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Johannes Zukertort vs Wilhelm Steinitz
London (1872), rd 2
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1-0


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Oct-22-07  RookFile: Good game.
Apr-11-08  FritzCat: This game is a draw! I fritzed it and its obvious. Wonder why such a genius like Steinitz didnt see that.
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  Honza Cervenka: <FritzCat: This game is a draw! I fritzed it and its obvious. Wonder why such a genius like Steinitz didnt see that.> Well, Fritz is a dumb machine which has no idea how to play endings. From final position I have beat him quite easily with white pieces: 48...Kg8 49.Ke5 Kf7 50.Nf4 b4 51.Kd4 Kf6 52.Kc4 Kg5 53.Kxb4 Kg4 54.Kc5 Kxg3 55.Ne6 Kg4 56.Nxg7 Kg5 57.Kd6 Kf6 58.Ne6 Kf5 59.Ke7 Kg4 60.Ng7 etc. I guess that Steinitz was able to see a plan with white Knight on f4 and white King going for black b-Pawn and was able to calculate that black's counterplay is too slow to liquidate both white Pawns.:-)
Nov-28-14  Knight13: Draw or not, the move 33. e6! was crucial to White's eventual victory.
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  lame duck: The key point of the game was at 28-th move:

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After long and heavy defence Steinitz managed to retain a pawn and was close to repel all threats. He played

28... Qb1+,

and this move was estimated as a good one in a tournament book. There was an obvious defending move 28... Rf8, but Steinitz declined it, and gave the following variation as refuting this defence:

29. Rxf7 Rxf7 30. Qxa8+ Rf8 31. Qxa7 Qxb3 32. Rxg7+ Kh8 33. Rg6 Qf7 34. Rxh6+ Nh7 35. Qxf7 Rxf7 36. Rxb6, and white wins.

But this continuation is wrong, because instead of 33... Qf7 black can play 33... Qe1+ 34. Kh2 Qxh5+, and black wins.

After 28... Qb1 29. Kh2 Rd5 black lost an advantage, the game became more sharp, soon Steinitz made another mistake and finally lost the game.

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