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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Bartholomeus Joannes Mattheus Markx
Simul, 28b (1896) (exhibition), Leiden NED, May-11
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Main Line (C54)  ·  1-0


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Jan-30-13  Expendable Asset: 7... Nxe4?! is questionable.

9... O-O might have been better, but it would (still) allow White to launch a dangerous attack against the Black King.

11... Qd7 was Black's last chance in fighting for equalization. Instead, Black blundered with 11... Nxc3??. However, by this point White was clearly better.

Jan-30-13  cwcarlson: Marx died in 1883 so the year is wrong.
Jan-31-13  Expendable Asset: <cwcarlson> Thanks for letting the community know.
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  Phony Benoni: <cwcarlson> It's possible--in fact, probably more likely--that it's a different player entirely. I'm always suspicious of games by Famous People without indisputable proof.
Jan-31-13  nok: At move 17 White thought he was on the verge of victory, when suddenly the pawns captured their own Kings and went on general strike.
Apr-27-13  Abdel Irada: <Expendable Asset>: Actually, 7. ...Nxe4 is the main line in this variation of the Giuoco Piano.

Also, 9. ...d5 is correct and should equalize; Steinitz' sacrifice 10. Ba3?! is unsound, and Black can gain the advantage simply by taking the bishop on c4.

And, while 11. ...Nxc3? was indeed a terrible choice, 11. ...Qd7? would lose to 12. Ne5; Black should play 11. ...a6 with a small advantage.

Oct-21-14  Ke2: is there a source for this game? and as mentioned the date is completely off.

10. Ba3?!?!!? is very unclear

Oct-22-14  sneaky pete: <Ke2> One source is Ludwig Bachmann, Schachmeister Steinitz, volume 4 (first published in 1921), page 159.The game is from a Steinitz simul in Leiden, May 11, 1896.

Black is a certain Marx, no first name or initial given. Of course it's not Karl Marx, who may have played chess, but left us no games. The other "Karl Marx" game in this database was played by someone named Marks.

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  Stonehenge: <Black is a certain Marx>

Markx actually. To be more precise the chess composer Bartholomeus Joannes Mattheus Markx, who was born in Leiden.

Source: <De Harderwijker> March 16 1937

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