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Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense (C73)
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 d6 5 Bxc6+ bxc6 6 d4

Number of games in database: 466
Years covered: 1892 to 2014
Overall record:
   White wins 37.8%
   Black wins 27.3%
   Draws 35.0%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
George Alan Thomas  9 games
Boris Spassky  9 games
Milan Matulovic  7 games
Bogdan Sliwa  17 games
Paul Keres  13 games
Heikki Westerinen  7 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
O Feuer vs O'Kelly, 1934
Nunn vs Portisch, 1988
Alekhine vs Koltanowski, 1932
G A Thomas vs Capablanca, 1936
Bagirov vs Spassky, 1961
Timman vs Spassky, 1983
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 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 466  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Mason vs Blackburne ½-½28 1892 BelfastC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
2. Winawer vs Alapin  1-038 1892 DSB-07.Kongress+C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
3. Tarrasch vs Alapin 1-031 1892 NurnbergC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. A Hodges vs G Bellingham  ½-½69 1897 2nd Anglo-American Cable MatchC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
5. Maroczy vs H Wolf 1-040 1899 BerlinC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
6. J Kotrc vs H Wolf  1-048 1899 Kolisch mem 9900C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. D Mills vs A Hodges  ½-½61 1901 6th Anglo-American Cable MatchC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. Teichmann vs Schlechter ½-½68 1902 Monte CarloC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. H Wolf vs Schlechter  0-156 1903 Monte CarloC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
10. O Bernstein vs M Brody  1-073 1904 Coburg (Meisterturnier)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. Duras vs M Lange 1-037 1904 DSB-14.Kongress Hauptturnier AC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
12. O Bernstein vs Von Bardeleben 1-028 1905 Barmen Meisterturnier AC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
13. Przepiorka vs Fahrni  ½-½46 1905 Barmen Meisterturnier BC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
14. Gajdos vs E Cohn  0-133 1905 Barmen Main A, GERC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
15. Teichmann vs H Wolf  1-038 1906 OstendC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
16. Przepiorka vs L Forgacs  0-127 1906 15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg)C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. L Szwarcman vs Rubinstein  1-029 1919 Warsaw City ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
18. S Sery vs K Treybal  ½-½35 1921 BrnoC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
19. Bogoljubov vs G A Thomas ½-½78 1922 HastingsC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
20. A Hodges vs Janowski  0-148 1923 9th American Chess CongressC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. R T Black vs Ed. Lasker  0-129 1923 9th American Chess CongressC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. A Brinckmann vs Yates  1-087 1927 KecskemetC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
23. A Brinckmann vs Yates 0-126 1927 KecskemetC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. Bogoljubov vs A Brinckmann  ½-½36 1927 BremenC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. J O'Hanlon vs A McDonagh  1-024 1928 ?C73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-12-04  Knight13: Did Steintz played this opening the first time or what?
Oct-12-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: <Did Steintz played this opening the first time or what? > i don't believe so...he pioneered the "old steinitz" line 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 and this is a modern variation of that (with ...a6 and Ba4 inserted)
Oct-12-04  e4Newman: The position/moves illustrated incorporate a few ideas. <refutor> correctly identifies the modern or deferred Steinitz as a slightly delayed ...d6, usually 4.Ba4 d6. But here we also see white trying to punish black with a deferred exchange as well, forcing the doubling of pawns using the b-pawn instead of the more efficient d-pawn. Black now also has another weakness in the isolated a-pawn!
Oct-31-05  hayton3: Actually, the strategical intention of Bxc6 is to rob black of one of its strongpoint defenders of e5. When white follows up with d4, black is faced with either ceding his strongpoint defence with exd or he can shore it up with f6 (which is better). This however takes away black's best square for the development of his king knight. Thus black develops his knight to e7 en route for g6. This then allows white to initiate a kingside pawnstorm with h4 - aiming to gain a tempo by attacking the knight with h5. Therefore by Bxc6 white is creating an attacking strategical plan involving queenside castling with a pawnstorm on the kingside against the black king!
Oct-31-05  e4Newman: thanks <hayton3>

well said

Dec-02-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ron: A line that can arise out of the Steinitz Defense Deferred: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 d6 5. Bxc6 bxc6 6. d4 f6 7. Nc3 Rb8

Chessbase has 6 games in their database, with 2 wins for white, 4 draws, and no losses for white. And one of the games had Alekhine playing black. A possible 8th move for white, b3, seems interesting. Here is a sample line: 8. b3 Bg4 9. Bb2 exd4 10. Qxd4 Bxf3 11. gxf3 Ne7 12. f4 f5 13. e5 d5 14. 0-0-0 Qc8 15. Rhg1 Qe6 16. Qa4 Ra8

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