Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

There is a clue unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page!   [Official Contest Rules]
Please see this announcement for some updates.
(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Wilhelm Steinitz vs Johannes Zukertort
Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship Match (1886), New Orleans, LA USA, rd 16, Mar-17
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0


Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 26 times; par: 86 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 39 more Steinitz/Zukertort games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Premium members can suggest a game for Guess-the-Move with the Guess-the-Move Suggestion Queue.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-15-06  Runemaster: Zukertort's sacrifice with 39...Bxa3 didn't give him enough. It was a tough fight before that, but then Steinitz finished off fairly quickly.
Dec-01-06  Gouki: can anyone post the finishing line?

what does white do after 49....Qb3?

Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: 49. Qe8 threatens 50. Qxf7+ & 51. Qg7#. If the Black Queen leaves the a3-f8 diagonal with 49 ... Qb3, then 50. Qf8 is decisive (50 ... Qd3+ 51. Kg2 Qg6 52. hxg6+ fxg6 53. Qg7# or 52 ... Kxg6 53. Qg8#/Qg7#).
Dec-01-06  Gouki: wow...i didnt see that. thanks for the line <tpstar> :D
Apr-12-07  Whack8888: I believe Zukertort's plan of trading off White's Knight on f5 with his light squared bishop wasnt so good. Black doesnt need his dark squared bishop for the defence of his king side all that much but does seem to need his light squared bishop for any sort of Queen side counterattack. I think maybe 21...b6 is better (protecting the Knight to free the Queen) and afterwards Black can play Be6 next move or Qf8 or e8 if White tries any tactical stuff.

Is there a tactic that refutes this, or does anyone see some other reason why this plan is inferior?

Feb-26-08  Knight13: <Runemaster: Zukertort's sacrifice with 39...Bxa3 didn't give him enough. It was a tough fight before that, but then Steinitz finished off fairly quickly.> He forgot about the safety of his own king. 46. f6! is the killer.
Premium Chessgames Member

click for larger view

Zukertort's position slides into disadvantage with <32...bxc4>. Instead, <32...Rc8> maintains the balance. Zukertort over-estimated his pressure on the Q-side down the <b> file, and perhaps already had envisaged the Bishop sacrifice on <a3> (move 39).

May-30-10  outsider: yeah, zukertort's major problems started when he ruined his own queen flank by move 32 (and earlier as well), and steinitz positionally finished him. the desperate sacrifice on move 39 changed nothing; the result would have been 1-0 anyway.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: Steinitz finally changed things up with this game by not allowing the open Ruy Lopez. Probably a big surprize to Zukertort.
Jan-16-11  Llawdogg: 32 c4! was Steinitz's play to open up Zukertort's position and create two weaknesses to play against. It was all Steinitz after that. Zuke's sacrifice was better than going down slowly without a fight. But it made no real difference. Steinitz really changed the game of chess.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <25...e4!> would have been an modern dynamic solution. It frees Bg7 and creates enough counterplay to keep the balance.

click for larger view

Chess History could look entirely different if Zuke had drawn this game.

Dec-28-14  Smite: amazing game, full of ideas.
Dec-20-18  myhilarioususername: 32...Rc8! would have kept things together for Zukertort due to a double attack on the bishop and queen if white was to capture knight.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Anti-Berlin System: 4. d3, Part One
by Ron
Game 16, Steinitz leads 7-5 (9-7)
from 1886 World Chess Championship by driley754522002
Opp: OOO wins
from Castle by c65win
Game 16, Steinitz leads 7-5 (9-7)
from 1886 World Chess Championship by Penguincw
Game 20
from Move by Move - Steinitz (Pritchett) by Qindarka
Steinitz vs Zukertort WCM 1886
by ilcca
Castling on opposite wings
from -Winning with the Ruy Lopez- by ruylopez900
Zuckertort's unsound sac leads to his demise S up 7-5
from World championship games A-Z by kevin86
Ruy Lopez
by nkvd
Game #16
from 1st World Championship Match by ruylopez900
The Ruy Lopez in World Championship Matches
by frogmanjones
Match Steinitz!
by amadeus
The walls of Jericho.The Bad bishop is the point!
from The Dark Side by lonchaney
Steinitz - Zukertort, 1886 Game 16
from FGetulio's How World Champions Win I by fgetulio
Game 16, Steinitz leads 7-5 (9-7)
from 1886 World Chess Championship by driley754522002
Ruy Lopez Exchange
from Sideman's favorite games by Sideman
Spanish B Defense Bin Fed Fredthebear
by fredthebear

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC