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Johannes Zukertort vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship Match (1886), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Jan-20
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0
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Jun-19-04
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  Chessical: Steinitz plays a difficult opening, later unwittingly copied by Capablanca (Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1924); <4...Bf5?> and is under pressure after <5.cxd5!> and 8.Ne5!.

If <15...fxe5?> 16.Bxh7+! wins outright; 15...Bd7? also loses to <16.Nxd5!!> exd5 17.Qxd5+ Kh8 18.e6 Bc8 19.Qh5 g6 20.Bxg6 Qe7 21.d5 Ne5 22.Bb4

If <16...fxe5?> 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 18.Bg6 Rxf1+ 19.Rxf1 Nf6 20.Qd1 winning

Steinitz later indicated that <24...Bc4> should have made a draw possible, and that 2<5...Bxe2!> was also superior.

Zukertort only took 57 minutes over this game, just under a third of Steinitz's useage. Perhaps is he had taken longer, Steinitz wpould not have been able to claw back between approximately move 16 and 24?

Steinitz himself recommended: <18.g4> which seems effective: 18...Qb6 19.gxf5 exf5 20.Nf4 Nc7 21.Bc3 with distinct pressure.

<31...Rc8> 32.Qh4 Rg8 33.Rg4 Nh5 34.Qxe7! fxg4 35.Qxf7 Ng7 36.Ng6+ hxg6 37.Qxg6 Nf5 38.Qh5+ Kg7 39.Rxg4+ Kf8 40.Bb4+ Ne7 41.Rf4+ Kg7 42.Qh7 mate

Sep-22-06  aragorn69: This was Steinitz's fourth loss in a row. Here too defeat was mostly caused by blunders and imprecise moves rather than by any Zukertort domination. Amazing how Steinitz managed to put all that aside (probably valueing positively the fact that he had so far played better than his opponent on the whole, despite the 4-1 score) and come back to a 10-5 triumph! A great illustration (by an Austrian immigrant) to the typically American "never give up" / "it ain't over 'til it's over" attitudes.
Sep-22-06  slomarko: well he was outplayed in this game.
Nov-28-06  reynolds: I don't agree with aragorn69.. This game was completely dominated by Zukertort, and he must be given credit for that. Zukertort really seems to be underappreciated.
Nov-28-06  aragorn69: <<Steinitz later indicated that <24...Bc4> should have made a draw possible, and that <25...Bxe2!> was also superior.>> Well, you don't appear to agree with Steinitz either! ;-)
Feb-26-08  Knight13: <and that <25...Bxe2!> was also superior> That's because that knight became dominant later and the bishop sucked so of course trading it would be really good. And I agree that <...Bxe2!> is better.
Aug-20-08  just a kid: Sure Steinitz blundered a little,but Zukertort did take full advantage and dominated.
Aug-22-08
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  Once: 32. Rxg7 1-0


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Black loses a piece to a knight fork.

32. ... Rxg7. 33. Rxg7 Kxg7 34. Nxe6+ Kg8 35. Nxc7.

Jul-04-10
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  Check It Out: This Slav resembled a French after awhile.
Jul-04-10
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  jessicafischerqueen: Here is a video history of this Match:

Wilhelm Steinitz: Chess Champion-Part four

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIBK...

Sep-07-12  nirvanapirate: Ne7 and black blows up, interference with his own rooks.

Perhaps 30... Nb6? as a last resort

Jan-07-15  Zonszein: Zukertot was a great player. Probably really inferior to Steinitz in the psychological side. He was winning 4-1! at this point.
Jan-07-15  SChesshevsky: These Steinitz matches are fascinating. What's interesting is that here Steinitz was around 50 years old and Zuck around 42 years old.

In the youtube video it showed they played Mon, Weds, Fri, a 2-6pm session and then a 8-12pm session.

I'm wondering if they had time controls then. If not is there any info on how long these games lasted?

Sitting at the board from 2 to 6 and then say 8 to 11 on the same game, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the blunders were caused by players nodding off!

May-10-15  A.T PhoneHome: <SChesshevsky> The first 30 moves in two hours and after that 15 moves in each subsequent hour is what I know, if this helps a bit.

I also must praise Mr. Steinitz for making a comeback and beating Mr. Zukertort after Zukertort had enjoyed a convincing 4-1 lead. Such feat exemplifies true fighting spirit!

Sep-01-17  theVchip: It seems remarkable Steinitz not only came back from 4-1 down, but did so in dominating fashion, going +9-1=5 the rest of the way. In both men's minds is perhaps not only this current 4-1 event, but Zukertort's dominant win in London 1883, where he won 22/26 a full 3 pts ahead of Steinitz.

Though I have always wondered in a long match like this if Zukertort's health was also somewhat a factor. He would die two years after this match, at age 45, due to cerebral hemorrhage.

Full credit to Steinitz regardless -- an astonishing comeback on his part.

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