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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Patrick Duffy
"Fire on the Beard" (game of the day Feb-24-2008)
London (1865), London ENG
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  1-0



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Feb-24-08  emmi: Awesome!!
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  FSR: Nice game, although Black's play after 22.Bd3 was feeble. Back when this game was played, before Steinitz turned into a crazed defender (see, e.g., Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1889), he was called "the Austrian Morphy."
Feb-24-08  661973: very , very amazing !!!
Feb-24-08  sneaky pete: 18.Nxe5 .. is less fiery but more efficient.
Feb-24-08  meteficha: This game is like "what the ...?!", lol... =)
Feb-24-08  Samagonka: Impressive attack by white. Black should have given up earlier to spare the humiliation.
Feb-24-08  Knight13: This is crazy.
Feb-24-08  Jesspatrick: ...and it was not until 21 years later that Steinitz played against Zuckertort in the very first World Championship match.
Feb-24-08  mack: <this is when chess was really chess.>

What, you mean before people figured out how to defend properly?

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  johnlspouge: <<FSR> wrote: [snip] before Steinitz turned into a crazed defender (see, e.g., Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1889), he was called "the Austrian Morphy.">

"Crazed defender" is an understatement! What a draw!!! Thanks, <FSR>.

Feb-24-08  alexrawlings: Why doesn't black take the pawn at d5 at move 14 with 14.. Nxd5?
Feb-24-08  Funicular: alexrawlings: because he saw Nf6+, which begins a heavily forced variation, and he tried to do a defensive maneuver with Ng6. It didn't work out, either, but he tried.

Besides, if Nxd5, after Nf, white can force Bxh7 and then capture the bishop.

IMHO, I doubt Steinitz would recapture it. After Nxd5, all blacks minor pieces become deviated from the real action, and the white queen can engage anytime. Besides, the black queen has nowhere to go

Feb-24-08  A.G. Argent: <alexrawlings><Why doesn't Black take with...14...Nxd5?> is a valid question. Seems as though that or 14...d6xe5, either one would be needed to keep the two pawns on the 5th rank from being some really serious trouble. But who would have seen the Queen sac 3 or 4 moves later anyway? Pretty good stuff for 1865.
Feb-24-08  MarkusKann: Amazing game!!, a classical romantic game, well done Steinitz, a beauty attack game
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  playground player: I thought Steinitz didn't like the Evans Gambit!
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  ketchuplover: He didn't like the French Defense.
Feb-24-08  MaczynskiPratten: Isn't 24..Re7 a blunder? I don't see an immediate win after Red8. If 25 Bb4+ Kg7.
Feb-24-08  xrt999: Patrick Duffy was in the Man From Atlantis. I didnt know he was into chess.
Feb-24-08  RookFile: This entire game was basically a book line played against an amateur.
Feb-24-08  ChessNe1: wasn't this guy an actor in the "Dallas" teevee series?
Feb-24-08  schnarre: Nice use of the Bishop pair!
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  kevin86: Patrick Duffy did play in the Dallas TV series--but this game was played before Dallas ever became the giant metroplex that it became at the latter half of the 20th C.

The City was founded in 1841,but became big during the oil boom-which really came to fruition after 1900.

Feb-24-12  Xeroxx: earth wind and fire
Sep-14-12  waustad: It appears that both were bearded:
Sep-14-12  waustad: The Evans gambit may not be all that sound, but it sure has led to some interesting attacks over the years.
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