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Johannes Zukertort vs William Norwood Potter
London m (1875), rd 10, Nov-02
French Defense: Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  0-1


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Feb-22-05  Whitehat1963: Whoops!
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  whiteshark: Zukertort on the wrong path.
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  tpstar: Zukertort must be one of the most erratic players in history, capable of beating Steinitz and Blackburne with flair and flourish, but then he has plenty of ugly miniatures like this one where he outsmarts himself and falls apart.

The French Exchange deserves its drawish reputation, but 8 ... Bg4!? becomes an interesting gambit (9. Nxd5 Bxh2+ 10. Kxh2 Qxd5); 8 ... Be6 seems safer. White tried to swipe a Pawn with 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nxd5!? except 10 ... Qh6 put instant pressure on h2. White should probably give up a Pawn with 11. h4 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Qxh4 13. g3 Qxd4, because 11. h3?! Nxd4! gave Black a huge edge (12. hxg4? Nxf3+ & 13 ... Qh2#). White gave up the Queen for 2 pieces, only to err badly with 19. Nb3? (19. Ne2 ) Rxd3! 0-1 since the upcoming Pawn Fork 20. Rxd3 c4 wins 2 pieces for a Rook, leaving Black with QR vs RR and an easy win.

Harry Potter's great-grandfather shows off his magic.

Jul-26-09  WhiteRook48: haha how weird
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  Phony Benoni: Zukertort still won the match, +4 -2 =8.
May-02-13  thomastonk: <Phony Benoni> Yes, the results are correct. And nevertheless the final standing was 5.5 : 3.5! (☝ The first five draws were not counted.)
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  fredthebear: This game is referenced by Blackburne in a latter Black copycat whipping of White: Englisch vs Blackburne, 1883

It's good to study the games of the past greats to learn how to handle different approaches that are rare these days.

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