), Steinitz could out-Anderssen even Anderssen himself.

Nov-24-13  Mostolesdude: wow time flies, it's been almost 10 years since I first commented on this game.... *cries*
Jul-24-18
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  andrewjsacks: The end is reminiscent of you know what timeless classic.
Jul-24-18
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  OrangeTulip: Zuckertort also played a dozens of highly entertaining Evans gambits
Jul-24-18
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  offramp: Ed Pilhal was known as <the Austrian Morphy>, but here he loses badly.
Jul-24-18
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  FSR: <andrewjsacks> I'm not sure what game you have in mind.
Jul-24-18  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <FSR: <andrewjsacks> I'm not sure what game you have in mind.>

I suppose the Evergreen game: Anderssen vs Dufresne, 1852

When i saw today's GOTD, the Evergreen game came to my mind instantly. They are similar in many ways.

Jul-24-18  takchess: Offramp, Given some of my recent chess club games. I am now known as the <American Ed Pilhal> ... Cheers.
Jul-24-18  Howard: As Evans stated in Fischer's M60MG, "two playing styles could hardly be more dissimilar"--referring to Steintz and Morphy.

But it's been said that in Steintz's younger days, he wasn't really the ironclad positional player he was later known to be.

Jul-24-18
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  PawnSac: < WhiteRook48: The 1st world champion doesn't need the Queen! >

he needed it to SAC it

Jul-24-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. = (-0.24): 8.e5 Ne4 9.Qe1 Nc5 10.Bg5 Ne7 11.Nxd4 Ne6 12.Nxe6 dxe6 13.Na3 h6 14.Rd1 Bd7 15.Bb5 c6 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.Nc4 cxb5 18.Nxa5 b6 19.Nb7 0-0 20.Qe4 Rac8 21.Nd6 Rc5 22.Qb7 Rxe5 23.Qxa7 Rd8 24.Qxb6 Re2 25.Nxb5 Rxa2 26.Qc7 e5 27.c4 Rc2 28.Rd5 Re2

Jul-24-18  cormier:


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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa done

1. = / + (-0.43): 9...Ne4 10.exd6 cxd6 11.Qe2 Qe7 12.Nxd4 Nxc3 13.Qb2 Nxd4 14.Nxc3 0-0 15.Nd5 Qe4 16.Rfd1 Nc6 17.Rac1 Rd8 18.Qb3 Nd4 19.Qb2 Nc6 20.Qb3

2. = (0.00): 9...Nxe5 10.Nxe5 dxe5 11.Qb3 Qd7 12.Re1 Kd8 13.Rxe5 Re8 14.cxd4 Rxe5 15.dxe5 Ne4 16.e6 fxe6 17.Qf3 Nf6 18.Bb2 e5 19.Na3 Qf5 20.Rd1+ Ke7 21.Qg3 Nh5 22.Qh4+ Nf6 23.Qg3 Nh5

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