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Samuel Rosenthal vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Vienna (1873), Vienna AUH, rd 5, Aug-04
Three Knights Opening: Steinitz Defense (C46)  ·  0-1
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Oct-07-02
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  Honza Cervenka: Main advantage of bishop pair against bishop and knight in semi-open game is that it allows pretty safe advance of pawns to restrict opponent's knight since the bishops combine to prevent invasion along the resulting weaknesses. The same technique does not in general work in the case of single bishop vs. knight because single bishop cannot defend adequately weak points resulting from pawn advances. Steinitz demonstrated that in this game perfectly - see 16...c5; 20...f6; 21...h5. He also restricted effectiveness of opponent's single bishop by forming a pawn chain - see also 16...c5 and 17...b6. You can see that white's bishop and knight are even completely blocked in the position after the 22nd move of black. Rosenthal tried to liberate his pieces by 23.f5 but it led to the loss of pawn in five moves.
Nov-01-04  Gowe: When Steinitz moved 16.c5! then white are tecnicly lost, because it's an open position and his knight lose the best point of support because it is in a central square. You can also see 20.F6! with a block to the knight puting it out of the game.
Oct-23-07  Zxookazoid7: This was the first game Steinitz shows how to make your bishops stronger than the opponents Knight. As you can see Steinitz takes away all the Knights Support Points
Aug-20-08  myschkin: . . .

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Jun-25-11
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  Leadbelly: @Honza Cervenka

Good post.

Jan-04-12
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  gezafan: A positional crush!
Aug-10-12  maelith: Is it amusing that the start of Steiniz 25 straight wins in professional chess is also the start of modern bishop pair use..
Aug-26-12  Tigranny: Awesome use of the bishops by Steinitz.
Jul-12-13
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  wwall: Instead of 33.Qg3, which may be the losing move, perhaps White can hold with 33.Qxa7 (prevents ...Qxa2). Now if 33...Rxf2 34.Rxf2 Qxc1 35.Rf1 Qe3+ 36.Kh1 and White may draw. White threatens Qxb6 and the position is starting to look equal.
Aug-16-13  ciastekx: @wwall: <Instead of 33.Qg3, which may be the losing move, perhaps White can hold with 33.Qxa7 (prevents ...Qxa2)>. If 33.♕xa7? then 33...♖xf2 34.♖xf2 ♕xc1+ . Rosenthal had to reduce the load on the f1 rook by protecting the knight at f2 with another piece, that is why he moved 33.♕g3.
Aug-16-13  ciastekx: @wwall: <ciastekx: @wwall: <Instead of 33.Qg3, which may be the losing move, perhaps White can hold with 33.Qxa7 (prevents ...Qxa2)>. If 33.♕xa7? then 33...♖xf2 34.♖xf2 ♕xc1+ . Rosenthal had to reduce the load on the f1 rook by protecting the knight at f2 with another piece, that is why he moved 33.♕g3>

Sent too early. I see that you are basically giving the same variation, but evaluating the position differently. I do not think Rosenthal's rook would be a match for two bishops, and the pawns would need time to become dangerous. Does White have that time? Personally, I prefer Black here.

May-26-18
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  sycophante: Never been a GOTD yet? Such a famous game... I propose "Early Synod"
Jul-02-18  pawnpro: just bringing the game back if you miss it
Jul-02-18  sudoplatov: Lest we think Rosenthal was a pushover; Steinitz Tied with Rosenthal 3-3-3.

EDO Ratings 1873

Steinitz 2780 #1
Rosenthal 2571 #8

Jul-02-18  Joshka: <maelith> <25 straight games won> yea, well, of course the best player was not playing any more, so Steinitz lucked out.
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