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Adolf Anderssen vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Anderssen - Steinitz (1866), London ENG, rd 9, Aug-01
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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  InspiredByMorphy: I wonder if 19. ...h6 then 20. ...Bxf5 is better?
Aug-31-04  sneaky pete: <InspiredByMorphy> 19... h6 allows 20.Nxh6+ .. when white has at least a draw. Steinitz always played to win. In this match, as in his later matches against Chigorin, he set himself the task to prove the Evans gambit to be unsound, so he would avoid a forced draw.

After 20.Nxh6+ gxh6 21.Qxh6 Ne5 it seems doubtful however that white has more than a draw. I guess Anderssen would have played 20.g4 .. when 20... Bxf5? 21.gxf5 .. is disastrous, so 19... h6 just seems a bad idea, hardly IBM.

Oct-01-04  Dick Brain: Or else he could play 28...Qf7 stopping 29. f6 and only later play Bd8.
Jan-30-12  Knight13: <Dick Brain: Or else he could play 28...Qf7 stopping 29. f6 and only later play Bd8.> You are right!

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