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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
ANALYSIS [x]

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Jul-28-17  ughaibu: Steinitz plays like a full blown Nimzowitschian Petrosian.
Jul-29-17
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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.
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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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