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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Ignatz von Kolisch
Paris (1867), Paris FRA, Jun-13
King's Gambit: Accepted. Hanstein Gambit (C38)  ·  0-1



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  tamar: 12...Bxh3 caught my eye, allowing 13 Qxf7+. Von Kolisch defends like Steinitz.
Nov-26-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Steinitz 5 mistakes:
8.Ne1 -1.21 (8.Nh4 -0.70)
27.Nb5 -1.86 (27.Re4 -0.57)
30.Bg2 -2.76 (30.Bb3 -2.00)
37.Bf7+ -5.49 (37.Rc1 -3.49)
38.Bb3 #17 (38.Bh5 -5.46)

Von Kolisch 2 mistakes:
9...Ne7 -0.61 (9...Nf6 -1.44)
12...Bxh3 0.00 (12...f6 -0.57)

Jun-11-10  kjr63: Kolisch must have been some kind of a chess genius. His positional play is way above his contemporaries. He is most likely the 3rd strongest player of 19th century after Lasker and Morphy. You could think it's Capablanca playing, not somebody from 1850's. It is wonderful how he sacrifices his bishops for an initiative.
Jan-23-13  leka: Is there after 38.bishop b3 a 17 move mate attack?
Dec-09-14  Knight13: <leka: Is there after 38.bishop b3 a 17 move mate attack?> I doubt most people will even think to consider the possibility of a 17-move mate (as opposed to 16, 19, 10, or 21), let alone find one, without using a chess engine. But according to the Rybka analysis posted above, apparently Steinitz made a mistake because he missed a 17-move checkmate. Of course he did...
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  Sargon: Someone has submitted updated game scores for several old Wilhelm Steinitz games, including this one, but hasn't sourced them. I've gone ahead and posted the updated scores, but perhaps sources could be located?
Jan-08-19  Fezzik: For the record, 38.Bh5 was losing just as badly as 38.Bb3, but 38.Bb3 allowed a clear mate while Bh5 was just clearly losing. I don't think a human would give 38.Bb3 a "?" in the given position.

The opening was at best dubious for White, but Black didn't take full advantage until the middle game. Steinitz just didn't play well in this game.

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