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James Mason vs Wilhelm Steinitz
London (1899), London ENG, rd 3, Jun-02
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  0-1


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Oct-07-09  Bobby A: Is this Steinitz's last game? I particularily enjoyed how he used the entire board in a squeezing King's Indian fashion.
Oct-07-09  sneaky pete: <Bobby A> No, his last tournament game was Janowski vs Steinitz, 1899.

Another game from 1899, a correspondence game against the Liverpool Chess Club played by telegraph, where Steinitz used his own infamous gambit in the Vienna, may be his last (recorded) game proper.

Dec-19-10  Oceanlake: The ants go marching....
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  Mating Net: Our good friend Aron Nimzowitsch said:"The passed pawn is a criminal who should be kept under lock and key."

White's Knight was blockading the e3 criminal for several moves. As soon as the blockade was broken, Steinitz captured the jailer and ensured ruinous loss of material, and the game, with 49...Rxg1!

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  KEG: A last roar from the old lion! This was not Steinitz' last tournament game (it was played in Round 3 of the 30 round London 1899 tournament) but it is one of only three wins Steinitz had in his 18 games against the prize winners in this event.

Using his famous defense to the Ruy Lopez, Steinitz slowly but surely outplayed Mason, whose last chance was probably gone after 32. Re2 (he should have tried 32. b4). By move 36, Steinitz had a protected passed pawn at e3, and the result thereafter was hardly in doubt.

Steinitz' 49...RxN check (after Mason's weak 49. Ng1) was the coup de grace.

All in all, a wonderful performance by this great World Champion.

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