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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Serafino Dubois
Steinitz - Dubois (1862), London ENG, rd 4
Italian Game: Evans Gambit (C51)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
May-05-04  ruylopez900: Nice finish, Rg8++ is unstoppable =D
May-05-04  notsodeepthought: Close - Rg8 is not mate, but after 21 Re1 (or Rc1) Rg8+ 22 Kh1 B:f2, white has no good defense to the threat 23 ... Bg2 #. The only move to prevent this would be 23 Rg1, which is simply followed by 23 ... Rg1 #. This also shows why 19 ... Bc5 was so powerful, forcing the white knight back to the first rank - if the white rooks were still defending each other, white could play Rg1 in the line above, and only lose the exchange.
Dec-10-04  Max Lange: It's counterintuitive why the position is even until 20.Nb1? Black with both bishops should have a huge advantage, but the computer shows only a small plus! But we all agree Black is winning before 20. Nb1?
Aug-30-05  bumpmobile: I think I like 15. d5 instead of dxe5. Was there any pressing reason to take the e-pawn and open the d-file?
May-13-06  SJP: <bumpmobile> After 15. d5 Rg8 16. g3 Qf4! the advantage has switched, best defence is 17. Nc3 (not 17. gxf4 Bf3#) Bf3, threatening a nice Rook sac with 18...Rxg3+! 19. hxg3 Qxg3#. White's position has suddenly become very hard to defend. I would suggest 18. Ne2 Qg4 19. Qb3 (forced) Bxe2 as most probable.

In addition, I feel that 9...Qg5?! is a small slip. This gives the advantage to White until he squanders it with 15. dxe5. Dubois plays well from then on. Instead of 15. dxe5, I would suggest 15. Nc3, keeping the advantage.

Jun-15-06  Bartleby: Well, this proves it! The Evans Gambit is UNSOUND.

Such a wild miniature, fun to play through. Pretty far removed from the dreariest of English variations and Q-pawn system games that are de jour at my local tournaments.

Mar-06-07  Rubenus: <Bartleby> Don't think you know ANYTHING about this wonderful opening. It's the line played by white (5. b5 ♘a5 6. ♘xe5) that is bad.
May-14-07  Whitehat1963: Player of the Day gets one of his worst whippings in a miniature that features the Opening of the Day!
Sep-27-07  RookFile: Somebody should have explained to Steinitz that it's ok, by the end of the game, to have at least one of your pieces off the back rank.
Nov-08-07  nimh: Rybka 2.4 mp, AMD X2 2.01GHz, 10 min per move, threshold 0.33.

Steinitz 5 mistakes:
6.Nxe5 -0.39 (6.Bd3 -0.05)
7.d4 -1.01 (7.Be2 -0.39)
15.dxe5 0.00 (15.Nc3 1.52)
18.Qf3 -1.00 (18.Rad1 -0.20)
20.Nb1 -4.94 (20.Rad1 -1.04)

Dubois 2 mistakes:
9...Qg5 0.27 (9...Rg8 -1.06)
11...Bg4 1.29 (11...Bxd4 0.00)

Nov-08-07  RookFile: 5 mistakes for Steinitz in an open game? Sounds about right.
Nov-25-07  MorphysMojo: Don't be surprised by the play of Steinitz opponent. Dubois was a real strong yet under-rated player, who put up some impressive numbers despite having only a little more than 60 games that had been recorded. A little research shows that he was overshadowed by others who, though also great, had the advantage of more known recorded games, hence more press and recognition.

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