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Johannes Zukertort vs Wilhelm Steinitz
London (1883), London ENG, rd 8, May-08
Three Knights Opening: Steinitz Defense (C46)  ·  0-1



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Sep-02-04  Calli: Very funny. Steinitz is lost, so he tries 29...Re4!. White should play 30.Rg1 (actually 29.Rg1 was even better) But after 30.Rxe4?? there followed 31...b6! and poor Zukertort had no move to avoid mate. Neither pawn in front of the king can give "luft"
Jan-14-05  offramp: 15.Nxd6 seems to win a pawn for nothing.
30.Rg1 would have kept a small advantage for white.
Nov-02-09  WhiteRook48: after this game Zukertort when ballistic...
Nov-02-09  TheFocus: Mighty nice swindle, as they say. You paying attention, Frank Marshall??
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Zukertort had no move to avoid mate. Neither pawn in front of the king can give "luft">

<Calli> that is incorrect- the suicide interposition 32.Re3 gives White the tempo needed to create luft- although it's still a "won game" for Steinitz after this last resort.

No forced mate in this position however.

Nov-28-14  Knight13: <15.Nxd6 seems to win a pawn for nothing.> I disagree. 15. Nxd6 Rd8 16. Rad1 h6 17. Bxf6 (17. Bf4 g5) Bxf6 18. Qg3 Rxd6. Or 16. Bf4 Qxd6 17. Qg3 Nfd7 (17. Rd1 Qc7).
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  beatgiant: <Knight13>
<15. Nxd6 Rd8 16. Rad1>

Have you considered <16. Nxb7>, for example 15. Nxd6 Rd8 16. Nxb7 h6 17. Nxd8 hxg5 18. Qxg5 and White gets a rook and three pawns for a bishop and a knight. What did you see?

Nov-28-14  Knight13: <beatgiant> I missed 16. Nxb7. Thanks for pointing it out. White does "seem to win a pawn for nothing" after 15... Rc7 16. f4: 16... Qxd6 17. Bxf6 (fxe5 gives Black back the pawn) Bxf6 18. Qxf6 Nd7.
Aug-08-19  linuxguy: This was a nice "should have won" game for Zukertort.

One senses that Steinitz must have understood that Zukertort can get frustrated when he doesn't get a quick win.

Steinitz, with the sitzkrieg, or sitzfleish win. Zukertort, full of brilliancies, but lacking some patience here.

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  sea7kenp: Isn't this the same Zukertort, who's name is on many of the 1 Nf3 openings?
Jan-31-20  offramp: <sea7kenp: Isn't this the same Zukertort, who's name is on many of the 1 Nf3 openings?>

No,that was another Zukertort. Ziggy Zukertort.
He invented the Spiders From Mars Defence.

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