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Isidor Gunsberg vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Steinitz - Gunsberg World Championship Match (1890), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Dec-15
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Normal (C50)  ·  1-0



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Apr-21-07  Whack8888: After 10...Qxb2 I believe there would follow 11. Qxa5 Qxa1 12. Bb3 and the Queen will be trapped after White's Nc3 but after 12...b6 I dont see how White can maintain the trap--13. Qa4/a3 and White cannot play Nc3--13. Qd2 Qb2 and the Queen is trapped on b2, but White cannot attack it any further

Perhaps this is more of a thematic pawn sacrifice based more on positional ideas then a solid tactical line

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  Honza Cervenka: <After 10...Qxb2 I believe there would follow 11. Qxa5 Qxa1 12. Bb3>

Well, without checking it with engine I would say at first glance that 10...Qxb2 11.Qxa5 Qxa1 12.Nc3 kills black on the spot. 12...Qb2 13.Rb1 Qa3 14.Bxc6+ and 15.Qxa3 or 13...b6 14.Rxb2 bxa5 15.Bxc6+ do not save the day for black.

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  Honza Cervenka: Gunsberg punished black's extravagant and provocative play with King left in the centre quite convincingly. Black could have resigned some 20 moves sooner.
Feb-27-08  Knight13: Yup. Black should've at least played ...Be6 or O-O in the opening stage.
Sep-09-08  JimmyVermeer: Steinitz could have prolonged the game as follows:

52 Rb7 h4+ 53 Kg2 Kh8 54 Ne4 g5 55 Rg7 g4 56 Nd6 gxh3+ 57 Kxh3 Rf3+ 58 Kxh4 Rf4+ 59 Kg3 Rg4+ 60 Kxg4 f5+ 61 Kf3 f4 62 Nf7#

Aug-30-10  soothsayer8: A couple of nasty mistakes for Steinitz in this game. I wonder why he decided to hold out on resigning for so long...
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  Chessical: A contemporary account of this game:

In the contest between Steinitz and Gunsberg, the fourth game...proved the most interesting thus far in the contest. From the beginning to the end, Gunsberg, who played white, kept the attack in hand, while, correspondingly with his development, his antagonist was compelled to withdraw his forces, and restrict his movements.

At the adjournment the position was such that few people would have hesitated to pronounce black's game as lost, if it had been played by ordinary players. But with Steinitz defending it was a different thing. His tenacity and resources are great, and much curiosity is therefore felt as to the result.

After the adjournment, Steinitz received Gunsberg's sealed move - <27.Nd2> - which seemed to give him a great deal of trouble. From this point, he laboured heavily, consuming forty minutes for his next four or five moves, and running short of time in consequence. On the twenty-ninth move he gave up a pawn, and and his thirty-first he lost a piece, after which his struggles were of no avail, although he continued to the fifty-seventh move, up to the point, indeed, when checkmate was inevitable.

Source: <Belfast News-Letter - Thursday 15 January 1891, p.3.>

Apr-28-20  joddon: the end to this is the exact same as Anand Gelfand world championship expected this!!

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