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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Odds match (pawn and move) (1892), Boston, rd 3, Apr-05
Chess variants (000)  ·  0-1


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Jul-28-17  ughaibu: Steinitz plays like a full blown Nimzowitschian Petrosian.
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  offramp: Steinitz starts the game with an open f-file and he makes good use of it.

Pillsbury sets up a long pawn formation but it seems to impede his pieces.

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18. Nd1.

I think Steinitz does something clever here:

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He plays 23...Bd4.
Pillsbury plays 24. Nxc5. Is it possible that Pillsbury expected the reply 24...dxc5, which doesn't lose a tempo?
Steinitz knew he had time to play 24...Bxc5 and then return to d4 next move.
Ever since Black played 19...h4 there was the threat of ...h3. Pillsbury might have been thinking, "If he plays ...h3 then I can play g3 and things are okay." And most of the time that is true. But when Black finally plays 35...h3,

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the correct reply would be 36. Nxh3, which is pretty bleak but it does not lose as quickly as 36. g3.

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