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Hieronim Czarnowski vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Paris (1867), Paris FRA, Jun-05
Dutch Defense: General (A80)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  tamar: Many thanks to User: suenteus po 147 for this tournament collection Game Collection: Paris 1867

Steinitz showed poor form right off the bat, drawing this game, but could have lost if Czarnowski had found the correct move order.

43...Kg7? was a bad error because the obvious moves 44 h6+ Kg8 45 g7 Rf6 46 h7+ Kxh7 47 g8Q+ win for White after 47...Bxg8 48 Rh4+ Rh6 49 Rxh6+ Kxh6 50 Nxf5+ picking up the rook on d3.

Czarnowski played 44 Kh4 which took away the rook check, and Steinitz escaped, and won the second game.

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  wwall: 55...Rxg7? should have lost. Instead of 56.Ra6, White can simply play 56.Rxg7! After 56...Kxg7 57.Ke3 Kf6 58.Kd3 Ke6 59.Kc4 Kd6 60.Kb5 Kc7 61.Ka6 Kc6 (61...c4 62.bxc4 Kc6 63.a4 Kc7 64.Ka7 Kc6 65.Kb8 wins) 62.a4 Kc7 63.Ka7 Kc6 64,Kb8 b5 65.a5 and 66.a6, 67.a7, 68.a8=Q wins for White.
Dec-24-14  poorthylacine: TO WWALL: yes, but there is just a little problem at the 58th move of your variant: after 58...b5 instead of 58...Ke6, it seems that White cannot win...
Dec-24-14  poorthylacine: And the worst, TAMAR, is that Steinitz not only gave to Czarnowski the possibility to win after 44.h6+!, but did it by losing at the same time the opportunity to add pressure himself by 43...d4!?, but after 44.Ng2, the position would have been very complicated, for instance 44...Rd1 45.Kh4 and the outcome is unclear...
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  wwall: poorthylacine, you are right! I missed that. Looks like a draw after move 51. So instead of 51.b3, which looks like a draw, perhaps White can win after 51.Rf3 or 51.a4.
Feb-16-15  poorthylacine: TO WWALL: it seems you got the point, wwall, even if it would have been necessary to play very accurately against the best black defense to win however the endgame by 51. Rf3! and too by 51.a4!
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