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M Hewitt vs Wilhelm Steinitz
"Hewitt Blew It" (game of the day May-15-06)
London, England (1866)  ·  Bishop's Opening: Calabrese Countergambit (C23)  ·  0-1
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May-15-06  prinsallan: Awesome-o!
May-15-06  United33: Brilliant !! i still can't believe it
May-15-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Unbelievable double sac!!

Hewitt shouldn't be ashamed, he didn't blow anything. :) It's no scandal to miss a brilliancy like this!

May-15-06  thundershock2k: wow, thats a pretty combo
May-15-06  weev: Beautifully done. Very good work to see all the checking moves in this lovely mate.

How long would it take over the board to work out the sequence from the moment you think of the queen sac??

My guess it's 20 min of arduous concentration, or 30-40 minutes with some day-dreaming :)

Any suggestions?

May-15-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  dakgootje: Very nice attacking game by Steinitz, with some brilliant moves in it. also <Honza Cervenka> thanks for the helpful analysis.

<or 30-40 minutes with some day-dreaming :) > Usually i get my better ideas then, so it would take less long in that case for me then with serious thinking =)

I think in that case i would've gone for the Rf2 as i would look at that sooner probably

May-15-06  Confuse: what a monday game. impressive...

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May-15-06  Castle In The Sky: Hewitt didn't blew it, he never had it!
May-15-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: The bishop at g3 seemed to support the game-but to Steinitz,it was just a colorful ornament. Obviously after ; 19 ♗xf2 ♕xh2# is the immediate,final penalty
May-15-06
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  al wazir: <blackjacki2: I think if 21. Rxf2 then black could play 21..Qe1+ 22. Rf1 Qxf1#>

You're right. There was no good defense. The line <Honza> suggested is better than the one Steinitz played.

May-15-06  chiguire: It seems that Steinitz didn't give Hewitt any room to breath from the get go. It must have been a suffocating feeling for Hewitt, and the ending tactical play must have left him dumbfounded.

Great Game!

May-15-06  deefree: That't the prettiest (and toughest) mate combo I've seen in awhile. Very exciting and the kind of thing that inspires people to play more chess. (and raises the hope that someday....) The final rook move is so great, the nasty discovered check while moving to protect the en prise Knight. Way cool!!
May-15-06  chessmoron: 4. Nf3...could gave Hewitt an edge on Steinitz. Nice rare variation for Steinitz though.
May-15-06  weisyschwarz: My roots are in Calabria! Not the case that Hewitt blew it, but that of Steinitz finest!
May-15-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  ajile: WOW! White didn't 0-0 soon enough and got ruined.
Jun-29-06  ismetov: nice match !!! Steinitz saw ahead 12 or more move future . amazing and beautiful
Nov-18-08
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  ketchuplover: Doesn't 3.Bxg8 throw a wrench into black's games?
Jul-16-09  Artemi: Maybe Steinitz is the greatest of them all!
Aug-05-10  soothsayer8: beautiful discovered checkmate!
May-14-11  theodor: immense mind!
Jun-13-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

M Hewitt vs Steinitz, 1866.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF STEINITZ.
Your score: 60 (par = 50)

LTJ

Jun-13-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  sevenseaman: Hewitt tarries too long with the safety of his K and that give Black leeway to throw big pieces. Its a dream mating position that Steinitz constructs. Masterly!
Jan-08-13  Trigonometrist: I love the rook at the end when it comes to the aid of the knight at just the right time. Lovely mate,
Jun-28-14
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  Honza Cervenka: Where exactly "Hewitt blew it"? Well, apparently quite early in the opening. Already 4.Ne2 is nothing special (4.Nf3 is clearly superior) but I don't like whole idea 5.c3 and 6.d4 (white should castle here) and 7.Nxd4? just drops a Pawn creating thus a situation, which I would describe in Tartakower's words "black has a Pawn and compensation". After 8 moves black had already decisive advantage in my view. Steinitz's attack was brilliant for sure, but his opponent was very weak and there were many simpler ways for black to win the game.
Oct-19-14
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  Ke2: "Steinitz was boring" "Steinitz killed romantic chess"
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