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Mikhail Chigorin vs Wilhelm Steinitz
"Much to his Chigorin" (game of the day Jun-06-2011)
Steinitz - Chigorin World Championship Rematch (1892), Havana CUB, rd 23, Feb-28
King's Gambit: Accepted. Schallop Defense (C34)  ·  0-1

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Jun-06-11
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  Phony Benoni: For those of you who don't know the story: this game was from the 2nd Steinitz - Chigorin world championship match. With 10 wins required to win the match, Steinitz led by 9-8.

However, by this point:


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Chigorin was a piece up and well on his way to tying the match and sending it into overtime when he found <32.Bb4??>. Call me overly emotional, but I think it's worth two question marks.

Jun-06-11  Funicular: 32 Rxb7 seals the deal. After 32... Bf7, I actually found theres forced checkmate after the exchange sac Rxf7! Kxf7 Rxf5+ and eventually its checkmte with the king on g8 or d7.

And there are not many replies to the trheat 33. Nf4, threatening to exchange a piece and leading to a won endgame by white thanks to d pawn and black cannot mate white king

Jun-06-11  KingV93: At first glance I thought it was a stupid way to play the Kings Gambit, though I am loathe to criticize the analysis on this site let alone the play of the demi-gods who sit at the feet of Caissa ...

I liked 30.♗e5+ much better and at first Fritz wholeheartedly agrees...but after deeper thinking gives an advantage of less than a pawn.

32.♗b4 should get ??? Yikes, talk about losing the thread!

Jun-06-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Yup, definitely one of the top blunders in chess history. 33...Ne7? (33...Nc5!) in Kasparov vs Karpov, 1987 was nowhere near as egregious a blunder, and Karpov still had drawing chances, but it was also pretty significant.
Jun-06-11  Llawdogg: Chigorin was drunk.
Jun-06-11  Ferro: Wilhelm Steinitz! is best than
Mikhail Chigorin
Jun-06-11  Gogia: So, 32.Rxb7 is winning for white??
Jun-06-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: As to my post a few days ago:Chigorin's last move deserves two question marks. The penalty is immediate mate in two.
Jun-06-11  rossvassilev: 32.Bb4?? That's just plain dumb. All Chigorin had to play was 32.Nf4 and he would've had the game pretty much won.
Jun-06-11  Don Quijote: Why did they chose this for the Game of The day?

shouldn't be in the "Blunder of the day"? (or blunder of the year?)

Jun-06-11  newzild: <rossvassilev: 32.Bb4?? That's just plain dumb. All Chigorin had to play was 32.Nf4 and he would've had the game pretty much won.>

32. Nf4 loses a piece to 32...Rxe7

Jun-06-11  WhiteRook48: 32 Nf4 is still better than what was played
Jun-07-11  newzild: <WhiteRook48: 32 Nf4 is still better than what was played>

Yes, any move except for 32. Re1 would have been better than the move played. However, the suggested 32. Nf4 is not much better, and White would not have "had the game pretty much won".

Nov-24-13  pericles of athens: That is a real howler of a blunder, poor Chigorin! We're all human.
Apr-15-14  pattydee: I can't find a clear and convincing winning 32nd move for White. 32.Rb7: Rd6: and White wins the piece back, but maybe Whites a2+b2 pawns will play a role.

Steinitz was a master at using his King as an attacking piece and Chigorin's "attacking pieces" are all tied up.

Apr-15-14  Karpova: <pattydee: I can't find a clear and convincing winning 32nd move for White. 32.Rb7: Rd6: and White wins the piece back, but maybe Whites a2+b2 pawns will play a role.>

32.Rxb7 Rxd5 33.Nf4

Apr-15-14
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  perfidious: <pattydee: I can't find a clear and convincing winning 32nd move for White. 32.Rb7: Rd6: and White wins the piece back, but maybe Whites a2+b2 pawns will play a role.>

This line loses to 33.Nf4.

The only try after 32.Rxb7 appears to be 32....Bh5, but 33.Rb3 defends.

Oct-21-14  Ke2: Ahaha I love this pun
Jun-01-16  posoo: What on EARTH whould STYNUTS send his horse CRASHING down da field with NO PLAN for escampe?! Dis is TERABLE.

Too bad da RUSSIANS have a nombosto for a PATRIORCH

Nov-21-16  posoo: Also WHY DOS da game of da day have to be GOOD?

CAN IT NOT BE an HOSTORICAL event RIFE WITH SMASHING?

I think it can.

FILASTONES>

Jun-27-17
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  Benzol: What move should Chigorin have played instead of 32.Bb4? Is <Zkid>'s 32.Bf4 the best move for White here or is there something better?
Nov-12-17
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  offramp: <Benzol: What move should Chigorin have played instead of 32.Bb4?>

I think that <Funicular>'s <: 32 Rxb7 seals the deal> looks reasonable.

Jan-15-19  Pyrandus: Chigorin's greatest Blunder?
Sep-02-19  Chesgambit: ıf chigorin win this match chigorin could be world champion
Oct-29-20  Chesgambit: Rxb7! Bh5 Rb3! Maybe Chigorin miss Rb3 becuase Bf3 Rg2 coming
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