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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Mikhail Chigorin
Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship Match (1889), Havana CUB, rd 8, Feb-04
Semi-Slav Defense: Chigorin Defense (D46)  ·  1-0



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Mar-31-03  ughaibu: The question of which of these two was the stronger is interesting. I would say Steinitz myself but I'm taking a look at their decisive games. This one has a very nice attack by Steinitz.
Apr-21-04  Benjamin Lau: An ...e5 break would have been prudent at some point. Perhaps on move 11? Steinitz seems to have a fondness for space. Were all the earliest masters like this?
Feb-28-08  Knight13: <Steinitz seems to have a fondness for space. Were all the earliest masters like this?> No. Steinitz was like the only one who would try to squeeze someone to death.
Mar-06-13  Garech: Beautiful attacking chess from Steinitz. I hope it was all sound!


Apr-04-14  Tal1949: Steinitz played lovely, clean chess here, but I still cannot help but wonder what Paul Morphy would have done in a game like this.
Jan-04-15  Smite: 33.Rxe5 is amazing!!
Jan-05-15  RookFile: It helped that black's a8 rook was almost useless.
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  jnpope: This was a brilliancy prize game apparently...

<<When Steinitz and Tschigorin met in the chess tournament in Havana last winter, Prince Dadian, of Mingrelia, announced that he would give a prize of three hundred francs to be awarded to the winner of the most brilliant game of the meeting. The prize has now been awarded to Mr. Steinitz, the Prince deciding that the eighth game, in which Tschigorin was beaten, was the best.> -New York Herald, 1889.06.23>

Aug-28-16  sudoplatov: The games database has the score Steinitz 26 to Chigorin 25 with 8 draws. Fairly evenly matched over these games.
Aug-29-16  Eusebius: What a wonderful player this Wilhelm Steinitz was. Unfortunately he ended up in misery, mentally disturbed. Disgraceful. Lasker knew and paved the way for a new generation of chess players.
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