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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Horace Curzon Plunkett
Oxford (1876)
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation Accepted (C48)  ·  0-1
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Dec-13-07  crptone: Extremely terrible game by Steinitz
Dec-13-07  outsider: yeah. sh'it happens. as a steinitz's fan, i don't really mind
Apr-21-08
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Does anyone else think it's unfair that when one amateur (MacCutcheon) springs an upset over the great Steinitz, they name the opening after him, whereas when Plunkett springs another upset over the same champion, they name the variation after Rubenstein?
May-06-08
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  parmetd: It was named after rubinstein because he used it first, he put all the theory in and he PROVED it was a usuable opening. This guy just randomly got an upset. The opening is name for who does the work and sets it as a trend not who randomly gets an upset.
Jan-04-09
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  Honza Cervenka: White went terribly wrong somewhere in the opening as after it black appeared to have - as Tartakower used to say - a Pawn and compensation. The rest was linear and quick execution.
May-30-13  Maatalkko: ?? Worst recorded game by a World Champion.
May-30-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: If White is going to play 5.Nxd4 exd4, he should play 6.e5, drawish though it is after 6....dxc3 7.exf6 Qxf6.

For a fine example of White's attacking possibilities after the incautious pawn snatch 6....dxc3 7.exf6 cxd2+, see J Shipman vs Weber, 1985.

May-31-13  Maatalkko: Wow, that game is a demolition derby. I will avoid 7...cxd2+ as Black.
May-31-13
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  Abdel Irada: The opening, by move 8, resembles a Bird Variation Ruy Lopez in which White is unaccountably missing a pawn.

May-31-13
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  Abdel Irada: <perfidious: If White is going to play 5.Nxd4 exd4, he should play 6.e5, drawish though it is after 6....dxc3 7.exf6 Qxf6.

For a fine example of White's attacking possibilities after the incautious pawn snatch 6....dxc3 7.exf6 cxd2+, see J Shipman vs Weber, 1985.>

Once in the 1980s, I lost a tournament game (and a share of the prize fund) to that opening trap.

Salt in my wound: My opponent was awarded a brilliancy prize for his trappy trouble. :-S

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