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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Lang
"Auld Lang Resign" (game of the day Jan-01-2006)
Vienna (1860)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Blachly Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0



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Jan-01-06  Karpova: <EmperorAtahualpa>
Auld lang syne is a song:

<Words adapated from a traditional song by Rabbie Burns (1759-96)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And there's a hand my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o thine,
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne


auld lang syne - times gone by
be - pay for
braes - hills
braid - broad
burn - stream
dine - dinner time
fiere - friend
fit - foot
gowans - daisies
guid-willie waught - goodwill drink
monie - many
morning sun - noon
paidl't - paddled
pint-stowp - pint tankard
pou'd - pulled
twa - two>


Jan-01-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Karpova> Thanks for that! I just saw the webpage you referred me to, and apparently some people sing this song on New Year's Eve. Now it all starts to make sense. :)
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  cu8sfan: Lol! The puns, the puns! I assume this is just the beginning of another year with great puns.
Jan-01-06 Wow!

that kid Lange must've hae tak'n too many pint-stowps. <hic!>

11.Rxf8 is so punny!

Beware the Spooky Steinitz Storm!Ooooo!

Jan-01-06  weisyschwarz: <Chessgames>, is black Lang or is it Max Lange? I am getting crossed signals.
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  kevin86: I've heard this game referred to as the WILD MUZIO,because white sacs the bishop at f7 as well as the knight at f3. Mr. Lang was either a rank duffer or the most courageous man on earth--accepting the Muzio vs Steinitz! I believe the former,unfortunately.
Jan-01-06 I misspelled. sorry <weisy> :)

I think he was a duffer only they must've played at a pub in those days, all day long in pubs meant drinking lots, it wasn't like organized weekend tournaments nowadays.

Jan-02-06  weisyschwarz: <> it isn't just you, unless you submitted this game, I guess. Even on the board (misty beach--java viewer) it lists black as M. Lange.
Jan-09-06  LIFE Master AJ: I used to play over "The Game of the Day" ... every single day. Then - about two months ago - I got out of the habit. (I guess the hectic holiday season? Or maybe any excuse will do.)

I just noticed the title of this game. ("Auld Lang Resign.") Bravo! (I laughed out loud!!!)

Jan-09-06  LIFE Master AJ: Of course the game itself was a massacre. (Great play by Steinitz!)
Mar-31-06  McCool: For a minute there I thought Steinitz didn't know what he was doing.
Mar-18-08  InspiredByMorphy: If your going to play 7. ...fxg2 don't play 8. ...Kxf7
Mar-18-08  RookFile: The whole game was basically a book line known to Steinitz, before he even pushed the first pawn.
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  brankat: <RookFile> So? If anything, this proves Bobby was right when he called Steinitz "the first modern player."

The game also shows young Steinitz was more than capable of playing "open games".

Mar-18-08  blackburne: The black not is Lang. Is Max Lange. Steinitz play a match with Max Lange in Vienna in 1860.
Mar-13-09  outplayer: 11.Rxf8+! was hard to find cause I wanted to win the queen with 11.Rf7+?. I forgot that in those days the masters didn't play for material.
Mar-13-09  apoka: 14...♔c5 is quite an ugly move. Black is under a heavy attach and its Knight is threatened. It would be wise to move it, instead of pushing the king over the board. 14...♘e5 also prevents 15. ♘c4.

Overall, that's an interesting game. It appears to be quite random, but most of the moves seem to make sense. :-) Many amateurs may be tempted to play similar moves as Black did here.

Jun-20-09  WhiteRook48: pretty finish
Aug-14-09  nd792001: best pun ever
May-28-10  DCLawyer: After playing this game, I checked the moves with Fritz 8. A number of bad errors on both sides. But most disturbing is that points are actually deducted for choosing moves that are at least as good as Steinitz's (e.g., 5.0-0 vs. 5.d4) or that clearly are better (11.Rf2 or 11.Rf3 as opposed to 11.Rxf8?). What's up with that?
Oct-14-10  Spasskyfan22: Stenitz is my kinda dude..
Oct-14-10  ughaibu: Guess the move score: 40
Jul-23-11  Owerbart: Anyone saw any alternative to 14 ... Kc5?
Jan-19-13  RandomVisitor: Black has to consider options like 7...Qe7, 7...d5, 7...Qh4, 7...Bh6, 7...d6, 7...Nf6, 7...Qf6 which reduce white's counterplay and likely preserve an advantage.
Jan-19-13  RandomVisitor: Black could give a piece back with possible drawing chances, after sequences like 14...Ne5 15.Bxh6 Qf6; 14...Ng4 15.Qxg4 Ne5; 14...Na5 15.Bxh6 Qf6
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