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Josef Noa vs Johannes Zukertort
London (1883), London ENG, rd 19, Jun-05
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  0-1



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  fredthebear: It seemed White's drawing chances would improve by trading one knight for Black's bishop, say 37.NxBd5. However, Black's knight would recapture and soon enter Ne3, threatening both backward White pawns.

Shortly thereafter, the two White knights protecting each other prove to be weak as it decreases their mobility. (The knights cannot move along a line and continue to protect one another like a long range battery can.) The two white knights end up on the edge of the board while Black owns the center and has the passer.

Nov-08-19  SymphonicKnight: This game was unique from 9...h6, which is the preferred move of Stockfish here. I find it hard to believe that nobody has followed this line earlier. With Black castling short, a long castle by White, followed by a breakthrough via d4, and a King-side storm, is quite logical. It seems that 0-0-0 was not so popular then, but I may be wrong. After move 15, he is just spacially and temporaly behind. Zukertort is too good to lose this. When Noa 19.0-0, fredthebear assessed it correctly.

I've noted, in studying the games of Zukertort, that he is an extremely talented endgame player, and that he chases space more than Steinitz, and, in this respect, seems to have influenced Tarrasch. I'd like to know his views on Zukertort, who played the first official world championship match when Tarrasch was about 24 years old (and Lasker about 18). It seems to me that Lasker underestimated the elements of planning within Zukertort's mind, although Zukertort clearly counted on superior spacial control, in itself, would lend itself to unforeseen advantageous plans later.

But I am currently studying this time period in chess, and may need to modify my opinions later.

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