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George Henry Mackenzie vs Johannes Zukertort
London (1883), London ENG, rd 16, Jun-13
Spanish Game: Open. Zukertort Variation (C80)  ·  1-0



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Feb-10-04  Whitehat1963: Why on earth doesn't Zukertort take the bishop on f7?
Feb-10-04  Bears092: e6 would fork the queen and rook
Feb-10-04  Whitehat1963: Thanks, now I feel like even more of an idiot.
Feb-20-08  Knight13: Well, 24...Rad8?? is not the type of move that a strong player like Zukertort would play very often.
Jan-21-14  dernier thylacine: To Knight13:

only when his heart sickness stroke him like at the end of this tournament where, exhausted, he was using to much opium to keep his strenght all the long.

The same sickness would make him collapse at the end of his match against Steinitz in 1886 and then die less than two years later.

Tarrasch wrote that in 1887 Zukertort was a broken man, absolutely no more able to play well in competition...

Jul-01-14  Karpova: <In his game with Captain Mackenzie, having in a defence to the Ruy Lopez obtained an absolute winning position, Zukertort, under the extraordinary hallucination that he had already doubled his Rooks on the Queen's file, went in for what he believed to be an immediately winning combination, which actually resulted in the loss of a Rook and Bishop, and necessitated the instant abandonment of the game.>

Source: J. I. Minchin et al., 'Games played in the London International Chess Tournament 1883', p. XXV,

Nov-09-19  SymphonicKnight: Zukertort's real mistake wasn't 24...Rad8, but leaving the Bh4 en prise, rather than playing 25...Qd1+!, as pointed out by Stockfish. He certainly wasn't in his right mind.
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