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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Johannes Zukertort
Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship Match (1886), New Orleans, LA USA, rd 14, Mar-12
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Chessical: A well played game in which Zukertort defended actively. Steinitz at a very end, however, made a slip which could have cost him the game.

<46.Bg7?> could have led to the imprisonment of his B after <46...f6>; e.g. 47.Bxh6 g5 48.Ke3 Kf7 49.f4 Be7.

May-27-07  sneaky pete: To appreciate <Chessical>'s note one must know that on move 31 black didn't play .. a6 (as presented here) but the logical ..h6, so 46.Bg7 .. attacks pawn h6 and had the desired effect of inducing black to play h6-h5. Zukertort used only 1 hour and 20 minutes for the entire game.

Steinitz (on 46... h5):"MacConnell has suggested 46... f6 at this point; the game could have continued 47.Bxh6 g5 48.f4 Kf7 49.f5 Kg8 50.Kc3 Be7 51.Kb3 Kh7 52.Bxg5 fxg5 53.Ka4 Bf6 54.Kb5 Bxd4 55.Kc6 Kg7 56.Kxd5 Bf2 57.Ke6 .."

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Steinitz continues: "57... Bxg3 58.Ke7 Bc7 59.Ke6 Bd8 60.Kd6 Kf7. Although the white king can be driven back to e5 (meant is probably: to e4), white still has drawing prospects, if he advances the f-pawn at the proper moment; but in any case the correct procedure would have been hard to find for him in practical play."

The great man overlooks after 47... Bxg3? the immediate drawing line 48.f6+ Kf8 49.Kf5 .. and again a move later 49.f6+ .. draws, but even if black manoeuvres more circumspect (e.g. 47... Bd4 48.Kd5 Bb2 49.Ke6 Bf6 50.Kd5/6 Kf7) I doubt if the position is won for him.

Feb-26-08  Knight13: Good stuff, <sneaky pete> and <Chessical>.
Mar-29-08  nimh: On his 33rd move Steinitz blundered badly with 33.g3?, after which Zukertort could have taken the bishop with 33...Rc2 and 34...Rxb2.
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  Honza Cervenka: <nimh> and <> The move 32.Re3 is not correct. 32.Re2 was played and so no 33...Rc2 was possible in the game.
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