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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Adolf Anderssen
Vienna (1873), Vienna AUH, rd 7, Aug-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation. Normal Line (D55)  ·  1-0



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Jan-02-04  pim: According to Imre Konig (in a book about chess evolution, 1951): "This game between the formeost representatives of the 'classical' and the 'modern' school is really the beginning of modern positional play." He says this mainly because of 11 dc5: which tries to create weaknesses in Black's position (instead of going for the k-side attack with Ne5 a la Pillsbury, for instance). I'm not quite sure about his verdict though, anyone with other early examples of 'modern (i.e. Steinitzian) positional play'?
May-06-10  ariel el luchador: El match con anderssen muestra un juego posicional de Steinitz en los gambitos de rey que jugó , y en la española que gano una mala partida de Anderssen,evidentemente no entiendió la partida.y Pilsbury era un jugador muy agresivo pero con alto sentido posicional el cual le faltaba en alguna médida a Anderssen.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The claim that this one game by itself represents "the beginning of modern positional play" is a little extravagant (I can think of some Morphy games that might qualify); despite this, the game does show how far advanced Steinitz was compared with the other great players of the period. Anderssen was probably baffled at how he could not summon forth one of his patented attacks; perhaps as baffled as some of Petrosian's opponents. 9.cxd5, 14.Rfd1!, 19.h4 and 25.Nd1 all stand out as great moves.
Nov-29-10  ariel el luchador: Tal vez haya un error anterior ¿pero que pasaba si en vez de jugar 12)....C5R las negras jugaban 12)....D3C ,12)....C5R creo que es la jugada que hace perder a Anderssen la partida.
Nov-29-10  ariel el luchador: Me parece que esta partida no merece estar entre los grandes triunfos de Steinitz, no solo porque ganó muy fácil sino porque la partida no es brillante.Steinitz aprovechó muy bien los errores del rival pero no es una gran partida.
Jan-31-12  Knight13: 12...Ne4? ...Nb6 is better. If Anderssen was really okay with an isolated pawn, he should've played 11...Nxc5.
Jan-31-12  RookFile: At a high level, this game is another illustration of my theory that so often, the black QB proves to be worthless to the player with the black pieces. It looks pretty for an offense against white's king - but what happens when the game flows so that white is the one doing the attacking? It means that that this bishop is just an innocent bystander.

As a practical matter, I believe that black should take advantage, whenever it isn't too bad, of any opportunity for black to trade this bishop for any minor piece of white's.

May-06-13  whiteshark: You'll find this game well presented by Thomas Engqvist :
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  fredthebear: Thank you for the video link <whiteshark>. After the classical music, it was instructive, to the point, a cunning mix of planning and tactics.

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